I still remember sneaking down the stairs on a Saturday night feeling the thick rough carpet under my bare feet. My mother and father had finally gone to bed. I would slowly tip toe down, stop at the the middle and peer through the banisters into the living room to make sure my parents had retired for the night. Hoping my father had turned on the night light so I could see my way. I would start my adventure, usually around midnight, quietly sneak to the metal box, black and white television, pull the knob and listen for the pop of the starter. I watched the television blink alive, making sure the sound was turned down where only I could hear. My treasure was Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Invisible Man, and yes, my favorite, Dracula. I would sit close to the television wide eyed with the light and motion of the picture flickering in my eyes, always looking back at the stairs to make sure my father was not standings with his stern look. Then the familiar start to the show, Saturday Night Thrillers, and I knew I had struck pay dirt. This is where my love for horror, fantasy and science fiction came from. My thrill for watching horror unfold.
When I was older, two thirds of the books I read were science fiction, horror or fantasy. Eventually, I started to write books and the idea for Shadow Angels came one night while I was watching the movie Eclipse with my sweetie. I had also recently watched the movies, Let Me In, and Byzantium, stories that had a different take on the traditional vampire story. All the ingredients were there for my concept. In these movies, some of the vampires were good and the vampire families were good. What if all vampires were decent and what would make them that way? Maybe, it came from angels in heaven with their need to fight evil here on earth. Vampires were different than we thought they were. Maybe, they were sent to feed on evil. Humans had misunderstood what they had perceived from these creatures. Over the next year, I developed my unique story of humans changed by angels to have the strength to counter Lucifer's covert entities, brought to earth to bring evil and despair to the human race. The vampires would take their nourishment from humans that had Lucifer's seed of evil in them.
I spent the next six months developing my story. I thought of it constantly when I was working, or recreating. I took time on Sundays developing a rough out line, and then I started the book. I was constantly thinking of the characters and developing a sense of who they are and the world they lived in. A year and a half later writing every day, I finished Shadow Angels.
My book is a unique take on vampire lore. It is about the Bryce family of vampires who have fought the five demons know as the Esmanaa and lost. The book Shadow Angels is a story of vampires but it is a unique story of vampires, I tried to leave the dark horror of the vampire story and traverse into a more paranormal, fantasy aspect of vampires fighting the great fight between good and evil. My vampires are certainly killers but they are heaven's killers led and taught by the Archangel Michael and his warrior choir of angels.
I will have more to say on the characters, and some of the new ones coming up in the soon to be release Rise of the Queens. I also, might have some rants, so watch it Amazon!