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Things That Go Bump in the Night by Bob Freeman
There was a time when vampires did not sparkle, fairies did not twinkle, witches did not live above their parents' sub shop, and werewolves were more than pining, tattooed, and shirtless boys who look like they stepped right out of an Abercrombie & Fitch advertisement.
There was a time when they were monsters — creatures of the night who moved in the shadows, hungry for the souls and flesh of the mere mortals who huddled around fires in a desperate attempt to keep the dark at bay. The preternatural fiends that once preyed on the poor and unfortunate, that struck fear into the hearts of men, have become the fodder of romance novels, sugar coma inducing cereals, Disney Channel kiddie fare, and pubescent fantasies.
It's enough to make a grizzled old Occult Detective cry.
I’ve had a fondness for the vampire since I was wee child; first it was Barnabas Collins, the tragic, romantic, gothic figure that graced afternoon television, which drew me in. But for all those trappings, he was fierce as well, terrifying and ofttimes merciless.
Then I was slowly introduced to other fanged fiends, like Jack Palance’s Dracula and Christopher Lee’s take on the Count, and the silent, but ferocious Janos Skorzeny as portrayed by Barry Atwater in the telefilm The Night Stalker.
When I wrote my first novel, Shadows Over Somerset, introducing a vampire protagonist was a no-brainer. Malcolm MacGregor, risen from the grave as the price of his grandmother’s curse, is remorseless and savage. A good man in life, Malcolm is made all the more tragic because he is the vicious killer he is because he has no soul. He is cruel and terrible, void of any trace of his former humanity.
This was my attempt to temper what I saw as the cartooning of the vampire.
The vampire, which for so long represented our fear of death and the uncertainty of eternal slumber, had first become little more than a joke, parodied countless times over, then the brooding, angst-ridden romantic in more recent times.
Yes, there’s room for all these interpretations, but give me the killer any day.
The vampire wants blood? I say let him take it.
Meet the Author:
Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer who’s most recent novel is Keepers of the Dead, published by Seventh Star Press.
A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena.
He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
Mr. Freeman can be found online at his website: occultdetective.com, as well as on social media at twitter.com/occultdetective and facebook.com/authorbobfreeman
Book Synopsis for Keepers of the Dead, Book 2:
THE VAMPIRE MACGREGOR LIVES...
"Foolish pup," MacGregor chided the werewolf, "you don't get it. Laddie, if water were evil I'd be but a drop. What lurks below is an ocean."
From the haunted halls of Cairnwood Manor to the bowels of Rosslyn Chapel, Bob Freeman hurls you into the very heart of the eternal conflict between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. It's fang versus claw, spell versus steel, and love versus death in an epic battle of blood and thunder. When a sinister cabal converges to unleash the ultimate evil against an unsuspecting world, only the combined strength of the Wolves of Cairnwood Manor and the Circle of Nine Skulls offers up a glimmer of hope as werewolves, vampires, witches, immortal warriors, and an army of the undead collide in a battle of epic bloodshed.
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Book Synopsis for Shadows Over Somerset, Book 1:
Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.
In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.
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