When opposites attract, are they opposites?

I’ve been reading the five novels (so far) in Emily Guido’s Light-Bearer Series.

The central theme is “opposites attract.” The Light-Bearer (angel) Charmeine and her eternal soul mate, Blood-Hunter (vampire) Tabbruis, battle those prejudiced against their “forbidden” mixed relationship (much like my character Jack must overcome his community’s prejudice against special-needs vampires).

As you delve deeper and deeper into the saga, the question becomes: Are the attracting “opposites” in fact opposites, or merely two sides of the same coin?

1992-S JFK Half Dollar

My main character Jack Wendell’s lucky 1992 JFK Half Dollar

In Ransom, Emily titled Chapter 15 “No Shades Of Grey” :twisted:, but by the time we’re that deep into the fifth book of the Series, a whole palette of morality’s grey shades unfolds before your eyes. Just like in Vampire Syndrome: Are the villains really villains from their points of view? Or even the hero’s? A good story makes the hero question who are the heroes and villains. A great story leaves readers with questions of their own. Emily’s Series accomplishes just that, and I would say my work does the same. In Ransom, what is the titular “ransom?” Not what you would you think (even after the end of book 4, Seditious)!

What seems to be a clear “black & white”, “good vs. evil” world in book 1, Charmeine, evolves into a world painted in expressionist flourishes of greyed moral choices.

Leaving us to question if there are even “heroes” and “villains.” We are all but actors on this stage play that we call “life.” The two sides of the coin, telling the tales, singing the songs, same at our core despite our differences. All of our parts important, whether we play hero or villain. All of our free will acting alongside the supreme intelligence force driving the universe, which some would simply call God.

Thanksgiving Dinner With My Family

Time for a heart-warming Thanksgiving story, don’t you think?


“Thanksgiving Dinner With My Family” ©2010 Daven Anderson

The warmth of the first sun beam through our bedroom window awakens me on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning. My wife Theresa is beside me, her blonde hair lit in a gentle glow. Still in peaceful sleep, her face beams with an angel’s countenance. Our cat Furball massages my leg with his front paws.

I can hear our daughter Britney, her partner Anita and Anita’s daughter Carmen grabbing dishes in the kitchen. Britney’s a little brat before she has her coffee. And, as I love to tease her, she’s a little brat after she’s had her coffee. She doesn’t mind my affectionate jesting. Britney is a charming young adult woman. Gifted with the beauty of her mother and her dad’s often-twisted sense of humor.

Our family has so much to be thankful for. The least we can do is to help those less fortunate than us. To give them something they can be thankful for on this holiday. This is why we’ll be spending several hours at the Denver Rescue Mission, serving Thanksgiving meals to the homeless.

First of all, I’m thankful that I have this warm bed to lie in. Second, I’m lucky that Theresa, the love of my life, is sharing this bed with me. Most of all, I’m thankful that we have our daughter. Britney is an only child, our little miracle. Long ago, the experts told Theresa she was infertile. We proved them wrong when we at last conceived our bundle of joy. Our only sadness is that we could not give Britney the siblings she once wanted so badly. It used to break our hearts to see Britney clutching her baby doll, asking us when she’d have a new baby brother or sister to play with.

Now Britney is an adult. She understands all too well what her mom and I went through, because Britney has inherited her mother’s condition. The experts say it will be a miracle if Britney can bear us a grandchild. We pray for that miracle.

Maria, our granddaughter in spirit, knocks on our bedroom door and says, “Your coffee is ready.”

Miracles do happen. Not just Britney, but Maria. Britney’s partner Anita also suffers from the same fertility problem as our family, yet Anita managed to bring her daughter Carmen into the world.

Theresa and I rise from the bed and don our robes. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts in from the hallway. I pick up Furball and stroke his chin, taking delight in his loud purr.

Furball leads us into the kitchen. Britney has prepared a plate of his food, and she lowers it to the floor as we walk in.

