Monday, August 20, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post - What if Vampires Wrote about Humans

What if Vampires Wrote about Humans
by Kathleen McFall & Clark Hays

Imagine if the undead featured on the pages of Blood and Whiskeywere the ones writing about strange paranormal creatures of fantasy — humans — instead of the other way around. 

Everybody loves a good fright story and there’s nothing more frightening than humans, forever skulking about in the sunlight with their wooden stakes and tan skin. In Blood and Whiskey, we tried to do something different and imaginative with our people, the non-dead, as they are known. Humans have existed in legends and folktales for thousands of years and each country seems to have similar stories about the sun-walkers. We stripped those stories down to the bare bones to re-think the traditional notion of humans as simple-minded monsters.

They are short lived, of course, existing in some cases for just 50 or 60 years. Evolution has left them physically defenseless, weak to the point of debilitation and vulnerable to injury and disease. Luckily, it also made their blood delicious and nutritious. We introduced a new concept — that the blood of evil humans was especially sustaining, but of course we all know blood is blood.

Our humans possess a cockroach-like tenacity to survive and have especially cunning little minds. They use those minds to fashion tools of destruction to attack the heroic vampires. The non-dead are also able to walk in full sunlight with no harm whatsoever, which makes them an even greater threat to the protagonists, who spend each day residing in The Meta. The humans in our book don’t even know The Meta exists.

We also introduced the concept of “love.” Our humans fall in love, a condition far removed from the ever-shifting relationships known to our kind, which are based on convenience and personal sexual satisfaction regardless of gender or familiarity. These humans have a monolithic belief that love is somehow shared between two beings, and of lasting import. 

That’s the underlying comedic element of the book, almost absurdist. This love is somewhat infectious, passing between two humans and creating a shared derangement of the senses.
In our book, the evil human — from the mythical cowboy tribe — is a carrier of an especially virulent form of love. As improbable as it sounds, a vampire is infected by his love. We know that sounds almost disgusting, that a predator would feel any sort of connection to our prey, but the book is not supposed to be funny — it’s a tragedy; readers should be warned, this is not another “vampire triumphant” novel.

About the books

Blood and Whiskey (Pumpjack Press, May 2012), by Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays, is the second book in the Cowboy and Vampire Thriller Series. It’s a wickedly funny tale of love, loyalty and sacrifice in the modern west.

About the authors

Stuff Clark likes: sagebrush, the American West, clouds, whiskey and graphic novels. Stuff he hates: running quarterbacks, drivers who don’t use turn signals and the sound of flip-flops. 

Stuff Kathleen likes: Russian literature, anarchy, martinis, lava and the ocean. Stuff she hates: intermissions, Halloween corn mazes and high-speed vehicular sandwiches. And the Muppets.
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Genre - Western / Gothic Horror 
Rating - PG13

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1 comment:

  1. Humans really do get too much attention, their perspective I mean. Do we deserve it? Vampires, stand up for your literary rights! We will support you.


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