25 April 2012

V is for Vampires (A-Z Challenge)

V is for Vampires

Yep, I’m going there.  Bet you didn’t think I would!  My dislike for vampires is well known – and a certain book which shall not be named is the main cause.  However, I have become slightly more accepting in my old age, and therefore am including vampires in my apocalypse scenarios.

Scenario:  It’s going to have to be a vampire-human war here, because that’s pretty much the only way I’m buying into the whole vampire thing.  OK, I can maybe stretch to a good vs bad vampire war too.  Either way, there’s going to be a whole lot of bad vampires, and potentially a few ‘’good’’-ish ones.

Characters:  Tough humans, maybe some doctors or scientists who ‘discover’ the vampire threat.  Bad vampires are the kind that actually DO kill humans.  Can I make it any more simple? ;-)

Location:  Real vampires can’t go into the light – therefore part of the story is going to be set under a city, in train tunnels or at night.  Make it a small town with the surrounding woods infested by vampires, or a big city under threat.

Stand-alone or series:  Is there a vampire stand-alone out there, anywhere?  I honestly cannot remember seeing one (please correct me if I’m wrong), most are series.  And if you’re going to have a human vs vampire war, make it a big one and put it into a series.

Recommended By Me

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Published: 1 January 2009

Pages: 401 (hardcover)

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.


I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Published: 1954

Pages: 320 (paperback)

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?

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