If there’s one thing that the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres have overdone, it’s the sexy and brooding vampire. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind those kinds of vampires. Hell, I loved Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. The tragedy of immortality plays out well in those books and many of their offspring.That said, the world needs to be reminded every so often that the vampire is a monster. You won’t find a much better example of that than Adam from the novel Demon Jack by Patrick Donovan. The vampires in Demon Jack don’t look all that pretty. Adam, for example, sports a shaved head and his hands are deformed, sporting an extra nuckle for each finger. As if that’s not enough, this guy is blessed/cursed with a dentist’s worst nightmare, a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth sticking out of black gums. Yeah, this guy isn’t gonna make the ladies swoon with a rush of crazed lust.
Adam comes across far more predator than lover. Jack compares the vampires of his world to sharks, and it’s a valid comparison. There’s a hint of Adam being damaged goods, though. He provides one of Jack’s many antagonists in the book, and part of his issues with Jack stems from one of his vampiric offspring getting torched into ashes by Jack. Whether he actually cared about the vampire killed is another matter. One could argue he just didn’t want someone messing with his property.
I first read Demon Jack back when my first Gidion Keep book was published by Fable Press. Patrick’s first book had also just been published by Fable. In a bit of networking, we swapped books to see just who we were dealing with. I was pleasantly surprised by Demon Jack. Not only had I found someone who shared my desire to give the vampire its fangs back, but his book rocked.
Part of why I wanted to feature Adam in this week’s Fangs God It’s Friday is because Demon Jack was just re-released by my new publisher, Diversion Books. Like myself, Patrick has found a new home with Diversion. I’m even happier that Patrick is planning to deliver the next book in his series next year. I personally can’t wait, because the first book delivers one very dark and vicious ride.