Thursday, August 4, 2011

The H&W Gang Have a Campfire Chat About Vampires by Jess Haines

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by Jess Haines
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Hello there!

Jess Haines here.

I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, and the upcoming DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS.

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the cast—Shiarra Waynest, the lead character, Sara, her business partner, Chaz, her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend, Arnold, a mage who lends her a hand, and Alec Royce, a vampire Shiarra meets in the course of her adventures.

Shiarra and her friends are going to talk about vampire folklore.

Over to you, Shia!


Arnold: I hope someone brought marshmallows.

Sara: I’ve got some. Plus chocolate and graham crackers. Let’s make with the s’mores!

Shiarra: I brought some Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice!

Chaz: I thought you said you were picking up beer?

Shiarra: No, I said alcohol. These aren’t as nasty as Bud or Miller, and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to get drunk around the vampire.

Royce: Afraid I’d take advantage, Ms. Waynest?

Shiarra: Always.

Sara: Wouldn’t be the first time.

Royce: I beg your pardon?

Arnold: Hey, c’mon. Let’s get on topic, here. I want to hear the vamp’s take on the Alp and the Blutsauger.

Shiarra: Um. The what?

Royce: They are both Germanic legends. It was believed that a shapeshifting vampiric creature called an Alp would prey upon women in their sleep, causing them nightmares and sucking blood from their breasts.

Chaz: Dude! Seriously?

Sara: That’s just sick!

Royce: I have my suspicions that the legends were started by Weres rather than one of my kind, as I have yet to encounter one of us who is capable of shapeshifting.

Chaz: Oh, that’s right. Blame it on us.

Arnold: Well, the legends did say that an Alp would keep its hat on no matter its form. Weres usually tear their clothes in the process of shifting, so it makes sense that a hat would stay on if they took an animal form.

Chaz: Don’t you start, now.

Shiarra: Chaz, just… don’t.

Sara: Ugh. Nightmares forever.

Arnold: You want nightmares? Look up the Krasue sometime. Actually, on second thought, don’t.

Shiarra: O-h-h-h-kay. What about the other one? The blood-what?

Arnold: Blutsauger.

Royce: Why the German legends?

Arnold: I’ve got family in Munich.

Royce: I see. Well, regardless, I’m not finding this conversation particularly stimulating.

Shiarra: Poor you. Well, I like the modern fairy tales. Especially in movie form. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were hot in Interview.

Sara: So was Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys.

Arnold: The vampire chick in that movie was pretty hot.

Chaz: I liked Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned.

Arnold: That movie was such crap, though.

Chaz: Yeah, but did you see the outfits she wore? Smokin’.

Royce: Personally, I found that film too painful to sit through.

Shiarra: Offended by the way they portrayed vampires?

Royce: Offended by the horrific mess they made of the story, the acting, and the effects.

Arnold: Wow. Who knew the vamp was a movie snob?

Royce: Watch it, spark.


You can learn more about Shiarra and the rest of her friends in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.

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Thanks again for having me and the gang over, Velvet!


Guest post, The H&W Gang Have a Campfire Chat About Vampires, created for August Thrills-n-Chills event by Jess Haines, author of Hunted By Others
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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by Jess Haines

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