Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kelly Meding as Evangeline Stone, Vamps 101

November 6, 2009 Guests 52

Kelly Meding, author of the upcoming Three Days To Dead (releasing on November 24, 2009), was kind enough to send over her resident paranormal bounty hunter, Evangeline Stone, to clear up a few myths about our favorite fanged friends.  Kelly sent a long a gift as well: $20 Amazon gift card (details below).  Now what book could you spend it on…

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Book Description: She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder… When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there – her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters — mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor . . . and she can’t even remember what it was. Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again – but this time, there’s no second chance…


Vampires 101:
Or, Why It’s Better to Die Than Be Bitten

By Evangeline Stone

So you want to hear me talk about vampires?  I have to admit, that’s both really smart and incredibly dumb.  Smart, because vampires abound in this city, so the more you know about them the safer you (theoretically) are.  Dumb, because vampires abound in this city, so the more you know about them the bigger a target you paint on your back.

Sure you still want to know?  Okay then.

Myth #1: Vampires are human beings who have been cursed/turned/changed/whatever into what they are now, either by blood exchange or demon possession.

Truth #1: Vampires are an ancient species who walked the earth long before humans got up on two legs.  They breed amongst themselves, they generally stick to their own kind, and their greatest crime is infecting a human (I’ll expand on that later).  Vampires are humanoid in appearance, but have extremely tall, slim builds, pale skin, white hair, and eyes usually some shade of lavender.  They are not, and never have been human beings.

Myth #2: Vampires need human blood to survive.

Truth #2: Vampires require raw sustenance to survive, but learned a long time ago that feeding off humans created half-Bloods (see Myth/Truth #3).   Vampire law forbids them to feed directly from humans, but those who prefer the vintage will still buy it from the poor and desperate (or steal it and murder their victim to prevent infection).  Any raw sustenance will do, though, and using the blood of other animals has kept us from hunting them to extinction.

Myth #3: Vampire bites are sexy/sexual/easy to heal.

Truth #3: Vampire bites are lethal for human beings.  Vampire saliva contains a parasite that is extremely infectious to humans, and a single scrape of a tooth can kill you.  Infection will affect your central nervous system, as well as your physical appearance, causing hair/eye color changes and fangs.  The parasite will create severe blood lust and disorientation.  Three out of five infected go insane from it, often lashing out and feeding, and creating their own infections. The rest try to cope and adapt, until a Triad comes along and puts them out of their misery.  Half-Blood infection is the number one cause of Dreg-related death in this city.

Myth #4: Vampires can shape-shift.

Truth #4: I’ve never seen it. I’ve never met anyone who’s seen it.  But if they can, I’ll eat my favorite knife.

Myth #5: Vampires can influence your mind/control your thoughts.

Truth #5: Again, I’ve never seen it.  I’ve never met anyone who’s seen it.  Although I suppose if they had, I might not remember it.  But I seriously don’t think it’s true.

Myth #6: Vampires are immortal.

Truth #6:  Vampires live very long, natural life spans, but they can be killed.  The oldest I’ve met was around three hundred, but I’ve heard of some who’ve lived longer than that.  They can be killed by a traditional stake (or knife) to the heart—a stake to the heart will kill pretty much anything, if you angle it right and be sure to shred the heart well.  Beheadings work, too (I’ve yet to meet a creature who could survive a beheading).  As Triad Hunters, we also work with special ammunition laced with an anti-coagulant, which forces the wounded vampire to bleed out—exsanguination is a great, if messy, way to kill them.

So what is true?  Vampires are very, very strong, and that strength transfers over to half-Bloods, too.  Vampires are highly allergic to sunlight, and will burn to a crisp within minutes without some sort of protection.  Vampires are a cousin race to gargoyles.  Vampires are violently allergic to plants in the Allium genus—garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and chives.

Well, you asked and now you know.  Just don’t advertise that you know, or an unexpected visitor may knock on your door.  And they don’t need to be invited to come inside.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES

  1. Open to everyone
  2. You must include your email – [at] is fine
  3. Leave a comment asking Evy a Vampire related question.
  4. Entries must be received by Midnight MST on Friday the 13th of November

52 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kelly Meding as Evangeline Stone, Vamps 101”

  1. Jen D.

    Thanks for the contest Abigail. Thanks for stopping by Kelly and Evy.

    Evy, does the whole holy water and cross thing actually work?

