What would it be like to be a vampire?

There are two kinds of vampires we’ve seen in movies: creatures and fancy people. You’re familiar with them. One is a bat-like creature, reminiscent of all things animalistic about vampires. The other is a human-like creature, with all the trappings of a higher form of consciousness, capable of intense strategy and nightmarish intelligence.

Imagine if they were the same thing? Imagine if one was merely a de-evolution of the same being, but one was in control of its bloodlust. We could perhaps get two different beings from one.

I explore this concept in SpellCast from Darkness. Here is a snippet…

I felt nothing but maddening hunger, an ache within that had shattered my sanity in two and drove me across the Irish countryside. I was seeking satiety, seeking fulfillment, seeking something I could no longer define with mere words. The hunger was driving me towards people, the source of my would-be satisfaction, and I pushed through the woods until I encountered them.

It was a small house, long and white with black shutters. The white exterior walls were dingy, with ivy growing here and there, up and over the edges of the gray roof. A small, black compact car sat in the drive in front of a detached garage. The house was quiet from the outside, but even from across the field, I could see movement inside one of the windows that dotted the house walls.

Afterall, my senses had grown keener with the lack of a conscience.

My stomach grumbled as I moved quickly to the house, sniffing the air and checking my surroundings. No other movement across the fields: no cars, no people, no animals. The only thing I saw was a hawk circling overhead, and I snarled at it. I could smell the blood inside the house, and nothing would stop me from getting to it. As I reached the backdoor, I found it unlocked. The doorknob turned easily, and I slunk inside, leaving it open behind me.

I had only one thing on my mind…

Published by Shanna Robillard

Wife to a northern man, mother to a four-legged beastie, and a lover of crystals and gems, vampires, fantasy, and creating stories!

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