Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wicked Haunt-o-ween with Adrian Scott and a Vampire Society

The contest is closed. Lisa is the winner!! Congratulations!!
KAREN:Adrian Scott is the author of chilling tales and creatures in the shadows. He is here today to give us an exclusive behind the scenes look at his new series A Society of Vampires.

***CONTEST: One lucky trick or treater will be able to add a PDF copy of the first volume of The Society of Vampires: A Vampire's Tale to their goodie bag. Read on to find out how. CONTEST ENDS: NOV. 2 AT MIDNIGHT PST.


The ‘Society’ series which, at present, stands at sixteen completed novels, (including the ‘Tarkusian Chronicles’ which detail the life of Lord Tarkus from birth to when he formed the Society of Vampires in the 1600’s, started out as a single novel entitled ‘A Vampire’s Tale’.

I wanted to tell the story of a normal mortal man who falls in love with a female vampire and becomes one of her kind. And I wanted to tell it in the first person, to try to create a ‘feel’ of reality with my readers, and sympathy for the person telling the story.

But somewhere along the line, after the protagonist and his ‘wife’ and ‘daughter’ arrived in Paris during the 1800’s, I realized things would be far simpler for them if there was a society established specifically to assist people – or vampires, actually – in their position: homeless; in need of shelter; and seeking somewhere to settle down and live as close to a normal life as is possible for one who must feed on the blood of mortals. I also saw that there must be laws, governing the behaviour of vampires if they were to live in a society of normal human beings and avoid being hunted to extermination.

And so the Society of Vampires came into being, with Lord Tarkus as its Permanent Overlord. The Society provided temporary accommodation for vampires newly-arrived in Paris, in a large building at 6, Rue du Guerre, where an apartment could be given to the new arrival until the Society found a permanent dwelling for them - paid for, staffed, and maintained, of course, by the Society. And it also administered the laws governing the Nosferatu, and maintaining peace between mortal and ‘immortal’, even though human society itself was totally unaware of the existence of the Society or its members.

But this created a problem: such an arrangement would soon become common knowledge among the Nosferatu, and with vampires heading for Paris from all across Europe, we would soon have a situation where numbers of people would be found in the city on chilly mornings, their blood drained, and their lives ended…which also created a problem for the next-of-kin. It also meant the vampires had need of human allies.

The answer was to institute a law forbidding the taking of blood from any person unless that person was of such a type that society in general would benefit by his or her death – wife-beaters, those who profited from prostitutes, thieves, criminals of the worst kind, and those who would, under normal circumstances, be dead within twenty-four hours. In such a situation, the Society would then see to it that the next-of-kin, if they depended on the victim for food and survival, would from that point be provided for by the Society.   

The answer to the second problem was to create a Pact with the gypsy people who would, in exchange for protection from the attacks of their age-old enemy, the werewolf, tend to whatever ‘cleaning up’ needed to be done, and would carry out other small tasks for the Society, including holding positions on Lord Tarkus’ Advisory Committee.

Where did the idea of using the gypsy people come from? For that, I must thank the late actor Lon Chaney, who in 1941 appeared in a film entitled ‘The Wolf Man’, and played one of the screen’s first werewolves. The gypsies were the victims in this film, and during one scene, an old woman tells Lon Chaney (in his human guise) of an old gypsy legend handed down through the centuries:

“Even the man who is pure at heart
And says his prayers at night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the Autumn moon is bright.”
(I believe those are the words, or as near as I can recall).
In that film, the gypsies were cast as those who carried the secrets of how to destroy a werewolf, and so, referring back to that film I saw all those years ago, they became the allies of the vampires in my ‘Society’ series.
 The werewolf I positioned as the ‘bad guy’ in the series – desiring to kill the vampires above all else, because without their protection, the gypsy people would themselves be open to attack…destroy the gypsies, leave the world without the knowledge of how to destroy a werewolf, and nothing could stop the werewolves from attacking and killing at will whenever and wherever they chose.
 So an Accord is formed between gypsy and Nosferatu, and the battle is engaged against the werewolves. And my Society now has an aim and a purpose.
Why did I cast the gypsies and vampires as the ‘good guys’ and the werewolves as the ‘baddies’? That’s the easiest question of all to answer: the werewolf, in its animal form, is a crazed, bloodthirsty killer, and will slaughter young, old, man, woman, child or even newborn baby merely for the sheer pleasure it gets from the act of killing. The vampire, however, feeds from humans (and sometimes takes so much blood it causes death) because it must – if it does not feed, it dies. I included the gypsies because I saw that the vampires must have a human ally with whom to go into battle, and because of that ‘old gypsy woman’ in Lon Chaney’s film, they were chosen.

And that is where the idea of the Society of Vampires came from. When I wrote ‘A Vampire’s Tale,’ I had no idea where it was going to lead me – but now that the Society ‘exists’ and it has led me to write another fifteen novels along the same theme, I bless my Muse for her hard work – whoever she may be.

***CONTEST: One lucky trick or treater will be able to add a PDF copy of the first volume of The Society of Vampires: A Vampire's Tale to their goodie bag. All you have to do is answer these questions: Tell us about your favorite vampire story. What intrigued you the most about the tale? CONTEST ENDS: NOV. 2 AT MIDNIGHT PST.

Can't wait? You Can Purchase A Vampire's Tale Both in Print and Ebook at:
Amazon Kindle
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Since I was nine years old, I have taken an interest in the unusual, the strange, the mysterious; my favourite authors have always been Edgar Alan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...I feel I have read and re-read their tales and enjoyed them so often, each word is engraved somewhere within me.

Now, I am retired from the workaday world, and turn my attentions from short
stories to novels dealing with those forces that I have always been fascinated by.

Please visit Adrian Scott's Website for updates and his other fascinating books!


Gerald Costlow said... Best Blogger Tips

I've always had a soft spot for werewolfs. Of all the classic monsters, they spoke to the "animal" inside all of us.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Adrian,
Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your intriguing story!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Gerald Costlow Gerald,

I've always been intrigued with the different werewolf legends, too.

The classics are the best-- showing the struggle between remaining human and the helplessness when the beast takes over.

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

"Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice, one of the first vampire stories I read, so it has always been my favorite.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite would be the classic Dracula. He was mysterious and scary at the same time. I love the classic movie with the orginal monsters. I do like the modern vampires and werewolves too. They are bit differant then the classic ones. Your book sounds very intriquing.
Sue B

aerstad said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite vampire series is the house of night series. everything about the series had me wanting more so it wasn't just one thing

SecDoOver said... Best Blogger Tips

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. He's been my favorite author ever since I read my first SK book (Desperation) and ‘Salem’s Lot is just plain scary. Love it.

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all of Anne Rice's books starting with Interview with a Vampire. I love how you go through their "lives " and she make you a part of that. Thanks for the giveaway!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the Wroth brother stories by Kresley Cole because they're alpha.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com said... Best Blogger Tips

Lisa wins the copy of Society of Vampires volume 1 as she got closest to the concept of the series - trying to maintain a degre of 'humanity' and 'morality' in the characters whilst acknowledging their immortality
Congrats, Lisa
Adrian Scott

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats, Lisa!!