Thank you for having me, Gwen. It's not often The Author lets me out to play, so I'm
making the most of the opportunity by telling you how I really feel about being cast as a vampire.
When I appeared as a vampire in Luna Black, I was thrilled to
finally get a placement in a short story. Until then, I'd lived in the recesses
of The Author's Imagination. It was a scary, scary place. Imagine a massive
cauldron full of unused ideas, characters, and plot lines, all swirling and
mingling like a mini-tornado. A frightening place. I still get flashbacks.
I loved playing Victory Dead. However, while I loved my
role, I expected to get another story placement not long after. I had big
dreams - zombie, ghost, demon. Only it didn't happen. Unlike the movie world,
once you're assigned a role in the literary world that's the only one you get. Forever. So I did what
every character of note does, I pestered The Author. I took every opportunity
to remind The Author I needed another story. I mastered the art of subliminal
messages. Someone mentioned vampires? VICTORY DEAD! Someone mentioned how much
he or she loved Luna Black? VICTORY DEAD! Someone mentioned blood? VICTORY
After a few months of solid pestering, I finally got what I
wanted. Victory Dead was back. Not only that, I was the lead character in a
dark science fiction story. Could I have wanted anything more? Well. Yes. I'll
always want more - it's the first rule of being a character.
If you want to know where I ended up in the second story,
and why I've convinced The Author I'm now worthy of my own series of books,
read Taking Time. Here's an excerpt to tempt your taste buds:
The human female McCaffrey sent was not as young, tall, or
lithe as McCaffrey, but I wasn’t interested in her in a way any normal
human would be–she was my meal.
After meeting her at Kingley’s
cargo hold and showing her the food and water, the redheaded female followed me
into the room I used to store my limited possessions. She glanced at my unused
bed and stepped back, so I took hold of one of her hands and pulled her close.
“Ignore the bed. It’s not what you’re here for.”
She let out a long breath and sighed
“What’s your name?” I asked,
hypnotising her with my stare.
“It will be quick and painless,
Taya. I promise.”
The remaining moral fibres of my
being fought what I was about to do with all their worth. It had been decades
since I’d last fed this way. When my time on Revelation was up, I prayed I
could once again resist the elixir.
I placed a hand behind Taya’s
head and waited for her breathing to slow. When she’d reached an almost
trance-like state, her eyes taking on a glazed sheen, I ran my right hand down
the side of her neck. She moaned as I sank my teeth into her warm flesh, and I
pushed her face into my shoulder to suffocate any pleas for help. Her body
squirmed under my clasp as I sucked the blood from her veins, and I felt the
ecstasy of her life flowing through me. I didn’t want to stop, but I had to.
After I’d taken only enough to
revitalise me, struggling with the desire to take more, I let her wilt beneath
me and gently lowered her onto the bed. I placed my fingers on her left wrist
and checked for a pulse. It was weak but there was one. I hadn’t killed her.
Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories
stories of time and space...
The future of humanity must be decided in Next
Phase. Winning the Planetary Lottery is not as lucky as it first seems in
Schrodinger's Gamble. An apocalypse and its aftermath threaten to tear one
couple apart in Daiker's Children. In Life As I Know It a reclusive man finds
both his heart and home invaded during an alien harvest. In Taking Time, a
vampire seeking shelter on a distant planet finds himself facing a very
different kind of demon, after answering a frontier settlement's plea for help.
Stories range from flash fiction to novelette in
Ellie Garratt is a science fiction and horror writer. She is
a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The
Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online.
Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre and Taking Time and
Other Science Fiction Stories are now available on Kindle.In early 2014, she will be launching a series of
dark science fiction novellas called The Dead Chronicles.