The Great Vampire Dispute ~ Killion Slade’s Vamps

Welcome back, Biters, to our on-going discussion of vampires… To sparkle, or not to sparkle, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of critics, or take arms against a sea of vampire fanatics, and by opposing them, to die an unrecoverable series death, THAT is the question.

Our next victim is a married writing team who goes by the name Killion Slade. They are a fun team that storyboards their characters inside Second Life as their avatars. Never to be swayed by convention, Killion Slade stands up against the battery of The Great Vampire Dispute’s questions.

KILLION’S VAMPS

  • quite-a-pairAuthor name: Killion Slade
  • What is the title of your series? Exsanguinate – World of Blood
  • How many books are currently for sale or listen? One
  • How many total in the series to date? Three
  • What are the books about?
    “They can’t touch you!” What could possibly go wrong at Orlando’s beloved Global Studios Halloween Scream Nights theme park? Cheyenne O’Cuinn’s task is to study fear even though she is the biggest chicken on the planet. In order to carve out a slice of the billion dollar scare industry for her online role-play company, she researches what causes people to run screaming out of haunted attractions.
    Determined to face her own fear of Oldhouseophobia, Cheyenne confronts her bloodcurdling obsession – the dreaded haunted house. Her worst nightmare manifested, Cheyenne is brutally attacked and left for dead by a rogue vampire. Splattered across the front page of the Orlando Sentinel, Cheyenne discovers her sisters are missing while she recovers in the hospital.
    The ransom call from the kidnapper sets into motion the rabbit hole of a parallel supernatural reality she invades to rescue her family. In a race against the hourglass, Cheyenne confronts a double-agent vampire, a cyberchondriac werewolf, and a mafioso dragon. Can they be trusted to help her, or are they a part of the twisted scheme?
    With her sister’s lives on the line, Cheyenne has no choice but to beat the kidnappers at their own game and ensnare them with her own brand of deception.
  • Where can readers buy, read, or listen to your vampire series?http://www.amazon.com/Exsanguinate-Vampire-Urban-Fantasy-World-ebook/dp/B00H6WI71Y/
    Sneak Listen to the prologue and first chapter of Exsanguinate which will release on Audible in November 2014 – http://www.killionslade.com/exsanguinate-audiobook-sneak-peek/

The Vampire Matrix

Garlic Immune Stake Will kill them
Sunlight/ UV If their dynamic allows.  If they have good nutrition, they can handle more sunlight Holy water/crosses Immune
Running water Love showers J Drowning Immune
Silver Will kill them Fire Immune
Coffin sleep a must? Nope – prefer a temperpedic Homeland dirt a must? Nope
Decapitation Will kill them Do they need to be invited in? Nope
Do they sparkle? Only if they put on sparkly eye shadow… no Do they cast a shadow? Yes – they are living vampires until they meet the ultimate death
Do they show up on film or video? yes Do they have a reflection? yes
Eye color change with hunger? yes Blood tears? yes
Die if not fed? eventually When killed, what is left? They can be killed twice.  Once kills the living vampire, the second would kill them in the ultimate death.  Revert to the age their body should be – usually disintegrate into ash.
Eat solid food? yes Create offspring by blood? As living vamps – yes
Have sex? Oh yeah! Fertile? yes
Immortal? yes Enhanced strength? yes
Enhanced senses? yes Enhanced speed? yes
Enhanced healing? Only if they have human blood to help heal Flight? nope
Shapeshifting? yes Psychic? Not unless they had it before
Mind control? yes Does their blood heal mortals? nope
What are their fangs like? They can control them to be fierce and intimidating or functional for eating.
Skin color when after rebirth: The same as they were before only newer
Attractiveness after rebirth: The peak of their attractiveness
How do they feed? Living Vamps can eat normal food but must have human blood to support the vampire DNA.  Non-living vamps only can consume human blood to survive.
What does the mortal experience when fed on? Anything the vampire chooses them to feel.  From absolute terror to absolute euphoria.
What do they feed on? Human only? Evil souls only? Rogues vamps kill and eat anything they want and in way they want.  The modernized vamps choose to hunt their prey with class as to not make a mess.  They do not have to kill in order to feed upon the humans.  In fact, they protect their humans food stores.
Do they kill? Or only drink? Do they have a conscious? Very conscious and proactive thinking about the future and the welfare of their humans.
Are there clans or a hierarchy? More of a hierarchy

 

  • final-mock-upHow is a vamp created in your world? Living vamps are born into existence, as well as dhampirs (half human/human vamp) – they can also be attacked . If enough vampire DNA is exchanged in the attack, then the change can occur.
  • What happens when they are changed? They turn into a living, breathing vampire who is immortal. Will stay that way until meeting the ultimate death and become the night walker.
  • Is religion involved in you vamp world and what kind? No religion, no cult. Simply another species which live on the planet with all the other supernaturals creatures.  Maintaining a low radar among the humans, just below the fold.
  • Is war or fighting a big theme in your books? Vamps are trying to keep the humans from blowing up the planet, thereby destroying them all.  There is always internal wars, pure blood vampires fighting against rogue vampires for power.
  • How did vampires “start” in your world? Cain and Lilith. We are working on a book where this story is explained and how the Ten Commandments where misunderstood – humans were put on the earth for the vampires sustenance, not where humans were to top of the food chain.
  • What made vampires a reality in your world? Every culture, every country has vampire lore. We decided to integrate the vampires fully into modern human culture.
  • Who are your characters?
    Khaldon Seters – Direct Descendant of Sekhmet the Egyptian Warrior Goddess – many centuries old
    Cheyenne O’Cuinn – Raised as human, attacked at 27 and turned into living vampire
  • Who is your favorite vampire writer? Molly Harper and Christopher Moore
  • What music goes best with your series? It depends on the scene. I prefer music movie scores with dark, haunting melodies to listening to anything with words.
  • Anything else to say to perspective readers about your series? The World of Blood series is a modern take on the “what if” vampires lived among us. It is based upon gamers, software engineers, computer programmers, and other cool global communication employment.  Not your typical 40 year old virgin who lives in his mom’s basement.  Vampires are trying to save the planet from the humans blowing it up, but to do that, the vampires will have to take control over the planet by destroying all the political leaders, military, and governments. In order to save the planet, they have to enslave mankind.

