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! Shanna Robillard is the author of Beyond the Shadows, SpellCast from Darkness, and Against the Coming Dark (the Beyond the Shadows trilogy), as well as A Tale by Moonlight and The Seven Lives of May Levesque.

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