My Top 5 On-Screen Vampires

After a gruelling last week I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted for my blog today. I have decided to post my 5 favourite on-screen vampires. There are so many to choose from and everyone will no doubt have their favourites, but here are mine.

5. Bill Paxton as SeverenSeveren

At #5 I begin with movie legend, Bill Paxton. In 1987 he starred in one of my favourite vampire movies, Near Dark. It surprises me that you don’t hear much about this movie these days, but I was pleased to see it high on the Forbes list of best vampire movies of all time. I like my vampires to be bad, and in this flick Paxton played Severen, who is as bad as they come. Great movie and a great performance from a truly great actor.

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BOUND BY BLOOD – VOLUME 1 FREE ON AMAZON, FACEBOOK AND GOODREADS EVENTS

Bound By Blood Volume 1 Free DownloadHosting an event on Facebook at 19:00EST on Friday 22nd February. Chat, music, competitions and giveaways and hopefully lots of fun. Join me here!! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.

Get my newly-published novel, THE DRACULA CHRONICLES: BOUND BY BLOOD – VOLUME 1 absolutely FREE on Kindle for 3 days on the 22nd 23rd and 24th of February beginning 03:00EST

From: February 22, 2013 03:00AM(EST)
To : February 25, 2013 02:59AM(EST)

Venue: Amazon US & UK

Download it here

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Victoria Embers – Redemption

Victoria Embers - RedemptionI asked Victoria Embers, a writing friend of mine to send over an excerpt of her latest book, Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2) so I could share it with you today. It’s steamy, hot, and I know you guys will love it. I’ll be a part of Victoria’s Redemption Release party tonight. She has graciously invited me to join and promote my books too. I’ll be giving away something fun, so be sure to check us out. Here is the Party Event Link and information

Read Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1) for Free on Amazon. Victoria included the first two chapters of Redemption in the free download as well.

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April Reign Feature

April ReignIt’s the 3rd Monday of the month, which means it’s that time again. This month my author spotlight falls on the beautiful and talented April M. Reign, who has now given us a dozen offerings in the vampire/horror genre. Her latest book, Dhellia Has A Conscience came out on February 1st. I was fortunate to catch her despite her busy schedule and ask a few questions about her and her new book.

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She may be the daughter of Satan, but DHELLIA has a conscience. She’s run away from Hell to escape her undesirable duties as princess of the underworld. A three-
month road trip to “upstairs” convinces her half-human side that Earth is where she belongs.

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SHANE KP O’NEILL AND THE DRACULA CHRONICLES ON AUTHORSdB

AuthorsdBThis week I’ve been busy with promotional work for The Dracula Chronicles.  I have finally signed up to the website AuthorsdB, which is a resource for authors that looks very similar to the imdb.com website for the movie industry.  I think this is a great innovation for writers and has the great benefit of putting all vital and relevant information about your books, i.e covers, blurb, descriptions, links, reviews, and awards & rankings all on one page.  A great idea and I reckon an excellent promotional tool for the future.  If you read on you will see my page.  Check out the website and the other 300 excellent authors you will find there.

Already on AuthorsdB? Why not drop me a comment on my profile page?

Guest feature: Anthony Hogg Interviews Thomas J Garza

Thomas J GarzaBeing that this blog is dedicated primarily to the horror genre and especially so to the vampire phenomenon, it followed that I might sometimes consult with real experts on the subject. I have a friend, Anthony Hogg, who hosts a fantastic blog and some groups on social media networks. He has a vast wealth of knowledge on vampires, both in folklore and in books and movies. I often find myself staggered by the depth of this knowledge and have asked for his kind permission to share some of his posts and articles for the readers of my blog, who may not otherwise have seen them. Of course, being the guy that he is, he said yes.

The first post I want to share here is an interview Anthony conducted with another leading expert of the genre, Thomas J. Garza, who lectures about vampires at the University of Texas in Austin. From here on it is Anthony speaking…..

I sent a request for an interview and after he agreed, sent a long a bunch of questions. To his credit, he didn’t shy away from the hard stuff, as his responses reveal. Without further ado, heeeeeeeere’s Garza!

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Bound By Blood Chapter 1

Due to a lack of time I will be posting an excerpt from Bound By Blood – Volume 1 on my blog today.  Dracula has just suffered his mortal death at the hands of Lucifer and made the transition from human to vampire.  Now he turns his attention to his people outside where they are praying for him.

