Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unholy Embrace a vampire novel - Vampires enter society

As European cities grew larger in the 18th century, it became easier for vampires to live among mortals. For the most part, vampires lived on the fringes of society. Even when they lived in cities, most vampires lived solitary lives. Some vampires were drawn to the flourishing culture that developed in European cities by the middle of the 19th-century.” 

 from the memoirs of Nessa Harcanu

Despite the extremely pale complexion of vampires they ran little risk of recognition. Most people never thought about vampires, or didn't believe in them. They were able to conduct business and engage in business transactions at night. Maintaining secrecy for survival meant that most vampires were frugal by nature. Over long periods of time, many of them were able to accumulate substantial amounts of money. They became shadow partners to businessmen who couldn't obtain loans through ordinary sources. Some vampires became patrons of the arts. The symphonies and arts in many European capitals benefited significantly by donations from vampires.

In the 20th century as cities grew massive. vampires could mingle in select segments of society. However, by now there was a greater awareness of what the vampire looked like, which forced them to expose as little skin as possible. The face could be made darker with the use of makeup. In the vampire novel, Unholy Embrace, by Neil Benson, Nessa, and the vampiress had extensive involvement with French impressionist artists.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unholy Embrace a Vampire Novel - The "horrific" vampire by Nessa Harcanu 400 year-old vampire

In the vampire novel, Unholy Embrace, the vampire that turned me is described as a horrible looking creature whose facial features bear little resemblance to humanity. While some movies and books have depict vampires as strange looking creatures, this cannot be possible. Vampires are made from humans; therefore, they must look like humans. However, there is an exception. This relates to the stories of the "Pure Bloods," which are thousands of years old.

Much material points to Lilith, Adam's first wife, as the source for vampires.

According to a number of sources, Lilith was made the first wife of Adam. These sources claim that Lilith was fashioned from the earth at either the same time as Adam, or before Adam. This made Lilith Adam's equal. Lilith refused to lie on her back while Adam took the dominant position in sex (missionary style). Lilith believed they should make love as equals. Adam was against this, wanting his wife to be submissive, and Lilith left the Garden of Eden rather than comply.

Adam complained to God, who allegedly sent Angels to talk to Lilith telling her to comply. It is reported she refused, and as a result, the Angels killed her children. Lilith sought revenge by taking the form of a serpent who seduced Eve to eat the fruit of knowledge. When Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam endured a period of celibacy as penance. During this time, Lilith was reported to have caused nocturnal emissions from Adam. She collected his semen and impregnated herself with it, giving birth to demons. These children of Lilith called Lilin or Lilim, "night-demons," or the modern term, vampires.

It is my strong belief, that in some fashion, Lilith became the mother of the first vampires, referred to as Pure Bloods, a term found in Ancient Babylonian Tablets. I have not been able to find any sources explaining why Lilith's progeny developed horrible, nonhuman appearances.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Frank finds out that an alpha female vampire is in charge when it comes to sex.

Frank finds out that an alpha female  vampire is in charge when it comes to sex.

“May I look through your library?” she asked, examining my bookcases.

“Sure.” I was uneasy with her tendency to ask permission after the fact.

She looked at the titles for several minutes then pulled out Dr. Bova’s book on immortality and extending life. “Immortal life holds a fascination for you,” she said. “You’ll find living a long time doesn’t bring the answers to the questions you seek.”

“Am I to assume you know that from personal experience?”

She put her finger under my chin and kissed me on the lips. “I’ve seen the passing of more seasons then you could ever imagine. Perhaps, if I like you, I’ll tell you about them.”

“That would be interesting.” I'm being seduced by a vampire. Am I out of my freaking mind?

“Hush,” Nessa said, as if she could hear my thoughts. She brushed my cheek with her fingertips, pressed her lips to mine, and parted them with her tongue.

