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Edward. Angel. Stephan. The tortured vampire. The monster who spends his life denying his instincts, his essence. The monster who tries to redeem himself, always brooding and lamenting their fate. Denying themselves blood. Suffering in darkness, alone. Even those who begin unapologetic, like Spike and Damon, end up finding their lost humanity through the love of that one special woman.

That, or the flip side: animals, much like the vampires seen in 30 Days of Night. Vicious creatures, the undead that feed on the living. Barely resembling the humans they once were, there is nothing romantic or charming about these beasts. There is no reason. There is no conscience. There is only the hunger.

Then, perhaps the most interesting vampires of them all are those who are charming, romantic, handsome, seductive, and utterly and deliciously deadly. Without remorse. Without excuse. Without pity. They pass as human, which makes them ever more terrifying, as any one around you might devour you in a blink. These are the most interesting vampires because they show the true nature of so many predators that walk among us in reality, and we, as a society, are unsuspecting of these monsters unless they choose us for their victim. Then, there is no escape.

Why are we so fascinated and even captivated by this kind of vampire? Perhaps it’s because those kind are the real vampires, the ones we meet day in and day out. The ones who go largely undetected. The ones that hide behind a charming smile or witty repartee. The handsome ones, whose intense eyes mesmerize us, and we find ourselves normalizing their arrogance and making excuses for their cruelty. After all, the most terrifying horror is the kind that can happen to you.

It is estimated that 1 in every 25 people are sociopaths, that’s 4% of the population. Look around you. Right now. In your office. In your school. Outside the window at Starbucks. Inside Starbucks…one in 25 people have absolutely no conscious. 1 in every 100 are narcissists or psychopaths. There are far more than you ever thought. The monsters are part of your reality, especially because they are so very well hidden, and that makes them the most terrifying of all.

There is no doubt you’ve come across one in your life. If you are unaware of their presence, you luckily got away without becoming victimized. Yet. They can mimic human emotion perfectly, and it’s not until you are very, very close, indeed, that you see behind their perfect mask. By then, it is far, far too late. Not all unlike their fantasy counterparts, they feed off humans. Not their blood, of course, but they do feed off their energy, their lifeforce, theirmoney, their emotions… their love, sucking them dry and leaving a destroyed shells in their wake.

Vampires are fictionalized sociopaths, the psychopathic narcissists of fantasy. Quite literally. They are charming, seductive, skilled lovers, captivating, without remorse or empathy (although they can fake both frighteningly well), arrogant, and pathological liars. They have a very grandiose sense of self, believing they are superior to everyone else. Only they matter. Only what they want matters. And they will ruthlessly pursue their desires without pity. Without remorse.Without conscience.

This is the alpha vampire of Avalon Revisited. Arthur Tudor, charming and seductive, a favorite with the ladies (and he has his pick of them), goes through his existence manipulating, exploiting, and feeding off of the living. Killing when it suits him, wiping their memories when it doesn’t. It’s all on his whim, as that’s all that matters. Plus, since it’s told in Arthur’s voice, the reader sees behind his perfect mask from the beginning.

Without pity. Without remorse. Without conscience.

Arthur feeds and fucks and kills, or doesn’t. He falls in love. Yes, he’s capable of that, but I guarantee you that word means something altogether different to him.

Whatever he wants.
Whenever he wants.
Whomever he wants.

After all, he is superior to the rest of us.

3_22Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur’s shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance. Contains adult content.

 

 

About the Author:3_22 omg_cmr_blueOlivia M. Grey lives in the cobwebbed corners of her mind writing paranormal romance with a Steampunk twist. Dreaming of the dark streets of London and the decadent deeds that occur after sunset,
Olivia focuses both her poetry and prose on alternative relationship lifestyles and deliciously dark matters of the heart and soul. Her work has been published in various anthologies and magazines like
Stories in the Ether, Steampunk Adventures, SNM Horror Magazine and How The West Was Wicked.

Ms. Grey dons a tight corset, fluffy bustle, and a teeny-tiny top hat for fantasy and sex-positive conventions where she presents controversial topics, interacts with fans, and participates on panels
discussing fiction, writing, steampunk, mental illness and emotional insecurities, sexual health and safety, and relationship styles and tools.

Read more by O. M. Grey on her blog Caught in the Cogs.

Comments

  1. BekahJune says:

    Nailed it on the head as usual. You give such a great voice to what so many want to say and bring a great awareness to this.

    Thanks for that Olivia!

  2. Awesome!

  3. that’s a scary statistic

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    • Isn’t it, though? I read The Sociopath Nextdoor and was amazed and sickened by the number of sociopaths. It’s unfortunate that society has such a narrow view of what a sociopath is. Sure, there are sociopathic serial killers, but those are few and far between.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Olivia Grey has a unique voice that makes it very hard to put one of her stories down until you have finished it. Her particular view of her characters make them quite fascinating. They are well worth the read.

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