Let the Bloodletting Commence!
If you are fond of vampire tales or other macabre manifestations of the night, you might have noticed a trend for redundancy in such narratives. “Damned for Eternity” is a short novella that attempts to put a new twist on the blood suckers of yore.
Teaser excerpt from later in the story:
The vampire smiled at me with the teeth bared. Its eyes piercing me with a cold, metallic glint as it softly whispered in clear-cut tones of finality close enough to me so that I could feel no breath brushing my cheek with each word, “We do not cast shadows as we are shadows, shades, darkness, night. We are evil from hell and hell-bound. We come from the Inferno to collect the souls of man to damn each one forever and ever. If you do not believe in us or our Maker, then you are not saved and will live with us in eternal night for all time.”
A pale, bluish hand, razor thin with nails delicately pointed, reached up to brush against my face in the lightest caress. I could feel the coolness like a frigid blast throughout my being, so cold it was intensely burning. The hand rested there a moment longer, and I could sense the pleasure the creature was receiving from my exquisite revulsion and pain. It leaned in still further, “Tonight is not the night I will take you. You will know when your time comes for my face will be the last and first one you will ever see.” The vampire’s touch left me and it melted away, leaving so quickly that it was almost like the finale in a magician’s disappearing act.