Now that the Vlad Dracula arc is up and running with Books #1 and #2 For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Path To Decay, I have turned my focus back to the Bound By Blood arc, the part of the story where I introduced Dracula the vampire in Book #6. For the last six months, Bound By Blood has undergone re-writes and has been sent to the USA for fresh edits, and now a final re-write. Bound By Blood will be released anew on July 18th and what was previously Bound By Blood – Volume 2, will appear in October/November after a complete overhaul as The Headless Cross.

Today, I want to share with you the fantastic new trailer for Bound By Blood. I hope it is to your liking.

To coincide with the launch of THE PATH TO DECAY, on Friday I gave an interview on the I Love Vampire Novels website. You can see it here.

ILVN. Firstly, tell us about your book/series.

Shane: My series is The Dracula Chronicles. It is a sprawling, expansive new concept that combines the real historical Vlad Dracula and an entirely new version of Dracula the vampire, also based on the real man.

The books are historical novels of Gothic horror; religious corruption; political intrigue; war; tragedy; paranormal fantasy; and deep romance. The premise goes all the way back to Creation, and the First Great War of the Angels, and the concept built around Lucifer trying to ascend again to Heaven through the destruction of the institution of the Catholic Church. As per the truce he agreed with God, Lucifer can contest the soul of any living being, as long as he does not interfere with their free will. Should he control more souls than God at any time, then he can ascend again to Heaven and signal the end for mankind.

I’m currently releasing the books in two arcs. Books #1 to #5 are the Vlad Dracula arc, and set during his real life from 1431 to 1476. This arc re-creates the world of Vlad Dracula in its entirety, with all the great historical characters of that period, all the political machinations, and many of the great battles fought. There are no vampires here, but it is dark and Gothic, with plenty of angels and demons, and a new vision of Hell.

Books #6 to #10 are the vampire, Bound By Blood arc. Here, you will meet Dracula the vampire, as created by Lucifer. He begins life as the instrument to execute Lucifer’s great plan and bring down the Catholic Church, in the hope he can turn man against God and win the battle for souls. In this arc, I bring in a return of the dark, evil vampire. The books encompass many of the greats in history: the Borgias; the Tudors; Machiavelli; Martin Luther; as well as many of the great kings, emperors, and popes of the day.

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THE PATH TO DECAYSince the turn of the year, I have split The Dracula Chronicles into two clear arcs, to mark the two different story lines as they occur.

  • Books 1-5 now form the Vlad Dracula arc.
  • Books 6-10 form the Bound By Blood arc.

Therefore, the Vlad Dracula arc follows the story of the real historical Dracula and Lucifer’s manipulation of him. The Bound By Blood arc follows the story of Dracula the vampire on his journey through the ages to destroy the institution of the Catholic Church.
Today, I am delighted to reveal the cover for Book #2 The Path To Decay, which will be available on Amazon from March 20th.

It is 1447. The great Vlad Dracul has fallen in battle. The 16 year-old Vlad Dracula is all alone in the world. With the sultan, Murad II, as his sponsor, he begins his first bid to win the throne that was his father’s.

The new trailer for The Dracula Chronicles series is available to view now on my YouTube Channel. This trailer covers the first two books in the series, For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Path To Decay. It can also be viewed on my Goodreads Author page.