In retrospect, this blog has been too long in coming. For that, I apologize. I’ve lived with the term vaempire for so long, and explained it so many times, that I take the understanding of it for granted.
Yet, the first question I’m asked in reference to the novel isn’t “What’s the book about?” or “Where did you get the idea?” or even “How long did it take to write?”
No, the first question is “What is a vaempire?”
As one savvy Facebooker posted, “Cool idea… but you spelled vampires wrong.”
Well, I didn’t spell it wrong, and I didn’t forget to use spellcheck… but, I did make a mistake, nevertheless.
I never explained what a vaempire was.
So, here goes…
Simply put, a vaempire is a mutated vampire.
That’s right, a run-of-the-mill vampire suddenly experiences involuntary changes that transforms it into a vaempire.
The upside: a person’s strength and speed increases, making them a bigger, stronger, faster version of his- or herself. Honestly, who doesn’t want that at some point in time?
The downside: vaempires are warm-blooded beings driven by the need for cold vampire blood. Now, as you can imagine, being filled with the need to feed on the blood of another person is distressing in its own right… but just imagine if that person is one’s significant other, or child, or loved one.
The changes that make one a vaempire are not by choice. There is no rhyme or reason as to who mutates. There is no way to make it happen. There is no way to avoid it. There is no way to stop it once it starts.
Now, if you’re wondering why they’re called vaempires…
It was the mutations themselves who decided upon the term væmpire, ostensibly because the e represented the something extra that made them different from vampires. Then the radical groups came, the ones that insisted the e stood for evolution, nature’s way of showing that væmpires were a step above vampires.
So, are vaempires to be feared? Pitied? Envied?
Opinions vary, as they so often do. You’ll have to judge for yourself.
Posted on Fri, May 17, 2013
by Thomas Winship filed under