(Almost a Vampire)
The Half/Life Series features the adventures of Chris Cséjthe, caught in the twilight world between the living and the dead.
Humor meets horror when a blood transfusion with a vampire infects Cséjthe with only one of the two necrotic viruses that transforms the living into the undead.
Classic horror tropes abound and mix like a Rubrik's Cube of the Damned in this Dark Fantasy series as Cséjthe must learn how to survive when both the living and the undead want him for the secrets that his unique blood chemistry may yield.
Start with ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE...
and then continue with the other books in the series...
The portents are lining up for the biggest supernatural showdown of all time and—as if the Big Easy didn't have enough problems with another hurricane on the way—New Orleans is due to be the epicenter. Or, more precisely, the storm is vectoring in on half-vampire (but fresh-blood-eschewing) Chris Cséjthe and his rag-tag coterie of outcast monsters. It seems Cséjthe's epic mating with a werewolf lover has produced a child who holds the destiny of several worlds in the balance. And everyone who is anyone—vampire lord, were-pack leader, and the odd sea monster god and immortal elven princess—wants to twist this fabled progeny to his or her own power-hungry purposes.
The latest thrill-packed, wisecracking entry in the popular "Halflife Chronicles" by witty (and nitty-gritty) goth master, Wm. Mark Simmons!
At the end of 2004 I submitted the proposal for the 4th installment in the Christopher Cséjthe series with this as the opening paragraph:
"What do you get when you mix a squid-headed Ancient One, a mystical force-five hurricane, Rasputin’s privates, the city of New Orleans, and an undead Captain Nemo? Dead Easy: An underwater Mardi Gras of epic proportions complete with an army of drowned vampire zombies and a Lovecraftian take on Gidget and The Creature From The Black Lagoon..."
This was before Hurricane Katrina hit and did a smaller number on New Orleans than the epic, New Atlantean smackdown in Dead Easy.
A tremendous amount of research went into the plotting of this novel--not just the Jules Verne/H.P. Lovecraft juxtapositions and mythic sea-lore--but a ton of fact gathering on the real life suspense of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands and the numerous predictions of what would happen when "The Big One" hit New Orleans--a force five hurricane for sure but a force three would be more than enough if it came in at the right angle.
While waiting for the green light from my publisher, Hurricane Katrina arrived and, though it wasn't "The Big One" feared through the years of predictions, there was sufficient destruction and loss of life to wake up anyone who hadn't been paying attention to this disaster waiting to happen. The question of a catastrophic levee breech has always been a question of "when," not "if."
While the scope and scale of DEAD EASY is vastly different from what unfolded in the fall of 2005, Katrina, through its resonance and tragedy, required a repurposing of certain passages.
Clyde Caldwell's cover art for DEAD EASY.
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