Monday, 1 April 2013

A Prescription for Delirium Blog Tour

As part of Dark World Books tour I have a guest post from Noree Cosper, author of A Prescription for Delirium.

A Prescription for Delirium
(Van Helsing Organization #1)
Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil’s plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

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Noree Cosper
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world. She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly. Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.


Before we get to the good bit, I want to thank Dark World Books for organising this tour and Noree for the guest post.  Don't forget to check out Dark World Books website to enter their giveaway.
So, we all enjoy a good vampire story. We love the thrill of the undead creeping upon its next victim. Though I don’t have any vampires in A Prescription for Delirium, I do have the descendants of Abraham Van Helsing and they will fight vampires later in the series. Though it’s now just fiction, there was a time when people thought these creatures were real. I don’t mean centuries ago, but more the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. These are just three people who were believed to be vampires before they were caught.

Fritz Haaman (1879-1925)
The Vampire of Hanover (Germany) lived in fear of his father growing up. You see he was a homosexual and not stable at all. He spent time in a mental institution after being caught molesting young boys. He escaped and travelled to Switzerland. There he began to pick young men off the street, sleep with them, and then kill them. Soon his crimes grew even darker as he developed a taste for their blood. He was caught and charged with killing 24 people but it was believed he had more than 50 victims.

Peter Kurten (1883-1931)
The Dusseldorf Vampire was a serial killer who operated between 1929-1930. Kurtens’s first acts of murder were at age nine when he pushed two children into the river. Afterwards, came a long line of failed attempts to kill others. He did succeed in killing a young girl in 1913. He enjoyed watching the blood spurt out after he stabbed her. It was in 1929 that he became more successful, killing nine victims in August alone. It came to an end when he was identified by one of the victims he let go. He was arrested and confessed to his crimes. He had actually confused the police because he kept changing his method of killing. He was executed in 1931.

John George Haigh (1910-1949)
The Vampire of London was born into a strict fundamentalist Protestant group. His parent impressed upon him a strong image of Christ on the cross and his bleeding. They were particular about the saving power of Christ’s blood. This was only the first vision of blood he had. While growing up he had recurring dreams of a forest of crosses that transformed into trees dripping with blood. A man offered him a bowl of blood and the weakened Haigh would accept. Before he could drink he would awaken. He concluded from these dreams that drinking blood would restore his vitality. So, he created a lab where he would drain his victims of their blood and dispose of their bodies in a vat of acid. Of course, not all was dissolved. When he was caught, the police were able to identify the victims by their teeth. At the trial Haigh confessed to nine murders, claiming their blood was the key to his immortality.

None of these men were vampires in the traditional folklore or literary sense. Still, I find them more frightening because they were real.

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