Okay, I admit my love vacillates between vamps and weres lately. Today, it’s vamps because not only am I writing a vampire story, but I also have a new vampire story on bookshelves. [Warning: self-promotion ahead.]
I fell in love with vampires reading Anne Rice, but I really learned about vampires by reading Stoker’s Dracula. I don’t recall Rice’s vampires shifting to forms other than the human shape that have (though they do turn almost to marble as they age). But Dracula, now there was a shifty vampire. He could do the bat thing and the wolf thing. He would even age if he hadn’t taken blood for a while, and then, after a nice shot of the crimson cocktail, he’d be back to a more youthful appearance. The animal shifting he did by will; the age thing I think he had to work at.
My current release, HIS FORGOTTEN FOREVER has no shifting. Sorry. But it does involve a shift in behavior. A vampire who once enacted cruel deeds upon his fellow vampires (and a few werewolves–so see, there’s a reference to shifters in the story), suddenly develops amnesia. And as he regains memory of his violent past, he’s faced with the decision to either go back to what he once was, or shift to the new and much nicer man he’s been since he hasn’t been able to remember much. An attitude shifter, we’ll call him. 🙂
You can read the first chapter for HFF here. I’ll give away a copy of HIS FORGOTTEN FOREVER, and a handy-dandy bookmark I made myself to one commenter today. Stop back tomorrow for the winner’s name!
So how do you like your vampires? Shifty? All human? Dead, undead, or never died? And what was your first vampire read?
PS – If you can find it, I highly recommend THE ANNOTATED DRACULA by Leonard Wolf. 🙂