Progress on “Black Butterfly” has been sort of slow, but I’ve made some big decisions regarding the story. I’ve figured out the way that I would like for it to end – melancholy and somewhat bloody, as any good Vampire story should. There is no formal outline, only what I have in my head and a few scribbled notes about vampire mythology.
I want to keep away from the nature Anne Rice‘s works. They are far more of a romanticized concept of vampires than what I like. A bit too forgiving almost of the nature of vampires. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people love her books, but it’s just not quite my cup of tea. I like visceral and unforgiving. I want realism and glamor-free, as it were. (No sparkly vampires for me, either!)
Although I have read only a few of his works, I have a fondness for Karl Edward Wagner and his Kane stories. Kane is who he is, and there are no apologies for it. I also like how he wrote and published all of those short stories about Kane and his adventures in anthologies. All the nitty-gritty without a lot of the slow transition and build up that is required for a novel. (It’s actually quite appropriate for today’s on the go and the digital world.) I would like to do something similar around my Vampire antagonist, only probably just one book, instead of six. 😛