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December 27, 2011

RHA Presents Demon Vampire by Virgil Allen Moore

Demon Vampire is an epic paranormal dark mystery that is intended for mature audiences. The vampires within are visceral. They do not sparkle, they do not brood. They are human monsters in the very sense of the words. Demon Vampire is written with a poetic mastery that is felt in every word. It draws you in from the first sentence and never lets go.
About the Author Virgil Allen Moore taken from the author's personal site*

My name is Virgil Allen Moore. I write the epic paranormal dark fiction novel Demon Vampire. I have been writing for more than sixteen years about fantasy, vampires, poetry, and love. Please comment, Subscribe, and Enjoy the blog, It's Free.
I began as a poet. Later, I turned to fiction. My voice carries presence in my pen as I write. It is a talent that I have used well in constructing my novel. My platform is visual aesthetics mixed with powerful character driven writing. My myths teach visceral morality in a palette that is captivating and fulfilling to readers. My type of vampire is above the fold as related to today's popular image. It is my vision that those who remember the era of Anne Rice will see my epic as the answer to the mundane vampire that has propagated in the ebb of recent social tide. There has never been vampires like mine. I have created a powerful, elegant, sophisticated type of vampires that have seeded desires and emotional ties to the world around them. The Demon Vampires in my world reincarnate every three hundred years into the body of a host vampire. However, in Demon Vampire the book, one has descended upon a vampeal. Read my blog and enjoy. Comment, Subscribe, If you enjoy vampires, you will be enthralled by mine.
My Interview With Virgil

Where are you from? 
Gainesville, FL originally. I have moved more times than I am willing to admit to myself. Some awful number over 27 roughly. When I was younger, I actually attended four different high schools in four years.

Tell us your latest news? 
I have a book signing on December 10th, it will be my first as a published author. I am immensely excited and eerily confident about it's outcome. I believe it will do well to carry my brand of vampire to all those over saturated by the Twilight craze.

When and why did you begin writing? 
When I was in 7th grade, I was introduced to poetry for the first time and was able to write my own. Later that year I received two Editor's Choice Awards for my poems. I went on to get more praise and I enjoyed it. Years later I found too that I submitted poetry very young and wanted a new challenge. So I turned to story crafting. In the begining, I found great difficulty writing in such a profoundly different way. With time, I fashioned a few ideas and told them to friends. They loved them, so I carried on with writing more. I came up with over 16 separate folders filled with story concepts. I found I was able to meld my poetic styling with the verbose nature of standard literature in a way that was both pleasing and elegant to a reader.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
I thought it was when I had just finished writing the 242,000+ words in Demon Vampire. Then I realized it was honestly the day after I completed the four month editing process of the book. It was only at that point did I consider myself a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book? 
An irritation. I discovered certain issues I had while reading the majority of popular vampire novels out today, and thought of exactly why I found them unsatisfying. That yearning scorned my desire to write my first book. I took everything that I saw vampires as, and wrote the story I wanted to read.

Do you have a specific writing style? 
Visceral poetry entwined within moral prose. I write morality into the heart of my stories. Not the good or bad, but the good and better – the bad and worse. If I can present the reader with a choice that is complex and not easily answered, then I have written a wonderful tale.

How did you come up with the title? 
Demon Vampire was the simplest expression of the core of the story. It told the just of the two main elements I wanted to convey – vampires and the higher, more monstrous aspect of demons as vampires. I wanted to portray a creature that even they would fear.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
That right and wrong are subjective. If offered the choice of power for your soul, most people would automatically deny it. However, with the complications of the world as they are, temptation holds it's sway. If the choice was incremental, the decision doesn't remain as clear as it once was. It's altruism becomes muddled in the action of the execution. We end up thinking, “What's a memory for strength?” Or “What's a small personality trait for a few extra years of healthy life?” Choices aren't as simple as we'd all believe them to be when individually confronted with them.

How much of the book is realistic? 
I studied quite a few medical texts books to come up with what I did. For a vampire, I'd have to say it's highly realistic to what the human body is supposed to withstand. When it came to the all important question of the metaphysical or scientific vampire, I decisively chose science in the physical and kindly borrowed from the meta when coming up with the abilities of each of my vampires. In the side novel, Special Science Report 1192 (or SSR 1192 for short), I actually list the medical charts of most of my vampires. I took real laboratory values and came up with what my vampires would have if them were as I wrote them. I have everything from cardiac flow, to the PH of the blood and even their blood pressure. Everything is listed and everything is explained in a way that makes real world sense.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 
The experiences from the book are wildly fictional, but hold some truth to my own life. The main character, Zack is a proxy for myself at that age. Except that the emotional strife I waded through was done to him physically in the book.

What books have most influenced your life most? 
Dante's Inferno, Rumble Fish, and Interview with the Vampire. Dante's Inferno showed me the pain one can endure in life and beyond. Rumble Fish displayed a sense of personal justice that I had never seen before. Finally, Interview with the Vampire exalted the vampire in my mind to a level of awe. Something that I would later emulate in my writing.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
Stephen King for showing me that the simple task of picking up a glass and drinking from it can be laid out in such a way that it makes the reader want to turn the page. And in the course of doing so, spend four pages on that same task.

What book are you reading now? 
I just finished reading Juice: Revolution by Michael Clutton. He reminds me of Michael Crichton in his blunt humor and sharp wit. It's a good read. 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
Michael Clutton and Amy Mah. Clutton for what I said a moment ago, and Mah for her outlandish attention to the oddest and truly over the top details that make up the daily life of a vampire.

