Vampires Then and Now…Cinsearae S.
I became smitten with vampires at a very young age. My first ‘encounter’ with vampires happened while I was still in elementary school, and it happened to be Frank Langella in Dracula (1979). This movie came out when I was just 5 years old, so when it happened to come on television, I was enraptured by him, yet creeped out by the grisliness of one of his living dead victims, but I didn’t let that stop me from just watching ‘him’. Frank gave Dracula an entirely romantic passionate persona that I couldn’t help but fall in love with, and this movie remains in my personal archive to this day. Frank had such class, refinement, and a debonair style that I can’t find in today’s versions of the same.
I’m still not sure what makes us (as little children) believe that hiding under our bedcovers at night gives us the ultimate protection from all the ghoulies and beasties that run rampant in our imagination, as Frank’s black-eyed, bloody-mouthed, pasty-faced bride was an image that took me a long time to get out of my head, and I remember remaining as rigid as the dead myself, fearing she’d come creeping down my hallway coming to get me. Nowadays, I simply loved being creeped out, although my imagination still likes to mess with me at times!
Every now and then I still find myself cheering for the so-called ‘bad guy’, especially when the reasons for their actions can be justified. Frank’s Dracula was no different. I literally could empathize with his sadness, his loneliness, his longing in finding ‘the one’ and simply wanting to live in peace with his bride. So you could imagine my frustration and disappointment when that did not happen. This movie was just the beginning of my journey into the world of paranormal romances, horror, and anything out of the ordinary. It’s no surprise that I was the oddball out in school, but over time, I quickly learned that being like the sheeple was too boring anyway, and not my style!
I began writing short stories in 3rd grade, but the mundane style I began with quickly morphed into creepier tales, from ghosts to anything else that went bump in the night, until I began writing more on one of my favorite subjects: vampires. Although I don’t mind a bit of hot romance, I like some (mis)adventures in the mix. And with my dark sense of humor, that gets thrown in as well. My latest novel, “Diary of a Vampire Stripper” has a young woman struggling to make ends meet, so she take up a job as a stripper as a last resort. She encounters all sorts of weird, unsavory characters, but handles them in her usual snarky way. It’s not until she runs into a vampire that things start to get even crazier for her! Not to mention she discovers the only friend she has in the strip club where she works has a hairy secret of her own….
Her best friend is a werewolf. Her boyfriend is a ghoul. And she really, REALLY can’t stand her vampire husband.
Trying to juggle college tuition and rent, young Audra Perez seeks a fast fix to her financial woes by auditioning as a stripper for the Hoochie Coochie Club. What she didn’t expect was to actually be chosen. Barely a few months into her new job, she becomes acquainted with a mysterious, distinguished gentleman by the name of Darren Von Eldon, and they secretly begin dating against club rules. Then one passionate night at his beach house changes Audra’s life forever.
Now as a newly-awakened vampire, this only adds to her day-to-day mundane burdens. Refusing to drain humans, she hunts birds for nourishment, and finagles a way to avoid going to classes during the day. But bigger problems loom ahead. Radical cops that know about her kind roam the night, seeking to destroy any and all ‘monsters’, and her best friend’s family has a bone to pick with Audra’s. Headless bodies are turning up on vamp and were turf, each side blaming the other for the murders. It’s up to Audra and her friend Lu to figure out who’s doing the killings, and their search leads them beneath the city streets to encounter an abomination neither one of them will ever forget.
And the relationship issues? Well, it’s not easy dealing with a boyfriend and a vampire husband, so let’s not even go there…
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