Locked Within Trilogy Book Two
Paul Anthony Shortt
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Date of Publication: October 8th, 2013
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 80,000
Cover Artist: Steven Novak
Hope has returned to New York City. Nathan Shepherd leads a small band of dedicated fighters against the Council of Chains and the city’s supernatural masters. But it’s not enough. Because from the shadows of Nathan’s former lives comes an old enemy, one who knows terrible secrets that Nathan has not yet remembered, secrets that could undo everything he has fought for.
Nathan’s only chance to uncover the memories of his previous existence, and to conquer these new forces of evil, lies in Elena DeSantis. A woman he has fought beside in past lifetimes. A woman he has loved.
Together, Nathan and Elena are the only future the city has.
Paul Anthony Shortt’s Top 10 Film & TV Vampires
I think vampires have gotten a really bad rap lately. Though over-use and reliance on the same old tropes, they’ve gone from being one of the most feared monsters of fiction to a subject of mockery. One of the reasons I chose to include vampires in the Locked Within Trilogy, but not centre the story on them, was to try and return them to their roots as villains, creatures to be feared.
I think of a number of examples from movies and television when I write vampires. Here’s my list of the top 10 vampires:
10: Count Orlock (Nosferatu)
The original cinema vampire. Although a numbers-filed-off version of Dracula, Count Orlock is where the screen vampire began. Without his inhuman stare and unstoppable presence, we wouldn’t have the rich cinematic history of vampires we have today.
9: Roman (Hemlock Grove)
Not your typical vampire, and possessed of a disarming humanity, Roman represents the loss of self that comes with vampirism. Unaware of his true nature at first, he is already a slave to his thirst for blood, which manifests in some disturbing ways.
8: David (The Lost Boys)
David was THE vampire of the 80s, and a template for generations of vampires to follow. Hedonistic, rebellious, and appealing to all the destructive impulses of a typical teenager, David was dangerous and a pure animal.
7: Lestat (Interview With The Vampire)
Lestat gets blamed with being the source of the “poor troubled vampire”, but it was really Louis who kicked off that craze. Lestat revelled in his undead existence, bringing charisma as well as danger to the role.
6: Regine Dandridge (Fright Night II)
Seductive, cunning, and manipulative. Regine was dangerous not just because of her skills as a predator and ability to hide in plain sight, but for her unwavering thirst for vengeance. The people he killed were just food. She would stop at nothing to utterly destroy her true prey, taking their lives apart piece by piece.
5: Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
I suppose no list of screen vampires would be complete without Spike, one of the most popular characters in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. His place on this list, however, is not due to his time as one of the Scooby Gang, but for his role as one of the most formiddable threats Buffy ever faced. With no time for theatrics or playing by the rules, Spike was straight to business, and he enjoyed business very much.
4: Jerry Dandridge (Fright Night)
Where some vampires went in for shock value and cheap scares to intimidate, Jerry was a slow burn. He threatened subtly, making it clear to those who tried to stop him that he could destroy them easily. But it was fear, not force, that was his weapon of choice. He would rather see someone beaten by sheer will than by strength.
3: Alpha Vampire (Supernatural)
“When your kind first huddled around the fire, I was the thing in the dark.” Those are the words of the Alpha Vampire to the Winchester brothers. He was ancient, so unbelievably ancient that nothing fazed him. He was above everything and everyone. To call humans cattle was insufficient. They were the air to him, consumed without effort.
2: Dracula (Dracula et al)
Of course, Dracula, the most famous vampire of all, must be on this list. However he’s not here for later, romantic interpretations, but for his true, monstrous self. Earlier film adaptations remained true to the book, in which he was the epitome of all things a Victorian audience was to fear and despise. Whatever mankind most feared in themselves, Dracula was that personified.
1: Angellus (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
As you may have guessed, I like my vampires evil, so I do not mean soul-cursed Angel here. I mean Angellus, the true vampire tucked away inside Angel’s mind. This was a vampire who took pure, unadulterated joy in inflicting pain. He would kill just to see the look on his victim’s face. Spare someone’s life just to watch their tears when they saw their slaughtered family. He was Buffy’s ultimate enemy, because he threatened her not just physically, but on an emotional level unmatched by any other opponent. He was everything she loved, twisted and turned inward, distorted into something horrible. Angellus takes top spot on my list, and actually served as part of the inspiration for the personality of Athamar, who makes his appearance in Silent Oath, a reborn who has hunted Nathan Shepherd throughout multiple lifetimes.
About the Author:
A child at heart who turned to writing and roleplaying games when there simply weren’t enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life. Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.
Paul lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. The following year, Jen gave birth to twins, Amy and Erica.
Paul’s first novel, Locked Within, was released on November 6th, 2012, by WiDo Publishing. Silent Oath is the second book in this urban fantasy trilogy.