by Peter Dawes
Every writer has a turning point in which they determine their path in life – whether it be to pursue writing seriously, keep it more of a habit, or attempt to find a good place in-between. In tribute to a deceased loved one, I wanted to talk about my grandfather, Louis, because he was the one who helped me determine my path.
My grandfather was a World War II veteran who embodied the stereotype of a man of his time. I always knew him as a tough-as-nails fellow, and thought he would be proud when I decided I would pursue law as a career. So much so, that I announced my plans to him one day while visiting with him at his house.
His response astonished me.
He looked at me as though I had just grown a third eye. While I had expected accolade and praise, I got stern gaze and heard him ask, “Why would you want to do that?” The response set me so far aback, I didn’t know what to say, and fortunately he continued. “You’re a writer. You should be a journalist or something. Don’t waste your time with law school.”
Waste your time with law school? Not at all what I expected, and at the same time I couldn’t help but see the pragmatism of the suggestion. Do what you’re good at. When you keep that in mind, you end up more successful than when you do something contrary. To thine own self be true, right? I came to him believing I would get validation for the safer road. Instead, he nudged me to the road less traveled.
And in the immortal words of Robert Frost, that has made all the difference.
So, thank you, Pop-Pop. There are so many other stories worth sharing about such a remarkable man, but this was the one I wanted to share the most, because I’m the person I am today because of him.
The Vampire Flynn Series
As the moon rose over Philadelphia, on January 20, 1983, nobody could have known what was about to happen. Inside a coffee shop, a meeting between a young resident doctor and a redheaded vixen would end with a night of bloodshed. Two people would lay dead inside an apartment near Fairmount Park. A third victim would be claimed when their killer ran into the waiting arms of a vampire.
Rather than being met with eternal condemnation, however, Dr. Peter Dawes would wake several days later as a new creature. No longer possessing a pulse and with sharp teeth itching for purchase on human skin, Peter’s first days as an immortal would blossom into five years of decadent, sadistic killing. Exchanging the scalpel for a dagger and the scrubs for a suit, the man who once sought to heal would come to be known as the deadliest vampire ever to wield a sword. The covens referred to him as the Black Rose Assassin. To his maker, Sabrina, he was known as Flynn.
Her instrument in an ambitious struggle to gain control of the city, Flynn amassed a collection of conquests. All the while, secrets circled around him, speaking of special gifts and a human destiny left behind upon his turning. It would take an immortal named Anthony, a mysterious pendant, and a human sorceress named Monica for Flynn to learn the truth behind his turning. And what resulted would send a shockwave from the City of Brotherly Love outward to the rest of the world.
Join Flynn on his journey from ruthless assassin to immortal seer. In a mission which takes him to Chicago, Seattle, and the darkest corners of the globe, a vampire will reconnect with his humanity and a villain will become a reluctant hero. Along the way, wicked immortals, unlikely allies, and a society of gifted humans called the Supernatural Order will test the mettle of the reformed killer. In the end, a man divided will be forced to reconcile with his darkness, and two beings shall emerge from one.
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About Peter Dawes
Peter Dawes is the author of The Vampire Flynn Series, published by the micro-press Crimson Melodies. His serial story, “A Maker and His Child” appears on the BloodTideZine website and short “Lost Highway” has been featured in the Nocturnal Embers anthology, also by Crimson Melodies. While primarily a novelist, he has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box, featuring the work of fellow authors Warren Ellis, Dan Wickline, and more. Always working on something new, Peter leaves it up to the reader to decide if it’s by sunlight or candlelight.
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