What are your current projects? 
I'm currently working on Demon Vampire: Redgold, which is the second book in the main series. I just finished SSR 1192 last month, and I will be starting on another side novel entitled Demon Vampire: The Elder Ritual in a few months. It will encompass the time the main demon vampire, Salas, had when he was not in the main character Zack from the present day storyline.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 
It's not a a single person, more like a gaggle of people. Those who disliked my work. I'd have to say in the nicest way imaginable that their input did affect my writing, if only to prove their observations were astoundingly inaccurate.

Do you see writing as a career? 
Ask me that in a year, or after a million in ebook sales, which ever comes first. If the book does as well as it has been, all I have to do is keep telling everyone about it. As long as that happens, I can happily say yes.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
No, there were only a few changes to begin with. I didn't have to cut much, and all I really needed to do was alter the opening scene. I'd say that I am confident in the current presentation of the book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
I started off thinking I would be an artist when I grew up. I always had great vision to come up with the most creative things. The only problem was that one day I hit a wall with my skills. After that, I wasn't able to keep up with others my age. At that point I decided to write what I wanted to paint, draw, or invision. Soon those writings turned into entire stories, and later the book I have now.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 
“So sweet was the wet rain flowing through the throat of life. Kissing the sky, a nimble tongue tithed over a sharp tooth. He was esurient. The demon inside dripped with excitement. Wet senses, tense thoughts played in his mind. He leaned in. Her neck was warm, tender, ready for penetration. This will be his first.”

Those are the first words of the 500 page epic paranormal dark mystery that is Demon Vampire. And it gets better from there.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
I used to write in first person. When I switched to third, I found myself reverting back to first on occasion. Thankful I have kicked that habit, at least most of it.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
I'd have to say it's a cross between Michael Crichton and Anne Rice. I know how odd that might sound, but it's due to their respective fields. Rice because of her elegance in how it relates to her narrative, and Crighton in how amazingly blunt he can be to drive his point home to readers.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 
Thankfully, no. There needs to be a real following for Demon Vampire before I can justify the time to set up long distance events and signings. If in the next year, the book is offered international rights, or a movie option, then that will most assuredly change.

Who designed the covers? 
Leos Ng Okita did a great job on my wrap around cover. She is an amazing artist that I was able to find on She was the most professional and responsive artist I contacted and landed the job by exceeding my hopes in every way. I plan to commission her for Demon Vampire: Redgold as well.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 
The time. It took 347 days to write. Just eight days shy of a year. Beyond that, the editing was equally as daunting.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 
That if you spend a great deal of time writing, you will get better at it. Over the year the book was being written, I came back to the beginning and was able to see things I hadn't when I started. I ended up rewriting the entire opening scene for that fact alone.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Keep writing. The best asset you have is the total number of words you have written and the total number of keystrokes it takes to write them. Demon Vampire was 242,947 words long. It came to over 1.7 million keystrokes in the end. A number that boggled everyone I told. Keep writing and you will be amazed at what you are able to do.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
If you have every felt alienated by an author for compromising their core story, do not weep. I have felt your woes and tribulations as a reader. Those experiences have shaped my writing and taught me to never betray the trust I have built with my fans and the relationship they have with my characters. I will always deliver a complex morality that when you are finished reading, will compel you to delve into again. Honestly, If you enjoy vampires, you will be enthralled by mine.
On a note about my review with author Virgil Allen Moore, he was a delight to talk with and I must say strictly in my opinion, He Looks The Part! Not only does his writings show his passion for the Vampire but so does his appearance! I just love it! *smile*goosebumps*

After examining the evidence I have put before you with these pictures taken from Mr. Moore's site, please do not forget to read my review. I think you will find it.....let's say, the off beaten path for me. *smile*
And now to my Review of Demon Vampire by Virgil Allen Moore

Demon Vampire
Virgil Allen Moore

Ok, this can't be 'a typical' review because I am unable to remove myself OUT of the book. It has totally sucked me into it's realm! It's like walking into a dream where you do not trust your senses because you do not know what is around the mist coming up off the ground. Dreams that feel so real you can feel the pain, taste the pleasures it has to offer and the darkness we all have inside of us. You see someone in the distance that seems familiar, maybe the way they walk, or the tilt of their head, and you feel just a little bit 'safer', but can you be sure they are truly who they appear to be? What power do we actually have control of in our dreams, what can we actually do? Is it possible to transport power from a dream into the realm of the living? Ask yourself, are you awake right now, or are you dreaming?

Demon Vampire has totally blown me away! Virgil has made me look at vampires in a whole new light in which I have welcomed! I have read and reviewed A LOT of books, and to give credit where it is due, they were all five stars in my eyes because I do not judge an author who writes about my favorite character lightly. But what Virgil has done should be no threat to the tone other authors write about the Vampire. Virgil is truly unique with such a unprecedented imagination that I feel has limitless power. He takes you into the deepest, darkest heart of a Vampire and allows you to experience their hopes, dreams, wishes. Oh, you didn't know Vampires have those like humans do? It's not always about the cloak and blood. There are dark dark secrets that only the elite are to know, there is a hunger for power and vengeance beyond belief. It tears and rends the soul to get it's point across to you, the reader. Do you dare take the invitation it has to offer you? Do you dare take the hand offered to you, to meet the Demon Vampire?

In my review I have given very little information about characters, plot line, etc. I feel looking  at other reviews, this has been done. I wanted to write a view from the very depths of my soul and imagination and what 'I' felt about it. I am still feeling it, and I do not know if I will ever recover or realize I have completed the book and am safe in my chair, typing you this review.

I give Demon Vampire by Virgil Allen Moore five stars *****

*Note: Thank you Virgil for allowing me to take this voyage into your mind.

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