Today’s spooky author guest post is from Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles writes epic fantasy novels that transport you to another place and time. His imaginary worlds are filled with the battles between good and evil featuring an incredible variety of creatures: half-elves, dwarves, drites, the undead, and much more. Currently, he is working on a new series. If you love vampires, this post is for you!
Thank you, Colleen, for letting me be a guest. My name is Charles E. Yallowitz, and I’m the author behind the Legends of Windemere, which is a fantasy adventure series. Currently, I have vampires on the brain because while I’m promoting and finishing up my current series, I’m starting to write the next one.
This is all about the vampire civil war that took place after the Great Cataclysm and saw the rise of a new breed of blood-sucker. While the Dawn Fangs have made a few appearances as enemies and allies in Legends of Windemere, they’re still a mystery since their origin is a pretty long story to tell. That and I’ve been wanting to write a vampire story since 1999. Unfortunately, the landscape of this genre has changed to one of more romance than horror and saturation. Pretty sure the instant people read vampire, their minds went to one of many YA stories that involved a young woman falling in love with a handsome man that is lacking a pulse. So, what did I do to make the Dawn Fangs stand out?
My goal was to make the Dawn Fangs the alpha predator of this world.
It is a big gamble because everyone thinks of vampires being hurt by sunlight, which is actually more of a Hollywood thing. Read ‘Dracula, ’ and it’s said that he’s only weaker in sunlight instead of hurt. So, I actually went back to an older version of the mythos at one point.
For example, one that shows up in Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince has claws (Body), talking to spirits (Mind), and moving through shadows (Magic). This added a level of danger since any heroes running into these vampires won’t know exactly what they’re going to deal with.
They are still deadly and should be feared, but my vampires seemed tired of the hunted and hated creature cliché. I was a little disappointed in this until I realized it worked so well for the world I was making. Now, I could do so much more with Dawn Fangs instead of making them nothing more than antagonists or the occasional random encounter.
So, that’s the basics of the Dawn Fangs, which are a dangerous species that seem to have no interest in terrorizing humanity. There is another reason for this, but it’s a big part of my 2018 series, War of Nytefall. Legends of Windemere still has some hints about it, but the real time for these vampires to shine is in their own series. Hope everyone enjoyed this peek behind the curtain.
On September 15, 2017, Charles released the fourteenth novel in his Legend of Windemere series, called: Path of the Traitors.
Also, The Legends of Windemere, Book One is offered as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon.
Author, Charles E. Yallowitz
Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere’ is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.
Link to buy all 14 books as a collection on Amazon
Thanks for popping in to meet Charles and his books. Don’t forget to check them out! ❤
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.