Thursday, August 14, 2008

Do You Believe in Vampires?

Do you believe in vampires?

After all these rounds of Vampire Oracle books, you ought to. Maybe they're hiding out there somewhere, waiting to sink their teeth into your neck and, oh, hey look, we're in public.

But you get the idea. Humans have a deep-seated attachment to that red stuff in our arteries. I don't think it's the blood that gets us going, though. Maybe instead, we like the idea that we're chosen ones. Or that, like love, our beloveds will never die.

Sometimes, we want very badly to believe. Even if it's improbable, we want to spend a little while in a place where we're the unique ones, the magic ones. Or where we could be. And where we don't have to accept death as a final answer.

This is what my own Vampire Oracle, New Life, is about. Why do we seek vampires? The hero, Kyle Madsen, is a psychologist who specializes in people who think they're vampires. He doesn't believe in them, although he'd like to. In a world filled with transience and heartbreak, he'd like to find a piece of the immortal.

And let's face it. Who doesn't want to imagine a pair of warm lips on their neck? Or an insatiable hunger for what they have inside?

New Life comes out October 3. Read it, and believe.

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