Thank you, Killion for sharing your Biters with us!

Check in next time when I’ll speak
with Kristin Battestella
(HorrorAddicts.net‘s very own Kbatz)
about her vamps!

Until then, protect your neck and beware
of things that go bump in the night.

The Great Vampire Dispute ~ Billie Sue Mosiman’s Vamps

Next up on our vampire list is author Billie Sue Mosiman. She has a unique take on the vampire lore we know so well. Similar to witch stories, her lead character must choose what sort of vampire she’ll be. Will she be a goodie? Or a baddie? Will she choose violence over peace? Will she go to the dark side, or use The Force for good? The battle between good an evil is in all of us, so this tale’s got a little for everyone.

Let’s find out more about Billie Sue’s vamps and how they will choose.

BILLIE SUE’S VAMPS

 The Vampire Matrix

Garlic No effect Stake No effect
Sunlight/ UV No effect Holy water/crosses No effect
Running water No effect Drowning No effect
Silver No effect Fire Hurts, and can kill if prolonged and they can’t get out.
Coffin sleep a must? No Homeland dirt a must? No
Decapitation Kill 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? Yes
Die if not fed? No, but severely weak. When killed, what is left? The body.
Eat solid food? Yes. Sometimes. Create offspring by blood? Yes
Have sex? Yes Fertile? Yes, offspring are combination of human/vampire called dhampir.
Immortal? Yes Enhanced strength? Yes
Enhanced senses? Yes Enhanced speed? Yes
Enhanced healing? Yes Flight? Extremely rare and only by the eldest of vampires.
Shapeshifting? No Psychic? A little.
Mind control? Yes Does their blood heal mortals? No
What are their fangs like? Normal two-fang type
Skin color when after rebirth: Paler
Attractiveness after rebirth: Enhanced
How do they feed? Bite – anywhere.
What does the mortal experience when fed on? Pain and then a gentleness into the deep night of death.
What do they feed on? Human only? Evil souls only? Many feed from vampire owned blood banks. The Predators often kill and feed off human victims.
Do they kill? Or only drink? Do they have a conscience? Some kill—the Predators. The Naturals and Cravens do not kill. A few have a conscience.
Are there clans or a hierarchy? There are three clans or types of vampires. Predators who when they want will kill humans. Naturals who live like humans, never being discovered. Cravens live together in communal housing and rarely go out and never feed from humans.

 

  • legionsofthedarkHow is a vamp created in your world? Never vampires are rarely made by another vampire. If they are in a family of vampires then around their teen years the disease takes hold due to heredity and during the death back to life episode they choose in a blood dream what sort of vampire they will become, either Predator, Natural, or Craven.
  • What happens when they are changed? They come back to themselves from the changing in the dream and are helped by family to adjust to their immortality and what it entails.
  • Is religion involved in you vamp world and what kind? Though the vampires, even the oldest of them, have no personal perception of God, they know there is one.
  • Is war or fighting a big theme in your books? It’s not a big theme. One war occurs. In the third novel a vampire appears others believe is the Christ of Anti-Christ.
  • How did vampires “start” in your world? It occurred in the beginning of mankind on earth. They have always been a part of the word. What made vampires a reality in your world? There is a group of vampires in England who have been researching their disease to find a way to cure it.
  • Hunter_of_the_Dead_-_Kindle_CoverWho are your characters?
    1.) Dell Campian, a teen in the first novel, turns during her last year in high school. She marries a human and becomes the mother of Malachi, a dhamir, who most of the vampires believe is the legendary and prophesied vampire who would come to change the vampire world where they are all separated into three kinds.
    2.) Mentor is the oldest of all the clans and he helps new, young vampires in their death dreams where they must choose what sort of vampire they will become for the rest of infinity.
    3) Malachi, dhampir son of Dell Campion, suffers the loss of his wife. He must decide to let his mother turn him, by bite and blood infusion, into full vampire so he has all the abilities of vampire in order to track his wife’s murderer—and to prevent a full out war between all the vampire nations.
    4) Ross, the de facto leader of the Predator vampires who runs the blood banks and often squabbles over morality with Mentor.
    5.) Charles Upton, a human billionaire dying of a disease with similar symptoms of vampirism. He searches the world over for a real vampire to help him turn into one so he will never die.
  • Who is your favorite vampire writer? Anne Rice.
  • What do you play to get in the mood for writing these blood-thirsty fiends? No, I don’t listen to music often when writing.
  • Anything else to say to perspective readers about your series? Noting the symptoms of porphria were like what affects vampires, I wrote about how it mutated in some humans creating vampires. I took a medical point of view for the origin. The vampires, especially the Naturals, who work so hard to fit into the normal human world, question their own souls, hoping they have one, and the consequences of their actions and those of the other types of vampires.

Thank you, Billie Sue for sharing your Biters with us!

Check in next time when I’ll speak
with Killion Slade about
her vamps!

Until then, protect your neck and beware
of things that go bump in the night.