Short Stories

Stealth Experiment No. 35

Here's a flash fiction I wrote for Writer's Forum Flash Fiction Competition. The prompt was to begin and end the story with 'when he looked again, it was gone'. Here's the beginning: 'When he looked, it wasn’t there. Very good. Mr (not doctor, never doctor) Bluewell turned back to look at the door again. If… Continue reading Stealth Experiment No. 35

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Weekly Update (25/09/2016)

Currently (re)reading: Blood and Ice by Robert Masello Weekly Word Count: 1790 Review Weekly Word Count: 2141 You might have noticed that my review word count is a lot higher than my fiction word count. That was because, seeing as I don't want to cut it fine with my reviews like I did last time,… Continue reading Weekly Update (25/09/2016)

Reviews, Vampire Novels

Night World – Volume One

It's been ages since I read this. I think I got it because the third book caught my eye at an airport. When I got back from holiday, I found the first book and ended up getting Volume 2 and 3 in time as well. It's got a few good ideas which I built upon… Continue reading Night World – Volume One

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Weekly Update (18.09.2016)

Currently (re)reading: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton Weekly Word Count: 2321 Manuscript Word Count: 69303 Review Word Count: 2877 I really did my latest review in a bit of a rush. Re-reading Night World Volume 1 took a lot longer than expected and there was a lot of fact-checking involved so the Research part… Continue reading Weekly Update (18.09.2016)

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Weekly Update (11/09/2016)

Currently (re)reading: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton Weekly Word Count: 2427 Manuscript Word Count: 69163 My weekly word count is a bit lower than usual and that's because I wanted to spend more time this week on redrafting a short story and my manuscript and getting to the end of Night World: Volume 1.… Continue reading Weekly Update (11/09/2016)


Ancient vampires in Africa and Asia — Scarlett Memories

§ Asia § “The jumping corpse” was the Chinese version of a vampire, the main difference being that it would pray on the life essence, not necessarily on the blood of flesh. The Chinese vampires also bare the name of “Jiang Shi”, dead with green skin, covered in fungus, that return from beyond to kill… Continue reading Ancient vampires in Africa and Asia — Scarlett Memories

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Glass Houses

This one's another charity shop find but, this time around, I'm glad I picked it up. A very good meal for the CROWS indeed. Here's an extract: 'Character Claire Danvers is an ordinary girl done right. For a start, she isn’t an ordinary girl. She’s a smart girl who got the best grades to get away… Continue reading Glass Houses

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Weekly Word Update (4/9/2016)

Currently (re)reading: Night World Volume 1 by L.J.Smith Weekly Word Count (fiction): 3740 Weekly Word Count (review): 2733 Manuscript Word Count: 69051 As you may have noticed, the manuscript word count is back. I didn't put it on my last update as I didn't work on it last week and thus didn't have anything to… Continue reading Weekly Word Update (4/9/2016)


Superstitions on how to eradicate a vampire

Scarlett Memories

Cut off the vampires head and you basically end the creature’s undead existence. This is based on the time`s belief that the center of the undead is the brain. This is true for zombies, but for a vampire the heart is the “vital” organ. Many corpses would be beheaded to prevent a supposed vampire from attacking. In some cases the head was buried at the feet or in a separate grave in the belief that it the creature would still rise he wouldn`t be able to use his senses therefore he would be easy to destroy.

First, a stake of wood or metal has to be driven through a vampire’s heart, as well as as pinning it to the ground. Then a ritual, or exorcism, is performed to render the vampire helpless. Finally the head must be severed and either buried separately from the body or both parts…

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