Cassandra

June 22, 2009 at 1:08 am (Darkhour Vampires, Uncategorized) (, )

Cassandra is one of the villains of Darkhour Vampires.

Cassandra is a mulatto slave that could pass for white. She was bought as a young girl of 13 to be the mistress, love slave of a sadistic vampire, Brandon. A gambler who used her as bait. Often she would play poker, with only her clothes to bet, losing slowly, clothed only in her wonderful long, black hair. The players would be so eager to win her for the night, they would end up losing to Brandon. After the Civil War, Brandon fell in with the wrong group. They learned his secret and killed him. They kept Cassandra. She kills herself in the hope that she will cross over and become a vampire. She has her revenge. When Donovan finds her after the war, she is killing union soldiers and Northerners. She is out of control. Donovan is attracted to her aloneness and her pain. He thinks she is like him. They become lovers. He tries to teach her as Amanda has taught him.

To escape the horrors of the south during the reconstruction, he takes Cassandra to San Francisco. Cassandra is insanely jealous of Amanda. Amanda tries to warn Donovan, but he doesn’t want to listen. It is at Donovan suggestion that Cassandra becomes one of the Charter members of Darkhour Corporation. But the situation between Cassandra and Amanda remains tense.

Donovan borrows from Amanda so that he can take Cassandra away. They travel to Europe. He wants to learn more than he knows now. He has reached his second life. He is 50 years old. The world is changing. Cassandra is young, pouty, with a great sexual appetite. Because he treats her with kindness, she does not respect him. As they travel through Europe, they begin to argue more and more. Cassandra becomes the root of Donovan’s later interest in psychology.Eventually in London, Cassandra finds another vampire, Sir Alfred, more like her original master. In a sense she wants Donovan to save her from herself, but he is sickened by her and lets her go. She ends up blaming him for abandoning her.

1907, Sir Alfred is dead, and Cassandra begs Donovan for help. She returns to California House. She is one of the bood mothers for Valentine’s offspring, Stefan. She convinces Stefan to abandon Valentine, to become her fledgling. They travel through Europe, even become part of Hitler’s entourage. Stefan and Cassandra try to convince the vampires to side with Hitler, but they are opposed by Amanda and Valentine.

In 1935, Donovan and Amanda have adopted a child Claire. They are living in Oregon, he has started his clinic.  Cassandra arranges for the murder  Amanda and Claire. She hopes to take over Amanda’s place in Donovan’s heart and Darkhour politics, but suspicious, Donovan hunts down the assassins and learns Cassandra’s role. As a site, she can’t be killed so she is  sentenced to an isolate lair in the Oregon mountains, where almost 50 years later, she  comes across a young boy, Wade Kain. She brings him back to her lair as her sexual play toy.

When a girl is kidnapped from Portland, and the picture is of Cassandra’s servant, Stanos, Donovan decides to investigate what Cassandra has been up to. Afraid he will report her crimes to the Board, she takes Donovan prisoner. Wade and Donovan must work together to try to escape before Cassandra kills them both.

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Donovan

June 15, 2009 at 1:22 am (Darkhour Vampires, Uncategorized) (, )

Donovan Reed is a psychiatrist who runs a small private clinic in Fillmore Grove, Oregon. His patients include those with the psychosis that they are vampires. He is a recognized expert on the subject. What people don’t realize is that he is a vampire himself and often treats vampires. One of his jobs is to find newborn vampires and help them make the adjustment.

When Thom Barber is killed in a car crash and wakes up in the morgue craving blood, Donovan notices the news clipping about a missing body and later the unusual death of a wino. He hunts down Thom and stops him from killing again, taking him back to his clinic, where he helps him come to terms with his new existence.

Finding newborns and helping them adjust is a job Donovan has done since the Civil War. That is where he met Cassandra. Next time we’ll meet Cassandra.

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Introducing Donovan

June 8, 2009 at 1:02 am (Darkhour Vampires) (, )

Excerpt from Captivity, where Donovan Reed explains to Thom, a newborn vampire, how he became a vampire.

“The Alamo?” Thom questioned.

“Yes. 1836. The Alamo. There was a vampire among the defenders. His name was Charles. I remember him, but I don’t remember being bitten nor did I, or anyone else, know he was a vampire. Sometimes I wonder if he was attracted to the war because of the easy pickings and just became trapped or whether he was really a patriot and when he knew we must suffer certain defeat, he envisioned us rising up from death to take our revenge on the Spanish. Anyway, in the early hours of March sixth, Colonel Travis sent myself and James Allen out as couriers. We went separately, hoping that one of us would make it through. Just before dawn, Santa Ana attacked. The fighting was fierce, and by 6:30 a.m. everyone was dead. I didn’t know that, not until later. I just wanted to deliver my messages and get back. It was late afternoon when I had the misfortune to run into a squad of Spanish soldiers. Their marksman was a good shot. I didn’t realize what had happened to me, that I had changed. I just knew I craved blood and I hated the Spanish. When I made it back to San Antonio, the funeral pyres were still smoldering, after two days. Charles would have probably survived his wounds, but Santa Ana ordered all the bodies burnt and so he died, without ever telling me what I was. I was alone and frightened, but determined to make the Spanish suffer.”