Britney says, “Hi, Mom and Dad,” and kisses our cheeks. Two cups await us at the table. She knows her mom and I are big brats before we’ve had our coffee. Britney and Anita seek to do more than simply serve food to those in line at the Denver Rescue Mission. Our ambitious daughter and her partner want to find a real homeless family to share in our Thanksgiving dinner. Not a family in the shelter, but a family living outside in the harsh winter cold. The people we serve in the shelter every Thanksgiving always tell us sad stories about the families out there who couldn’t get space in one of the shelters.

We invited one such family here last year. That particular dinner didn’t go very well. The family all bolted out the front door and ran down the block screaming, creating quite a scene.

Two police officers paid a visit our house that night. The cops didn’t believe any of those wild accusations the homeless family made. That’s what the family got for having foilies in their pockets. Evidence of meth use destroyed their credibility as witnesses, even though none of them were high at the time.

Britney was cracking up those cops by yelling, “Get the spiders off of me.” Cops know meth users’ paranoia all too well. Meth heads are always afraid something is going to bite them.

Every Thanksgiving, Britney looks forward to our family cruise in “Das Boat”. We’ve loaded the old wagon’s cargo area with boxes of pumpkin pie donated by our local grocery store’s bakery manager. Too bad we can’t make the pies from scratch, but we’ll have enough cooking to do at the Rescue Mission.

Anita starts up her Subaru. Carmen waves to us as her mom drives away. Anita will meet us at the mission. Maria will have lunch with her grandparents while we serve meals to the homeless.

Britney opens the door of my old car and slides across the bench seat. “The bitch seat,” she says. Her radiant smile is the the polar opposite of bitchy. She loves to sit between Mom and Dad, like she did in the old days. A simple pleasure denied her in new cars with their fancy bucket seats.

Theresa gets in, and off we go. I touch the gas pedal very slowly. I can’t drive like Johnny Hot-Rodder unless I want to start an accidental pie fight inside the car. I have to drive gingerly the one day a year my old car is inundated with the wonderful smell of the pies’, ahem, ginger spice.

Some would wonder why a family like us who don’t attend church services would volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission. Well, Theresa and I are not total strangers to faith in Christ Our Lord. We were raised in the faith long ago.

John 6:54-56: Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.

Raising Britney has been the most challenging test of our faith. Not just in the Lord, but in each other, as a family. Britney never took the faith to her heart. Why would she? Many so-called “Christians” would say that our precious daughter is hell-bound. They don’t understand that she was born the way she is. They decry her behavior as a wicked lifestyle choice.

Britney’s partner Anita has also suffered the slings and arrows of judgment. Anita was beaten by her ex-husband when he found out her true nature. He disowned their daughter Carmen as being nothing but a hell-spawn demon.

Theresa and I know better. The Lord gives each of us the innate wisdom to look beyond dogma and literalism. God also gives us the choice to use this wisdom. Or not.

Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

This is why we’re en-route to the Denver Rescue Mission. We are not perfect. We are sinners. But when it comes to those in need, we “walk the walk” rather than “talking the talk.”

Jesus fed the five thousand. Those of us volunteering today will feed thousands more. Britney loves to see the most hardened, world-weary faces brighten when she hands them a slice of pumpkin pie. In those moments, what she is doesn’t matter. It’s what she does that means so much to those people.

I’ve dropped off Theresa, Britney and the pie boxes at the mission. There’s a parking lot on the left. Eight dollars all day. Good enough. Anita’s car is here already. I struggle with the steering wheel once I find a space. They didn’t make these parking spaces for old twenty-foot-long land yachts. This lot was made for compacts like Anita’s Subaru. Not cars that can hold three adults and 192 pumpkin pies.

I stroll the couple of blocks towards the mission. The line is already growing, and it’s only nine A.M. Theresa and Britney will be in the kitchen, preparing the turkeys to be served during the dinner shift. Even from here, I can smell the first batch of turkeys cooking.

So many sad, hard faces in the line, waiting for the first meal at noon. Worn-out clothes and worn-out facial expressions. Children’s pleading eyes, matched only by the desperation of their parents. Only the thought of our family serving them food in a few hours keeps me from shedding a waterfall of tears.

