Wednesday, April 27, 2011


PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE is a series of five works of short fiction written in Derek Gunn's VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE universe. Each is a diary entry written from a vampire's point of view and set in five different periods in history.

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From the author:
The main kernel of my VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE series of books came from the proliferation of 'nice' vampires that are so popular in fiction today. I never saw the vampire as an aristocratic figure, noble to a fault and lonely for a good woman's, or man's love. I always saw them as creatures who had moved on from being human over the centuries. They do not consider themselves human, most have probably forgotten they ever were. They are creatures ruled by base hunger. For all their power they are slaves to a gnawing hunger that rules there very existence.

I have written some diary extracts recently as part of a back story to the VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE series. Over the course of the centuries we can see the changes going on inside the head of a vampire, how his thoughts of humanity, religion and his place in the world change him. I have tied this into the 'real' history of the world, offering a different view of how some of history's events actually happened, and the impact this had on the mindset of the vampire.

They are short vignettes that try to go some way to explain how these creatures can change so drastically. Even the most noble would change their attitudes over centuries and humans are food after all. How often do you have to eat meat to no longer consider the source as intelligent?

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