Russell Solomon : Vampires and Other Blood Sucking Creatures

Many cultures have myths associated with blood-sucking creatures, but the vampire that we are familiar with has its roots in European folklore. Tales of corpses returning to life to seek out fresh blood appear in many stories from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkan areas. It was the literary work of author Bram Stoker who hurtled vampires into mainstream consciousness through his blending of vampire myth and the legendary Vlad the Impaler of Romania. Vampires have been around for hundreds of years. These stories blend together in our modern world to give us a more contemporary creature capable of withstanding light, who possesses superhuman strength, and has emotion. Today’s vampire is considered to be a powerful, sexy, sometimes even sparkly being. And to a mystery writer, this strange creature adds a supernatural element to a novel as it attempts to live among humans and their modern world in a variety of ways.

The vampire has come a long way from being the heinous villain whose only goal is to stalk human prey to drink their blood. Today, the vampire has a mix of emotions – from the desire to attain enormous wealth and power over humanity to the need to be loved and understood by its human counterparts. It is these wide ranges of emotions that make vampires an interesting topic for an engaging supernatural mystery. As a mystery writer, I am intrigued by the many ways a vampire may add to a mystery.

Vampires can take on the sociopathic qualities of a serial killer, a desire for power and control over its victims driving it to do murderous deeds. Or, a vampire can take on the adventurous spirit of a world traveler with a tumultuous past, as he travels the world and meets human friends along the way who need his help solving gruesome crimes. And even still, a vampire can take the countenance of a child who seeks the love and approval of her parents while desperately wanting to belong among the human children of her town, discovering that only she can protect those very children from an evil bent on taking their lives.

Vampires have come a long way since Bram Stoker’s Dracula and its Eastern European beginnings. Today’s vampire seems almost accessible to us, something to be wary of but not necessarily feared. A vampire in a mystery novel can be a lone vigilante protecting the city, or the ruthless killer that stalks the night in search for food. The theme could include a supernatural story of intrigue, power struggle and the need to belong. Whatever it is that our modern vampire has become, there are endless possibilities to how a mystery writer may portray this secretive creature.

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Welcome to the Scary World of Russell Solomon

When it comes to frightening mystery thrillers, you might know of many household names around the country, but you probably have not heard of me, Russell Solomon. I am an up-and-coming author and have written my latest mystery novel, “The Lost Pendulum of Montrose”, which, by the way, has been getting rave reviews!

The ministry genre of novels is one that is continuously growing by leaps and bounds for many tremendous reasons – they are exciting and to keep our readers gasping for air until the end of the book. My latest novel does very much that same thing. Set in a very small town in New Hampshire, it takes you on a thrill ride through cemeteries, ancient relics and the cryptic signs of the occult societies! This is the kind of book that you just can’t put down into your eyes are blood red!

I have been writing for a very long time but this book, has acquired the most attention. I was born in Louisiana, a former lawyer, trial attorney turned accomplished journalist. And by crafting my legal skills and my ability to write with passion along with my love of paleontology, I have been able to master some amazing books that will keep you reeling from the very beginning.

When asked me to describe my latest book, I must say that a lot of paleontological research went into it. Even though based on all this research it does have a fictional spin to it. The central theme that revolves around a paleontologist and a cultural anthropology teacher who team up after discovering some disgustingly frightening remains. I won’t ruin it  for you. So it’s up to you to buy the book and find out!

On a personal note, I am married, the father of two children and have a very active life in Southern California. I am currently working on a string of novels that will be published soon. Welcome to my frightening world!

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