Kindle the Welshire Fire!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Night for FATE, a Night for FANGS!

Special Greetings to our friends clinging to the chill and darkness of winter days! The surprising sunshine we've had here has passed on in favor of a dark and brooding weekend rainstorm! What better time to stay in and spend the night with The Vampire Family!

Now, I know what you're thinking: Kristin, we've done read The Vampire Family already! Yes, we've been available in ebook and paperback with Eternal Press for over a year-a long time in this instant day and age! Also, I have to say it's been a losing battle with illegal infringements and ebook pirating as well. If you haven't read The Vampire Family, do buy from our authorized sellers, not in some nefarious bulk or package download.

Now then, let's turn to happy thoughts, thoughts that deal with fate or fangs. I've gotten a little more catchy with my titles. How do you like FATE and FANGS: A Collection of Tales from the Vampire Family Edited by Professor A. James? Long winded perhaps, but worth it.

I mentioned this first sequel collection previously, and now it's only fair to share a little bit more. Join the Welshires and their resident occult expert Professor James as he hosts this special series of vampire tales from early medieval viking vampires to contemporary debauchery and vampirism......

A Collection of Tales from the Vampire Family
Edited By Professor A. James
Kristin Battestella

Forward by Professor A. James
In 1975 I acquired a collection of antique, but damaged manuscripts after a mysterious fire beguiled the dim British authorities for four years. Somewhere along the frontier between England and Wales, in a crumbled vault beneath a burned mansion; dozens of leather bound journals, diaries, and books were rescued. Their contents were fantastical: histories, ages of vampiric accounts, coven wars, and abstract chronicles. The police, of course, uneducated in such matters of the occult or the unexplained, found the material rubbish against their modern case in need of evidence and forensics.
Fortunately, in my subsequent studies and adventures, I have found that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. You must forgive me the cliché, but my analysis and preservation of these personal antiquities has brought me to new heights of bizarrity, both on the page and in the flesh. I thought I was a wise, aware professor knowing beyond the day-to-day world before I came to read of this twisted Vampire Family. My pride was in err.
After several lengthy years of study and a very slow restoration process on the oldest documents, I succumbed to an offer of assistance from a student named Theodore Plunkett. A scholar of ancient languages, Theodore’s detailed list of degrees and credentials were too numerous for his youthful appearance. His intelligence was vast; yet he was a personal master at comprehending and restoring the fantastic tales of Antonio Welshire and his mad family’s descent into the dark world of vampirism. From patriarch Antonio’s brutal human days to the coven’s near destruction by the rival Lilithan vampires and the ambiguous Mestiphles’ meddling appearances and disappearances; this Vampire Family’s history is very well documented through some centuries and bare and bleak in others. Some journals are utterly disturbing in their tales of blood and mayhem while other diaries are strangely heartfelt, bittersweet, and uncomfortably endearing.
The fire that brought these texts into my possession was education blessing enough-the lifetime epitome of Tut and Troy to most scholars. Some library men would be content to sit behind their musky parchments and read the decades away. I, however, have had the unique privilege of authenticating these documents as truth. Of course, that wasn’t until many years later; when Theodore arrived at my office door looking as young as the day we first met. On the plane to Philadelphia, I never suspected I would arrive at the doorstep of sisters Samantha and Victoria Welshire. I had read over five hundred years of their tall tales; yet here the startling beauties were, living and breathing before me fangs and all. Only then did I begin to realize the full extent of this familial coven.
The academic community may disagree with my claims; but this dark, sensational and unbelievable underground lifestyle has afforded me considerable gains. Today I live a quiet life among the Welshires, and their vast knowledge of history and the world has blessed me intellectually as well as financially. In this simple, ignorant time obsessed with youthfulness and beauty, I’ve seen immortal creatures age, know love, feel pain-even die and regain their humanity. I myself have been able to change; embracing surgeries and procedures I would not have considered before coming to know the Welshires. With no evil or nefarious means, this vampire knowledge and power has made me a new man inside out. It’s something I could never have fathomed before these burned books first came my way.
Through the course of this manuscript, you will find my notes introducing the strange tales included in this volume. There are several more stories left to be discovered; however, those are largely damaged chronicles, with significant portions unaccounted for or degraded beyond interpretation. Those presented here are in the best condition possible and have been least corrupted through time and calamity.
You should be familiar with most of the players, as the Welshire coven’s deeds have been thoroughly documented elsewhere. These accounts from Ann, Victoria, and Stephanie, among others, are much more personal, individual, and largely first person accounts. Some are sad, a few are very enchanting and lovely, and there are some that I personally find repulsive and frightening. Living with and documenting the Vampire Family has not blinded me from their awesome powers and need for the very fringes of human society. Read of the Vampire Family, delight in their written escapades even, but nevertheless learn from the error of their ways. Not all of them are so charming and accepting of the human condition. Remember what you’ve read and will read: most of them will do anything to protect their nocturnal inclinations.
From the past to the present, from near to far and wide, you may think these tales are all fiction, born of the imagination. Unfortunately, they are indeed truth and based in a frightening reality as firm as you or I.

Join us tonight as we simulcast more excerpts, secrets, and treats! Remember, no blood is necessary in the participation of any Vampire Family events. Yet.