“Come.” She led me to my bedroom

Friday, January 20, 2012

Unholy Embrace vampire novel by Neil Benson- Nessa makes Frank an offer he can refuse

“If you love me, I can offer you a way to spend eternity with me. You would be a formidable foe for anyone.”
I blinked, digesting what she had just said. She was playing to my fascination with eternal life. I turned and walked to the living room window, watching the city below, wondering what it would be like to see the centuries go by and witness a future I wouldn't naturally know. Closing my eyes, I imagined the world to come, where we would always be together. But I would never give up my humanity to become a vampire. I walked back to Nessa and took her hands in mine

“I need to think about what you offered. Too much has happened in one evening for me to make such a quick decision.” What I didn't say was that I needed more time to consider what it meant to commit myself to a vampire. I couldn't base my decision solely on my passion for her.

Nessa watched me, looking for cues to my emotions I hadn't expressed. “Our feelings for each other are real, but I understand what you are telling me. Do what you must.” Her mouth closed and her eyes turned downward.

After leaving her apartment, I was outside walking toward Central Park within five minutes. If I took too long to decide, our relationship would end. Nessa had been lonely for over four hundred years. She made a choice about me, perhaps impulsively, but now I knew how much I meant to her. She would be devastated if I rejected her, and I had no wish to be the cause of such pain. But I also needed to consider the risks involved.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review a Vampire Novel Unholy Embrace by Trish Martin of Horror News


Unholy Embrace by Neil Benson is the story of a romantic and dangerous love affair between a beautiful, ages-old vampire and a mortal man. This story is enchanting and sexy with an edge of excitement. Not only do we read about vampires but of werewolves and demons. The New York night life and seedy underbelly do well to create a dangerous atmosphere. I enjoyed reading about the main character’s blossoming relationship but also the horrific demons and monsters that lurk about in the night. Nessa Harcanu is the sexy vampire born in 1597 in a small town near Budapest.

Though Nessa is voluptuous and sultry, she posses a power beyond mortal imagination. She becomes involved with a mortal man named Frank Thornton who is an attractive architect that is skeptical about the existence of vampires and demons. Also joining the story are members of the Meyer family of which Nessa becomes close with early on in her life as a vampire; they come to serve her and assist her with her needs throughout the ages. We also come across a weaker vampire named Narice whom, after her master is killed by Nessa, begins following Nessa waiting to exact her revenge. There are a few other characters we run across in the story who serve as a backdrop in the evolvement of the two main characters. The interaction with these other characters gives us insight to the character’s lives and personalities.

Nessa’s tale of how she became a vampire and her life up until present day is one of intrigue and even sadness. Frank listens to Nessa’s story and becomes even more enchanted with her and begins to understand her a little better. Their relationship is really one of master and subservient, Nessa the master and Frank the subservient. Even with the uneven balance of power the relationship between the two becomes stronger and the need to protect one another grows. The appearance of a demon creates more drama and trouble for the two and they realize in order to save humanity they must defeat this demon in any way possible.

I would classify this story as less horror and more romantic suspense but it is still a wonderful and exciting tale. As I delved deeper into the book I found it hard to put down. It is definitely an easy read and isn’t cluttered with unnecessary plot and lag time. There were times of some light eroticism mixed in with story to give it an edge above the teeny-bopper vampire love stories. Also we examine great power within Nessa making her almost super-heroine like in her conquests. Frank’s mind is torn between his deep love of Nessa and his wish for normalcy in his life. My only complaint as far as this novel was concerned was that I felt that the ending was a tad rushed; I felt that maybe the writer was a little unsure of how to resolve the conflict without creating more trouble for the characters.

Neil Benson has a rare talent for creating a story where you can identify and truly care about what happens to the characters. Giving life to character’s like Nessa and Frank enables the reader to walk in the footsteps of the characters, getting more in-depth in the story and almost being able to see the world through their eyes. I would also have to give Neil Benson props on creating a dueling perspective between the characters; by doing this we can see the story from the perspective of both Nessa and Frank. I would highly recommend this book to all vampire lovers out there and especially those who enjoy romantic flights of fancy.

Unholy Embrace  is a swift paced, action-packed novel about the relationship between a mortal man and his immortal female vampire lover as they fight werewolves, vampires, and other creatures in their effort to kill a soul eating demon.

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