    *Jen*
    iiiioneloveiiii(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. -Kelly Meding

    Jen D – Not unless you're drowning them with the water or stabbing them with the cross (and there are way better methods, trust me).

    tetewa – Thanks for stopping by!

    –Evy

  3. -Kelly Meding

    Book Whisperer – Um, mostly they're infatuated with themselves. But vampires aren't dead…or un-dead, or whatever the catchword is. So I'd be really worried if they *didn't* like the living.

    jeanette8042 – The whole separate species thing comes to mind. So does the "not sexy to be bitten" thing. I mean, TV vampires? Hot and horny. Real vampires? Not so much.

    –Evy

  4. RKCharron

    Hi Kelly 🙂
    Thank you for the great guide to Vampires by Evy. I cut & pasted it so I can put it with the book THREE DAYS TO DEAD as a special addendum.
    🙂
    I guess since vampires are infatuated with themselves they actually have a reflection Evy?
    🙂
    Love & Best Wishes,
    Rob
    xoxo

  5. -Kelly Meding

    RKCharron – Yep, they have reflections. Really, I never did get that whole myth. I mean, you can touch a vampire, right? Why the hell wouldn't you be able to see their reflection in a mirror? *boggles*

    Melanie – Depends. The vampires who pass among humans usually wear wigs and contacts. White hair and lavender eyes on your average twenty-something-looking male just isn't normal, right? Now the soldiers the Families send out? Different story. They are the pale creepy guys/gals who need to get out more. *grins* And let's not even go into what the infected half-Bloods look like…

    –Evy

  6. Daelith

    Thank you for clarify some of the myths for us.

    What about the old myth of a vampire must be invited before allowed to enter your home?

    cheleooc at yahoo dot com

  7. donnas

    Great post, very helpful.

    Are vampires better looking than humans or do they blend as pale humans?

  8. Rosie

    So, if a vamp is looking into your eyes trying to mesmerize you, it really doesn't work? Wow, so much for mind control. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

  9. -Kelly Meding

    Natasha – They show up in surveillance photos all the time. Bet they wished they didn't, though. Hah!

    Daelith – Good god, life would be simpler if they had to be invited inside. I think the vampires started up this myth all by themselves, just to make those poor peasant folks feel safer from the big bad Bloods. Too bad it doesn't work.

    Melanie – anytime!

    donnas – Have you ever looked at a person who was so striking that you weren't sure if they were ugly, beautiful, or just plain terrifying? That's a lot of vampires.

    –Evy

  10. -Kelly Meding

    Rosie – I know a Gifted human who can look into your eyes and do that, but no vampires. Mind control's something the Fey are way better at, anyhow.

    –Evy

  11. Michelle

    Very fun! Thanks for the interview!! My question is do vamps turn to dust in the sun? inquiring minds would like to know.

    Thanks!

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  12. Jed Cullan

    Hiya, can't wait for the book btw. My question: Other than at a friday night party after popping a few aspirins, or in a helictopter or plane, can vampires fly?

    Jed.

    jvcullan(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  13. Michelle G

    Wonderful post. 🙂

    My question is this: If Vampires are an ancient species far older than humans – where did they come from?

    Michelle

    kweenmg at yahoo dot com

  14. throuthehaze

    You said that feeding off humans will infect them, when you feed off live animals would they get infected?

    Raelena
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  15. -Kelly Meding

    Wow, go off to kill a few things and more questions. Awesome!

    Michelle – They toast up pretty quick in direct sunlight. They get kind of ashy like a charcoal briquette, but don't go poof or catch fire or anything. Not unless you pound them with a two-by-four or something. Gargoyles, on the other hand, turn right to stone after more than five minutes…but we aren't talking about them.

    Jed – Only when dropped from a great height. And even then, it's a pretty messy landing.

    Andrea – Like the Fey, the myths got started by the vampires themselves. What better way to hide their true nature than spread misinformation, right? Er, just don't tell the Fey I said that about them. 'Kay?

    No really. Don't.

    Michelle G – No idea. But from what I understand, the Fey are even older than the vampires. I'd ask them who spawned the vampires, but…no, not going to ask them.

    throuthehaze – I've never seen anything but humans infected by the parasite. Never heard tell of it happening, either. Doesn't mean it can't happen, I guess, but so far…

    Abigail – Would you sleep in a coffin full of dirt? Didn't think so. I'm guessing they sleep in beds, but I've never been in a full-Blood vampire's home. Don't know anyone who has. We humans aren't exactly friends with the Bloods, but we aren't enemies, either. We definitely don't invite each other over for sleepovers.