You can download more excerpts from Bound by Blood here.

1476 – CHAPTER ONE

Wallachia.  December 1476.  The chapel at Snagov.

Dracula pulled open the door of the chapel.  Relishing his new found strength he ripped it clean off its hinges. He strode out into the night.  All eyes fell on him.  He glared at his people with real menace. They were on their knees in the cold and the rain praying for the repose of his soul.

He laughed at the irony of it. The heady aroma of blood filled his nostrils. The blood of his people. It almost overwhelmed him. He felt the vibration of it in the ground beneath his feet as it pumped through their veins.

The smell of the blood of the dead reached him too. It was a repugnant scent. He realised then that only the blood of the living could satisfy his thirst. That was the price of immortal life. Lucifer warned him if he did not drink he would die. In taking Gabrul he realised that to drink he would have to kill.

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Guest feature with Victoria Embers

Victoria Embers Author of My Vampire Lover SeriesOn the second Monday of every month I’ve decided I’m going to feature and interview another Independent author from the horror genre, with a particular bias towards those that write about vampires.  For my December guest I’m delighted to welcome Victoria Embers to the Dracula Chronicles vampire and horror blog.

Victoria has embarked on a new series called My Vampire Lover.  I read the first instalment, Conquest, the other day.  It was a short, but insightful glimpse of what is to come.  The imagery was vivid and powerful and to my liking.  Even though I’m not a fan of vampires and werewolves together, perhaps because this offering is much more adult in content, it was a lot more acceptable to me personally than that which Hollywood has been throwing at us for years.  It will be interesting to see what Victoria follows this opening salvo with.  Part 2, Redemption, is coming soon.

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The next big thing

My good friend, Carol Bond, came to me last week and asked if I’d like to participate in a Blog Hop entitled, The Next Big Thing.  For that I’d like to thank her and invite you to check out her very own blog at http://www.theunseenpromise.blogspot.com.au/

Her books, The Tarkeenia Sagas, are coming next year.  I’ll be one of many looking out for and looking forward to those.

The Blog Hop requires me to answer 10 questions about my own recent release, Bound By Blood, which is available in two volumes from Amazon.  All titles can be found there.

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Bound By Blood – My Thoughts

With Bound By Blood finally coming out this weekend past, I felt it a fitting time to express my thoughts and feelings on the book, as it is now and while writing it.  Owing to its size I have had to split it into two volumes, but both are available as I write, so the wait is over.

I had so much fun writing this book.  I wrote the first chapters back in November 1992, but didn’t touch it again until September 2006.  With a complete re-write of the original and an extra seventy chapters of the new, Bound By Blood, is a finished product at last.

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Shane KP O’Neill on blogtalkradio

I’ll be appearing on blogtalkradio talking about the Dracula Chronicles.

You can catch me on air between 10.45pm and 11pm EST (that’s 3am GMT)

Click here to tune in or set a reminder for the show!

Birth of the Monster – Free Download

For a limited time only (November 26th to the 30th), you can download the prequel to the Dracula Chronicle series; Birth of the Monster for free on your Kindle.

BOOK #0 – BIRTH OF THE MONSTER

Dracula sits astride his horse, surveying the battlefield below. He has defeated another Ottoman army and won back his throne for the third time. Confident in his victory, he is unaware of the events about to unfold and the plans Lucifer has for him.

Prequel to the forthcoming The Dracula Chronicles series.

Click here to download Birth of the Monster from Amazon.

The re-creation of a legend by Shane KP O’Neill

Christopher Lee Dracula
There are few names in popular culture today as famous as that of Dracula.  I would go as far as to say that in the western world the name conjures up an image of one description or another for anyone who hears it, anyone above the age of twelve at least.  For me personally, as a youngster anyway and even now to an extent, I see the face of Christopher Lee, who will always enjoy immortality as the on-screen icon.  Of course, the name Dracula is not limited only to western culture.

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Book Tour November 19th – December 26th

Starting November 19th, I will be embarking on an online book tour for the Dracula Chronciles right up till late December.

Below is a list of dates and websites where you can find interviews, reviews and guest posts.

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Welcome to my new website

Hello and welcome to the new home for Shane O’Neills Dracula Chronicles.

Please take a look around and let me know what you think of the site and the chronicles, and get in touch if you’d like to find out more or arrange an interview.