I tell you, one of the great things about hosting Vampires Anonymous is the fact that I’m with like minds. We’re kindred lunatics with one thing in common….VAMPIRES. SO when I say I have a treat for those that say “What the hell Nisy!? Vampires are not suppose to be cute, romantic and sexy. They are blood thirsty, angry KILLERS!!!” I got you! Your wails have been answered!
This is my review of The Vampire Hunter… Found on Goodreads
If you’re into bad ass, I’ll tear your throat out and spit it back at you, followed with twisting your head in a 160 degree angle type vampire, this is your book!! It started out with a high speed action packed; get that mo-fo snuffy!! I was jumping up and down while they tried to get them, and covering my eyes with all the gore.
Drake was awesome, I kind of seen myself pushing him over to light my own cigar and pour my own bakers. Alison was a bad mama jamma and Jim was really nifty with the gadgets, I would so be down to kill some stinky vamps. Hopefully Jessica gets what she wants in book two, she might have comp. Hmmm 🙂
Awesome ending Ion gave me the creeps and can’t wait to read the next one. I’m definitely a Vampires Hunter fan.”
I’m saying away with the ugly stinky ones and lets keep the sexy ones. lol
I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott M. Baker. The author to The Vampire Hunters! So very talented and smart! He took time out his busy schedule to answer some question and grace us with copy’s of his books!!
The Vampire Hunters (Book One of the Vampire Hunters Trilogy)
Modern day vampire hunters wage a brutal battle against the undead in the nation’s capital. As former Boston cops, Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe thought they had experienced it all… until they found themselves tracking down a serial killer who turned out to be one of the undead. Stopping him cost them their careers and almost their lives. Thanks to an influential and anonymous benefactor, Drake and Alison find a new job ridding the streets of Washington D.C. of the vampiric threat terrorizing the nation’s capital. Only this time, Drake and Alison are not facing a single vampire but an entire nest led by Ion Zielenska, one of history’s most evil and twisted masters. As the vampires indiscriminately prey on humans, seeing them as nothing more than food to satiate their hunger, they create a wave of violence that threatens to engulf the city. Orchestrating the carnage is Antoinette Varela, the mistress of the nest, whose vendetta against the hunters is personal.
Vampyrnomicon (Book Two of The Vampire Hunters Trilogy)
Hunters and vampires seek The Vampyrnomicon, a book that could destroy the vampires…or mankind. Within the vaults of the Smithsonian Institute lies the key to finding The Vampyrnomicon, the Book of the Undead that contains the history and secrets of the vampires. According to legend, whoever possesses the book can establish a vampire nation on earth – or destroy the undead once and for all. With an opportunity to end the war against the undead so close, Drake Matthews is determined to find the book. But the vampires also want The Vampyrnomicon. When Master Chiang Shih and her coven of the most powerful and dangerous vampires arrive in Washington to claim the book as their own, the hunters find themselves facing their most deadly enemy yet. With the stakes so high, so is the ferocity of the struggle.
Everything is so awesome, we thank you Mr. Baker!!!
1. What triggered your writing career? Did you know it was going to be about Vampires?
I’ve enjoyed writing as far back as I can remember. During summer vacations, when I didn’t have my head stuck in a book, I was jotting down short stories in a notebook my parents bought for me. Then when I was ten, my father brought home an old manual typewriter. Since I was a typical Monster Kid, I naturally started writing my own monster magazine. I would watch Creature Double Feature every Saturday on WLVI Channel 56 in Boston and write about the movies I had seen, and would go through my old Famous Monsters of Filmland and cut out photographs to paste into my mag. My fans loved it. Okay, the only person who ever read it was my mother, and I think she might have been biased, but she provided enough encouragement for me to keep on writing.
Shortly after college I tried my hand at espionage novels and techno-thrillers since I had earned a Masters Degree in Soviet Studies and wanted to write what I knew. The first two books were very amateurish, and I cringe every time I read them. But they helped me hone my writing skills so by the third novel I had found my voice and perfected my style. That book told the story of North Korea purchasing four nuclear weapons, hiding them in the United States, and threatening to detonate them if Washington didn’t pull its troops off the peninsula. Several publishers read it and loved it; unfortunately, this was right after 9/11, and the market for that genre had dried up overnight.
I have a good friend, Renee, who kept urging me to switch to horror since I loved the genre so much, so I gave it a try. I started with some zombie short stories and a torture porn piece, and then developed the idea for The Vampire Hunters trilogy. I’ve been writing in the horror genre ever since.