A white produce truck backs in the alley behind the mission. Once it stops, I head for the entrance. Dozens of volunteers pace the kitchen area, dedicated to their tasks. Britney spots me and waves me over to one of the turkey preparation tables, where she and her mother are hard at work.

We work in this area every Thanksgiving. Britney removes the giblets. Theresa and I are making dressing. Anita prepares trays of rolls for the ovens. Just as we all did last year.

Here, it doesn’t matter who we are. What’s important is the work we do. Volunteers from all walks of life, united to end hunger for at least this day. To give even the most destitute something to be thankful for. Not just food, but the offer of a helping hand. Help to get off the streets and live in dignity.

Twelve noon. The serving line is open. Our family begins the good work. I dole out slice after slice of turkey, watching all the sad faces turn happy as they smell the fresh meat. After I put the turkey on their plates, they move toward Anita, who’s ladling out dressing. Theresa is serving rolls. Britney hands each person a plate with a slice of pumpkin pie.

My wife and daughter are like two peas in a pod. Matching ponytails, red aprons, and smiles. I marvel at Britney’s sheer joy in this day. She hands little plastic toys to the kids, warming my heart as much as theirs.

I am so thankful to see my daughter beaming with happiness. Britney had some difficulties growing up, because of what she is. She’s given to episodes of rage that scare people to the core of their being. We’ve tried the normal medications, none of which work very well.

The sound of breaking plates startles me. Britney dropped a tray. Uh oh. Anita gives me a worried glance. Britney starts to tremble with manic rage. No. Not here. Theresa, Anita and I drop our serving tools and run to embrace Britney. We hide her face from the crowd’s view, because we can’t let anyone see her like this.

A few seconds later, Britney calms down. “I’m okay, Dad.” Her tear-stained face returns to normal.

After all are served in this shift, Theresa and I walk to the dining room. Britney and Anita trot up to meet us. “Mom, Dad,” Britney says, “We have a good lead on a family. They can’t come here because the dad came in here one day, drunk and disruptive. Even the other homeless people I’ve talked to say they pity this family.”
“Did you get directions?” I ask.
“Yeah. They’re living under a highway bridge up north.”
“Great,” says Theresa, “We’ll drive there and pick them up.”
“I’ll go with you and Dad,” Britney says.
“I’ll pick up Carmen and meet you back at your place,”
Anita replies.

A half hour later, Theresa, Britney and I are in our old station wagon, driving on an empty back road.
Britney says, “I think that’s the bridge.”
“There,” Theresa points to a jumble of cardboard, “That must be them.”
I park the car. The three of us walk carefully through the trash-strewn area, dodging broken bottles and needles.

A rough-hewn woman emerges, asking “Are you case workers?”
“No, ma’am,” I answer, “We’re a family. We just got done serving meals at the mission.”
“The mission,” the gap-toothed man mumbles as he crawls out. “They’re bible-thumpers, gonna save us for Jesus.”
“No, no,” Theresa says, “We’re not here to feed you gospel. We want you to join us for a Thanksgiving meal, in our house.”
Their teenage son stumbles out and asks “What’s the catch?”
“No catch,” Britney says, “Just get in our car, and we’ll go eat.”
“Do you have wine?” the dad asks.
I fetch a flask of Thunderbird from my jacket pocket.
“Jesus didn’t turn the water into soda pop,” I hand him the bottle, “Relax. We didn’t come here to make judgements about you.” The man takes a swig, then hands the bottle to his wife.
Theresa says, “Judge not, lest ye not be judged.”
“Now that’s the kind of Christian I like,” the man says.
The mom finishes her turn and hands me the bottle. The teenage boy’s stare pleads with me.
“Oh, go ahead,” I hand him the bottle. “I’m not checking your I.D.”
Britney laughs.
Theresa motions them toward our wagon. “Shall we?” she asks.
“What, and leave this luxurious abode behind?” the man replies. We all laugh.
Britney, Theresa and I sit ourselves in the wagon. The man, woman and teenage son get in the back seat.
“Look at all that chrome on the dashboard,” the woman says.
“This is bigger than the apartment we had,” her son replies.
I tell them, “We hauled 192 nine-inch pumpkin pies to the mission this morning.”
“Those were from the grocery store,” Theresa says, “We’ll serve you our real homemade pie.” Britney smiles.

