Please welcome author Margo Bond Collins, joining us with her paranormal - LEGALLY UNDEAD!
My Top Five Favorite Fictional Vampire Hunters
In Legally Undead, Elle Dupree is catapulted into becoming a vampire hunter when her fiancé is turned. Hunting vampires was never in her plans—she wanted to be a college history professor. But when it becomes necessary, she takes up a stake and starts slaying.
Elle has become one of my favorite vampire hunters, but I have been a fan of these kinds of characters for a long time; I love watching them as they develop their abilities as hunters! In no particular order, here are my top five favorite vampire slayers to be found in books:
Abraham Van Helsing: This list wouldn’t be possible, I think, without Dracula’s Dutch doctor. Even the ridiculous accent can’t detract from his status as vampire hunter extraordinaire.
Anita Blake: I tend to prefer the earlier books of Laurell K. Hamilton’s series, but even the later ones have some interesting vampire-hunter moments. Anita Blake is tough and strong, and as the urban-fantasy progenitor of kick-ass, vampire-hunting women, she is an important addition to this list.
Jane Yellowrock: Faith Hunter’s series about the shapeshifting, Harley-riding, leather-wearing vampire hunter/bodyguard has become one of my favorite urban fantasy reads. Jane rocks!
Rae Seddon: The narrator of Robin McKinley’s novel Sunshine remains one of my favorites. I’ve even taught the book in a gothic literature class. Rae (also known as Sunshine) wants desperately to be a normal person, but being kidnapped by vampires forces her to tap into her powerful heritage.
Magiere: Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee draws nicely on the mythology of the half-vampire, and the high-fantasy setting of the book (along with Magiere’s half-elf partner) make this a fun genre mash-up with a great protagonist!
by Margo Bond Collins
Published May 27th 2014 by World Weaver Press
A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.
Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.
About the Author:
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.
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