Fellow Escape Artist, Daniel de Lorne, is here to talk vampires. His favourites, in fact. We cross over in several of them. Particularly number five…
And there’s a giveaway at the end.
My top five favourite vampires
I find it quite funny to think that you can have a “favourite” vampire. Goes to show that no matter what that vampire is or does, we’re still capable of feeling a connection with a literally blood-thirsty creature. I think that’s because we often see so much of ourselves within them – albeit with a few supernatural powers and a smooth pale complexion. And who wouldn’t want that?
So, without further ado, I give you my five (well, six) favourite vampires (apart from my own of course).
1. Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles)
Ahh, the Brat Prince. He wasn’t the first vampire I read about but he was the one who got the greatest stories and had the most adventures. My favourite book of his, well, two really, are Queen of the Damned and Memnoch the Devil. Oh and Tales of the Body Thief was also a winner. I can’t wait for his new book, Prince Lestat, to come out. Been a long time since I cozied up to Lestat.
2. Angel (Buffy and Angel)
Sure, the brooding can get to you but there’s something about a nicely chiselled forehead that makes me go gooey. And yes, the agonising over losing his soul and not wanting to bite and blah blah blah. Yes, sometimes it got a bit much, but he does have his plusses. Good lucking, for one, and a flawed hero but a hero nonetheless. And, to be honest, I loved it when he lost his soul and turned into Angelus. (And when he got turned into a puppet too. That was brilliant.)
3. Adam and Eve (Only Lovers Left Alive)
Tom Hiddleston as the brooding musician vampire Adam in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive was just divine to watch on screen. Languid is how I’d describe him, like the weight of years pulled him to the ground, and rather than resist, he just relaxed. Such a sublime character. Conversely, Tilda Swinton as Eve was vibrant and thrilling and full of wonder. While Adam hid from the world and its zombies, Eve submerged herself in it and marvelled at what she discovered. They were a perfect couple.**
4. Marius (The Vampire Chronicles)
The Keeper. One of the oldest vampires in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Marius touches so many of the stories in the series (and gets one of his own). I love history and stories of continuity through the ages. Marius embodies that, a seemingly unbroken line from the glory of the Roman Empire to today. History personified, I love that.
5. Eric Northman (The Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood)
Perhaps it’s just Alexander Skarsgard that attracts me most but Eric has his charms. His callousness is refreshing in a vampire, and he plays the bad boy so well. Yet, in the end, he’s as much a prisoner of the world and its schemes as the rest of us.
Well, that’s my top five list. Are any favourites of yours? And who is in your top five? If you’d like to meet my vampires, twins Olivier and Thierry, be sure to buy a copy of Beckoning Blood from one of the links below.
**ABOUT THE BOOK: Beckoning Blood **release date May 1, 2014
A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies **– no matter how many times you kill it.**
Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir – Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness…his twin brother.
Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.
Daniel de Lorne writes mostly about the loves and trials of hot and sexy paranormal men – and creatures. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and developed a fascination for the mythical and magical early on. Daniel wrote stories from a young age but it was high school biology class he remembers fondly as providing an excellent cover for writing stories that were filled with teen angst and fantastical creatures. He now lives in Canada with his partner. It was while in this great northern frontier that Escape Publishing accepted his first book, Beckoning Blood, for publication.
For a free read, introducing you to the “heroes” of Daniel’s book, head to his website.
Here’s Daniel’s giveaway. The winner will get a $25 Amazon gift certificate and a copy of Beckoning Blood. Two runners up will also get a copy of the book.