    –Evy

  16. Bunny B

    What can humans do to save themselves or avoid vampires? And if they get bitten, is there any cure?

    Oh, and since they're allergic to sunlight, I guess they don't glitter like diamonds, right? 😛

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  17. -Kelly Meding

    Bunny B – The full-Blood vampires pretty much don't bother humans (in the biting sense). It's mostly rogues and the infected half-Bloods you have to worry about. Mostly stay away from the usual places at night–dark allies, shady meeting spots, underground parties. And check the eyes. Most Halfies can't be bothered with contacts, so if someone with shimmery, opalescent eyes asks you to dance, run away screaming.

    As for biting, no. No cure that we've found yet. It's why we've got the anti-coagulant bullets. Close-quarters combat with vampires or half-Bloods is tricky and very, very dangerous. I've seen human Hunters turn and it's…awful.

    And definitely no glittering. Unless they're wearing makeup. Who thought it would be fun to say vampires sparkled? Really? PFFT!

    booklover0226 – *spews coffee* Now I know what I'll have nightmares about tonight. Humans having vampire babies. *shudders*

    –Evy

  18. -Kelly Meding

    Cathy M – As a Hunter, I'm kinda partial to knives. But since those require getting up close and personal with a Blood or half-Blood, I gotta go with an anti-coagulant round to the heart or head. Does the trick.

    Although watching my partner Jesse lop off heads with his double-blade ax comes in a close second…

  19. -Kelly Meding

    Demon Hunter – Hybrids I've seen? No. But people with big ideas and lots of money to throw around sometimes think it's fun to see what modern science can do. So we keep our eyes open.

    Linda – Well, new ones don't hatch from eggs (at least, I don't think so), so it's a good bet yeah. Procreation is something the vampires keep pretty close to the vest. I've never seen a kid vampire or a pregnant one, but they have to breed somehow, right? Huh…well, hell. Now I have to go ask Wyatt about this….

    –Evy

  20. Jaime

    Great contest!!!

    1. What about Garlic?

    2. Do you have any favorite film/tv versions of vamps?

    3. Do you believe that vampires are capable of love?

    4. I would guess that vamps can't breed, but "create" their children since they are their makers, they essentially become parents. If a vampire were to turn a child, would the child stay a child forever or would they slowly age?

    LOL.. you can pick and choose which ones you want to answer Evy! Hopefully I didn't duplicate anybody else's questions!

    Thanks again!
    jaime.huff1 at gmail dot com

  21. -Kelly Meding

    Jaime –

    1. Allergic. Also allergic to onions, leeks, chives and shallots. Dunno why, but yeah. Not pretty.

    2. No favorites. I don't have a lot of time for TV. Nosferatu was kinda cool, though. And I think it's pretty hilarious when they portray vampires as sexy.

    3. Yes. Maybe not the same kind of way humans love, but their own kind of love.

    4. If a vampire ever infected a child and I caught it, I'd take my time removing its appendages an inch at a time with a dull knife. I've never seen an infected child and I hope to God I never do. *shudders*

    –Evy

  22. -Kelly Meding

    Cherry – You got me. They're a pretty private species. I don't know much about their beliefs. Never really thought to ask. Huh.

    –Evy

  23. JD

    Hiya Evy,

    According to some myths, vampires can be a bit OCD. Apparently, it was the tradition in some Eastern European countries to throw rice around a grave of a suspected vampire so that when it returned from the dead it would be too busy counting the rice grains to feed on anything.

    Now we know more about them courtesy of your post, I know that vamps aren't actually the undead, but do they have OCD complexes anyway?

    gillianbrampton[at]hotmail[dot]com

  24. -Kelly Meding

    JD – I can't verify the counting thing, but I gotta say I've never seen a disheveled vampire. Prim, proper, not a hair out of place, and they really don't seem to like getting blood on their clothes. I guess that's kind of OCD, just not the way you're used to hearing.

    –Evy

  25. Shooting Stars Mag

    What a fun giveaway! I would love to be included. this book sounds great.

    Vampire related question huh?

    Can vampires have sex and/or produce actual children?

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  26. -Kelly Meding

    Lauren – *shoots soda out nose* Tell you what, I'll let you ask that of the next vampire you see….

    They gotta reproduce somehow, or they'd be nearly extinct by now. And there are still plenty running around the city. I've never seen a vampire kid, but they have to exist somewhere, right?

