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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Guest Blog & Contest with Tony-Paul Vissage

My second author guest this week is not only a writer but an artist. Tony-Paul De Vissage has a new book out this week called Vampires are Forever which is being released by Class Act Books. Also Tony has an anthology of short stories Sweet Sips of Blood coming out in August via Vamptasy Press (UK).

I hope you enjoy Tony's guest blog and will also enter the contest to win a copy of the newest release!


When I wrote Vampires are Forever, I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted a vampire story that was whimsical while still having that frisson one expects from a tale of the Undead…what one might call The Lighter Side of Vampires or The Undead in a Lighter Vein (please, pardon the pun!)

So I sat down and listed all the clichés…villagers with pitchforks and torches storming the castle…the foul fiend calling out his defiant curse as he wings his escape into the night…the sudden shining of a light in the upper window of the abandoned manor house…the appearance of a mysterious, handsome stranger…and the inexorable plight of young women, stricken by an undiagnosed illness… Then I proceed to twist them…this way and that…until they were something else than what they were originally expected to be, and I came up with...

(Cue the sinister music)TA-DUMM…Vampires are Forever…

Setting the story somewhere other than Transylvania helped. So I made my local the little Irish village of Balleywalegh. My choice was time period was also different: 1929, instead of late Victorian as is usual. And my vampire? As Irish as they come…the dearg-due, a cross between a succubus and a vampire, which, for the purposes of this story becomes undoubtedly male.

I put it all together, stirred well and came up with an entertaining little tale…or at least, I think so.

To wit…

In 1829, the Irish village of Balleywalegh drove a vampire from its midst. He, in turn, promised he’d come back and make them pay. The years pass, the abandoned manor house staysthat way but its reputation makes everyone shun it, and then, exactly a hundred years later. that light shines in an upper window…and…

The vampire has returned!

…or has he?

Granted the new owner of Casa Ascuns has the same name as the monster who attacked their womenfolk but can Karel Novotny really be a vampire? He’s much younger than the other and looks nothing like that creature. He drives a Stutz Bearcat, likes the moving pictures, and dances the Charleston like nobody’s business… Still, there’s the matter of all that raw meat being delivered to the manor, and those two bulky boxes that are just the right size for…coffins…

…and then, the young women of Balleywalegh—as happened before—start dropping like flies, coming down with an illness the local doctor can’t diagnose.

Well, Dr. Donovan might not know what’s going on but the fathers of those lasses do, and they know exactly how to handle it…like their ancestors did, by sharpening their stakes and harvesting their garlic…posthaste.

Seamus Flannery doesn’t believe in vampires, which is good, since Karel is squiring his daughter Brigid around, but Seamus better work fast to convince the others. Otherwise young Karel’s going to find himself skewered and his chance to be Seamus’ son-in-law will be just a sad memory…

Vampires are Forever will be available May 15 from Class Act Books. Watch the trailer below!


Contest Time

Tony is very kindly giving away a copy of Two Vampires Tales to someone who comments!

How To Enter

What is your favourite or/and most hated vampire cliché?

No answer = No Entry

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The contest will stay open until Sunday 22nd of May 2011 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.


Nightingale said...

Very clever post, Tony-Paul. I think the premise of your story is different and should make for a great read.

Barbara Monajem said...

Sounds like a hoot, Tony-Paul!

My least fave vampire cliche is the undead thingy. Bad breath! Lingering smell of rot! Just doesn't work for me.

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Tore said...

I don't like all vampires to be totally evil or have a smell or look dead. I like them looking hot and handsome. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Andra said...

I really like the originality in your story! I don't really have a least favorite cliche. I think that it is up to the author to make their own vampire lore and cannon. Whatever they choose to include from the tons and tons of vampire mythology is fine with me, as long as they either have a new take on it, or the character development is off the charts. I suppose if I had to pick one, it might be the aversion to garlic...i never got that...did they have to eat it?? was it like a peanut butter allergy where you went into anaphalactic shock? lol

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SandyG265 said...

My least favorite vampire cliche is sleeping in a coffin in a crypt.

Julie S said...

This sounds really interesting. I think a really silly vampire cliche was the whole turning into a bat thing. Glad we don't see too much of that in current stories.


Victoria said...

This looks like a great read. I love when things are changed up a bit.
The entire sleeping in a coffin with dirt from the homeland drives me nuts.
Thanks for the giveaway.


Alicia said...

Vampire cliche? The cross. Which I'm happy to say I haven't been seeing a lot of in the recent vampire stories. I guess most are starting to realize how silly it is that a simple cross could stop a blood sucker.


Dovile said...

My least favorite cliche is vampires being total monsters, like in the movie Dracula. I rather prefer them as misunderstood immortal outsiders.

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Aurian said...

I like the idea that you twisted things around, am really curious about your book. And of course, Karel is a Dutch name (=Charles).

I like the faith thing repelling vampires. If you don't really believe, the cross or star or whatever won't work for you.

What I have always believed is nonsense, is the garlic thing.

Stephanie said...

My least favorite vampire cliche is that they have no reflection in mirrors.


Audra said...

I never understood the "garlic" either.-audie@wickerness.com

Diana said...

My least favorite cliche of vampires are repelled by garlic, have no reflection, wear a cape but I still love them.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Magaly Guerrero said...

My favorite is sensuality of the mythical vampire. My least favorite is the vampire fear of crosses.

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Nancy said...

What a fun blog! It's good to meet you here, and your new book sounds like too much fun!

My least fav vampire cliche is the mirror reflection thing.

Have fun with Amber and your fans, Tony-Paul!

Nancy Haddock

Sharon said...

I don't like the no reflection. That is impossible to hide.

I like the night only hours

winter said...

Nothing bugs me more than when a lot of seeds are dropped, they have to count & collect them all.

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Meredith said...

"I vant to suck your blood" I mean, I know they want to, but it's sometimes made too much of in a story.

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Gail said...

Favorite Vampire cliché for me is that they can't see themselves in a mirror and they are all evil.
Not sure which my fav is. Way back when I read Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire & I've been hooked on vampires, not to mention other paranormal characters. Your story sounds great and I'm adding to my TBR pile.

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ape2016 said...

My favorite is that they are supposed to be attractive

Anonymous said...

My least favourite vampire cliché is them being evil. I prefer them to be a little wicked, but not totally evil.
Since the movies around Twilight, I don't like this sparkling-thing. In the book it sounded okay, but on screen it simply looked ridiculous.