2. What would you say is the hardest part about writing your own work?
Coming up with ideas that are unique. The market right now is flooded with zombie and vampire stories, and writing something that is original is getting increasingly difficult. I’ve had several great ideas for short stories or novel scenes that I’ve later had to abandon because I read something similar. [SPOLIER ALERT] For example, at the end of The Vampire Hunters, I originally had written it so that Drake used a pair of garden shears to slice off Ion’s head. But then I watched Wes Craven’s Dracula 2000 and saw that this was how one of the female vampires was disposed of, so I rewrote my chapter to include the scene with the wood chipper. I think the new ending is much better. [END SPOILER ALERT]
3. Are any of your characters/places inspired by real life personal friends or places you’ve been?
I occasionally borrow the physical appearance of a friend or colleague so I can have a clear mental image of that character, but that’s where any similarities end. All the character traits, personalities, psychoses, and the like are from my imagination.
When it comes to the locations in my novels, most of them are real. The story takes place in and around Washington D.C. because I’ve lived here for the past twenty years and know the area well. Thankfully, there are a lot of people who have been very supportive and have offered private tours of many of the primary sites that appear in my books, such as the Washington sewers, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, and National Cathedral. Most of the settings that occur outside of Washington are also based on actual locations, many of which I’ve visited. My favorite is Mont St. Michel, which opens the third book. Several years ago, some friends and I spent a night on the island and walked through the neighborhoods long after the city had shut down. The experience was so awe-inspiring that I figured out a way to work the island fortress into my novel.
4. Everyone writes what they want to portray. May it be romance or adventure maybe some mystery? What sets you apart from all the other authors out there?
I grew up watching all the old Hammer and Universal horror films where the vampires were pure evil. I always viewed the undead as monsters that saw humans as little more than livestock to feed their hunger and carnal desires. They shouldn’t sparkle, date teenage girls, or suffer tortured souls over the carnage they’ve caused. When I started writing The Vampire Hunters back in 2003, there weren’t that many vampires in the genre that could be considered badass. It’s one of the factors that make my trilogy stand out from the other vampire literature.
Another thing that sets my novels apart is that I make my vampires an integral part of the story. I didn’t want them to be two-dimensional characters whose sole purpose was to drive the plot. My vampires have back stories, personalities, and motivations, and are as important to the plot as the hunters. You may not like my vampires, but you’re intrigued by them.
5. When it comes to writing, how much of it is your own? Example: When you go back in time and speak about an era, are the ideas coming off the top of your head or is it non-fictional to give it that realistic feel to it.
I have several flashbacks throughout my trilogy that explain the vampires’ back story. Each of those scenes is historically accurate, and many are based on actual events. Where I’ve added my own touch is by merging my vampire mythos with the historical timeline. For the flashbacks – Rennes during the French Revolution, Attila the Hun’s camp, the fall of Antioch to the Muslims at the end of the Crusades, 13th Century Messina – I heavily researched the topics to make certain the settings were as accurate as possible. That blending of fact and fiction is one of the things about my trilogy that I’m especially fond of.
6. Do you have any inspirational words for any upcoming possible authors out there, which might want to get into publishing their own work?
If you want to be a writer, you have to write. I know that sounds simple, but it’s true. I’ve known several people who want to be authors and who have developed great plot outlines, thoroughly researched their topics, and planned out brilliant marketing campaigns, but have yet put any words onto paper. Yes, you have to be disciplined to write, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. If you write only one page a day, at the end of the year you have a 365-page manuscript, which is the average length for a first novel.
As for getting published, just stick with it and develop a thick skin. I could wallpaper my office with rejection letters. More often than not, you’ll never hear from a publisher or agent. When they write back with constructive criticism, listen to what they say. These people are professionals and know what they’re talking about. And don’t get discouraged and give up. The average time to get your first novel published is eight years! So hang in there.
7. Who’s your favorite Character? Maybe someone you can relate to.
I have an affinity for Drake Matthews. Anyone who knows me well will see a lot of similarities between myself and the Glock toting, cigar smoking, whiskey drinking, iced coffee loving vampire hunter who keeps a rabbit as a pet.
8. Do you know more or less how many books you’re going to add to your series. Maybe an idea? Or are you going to run with it.
The Vampire Hunter trilogy ends with the third book. I’ve told my story and resolved everything, so there’s no need to continue the series.
My first zombie novel, Rotter World, which is about humans and vampires trying to survive a living dead apocalypse, has just been accepted for publication by Permuted Press. If that’s successful, I have plans for a sequel. I’m currently working on a novel about something evil stalking the deserts of northern New Mexico, which is my tribute to the B-grade monster movies of the 1950s, and I’m plotting out a novel about OSS officers in World War II trying to stop Hitler from fulfilling a pact he made with Satan.
I hope to return to vampires soon, though. I’m currently developing a series concept for a small band of humans waging war against the undead in a post-apocalyptic world.
The Vampire Hunter Contest!
So now that we know some tidbits about Mr. Scott M. Baker lets get to how we can win a copy of his Vampire Hunter books!!
Who is the inspiration for the character Van Helsing, who is Drake Matthew’s pet rabbit?
2nd winner will be chosen at random to win a copy of the first book, The Vampire Hunters.
Leave answers and comments below*
Contest ends April 29th.
Contest open to international entries.**
GOOD LUCK my Fang-bangers! v—v