He paused and poured himself a glass a blood. He took a sip. “I followed the
Spanish, haunting their ranks at night, hiding during the day. I drank and I killed. I swam in Spanish blood. The continuing battles helped to hide my atrocities. I have no idea how many I killed, but I became a monster. When it was over and Santa Ana defeated, I returned home. It was then I discovered that everyone assumed I was dead.” Donovan’s voice turned bitter. It was obviously a painful memory. “My father met me and told me it was better that all thought I had died a hero, rather than live as a traitorous coward. Since I died before I could deliver my messages, he refused to believe that Colonel Travis had sent me out as a courier. He turned his back on me. I left, but I decided I would not go alone. There was this girl, a pretty thing, from before the war.”

He became still, staring down into his glass, memories playing across his face, unpleasant memories. After a few minutes, he continued his story. “By that time I had come into my powers, though I didn’t understand them. I went to Sophia and asked her to come away with me. She came. She couldn’t help herself. That night, when we made love, I bit her. In all those days, I had never once learned control. It was drink and kill. When I was through, she was dead. I swore to never touch another human being and fled into the mountains.

“I lived as a hunter and trapper, existing on the blood of animals and shunning human contact. Over time I learned control and no longer needed so much blood. But there was one thing I hungered for and that hunger grew with each passing year. I didn’t know I was a vampire. I thought I was sick. Desperately, I sought a cure. I tried Indian shamans, patent medicine, quack doctors, real doctors. Of course, I had to be careful how I described my problem. One doctor suggested a specialist in Europe, but I had no money for such a long journey. Then gold was discovered in California. If I was rich enough, I could travel to Europe. I could find a cure and once again be like normal men.

“One night in San Francisco, I met Amanda.” Donovan smiled at the memory. “We passed on the street, and she knew I was just like her. If you could have seen Amanda, she was beautiful. Men flocked around her. She ran a very fashionable salon and high-class brothel, where only the wealthiest and most elite came. She taught me everything. It’s called fledgling, when an older, more mature vampire takes a younger one under their wing. She helped me understand what had happened and even helped me track down who my parent was. She became my family.”

“1836–” Thom struggled with the idea that the man before him had been at the Alamo and lived through the California Gold Rush. “You don’t mind my saying you don’t look a day over 100.” Donovan smiled at Thom’s small joke. “Actually,” Thom said, “you don’t look any older than me.”

“I was seventeen when I became a vampire. As I told you, unlike the legends, we aren’t immortal and we don’t remain forever young. We age, but at a much slower rate. The oldest vampire I know of is around five hundred and fifty, and he does look over a hundred.”

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Wade and Prane

June 1, 2009 at 1:15 am (Darkhour Vampires) (, , , )

Today I thought I would introduce you to the two major characters in the Darkhour Series, Mignon, who is later called Prane Emerson, and Wade Kain.

When Mignon graduated from high school, her so-called father took her to California House. He didn’t give her a choice, he raped her, then made her a vampire. He bound her with marriage vows to Stefan, an abusive vampire. She and her companion tried to run away, but she was dragged back, forced to kill the mother of a newborn baby and steal her child. So begins Mignon’s story.

Mignon is attractive, chestnut brown hair, ice blue eyes.

Vampires were the last thing that Wade Kain and his two friends expected when they went camping in the Oregon woods to celebrate his 18th birthday. After killing his friends, the beautiful, but sadistic vampire Cassandra brought Wade into the world of Darkhour Vampires, a world of bondage and submission, of blood, sex, and death. The only one who might keep Wade from becoming a vampire is Donovan, whom Cassandra has waited 100 years to destroy.

Wade is very attractive, dark full hair, soft and shiny, big, dark bedroom eyes, rather like a young Elvis Presley or Frank Langella, sensuous mouth.

They first appeared in my short story “Mother’s Love.” When I began writing about Prane, she was sort of my alter ego. An ordinary mother of two teenagers who also happen to be a vampire, a secret she would do anything to keep her children from learning. At the time, I had a teenage daughter in the rebellious stage and the idea of being strong and powerful, with the power to control minds, certainly appealed to me.

She meets Wade Kain at the scene of a murder. He was the cop that questioned her. He reacted strangely to her and didn’t understand why, but something about her bothered him deeply.

The reader knows that he was bitten by a vampire, but not how or why. It was some years later that Wade demanded that I tell the story of how he was first bitten. And so the story of Cassandra and Donovan and Wade unfolded.

But Prane took on her own existence as well. She is hiding from her vampire husband, trying to protect her children from being forced to become vampires. Soon I was telling the story of why and how she and the children escaped and how she changed from Mignon to Prane.

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