A half hour later, we’re home. Anita and Carmen reheated the turkey we cooked last night. We escort the homeless family inside. Furball is asleep in the living room’s window sill.

Anita pulls the turkey from the oven as Theresa and I seat the man, woman and son at our table. We place the food one item at a time. The teenage son sticks his finger in the mashed potatoes.

“No eating till Thanksgiving prayer,” Britney scolds him.
At last, Theresa emerges from the kitchen with the turkey.
We stand behind the family’s chairs and place our hands on their shoulders.
“And now,” I say, “Our Thanksgiving prayer.” We all bow our heads. “Father in heaven, we thank thee for the bounty we are about to receive. O Lord, we give thanks that on this day we will deliver the needy from their worldly suffering, and we ask that you guide them safely unto the kingdom of heaven. Amen.”

Theresa, Britney and I extend our fangs and bite hard into their necks. The screams of the homeless family leaving this mortal coil startle Furball from his slumber. A blur of orange calico fur rushes past the corner of my eye. The turkey will just have to wait until we’re done with our first course.

Proverbs 30:14: There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.

Fred and the Junkyard Chupacabras

Now I’ve set the Wayback Machine to September 2009, back when I was writing Vampire Syndrome in an omniscient point of view.

Early snippet from the original omniscient version of Vampire Syndrome ©September 2009

In northeast Denver, in an industrial zoned area, Fred Henderson is driving his Dodge Ram ‘repo’ truck. He pulls up to Roman Auto Salvage, headlights off, stopping behind a white 1992 Honda Civic DX hatchback parked outside the fence. Fred gets out of the truck, and notices the fence has been cut. The incessant barking of his junkyard chupacabras catches his attention. He glances at the locked dog pen, and whispers “Shit!”

Fred gets back in the repo truck, and pulls it ahead of the Civic. Wheel chocks extend and lock onto the Civic’s front wheels. He chuckles as he pulls past the fence’s “Never mind the Dogs, Beware of the OWNER!” sign. He tows the Civic to the next block, and leaves it parked next to a sloping loading dock, hidden from view.

Fred drives the truck back to his yard, and parks by the cut in the fence. He fetches a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum from the glove box. Fred leaps out of the truck and runs toward his main garage, footsteps in rhythm with the chupacabras’ barking.

He dashes past dozens of collector vehicles, from 1980’s cars to horse-drawn wagons. Fred slows down to a crawl when he sights two young car thieves in the front seat of his black 1957 DeSoto Firedome convertible. Since its top is down, Fred gets a clear view of the thieves reaching under the dash and grabbing wires.

The young thief in the passenger seat turns to his partner in crime, and says “This is a pretty sweet Fireflite, isn’t it?” The sound of Fred cocking the .44’s hammer halts their conversation.

Fred says, in a voice calm as a low-tide beach, “It’s a Firedome, actually. I know, I bought this car brand new.”

The thief in the passenger seat jumps out of the car. Fred’s irises turn black and his fangs grow out as he shoots the thief in the chest. Fred leaps up the back of the car and into the back seat. Fred grabs the other young man, still sitting in the driver’s seat, and bites his neck. Fred drains his victim of blood, and the young thief goes limp.

The other thief, lying in a pool of blood, struggles to move. Fred opens the driver’s door, pushes the seat forward, and gets out of the car. Fred grabs the thief’s body, dragging it across the floor to the other side of the car. Fred throws his dead partner’s body next to the wounded young man. “Please, sir,” he begs Fred, “let me live!”

Fred fetches to a rolling shop cart, throws the dead thief’s body on it, then grabs the surviving thief and places him on top of his deceased partner in crime. As Fred pushes the cart, he tells the thief “The only reason why you two even got in here is because I forgot to let the chupacabras out of the pen tonight!”

