As I continue the tenth birthday celebration of Vampires of the Scarlet Order, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the zine which ran the first Scarlet Order vampire stories.
The Vampire’s Crypt edited by Margaret L. Carter ran from Summer 1989 until Spring 2002. Pictured above are issues 23 and 24, which ran the stories “Vampire in the City of Crosses” and “Vampires in the World of Dreams.” Over the years of its run, The Vampire’s Crypt featured stories by such authors as Gemma Files, Yvonne Navarro, Charlee Jacob, and Marge Simon. I’m honored to be in their company.
The first story I sold to The Vampire’s Crypt tells the tale of a vampire astronomer named Daniel McKee who meets a mysterious vampire named Mercy Rodriguez. She looks much younger than him, but is, in fact, much older. In the first story, Daniel gets a job working at an observatory in Las Cruces—literally the city of crosses. He meets Mercy when he goes out hunting one night. She shows him she isn’t as weak as she appears.
“Vampires in the World of Dreams” was something of a science fictional experiment. Mercy and Daniel are traveling through Northern New Mexico when they encounter an elemental being who sweeps them into a parallel world where they’re separated from the animals they can transform into.
I just discovered that PDF copies of these issues are still available. Margaret L. Carter offers them through her website www.margaretlcarter.com. Visit the contact page to drop her a note and get details.
It was also fun to look back at these covers and see both the Egyptian god Seth and Vlad Dracula. Both Egyptian mythology and Vlad would feature in Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order.