During the weekend of March 7-9, I was honored to be one of the literary guests at Wild Wild West Con in Tucson, Arizona. At the convention, I had a table where I could sell my books. Since this was a steampunk convention, I focused on those titles, but with room to spare, I brought along some of my other books, including my vampire novels, Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order and Vampires of the Scarlet Order. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well those novels sold over the weekend.
Now, I probably shouldn’t be surprised. After all, as author Jess Nevins says, “Steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown.” Seriously though, there are quite a number of great steampunk vampire stories including Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and the novels of O.M. Grey. In fact, I had the pleasure of publishing Christine Morgan’s fine steampunk vampire story “The Coppergate Killings” in Tales of the Talisman volume 8, issue 4.
As it turns out, I don’t really think of the Scarlet Order vampires as “steampunk” vampires. Among other things, they span a wide range of history from Ancient Greece to modern times and even into the future. I see the Scarlet Order vampires more as part of a “secret history.” They operate behind the scenes during the history you know or think you know. However, the mix of science fictional, horror, and historical elements would certainly lend themselves to a steampunk story if one were set during Victorian times.
If you like historical vampires, steampunk or otherwise, I hope you’ll take a moment and learn more about the Scarlet Order series. You can read more about the series at: davidleesummers.com//books.html#scarlet_order