The young man spits blood out of his mouth, then asks in a weak, croaking voice “Chupacabras?!” Fred gives the thief a wicked fanged smile, then replies “They look like Normal dogs, except for the arched spine and the eyes. Not that you guys got close enough to notice.”

Fred pushes the cart out of the open garage door, toward the chupacabras’ pen. Their barking halts as Fred nears. The thief begs “No, no, please!”, as Fred stops pushing the cart, and walks to the pen’s door, padlock key in hand.

The wounded thief pushes himself off of his friend’s body, and falls to the ground. Fred grabs the dead thief’s body with both hands, and pushes him against the pen’s door. He whistles twice, then yells “Come and get it!” as he throws the body over the fence and into the pen. The long-fanged canines rush in and shred the body to pieces.

Fred walks over to the wounded thief, grabs him and pulls his face in close. “You know what, son? You’re about to have a very special experience tonight. Very few Normals get to see chupacabras up close!”. The thief meekly begs ‘No, no!’, as Fred points out the fanged canines licking up the last of the blood from his friend’s body. Fred then extends his arms to push the wounded thief into the pen. Fred whistles twice, and the chupacabras rush in and start to devour the thief.

Fred locks the door of the pen, then walks past the main gate to his repo truck. As Fred tows the Civic into the main building, he thinks I can salvage-title this hatch, swap in a B16, and sell it on Craigslist.

The truck backs the Civic into a service bay. As Fred unlocks the wheels chocks and prepares to move the truck forward, he turns to see Damien’s Charger pulling in, headlights off. Damien parks next to the truck, steps out of the car and says “Your fence is cut.”

“Yeah, I know,” Fred replies. “There were two young thieves in here, trying to hot-wire my ’57 DeSoto.”

Damien asks in Spanish “¿Son comidas por las chupacabras?” Fred replies “¡Sí!” Damien strolls up to the DeSoto and says “Might want to get that blood off your dash.”

Fred grabs a shop rag from a work bench, gets in the DeSoto and sits in the driver’s seat. He wipes the top of the dashboard, then carefully scrubs the splatters of dried blood out of the crevices of the dash’s chrome “Firedome” emblem.


Breaking Dawn Part 2: Better than the novel?!

Ah, what blasphemies I bring forth unto you! How can such be? The mere thought of a moving picture surpassing the printed word! The canes of discipline beg to strike my posterior in a most aggressive repetition.

Alas, dear readers, it has happened before. Who among us would dare to differ that even Peter Benchley’s sterling work in Jaws lacked a certain instinctual impact that one could only achieve from the witness of a mechanical shark named Bruce? ‘Twas so nice to savor quiet reposes in the deserted waters of the Los Angeles beaches circa 1975 a.d., the would-be throngs of bathers held at bay by the recall of the emerging fin and its ominous tone of accompaniment.

In the darkened twilight of the theatre, the vortex of energy from adolescent hormones would sate the most thirsty of psychic-energy vampires, leaving them full as ticks. 😈

The paid broadcasts before the feature presentation bought forth a most odd twist of what their purchasers suppose to be “demographics”. Who among the adolescent assemblance would know of these painted minstrels of generations past, or for that matter the mechanized magnetic reels used to relay their fortissimo fortitude to the common folk?

After such miscues, it was of most welcome relief to sight the fine lass Mrs. Bella Cullen finally released from her weakened state of servitude to the human condition. Verisimilitude via vampirism, the most dramatic allegory of maturation to the adult state.

And for we, dear readers, the moving picture form releases us from seeing the tale through Bella’s limitations. Differences thereof most readily apparent even years before, guided to ultimate form in the saga’s ultimate film. The screen affixed us in the clairvoyance of Alice, allowing us to visualize the visceral version of a future path not taken. A future surpassing the peaceful forever of the Cullen clan, many would propose. A future satiating the audience’s primordial lust for combat, the ghostly apparitions of gladiators embedded in our collective consciousness, springing forth once more to entertain generations anew.

