The Great Vampire Dispute ~ Mike Bennett’s Vamps

by Emerian Rich

One of my long-time friends, the Lord of Horror Podcasting, Mike Bennett, is here this time to tell you about the vampires in The Underwood and Flinch Chronicles. This two-time Parsec Award winner for Best Long-Form Story and two-time Polidori Award winner for Best Vampire Podcast Series is a non-stop thrill ride that still manages to capture that classic feeling we love about vampires. Yes, I’m a fan.

But I know you want to get right down to the nitty gritty. What are Mike’s vampires like?

MIKE’S VAMPS

  • mike bennettAuthor name: Mike Bennett
  • Series Title: The Underwood and Flinch Chronicles
  • How many books are currently for sale or listen? 2
  • How many total in the series to date? 3
  • What is the series about? All David Flinch ever wanted was a normal life. But when you’re a member of the Flinch family, normal has never been easy. For hundreds of years, the eldest male Flinch has been servant and guardian to the vampire, Lord Underwood. While the Flinches have changed through the generations, Underwood has remained eternal. David had hoped to be spared the horror of serving his family’s lord and master, but when he is summoned to the Flinch home in Spain by his dying older brother, he knows his luck has run out. After fifty years of slumber, Underwood is to be resurrected from the grave in a ritual of human sacrifice, and David, by right of succession, is to be his resurrector. But there is another Flinch, one who craves the role of guardian to the vampire: David’s sister, Lydia. It’s a job she means to have, even if it means making David’s the first blood shed in this new age of Underwood and Flinch.
  • Where can readers buy, read, or listen to your vampire series? http://www.mikebennettauthor.com/

THE VAMPIRE MATRIX

Garlic No Stake Yes
Sunlight/ UV Yes Holy water/crosses No
Running water No Drowning Yes
Silver No Fire Yes
Coffin sleep a must? Yes Homeland dirt a must? No
Decapitation Yes Do they need to be invited in? No
Do they sparkle? No Do they cast a shadow? Yes
Do they show up on film or video? Yes Do they have a reflection? Yes
Eye color change with hunger? No Blood tears? Absolutely not
Die if not fed? No When killed, what is left? A body
Eat solid food? No Create offspring by blood? Yes
Have sex? Yes Fertile? No
Immortal? Yes Enhanced strength? Yes
Enhanced senses? Yes Enhanced speed? As wolf, yes
Enhanced healing? Yes Flight? As bat, yes
Shapeshifting? Yes Psychic? No
Mind control? Yes Does their blood heal mortals? No
What are their fangs like? Lengthened canines: standard Hammer movie variety
Skin color when after rebirth: N/A
Attractiveness after rebirth: N/A
How do they feed? Conventional fangs-to-veins approach
What does the mortal experience when fed on? Euphoria
What do they feed on? Human only? Evil souls only? Mammals will suffice, but human blood is a necessary dietary requirement. Will feed on anyone other than Flinches.
Do they kill? Or only drink? Do they have a conscious? (conscience?) Kill / drink.Has a conscience, but not if it gets in the way of a meal.
Are there clans or a hierarchy? No

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  • How is a vamp created in your world? bite / blood exchange
  • What happens when they are changed? They become a vampire
  • Is religion involved in you vamp world and what kind? Cult / Sect Satanism with a small “s” (so far).
  • Is war or fighting a big theme in your books? No
  • How did vampires “start” in your world? To be revealed at a later date
  • Who is your top vampire character? Lord Underwood, 18th Century 
  • Who is your favorite vampire writer? Bram Stoker

Thank you for sharing your fanged one with us, Mr. Bennett. Lord Underwood is welcome at the Rich Mansion anytime. Oh, and Mike, I guess you can come along too. 🙂

Join me next time Biters,
when we’ll talk to
Leigh M. Lane about her series,
Jane the Hippie Vampire.
Should be GROOOOVY!

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