Since I don't have a valentine and since I'm not much for most celebrations created with the sole purpose of hooking people into spending money, Valentine's Day doesn't mean all that much to me. But the Vampire's Day Soiree? Oh yeah! The day not only serves as a marker for me indicating that the end of winter is approaching, but it serves as an alternative I can better relate to as I really enjoy vampire films, literature and programming; that is, provided that it's done well. What I consider well done might well serve as a topic for another post. For now, let's just say that I think there has been an over abundance of vampire material on TV--and it hasn't all been good. As a matter of fact, I just sent three episodes of True Blood back to Netflix without watching the last one. For the first few seasons I really enjoyed the series. I endured season 4 but as I got into season 5, I just couldn't take any more. As far as I'm concerned, they've run that program into the ground and I've lost interest. As I said, this is a topic for another day.
What I'd like to do for this Vampire's Day Soiree is offer an excerpt from my own latest short story with a vampire theme entitled A Fall From Grace. Although this particular piece is complete in and of itself, I'm working on a sequel, which I've been struggling with a bit but hope to finish soon. Here then, s the excerpt:
An expression of wanton lust overtook her. She stroked his face sensually before beginning to slowly pace in front of him, only inches away. “I can sense the uncertainty in you,” she continued. “You fear me; yet, I sense your desire to surrender. I can smell it in your blood--and I love it!”
Unable to speak, his own level of desire growing by the second, Jessie could only moan in response.
She abruptly stopped in front of him and smiled seductively. Then, bringing her face to his chest, she began kissing and biting him passionately, working her way upward, ever upward, sending the man into his own private Heaven. When she reached the base of his neck she could no longer contain herself. Within seconds, she opened her mouth wide; biting him, penetrating his skin with two sharp fangs.
The predator moaned ecstatically as she greedily drank his life essence. In spite of her many kills over the years, no human’s blood had ever offered sweetness such as this. She could taste his innocence as well as the darkness he could never face. She reveled in the flavor of his fear as it meshed with an abject surrender to his fate.
As her victim slipped into unconsciousness and his body fell limp, the predator slowly eased him down to the floor before continuing to assuage her blood lust.
Last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn't direct you to Holly's Site. She is after all, the creator of the Vampire's Day Soiree, which in my mind is fast becoming a February tradition. I would link directly to her January 14 post about the soiree because that's where you can find all the participants. Still, in this case, it might just be better if I link to her main page. That way, you won't miss anything if she posts more for the celebration tonight or tomorrow. If not, just scroll down the page and you'll find her original soiree post below the one entitled Quoth the Raven. There are currently 18 links to the blogs of all participants. I hope that you'll visit them as well to see what vampire-related material they've for celebration. And many thanks to Holly for holding this Vampire's Day Soiree 2014! Here's the link to Holly's Horrorland.
And now, if you all don't mind, I'm off to watch The Awakening, a horror film never before seen by me.