Vespera Vampire

 

Once part of a thriving community Vespera has been witness to the decline of her sect with only few of her fellow vampires left. The death of her loved ones, including her husband, son and twin sister, has caused her to despise humanity and its savage evil ways.

With numbers continuing to dwindle and the castle in ruins Vespera has come to terms with the fate of her species only wishing to delay it for as long as possible.

Highly intelligent and with compassion for others she makes the perfect leader for the sect and is looked upon with respect.

 

Author’s Notes – The Writing Process (Contains Spoilers)

Thank you for reading my story, I hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to reading more of my books. I have many available spanning a wide variety of genres. This brief summarisation of my writing contains spoilers so if you haven’t read the story yet please don’t read any further.

This trilogy originally started out as two completely unrelated vampire stories each published separately, but when writing the third I decided to combine them under the one title Vespera Vampire.

With the first story (True Nature) I wanted to write a narrative that was pure horror but written from the point of view of a vampire. Many writers have done this before, but with the book written in first-person the vampires’ perspective becomes more defined as they see human beings purely as a source of food. I also wanted to make it clear that the vampires weren’t evil they were simply doing what came natural to them. Originally I intended the victim to be male but as I came to write the scene where he is forced to undress before being shaved something didn’t feel right within the plot. It was as though there was a hint of sexual tension between him and Vespera that wasn’t supposed to be there. So I just changed his sex to female and gave him the name Adele. Also, due to reader feedback, I changed one of the character’s names from Lilith to Ivy in Chapter 6 of True Nature. This is because Lilith and Lamia are fairly similar names in written form and there was a lot of confusion as to who was who. Just a simple name change makes the entire chapter easier to read.

The second story (Deal With A Vampire?) had a totally different plotline than the first with a victim as the main character. You may have also noticed Vespera’s name not mentioned once throughout even though she was the head vampire. The original theme centred purely around the fear the characters felt before they even set eyes upon a vampire, but I then realised I was going to have to describe the torture scene itself for the fear to be justified. It took quiet a few rewrites to get it perfect. With the story told in first-person I was able to alter the level of detail based upon whether the main character was looking or not. Just the simple act of her closing her eyes at certain times made it easy to adjust the level of violence. Sometimes less detail can make the story even more violent because the reader fills in the blanks with their imagination, but too little detail can have the opposite effect. I hope I got the balance just right.

The third story (Blood Is Thicker Than Water) again is totally different than the first two with a differing main character. I also made sure to reference characters who had been mentioned before even if they only had a small role within the story. In many ways the omission of some characters, such as Ivy or the grandfather could imply that they had passed away giving an indication that the vampire sect is in decline. You may have also noticed Lamia’s tendency to abbrieviate people’s names, Vespara as Vesp, Nerian as Nery, Clementine as Clem, etc. This was all due to one single line within True Nature where Lamia referrers to Vespera as Vesp, so I decided to continue her informal use of names within this story. With this being the third and final part of a trilogy I thought it would be good to show humans in a less than favourable light as to make the vampires’ eventual demise more of a sad event. Introducing a baby deer to the story acted as a powerful metaphor referring to the relationship vampires had with human beings.

One feature of vampire stories in general is the flexibility of the lore, so for example they sometimes have wings, sometimes can turn into a bat, sometimes have retracting fangs, etc. There’s no real right or wrong variation. None of the vampires in this story have retracting fangs, the fangs are always fully visible. Vespera has folding wings and can fly. Lamia has deformed wings due to the fact that she’s a half-breed. Clementine has no wings due to the fact that she started out as human and was turned. Three totally different vampiric characters yet still within the same lore.

A big thank you to Jesse-lee Lang for the beautiful vampire pictures used as cover art. These pictures are available from www.iStockphoto.com under the user name Leafsomen and from Jesse-lee’s website www.darkgeometry.ca

Another big thank you to Emily Booth, Sharon White and the Gorezone Forums for giving me their invaluable advice on how to make a story scary. I dedicate this book to them.

Copyright Information: The stories on this website were created by Raymond Johnson. Feel free to download, copy, redistribute, repackage, print out, steal ideas from, make fan fiction of, and pretty much do whatever you see fit with them. Just don’t sell them please.

 

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