But let us not forget that it is the printed word that lays the foundation for the visions that we seek.

Too bad we had to wait so long for Vampire Bella

Agreed: Vampire Bella is indeed one of the best changes ever.

Deadly Ever After

TODAY’S BREW: Eggnognut.  The last scoop of Hazelnut + Eggnog Coffee

I need my coffee today, because of course, Kristen and I went to see Breaking Dawn 2 last night, keeping us both up until the wee hours.  Kristen was not as drunk as I expected…I thought she would be yelling at the screen and cursing.  She had popcorn, I had Cookie Dough Bites, these are the things we always get.  I used my good shampoo in case Rob could see me through the screen.  This is the last time we will get to see a Twilight movie at midnight!  So sad, the end of an era.  Until Beautiful Creatures comes out.  You know how you think about a movie after you leave, and then is when you really decide if you liked it or not?  I really liked this movie!  A lot! It was a good ending to the…

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Very inspiring blogger award

Very Inspiring Blog Award

Mari Wells has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It’s wonderful to get some recognition after two years of blogging. Thank you so much, Mary! 😀

Here are the rules:
Rules of Participation:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven Things About Me:

1. I might be the only person in the United States who drove a 1960 Plymouth from Denver to Seattle and back, in the year 2012. I even went to Forks. No A/C, AM radio only. My only modernization: a GPS unit. My old-fashioned road atlas was still easier to use for long-distance multi-highway route planning!

2. I was inspired to write Vampire Syndrome after reading the four Twilight books, specifically my disappointment with the ending of Breaking Dawn (an ending which even Stephenie Meyer and the screenwriters have changed for the Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie!)

3. I have visited all the Colorado locations described in Vampire Syndrome, even the “undisclosed” locations of the vampires’ facilities, such as their headquarters compound. I know details of those locations you can only experience from personal visitations, even if they “don’t exist”. 😈

4. Working closely with special-needs individuals for over twenty years helped me to refine my main character Jack Wendell (a human vampire with Down Syndrome) to the point where every reader of Vampire Syndrome who has a special-needs friend and/or family member has praised my portrayal of Jack as being exceptionally realistic.

5. When I finished my first read of “Interview With The Vampire” at age 17, I did not think “I could write something better than that.” Today, I consider it Anne Rice’s crowning glory, so I still wouldn’t think that. Thus, in practice, Stephenie Meyer inspired me much more than Anne Rice. 😈

6. Some would say that I am a “late bloomer”, not starting to write my first novel until the age of 43. Well, for all those years I was “just” reading, the traditional publishing industry had the lock on publishing. Even if I had written Vampire Syndrome ten or twenty years ago, would it have ever seen the light of day back then? A number of authors are in fact reviving their old novels as e-books. I might have been one of them, if I’d been lucky enough to get my rights back. I may not be rich, but I have all the rights to my work and you can buy my e-books. That’s more than what a lot of long-time authors can say, unfortunately.

7. My automotive knowledge is extensive enough to where a mechanic with 40+ years of experience was able to discern exactly what part failed in the transmission of Damien’s 1960 Plymouth Fury, simply from Damien’s point-of-view observations in Chapter Two. No, this was not a case where the same part failed on my own 1960 Plymouth. My car is manual shift, Damien’s is automatic, so my car does not have a torque converter inner bushing, which is the part that failed in Damien’s car. And, I don’t know any owners of an automatic-transmission 1960 Plymouth who had this part fail on them, so I haven’t even heard details of such a failure experience second-hand.

My nominees:

1. Emily Guido (she’s already won it, but still deserves to be #1 on my list!)
2. Lesley Carter: Bucket List Publications
3. Kristen Lamb’s Blog
4. Chris Devlin Writes
5. The Graveyard Press
6. You Jivin’ Me, Turkey?
7. Think Banned Thoughts
8. The Biting Edge
9. You Can Write A Novel
10. The Warrior Muse
11. Write Your Life Story
12. J.A. Kazimer
13. Writers In The Storm
14. The Wordslinger

…and the most inspiring of them all:
15. The World Of Special Olympics 😀

Boom Boom Vampire Hunter

The final version of Vampire Syndrome contains a passing reference to Damien’s favorite in-universe anime, Boom Boom Karyuudo Kyuketsuki (Boom Boom Vampire Hunter).

