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The Inspiration that led me to Aleron.
7/19/2012 7:09:39 AM
Dive in as I tell you who and what inspired me to pen Aleron.
The Inspiration Behind Aleron
Hello all, and welcome back to my Strigoi Series Blog. When we were together last, I talked of why I do what I do. If you missed it, you may want to visit my previous entry, though itís not entirely mandatory to grasp what Iím about to impart; just a suggestion.
I want to share a bit about what drove me to the point of insanity, forcing me to pen the book Aleron. It is no secret that vampiric tales have intrigued countless readers over the ages. Iíve loved and cherished the undead for as far as I can remember. Though there are many fantastical creatures written about, none quite grabbed hold of me like the vampire. Lets face it, they look like us, talk like us, walk like us, and even think like us. However, they have replaced us at the top of the food chain. They posses everything we are and hold dear, along with everything else we desire: to be strong, perhaps beyond measure; to live and love indiscriminately; to rain terror upon those who oppose them. And of course, immortality; to live forever in the body of our prime! The thought is almost too succulent to record and truly a gift to bestow. Everything we can do, they can do better. Everything we want to be, they embody. Everything we dare, they embrace. As for our morality, they play by an entirely different set of rules governed by an insatiable desire to thrive.
Most people associate Bram Stokerís Dracula with the beginning of vamp literature; however, the notion of a humanistic blood sucking immortal has plagued mankind through folklore, poetry, and other penned works shortly after mankind began to walk the Earth. So whether its a biblical tale surrounding the mystery of Lilith or the blood thirsty fiend who ruled the lands of Romania, or the teenage heart throb that sparkles in the sun, vampires have been in our lives, and will never cease to exist.
Iím often asked which literary works influenced me the most. This is a very loaded question, for I believe that everything we do influences everything we are. However, if I had to narrow the spectrum, I would have to highlight the seductive and deliciously descriptive works of Anne Rice http://annerice.com/ ￼, the mysterious horror and sometimes surreal depiction of reality born from the mind of Stephen King http://www.stephenking.com , and certainly the ďdiary styleĒ expression by Bram Stoker http://bramstoker.com/ ￼. These three authorís wet my palette just enough for me to develop my own thirst to dive into superhuman creatures and the mysteries surrounding life and death. Still, there is more.
When I began researching and digging deeper into the legends of vampires, I was drawn to the lives of a few unsavory and eccentric men and women who had very interestingly disgusting habits. As fanatics of the undead, you undoubtedly know of Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram derived his Dracula character from, and who Aleronís Vlad actually is. Yet only those of us who are fiends for immortality know of the first real life blood queen, Elizabeth Bathory. Sheís your homework for tonight. Iím sure you will be pleased at what you discover. My dear Elizabeth will be known through me in subsequent works yet to be penned.
Aleron the vampire is an entirely different creature all together. Unlike Vlad and Elizabeth, born from real human beings, Aleron is born of various traits and desires hiding just beneath the surface of my conscience. He is the personification of the ordinary sinful man without moral boundaries with a wrestling with good and evil intent. He is Vladís kryptonite, Myneaís hero, and Pandoraís knight. Aleron is made up of every man, thus no man.
There are a few other real people I based a few more of Aleronís brethren, you will have to read the book and discern whoís real and who isnít for yourselves http://www.amazon.com/Aleron-Book-One-Strigoi-Series/dp/160832382X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 .
Till next, happy reading.
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