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Friday, June 8, 2012

Vampires save L.A.!

Vampires are old hat, now. So why did I write a bunch of books about them? Because they’re cool, in spite of the current incarnation being whiny and ridden with teen angst.

None of the classic horror archetypes has undergone such renovation in recent years as the vampire. Originally seen as the mindless undead, then later as evil predators that hunted the living and unwary, the vampire was usually portrayed as an unredeemable monster in world folklore. Even Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula was seen as an otherworldly monarch, a damned warrior that was repelled by sunlight and holy artifacts.

In more modern times, the predatory nature of the vampire, less suited to the urban sprawl and bright lights of the late twentieth century, underwent a curious transformation. He became a social predator, blending in with humans to seduce and destroy his prey, using supernatural powers of charisma and desire that formerly belonged to the incubus/succubus archetype. In his new role of seducer, the vampire evolved into a sexual predator, focusing as much on corruption of virtue as on pure carnage.

Then, wonder of wonders, moral relativism rendered him into a sympathetic character, the hero with a tragic flaw that he could either rebel against or embrace. From this shift in viewpoint, the paranormal romance was born, as the transformative power of love was given status as an influencer in the outcome of this spiritual struggle.

Coming to the twenty-first century, the tragic hero vampire underwent a revival with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which the paranormal romance took on an interesting twist: the love interest became the vampire’s equal as a mystical predator, giving new credibility to the role of vampire warrior when paired with the vampire slayer.

So why gay vampires?

Why not? If their thought patterns are based on their original human form, then of course there would be a subset who lean that way.

And how did I get to gay vampires in spaceships?

Because I could. And because it's fun to write at the edges of science fiction and fantasy. These are a few of my favorite things...

Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One)
available at Amazon

Los Angeles, 2040. The terrorist Medusa and her followers threaten to destroy the metropolis with a nuclear bomb. One individual, the vampire Nicholas Jameson, comes forward to oppose them.

For tens of thousands of years, the vampires, called Nightwalkers, had been entrenched in a bitter feud with their enemies, the Sentinels, those born to destroy the Nightwalkers with magic and steel. The battle drew to a close once the Redeemer offered the two sides a new path, allowing the Nightwalkers to step back into the sunlight as Daywalkers, in return for giving up the sword.

When Nick takes on the terrorists, he exposes his powers and advanced technology that had been previously unknown to humanity. In the wake of the confrontation, the fragile peace between the races hangs perilously in the balance. Will coexistence be possible, or will the final war destroy them all?

Author Bio:
Arshad Ahsanuddin is a practicing hematopathologist, a physician who specializes in using microscopic and laboratory data to diagnose diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Yes, a blood doctor writing about vampires. The irony is not lost on him. It certainly amuses his colleagues.

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SLAVE's Review
Nicholas Jameson aka Magister Luscian was born a human, but was now last of the house of Luscian. Along with the Sentinals, the Night Walkers and other Day Walkers a plan was hatched to save L.A from destruction and introduce them all to the humans, but things go awry when Nicholas met Jeremy Harkness.
The Day Walkers, Night Walkers and Sentinals lived among the humans, going about business as usual until a crazy woman wanted to blow up L.A. This would not only kill the humans, but all of them as well which forced them to intervene and reveal themselves. I enjoyed reading this book. The story is set in the not so distant future of 2040. Arshad Ahsanuddin’s writing is clean and his storytelling was well done. Just as I had a question, the author smoothly transitioned into back story, successfully answering my queries and then jumped right back to the present to keep the story moving forward. All the characters showed clear emotion. Even with so many characters I was never bored or overwhelmed wondering chaotically about what was going on. The few sex scenes in the book were closed door, which was fine, but I wished that the fighting scenes were in more detailed. All in all this was a good read.
4 of 5 pens

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