From Chapter 13, scene three, Lilith’s point of view:

“I would say ‘fuck you,’ Damien,” I snap,” but Stella probably is jumping your bones right now.”
“Wrong-o, honey. We’re curled up in bed, watching a DVD of Boom Boom Vampire Hunter.”
Gee, what a perfect show to watch after lovemaking.
“The anime series?” Zetania asks.
“Akane Kitsuni bought all the DVD sets for him in Tokyo,” I reply.
“Yeah, I don’t like the American version, where they cut out some of the language and gore,” Damien’s voice says.

Damien is an obsessive fan of the “Boom Boom Vampire Hunter” anime series. The fearless heroes, 13-year-old Nabeshima and his psychic black cat Otaku, travel all over Japan battling adult Kyuketsuki in the cities, and hunting the reclusive child-like Kappa in the rural areas.

Nabeshima uses fully automatic machine guns, grenade and rocket launchers, and plastic explosives in his Vampire hunting quests. It is never explained how a 13-year-old boy acquires all of these weapons, and the series shows he is never suspected by the authorities of any of the carnage, simply because he is “innocent-looking”. His cat Otaku can read the thoughts of humans and Vampires, and communicates to Nabeshima telepathically in a schoolgirl voice.

The ‘over-the-top’ Anime violence has a natural appeal for Damien, but what makes human Vampires love this series is that the Kyuketsuki and Kappa are shown as pale white, no body hair, slightly forward brows and all of their teeth pointed to sharp edges. To human Vampires, this fictional, over-the-top Anime series ironically has the most accurate depictions of ‘Pure’ Vampires since the famous 1922 film classic ‘Nosferatu’. 😉

Here’s another unreleased excerpt from the original version of Vampire Syndrome, ©2010


The pale white Kyuketsuki on the Boom Boom Vampire Hunter DVD box flashes my mind back to 1922. I was in Lilly’s office. Fred Henderson, our chief mechanic, had just returned from his vacation in Europe. He handed Lilly a souvenir. A film can. Inside was a print of “Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens “. Fred’s copy would become one of the ‘surviving prints’ we used to restore this film decades later. If only the Normals knew about that.

That night, Fred screened the film for us in the Presidential Mansion’s theater. I was in the front row, Lilly and Beatrice at my sides. When Count Orlok first appeared, the whole room went into shock. Beatrice screamed and ducked to the floor. Instinctively, Lilly and I drew our pistols and aimed at his image on the screen.

Fred ceased cranking the projector and turned on the overhead lights. We, the entire audience, turned to face him.
“Sure looks like a Pure, doesn’t he?” Fred chuckled, reaching down to grab his beer stein.
“How do they know what Pures look like?” I yelled at Fred as I tucked my pistol back in my chest holster. I couldn’t believe what my eyes just told me. “You did say it was Normals who made this moving picture, correct?”
Fred nodded while sipping his beer.
He rested his stein beside the projector and strolled to the overhead light switches.
“Legends only start when someone lives to tell the tale,” Fred said as he dimmed the lights.

Self-publishers ARE the new industry

The record industry killed the cheap single. Apple iTunes’ 99-cent “a la carte” MP3’s filled the vacuum.

The traditional publishing industry raised the price of paperbacks. Amazon’s low-priced e-books filled the vacuum.



Random House Penguin

See my comment in the original blog post.


For the past few years, authors have kind of looked on in dismay as publishing houses like Penguin and Random House lumbered like dinosaurs underneath the growing shadow of the meteoric threat known as ebooks.

I was – and continue to be – part of that group, so I was proud to hear of the Penguin & Random House merger.

I firmly believe that, at the rate the industry is going, it’s imperative for publishers to move fast to adapt to this stuff.

Think about it:

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