A blog on the history of vampires
In the earliest days of man, when the saber toothed tiger stalked its prey, another predator came into being. This creature was two-legged, and walked upright, but could also fly, having bat like wings that stretched above it at a span of twelve feet, or more.
So starts The Hunt, by Linell Jeppsen. Although The Hunt takes place now, in the high woods of Washington State, everything that drives the plot line has its origins in ancient history.
Think of the giant Pterodactyl…The vampires in my novel are quite large, standing 6’5 to 8 ft. tall. They are strong and physically perfect. They also have gigantic leathery wings, which match their hair color and skin tone.
Raul, David and Lael are among the “Old Ones.” David is gorgeous, with long golden brown hair and fierce eyes like an eagle. His sister, Lael is very pale, with dark red hair and eyes as blue and shiny as sapphires.
Even Raul, the villain of this story, is beautiful, with long blond hair that he keeps in dread-locks that fall past his knees and mesmerizing, black eyes.
In the late 1600’s, a new vampire comes into being, the first of his kind. Because the vampire, like the dinosaur, is becoming extinct, David and Lael risk the wrath of the high vampire council, and create a vampire through the changing of blood. It is uncertain, at first, whether the old ones will allow Raphael to live; after all, humans are considered to be nothing more than feed-stock to the vampire.
Finally however, the elders of the council acknowledge that something must be done to save the vampire race from extinction. Now, with the advent of modern man and technology, the only thing that stands between humanity and the annihilation of the vampire race is the half-human king of the high council, Raphael Goldhawk.
The Hunt, slips back and forth from ancient times to present day and culminates in an epic show down between good and evil, love and hate. You will see how Raul has become psychotic and is consumed with hatred and revenge. You will learn why Holly Jensen is about to become a pawn in an ancient war, and in a love affair as old as time itself.
Although these vampires don’t sparkle, or live in graveyards, or indulge in teen-age angst, they are filled with magic. They can turn into animals, and teleport…they can disguise their wings and walk amongst mankind. They are ancient, powerful beings…the very top of the Earth’s food chain and will do anything to survive as a species.
This is dark, adult fantasy. These vampires are beautiful and deadly…they won’t make you swoon, but gasp, and run away in fear. The humans in this tale are brave, terrified, vulnerable and strong. They are you and me. They are the prey, in a hunt as old as time.
Grab your camping gear and hunting license…it’s time for THE HUNT!
Synopsis of The Hunt
A ragged band of vampires are cutting a bloody band of destruction from Alaska to Washington State! As frost turns the leaves gold and paints the high mountain treetops silver, hundreds of hunters arrive in Swan Valley for their annual deer hunt. What they don't know is an outcast band of vampires have arrived as well.
Raphael Goldhawk, king of the high vampire council, has decreed the taking of human life unlawful. Raul Stannard, an ancient enemy of the half-human king, is determined to overthrow the council, even if it means the exposure and eventual annihilation of the vampire race.
Four people, a Ferry County forest ranger (Roger Atley), an Indian spirit-walker (Harley Truefeather), and a young married couple (Brian and Holly Jensen), are about to be caught up in an ancient power struggle, and in a love affair as old as time itself.
This novel combines ancient history with modern times, in an epic show-down between good and evil, love and hate. Grab your camping gear and hold on tight! It's time for The Hunt!
About the Author
Linell Jeppsen is a retired grocery store checker and high school custodian. She has been writing her entire life, but was recently chosen by Phyllis Scott Publishing for her novel, The Hunt.
She had previously won third place in a science fiction short story contest for The Gag Gift which is featured in Mixed Blessing and other Short Stories and The Last Astronaut.
She is now hard at work on her second novel titled Story Time. It is a science-fiction, post-apocalyptic novel, which is due to be released this fall.
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