Book: The Vampire's Song by William Randcategories: Book, Vampires, Romance, Men's Issues, Mexico, Strippers, Scary Stories, Short Stories, Gore, Horror
William Randabout this book: "The Vampire's Song" is both a horror story and a romance. It can almost be classified as erotica but not quite because the sex is not graphic enough. The violence, however, is plenty enough for horror. At its core, however, the story is about choices people make or are unable to make for love and for life.
Mark Thompson, the protagonist, is a guilt-ridden Catholic. His secret vice involves going to strip clubs, especially over the border in Mexico. Carmen is a stripper, working at a high class club just over the border in Nuevo Laredo. She has her own secret. When Mark enters the club and requests a private dance with Carmen, their lives intertwine in a way that changes them forever.
An unlikely love brings Mark, the strict Catholic, and Carmen, a vampire, together. After years of existing alone and only at night, Carmen wants nothing more of an eternity without company. Mark thinks that vampires must be destroyed, but he realizes that he loves her, and he desperately needs what she has to offer.
Will faith or love govern their actions?
The basic idea for the story of romantic choice was already floating around in my head during the course of researching material for another vampire novel. As I sat in a similar night club, watching the dancers, the vampire angle hit me. The idea for the story developed on the taxi ride back to my hotel. I drafted the story, originally titled "Canción de la Vampira," as a sort of break from my research. The final draft addresses the human concepts of religious faith, conformity, men's issues and the power of love and trust. Mark and Carmen exist in all of us.
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