I’ve been a fan of Carol Oates and her books since 2011. The first book I read and loved of hers was Ember, so I was very happy when she said yes to helping us celebrate.
Now I’m going to turn it over to Carol…
Please allow me to introduce Henry Clayton from Something Wicked.
I’m delighted to be here to take part in the blogiversary. Thank you, Tamie, for inviting me.
Today I’m going to be talking about THE guy in my next release Something Wicked, from Omnific Publishing early 2015.
Henry Clayton is a 161 year old vampire, born in 19th century Dublin. When we first meet him, he’s still a handsome medical student and thoroughly enjoying the trappings of his family’s wealth. An encounter with a mysterious vampire changes everything. The story finds Henry at different periods of his life and interweaves historical fiction with modern day mystery and Celtic lore.
Henry was a complex character to write and that made him interesting to me. He’s dark and brooding, jaded by his existence, which is in contrast to his desire to continue it. Not everything he’s gone through has been of his own making, but a lot of it is. I had a bit of a job trying to make him likable or even potentially redeemable. He’s spent his life chasing retribution and sometimes confuses it with justice.
Dougal has been Henry’s best friend for well over a century. At first they are brought together by a mutual curiosity and loneliness. Both are outsiders within their own world. Dougal soon becomes a slightly twisted Jiminy Cricket to Henry’s Pinocchio. Henry very much wants to be a real boy, but struggles to maintain any humanity. Since Henry’s general outlook on life doesn’t allow him much levity, Dougal provided a sort of sounding board or a mirror for the character. He allowed Henry to see himself from a different—not so monstrous—perspective, as someone possibly worth saving.
Dougal describes him as someone who is consumed by darkness but rages against it. One of my favourite scenes is when they come face to face with a Sin Eater, something much more powerful than either of them. Henry has to accept that his notion of good and evil is redundant, and that the truth is much more complicated.
What if Jack the Ripper was a vampire?
Could a monster be trusted to save humanity from a terrible fate?
Infected by the vampire virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a devilish sense of humor and a love of life.
Amidst turmoil in vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once again active.
When Henry meets a young American woman who sees past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers, he takes Ari into his home and under his protection.
As their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn’t what she claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his wicked blood.
Carol is providing a signed copy of Ember. International.
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About the Author:
Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge. She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper. When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.
Thanks Carol! It means a lot that you’ve been part of our blogiversary! ❤