    –Evy

  27. Icejewel

    Thanks for giving us knowledge about Vampires.
    oh Evy, are Vampires cold when we touch them ? Can they truly fall in love with a human ??

    oh oh..one more thing.. Can vampires turn their heads to their backs ? As in can they rotate their head at 360 degrees?

    I will be scared to death If I see that happening !!

    Please enter me, icejew at gmail dot com (icejew[at]gmail[dot]com)
    Thanks for the contest.

  28. -Kelly Meding

    Icejewel – You guys keep coming up with fun stuff. Let's see…

    Mostly I try not to touch vampires unless I'm moving a dead body or punching them. I don't think they're cold. I've never noticed a huge difference in skin temperature, but I'm also not dumb enough to stick a thermometer up one's…um, backside, to see if they're 98.6 degrees or not.

    Falling in love with a human? Our two species are so completely different in temperaments and ideals, I can't figure that working. And considering the risk of infection with just one little bite, any human would be stupid to fall for a vampire.

    Rotate 360 degrees? I think I'd pay to see that. I've snapped a few necks and gotten them pretty close to 180 degrees, but never all the way around.

    –Evy

  29. Liyana

    Hi Evy,

    This might seem a silly question. I know vampires aren't human, but do they have some form of humanity in them? Maybe compassion, care, you know-the good stuff.

    Thanks,
    Liyana
    liyanaland[at]gmail[dot]com

  30. Liyana

    And can anyone kill a vampire? Cos right now, I'm not sure if that's a vampire knocking on my door… other than those characteristics you mentioned, any other ways we can recognise them? I mean, I can't offer them garlic! I hate garlic, and I'm human.

    Liyana
    liyanaland[at]gmail[dot]com

    P.S.- At least I think I am.
    P.P.S.-If I don't reply in a few days, please send someone to check my house… just in case. >.>

  31. Patti

    What a great contest – the Q&A; is fun!

    Are vampires allergic to silver?

    Do they live in "nests" or are they loners?

    Thanks! pspinney AT cox DOT net

  32. Kris

    Ha I think I just blew Coke out my nose laughing at the replies…

    So here is my question…is it really…truly..a bad idea to want to a vampire boyfriend? Guess so huh? Don't think the whole in bed thing could be much fun *sigh*
    ksg_amg(at)yahoo.com

  33. -Kelly Meding

    Liyana – You mean positive emotions? Well, sure. I mean, even animals protect and care for others in their packs. Maybe that's more of an instinctive thing than an emotional one, but still. There's an urban legend of sorts among the Triads, about a vampire who once saved a Hunter's life. But no one knows who the Hunter was, and none of the Handlers will cop to knowing about it. Like I said, urban legend.

    For the second question–anyone can *try* to kill a vampire. But they're fast and wicked strong, so without training, your chances aren't very good. And wounding one will only piss it off. And you'll just get your ass kicked. If the vampire's a rogue, it may kill you. Not always though. If they kill you, then I have to go out and kill them. And I've never failed to serve a warrant.

    –Evy

    PS – You alive? Did they get you? Should I be expecting a new job pretty soon?

  34. -Kelly Meding

    Patti – They don't seem to be. Weres, on the other hand, are pretty allergic.

    Vampire society is pretty protected, but I don't think they like the word "nest." They actually have royal Families–an upper class, a middle class, and their warriors. Supposedly the high-ranking ones live together somewhere (and it's a well-guarded secret, let me tell you), surrounded by their lackeys.

    The infected half-Bloods, on the other hand, tend to "nest," as you say. At least, the ones who don't go nuts do. We search-and-destroy a couple of nests a week to keep them under control. Once in a while, a single half-Blood will nest in their old, human home, but mostly not.

    Kris – About the vampire boyfriend….one of my first jobs as a Hunter Rookie was cleaning up after a guy who tried to hide and protect his infected half-Blood girlfriend. He hid her and fed her for about two weeks. It took us two days to find all the pieces of him scattered around her apartment.

    Just say no.

    –Evy

  35. -Kelly Meding

    Under the wire! Abigail, thanks. This was definitely a fun distraction from hunting and killing. Plus, you know, educating the masses and all…

    susan.byerly – I think I hit that one a few times. So here's a last comment for you all: humans don't have the market cornered on emotions.

    Later all! Thanks for having me!

    –Evangeline Stone

  36. Liyana

    Hi Evy (and Kelly!)

    Yeah, I'm still alive, thank god. Turns out it was just a friend. A human one. Lucky he didn't see my kitchen knife!

    Liyana