Before I wrote Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints Of Trouble, I was thinking about redemption, and everything that was contained in that word, and I wondered what redemption would look like for undoubtedly, the most evil guy on the planet: Count Dracula.
Then I thought about what he had going for him and the first thing that came up was immortality, he lived forever, and all he did with his time was run around at night drinking blood. It seemed like an extremely boring existence.
By all accounts he was very rich, and there had to be moments when he thought about his money, and how he could never spend it, because he was a slave to habit, he was a junkie.
So who was capable of saving the soul of this lonely desperate monster? And how had he come to be a monster in the first place? He had no history, and as it turned out that was the jumping off point, he needed to find out who he was, and for that he needed a history.
Then the question became who could cure him? Well a wizard of course, all knowing, all seeing, been around for centuries, and knows where all the bodies are buried. So the wizard cures him without question because the wizard knows something about his past.
Okay, that gets him back into the world, but what next. Well, where is the best place for anyone to hide? In plain sight of course, and a Goth rock band on a tour of America is the perfect place for a cured Count Dracula to hide, because even if he tells anyone he’s Count Dracula they’re going to think it’s a stunt, or he’s just plain crazy.
So he’s out in the world, and he sees this book that purports to be an interview with him, and he buys it, and reads it, and he’s furious. So he goes looking for a lawyer, but the lawyers he talks to all think he’s completely nuts.
Defeated he wanders through a park in New Orleans wallowing in human feelings of failure. In anger he kicks at a can that ricochets off a sign advertising a blood drive, and an idea is born. He will use his blood, his immortal blood, to bring a lawyer back from the brink of death, and right there, that one act, is his first step on the road to redemption.
As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts.
Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.
You can visit his website at www.georgeearlparker.com.
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