Merci to Toni V. for posting this article for me and to the Fuzzies for allowing me to blog about my newest histoire courte, "Working-class Vampires," another entry in the Clan Andriescu series. Vraiment, are these three the most hapless of les vampires, n'est-ce pas?

They were living peaceably enough in Transylvania (no peasant uprisings or anything at the time). While big brother Marius--head of the clan--was cutting a swathe through the female populace, younger brother Valerius was attempting to following in his footsteps (or should that be wing-flaps?) Cousin Timon, on the other hand, was still a little batling and a pest as far as the older vampires were concerned. Then, Marius's swathe cut a little too deeply. He seduced one too many a female from the Prince himself and promptly found himself exiled from his homeland. When he protested, the Prince, totally uncharitable and completely beside himself with jealousy (and if one infuriated prince is bad, two you don't even want to think about), exiled Valerius and Timon, also--out of sheer, Royal spite. So here our heroes were...cast adrift in the Big Bad World of Humankind...flitting all over Europe...until they land in New Orleans, Louisiana, home of Bourbon Street jazz, the vampire Lestat, and voodoo (not necessarily in that order).

Some of you may be familiar with Marius' story ("Sometimes Love Returns") and its bittersweet ending. A few may have read the slightly slapstick tale of Valerius' marriage which I asked Toni V. to submit under her name because I was too timide to use my own. (At that time I was just dipping mes orteils in the writing world's mer and was incertain how I would fare. Today, I am the auteur edite, so I now have courage to place my own nom on my work.) That story "Love, Vampire Style" was published as a Black Rosette by editeur The Wild Rose Press.

This time, Cousin Timon, is the culprit...uh, hero. "Working-class Vampires" involves him and his new bride.

Like Marius' love, Caity, Timon's wife is human...Laura Atwood. She is a best-selling auteur of romans de vampire. She also is unaware her new husband is a vampire. Interesting, n'est-ce pas? One night, as they share a romantic evening and glass of wine (Laura drinking her favorite Bordeaux and Timon a specially-bottled dark red from the family cellars--and we can guess what that is, can't we?), they discuss the route her next novel should take. In a weak moment, Timon makes crucial suggestions, never believing Lisa will take them. (After all, she rarely does what he tells her, anyway.) The next thing he knows, his wife is advertising her new novel which proves vampires are real and living in New Orleans, and the Louisiana Undead community is up in arms. It seems there is a law against revealing the actual existence of vampires and Laura has just broken it! The punishment for such a crime is death...and at the request of the New Orleans' vampire Lord, the Prince's executioner is on his way from Transylvania to carry out the sentence.

Timon and Laura have to think fast in order to escape death by broadsword.

"Working-class Vampires" will be available this month in the August 1 issue of Sounds of the Night magazine, released by sams dot publishing. Here's the trailer. Appreciez!

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12 comments

  1. Mary Ricksen // August 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

    So here's another one to put on my TBR list, I'll never finish!
    Hey, that's good right.
    Good luck Toni and all alters.

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 3, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

    Thanks for the blog Tony-Paul! The story sounds intriquing. Can't wait to read it.

  3. Joanne // August 3, 2009 at 6:09 PM  

    "Working class vampires." So original and intriguing. Great blog, Toni.

  4. Catherine Bybee // August 3, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

    Love the trailer! How fun is that? On my TBR list for sure.

  5. Nightingale // August 3, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

    TVS are you having an identity crisis? ha ha But you do it so well. Interesting character. As you often say, maybe it's time for the vampires from my world to meet the vampires from yours. Should stir the Vampyre up a bit!

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  7. Nightingale // August 3, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

    PS I think the premise of this story is fascinating (I've had a sneak preview).

    PSS Great trailer

  8. Pamela Varnado // August 3, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

    I love a good vampire story and look forward to reading yours. It sounds so fascinating.

  9. TVS // August 3, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

    Merci for your so kind remarks, everyone. Madame Linda, it would be tres audieciux for your vampires, mes vampires, and those of la belle Toni to meet! Could la monde survive?

  10. Mary Marvella // August 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

    And to think, you seemed so almost normal as a kid. Sounds like you've done it again, Toni!

  11. Jianne Carlo // August 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM  

    Interesting spin on the vampire genre. I can't wait to read it.

    Cheers,

    JC

  12. Judy // August 4, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

    Interesting blog and clever the way you've done the trailor. Your energy is amazing! Thanks