Thursday, November 10, 2016

Creating Mister Day for Murphy's Law of Vampires

I'll give you a spoiler for Murphy's Law of Vampires, the sequel to my Dragon Award and Sad Puppy nominated work, Honor at Stake.

Because Murphy's law of vampires is simple: Murphy's law insists that when you're ready for a vampire ... you end up fighting a demon.

Yes, that's right. I had reviews telling me that the final fight of Honor at Stake was almost too easy. I thought that a three-on-one tag team on the primary adversary-- two of them being super- or preter-natural beings -- and one of the heroes being beaten half to death was a fairly intimidating SOB.

Nope. Not threatening enough, apparently. Went down "too easy."

Heh heh heh.  I can fix that.

Now, obviously, those who remember the background on Murphy's knows that it used to be one solid novel, with almost mini-bosses. Obviously, I'm not going to specifically design a villain just to reply to specific complaints in book 1. Book 2 was already in the can.

But you can imagine how hard I was laughing when I was told the final battle was almost too easy. "The bad guy should be harder to beat."

Oh, boy, do I have just the man for you.

He'll do
Enter Mister Day. No, there's no first name. Technically, not even a last name. Mister Day is a very normal looking fellow. Painfully normal. He is an average looking fellow, of average coloring, average height, and average appearance. The only thing extraordinary about him, by all appearances, is his dress code, which is Armani, Gucci, Prada, and Louboutin. With the occasional bit of Brooks Brothers when he wants to go slumming. His tastes are refined. His manners are impeccable. He's also a snarky little cuss.

And his goal in life is to murder our heroes.

Walk with me, briefly, back through the description of the novel.
After saving Brooklyn from a nest of vampires, Amanda Colt and Marco Catalano are a little banged up. He's been given a job offer to deal with vampires in San Francisco, and it's a tempting offer – it would get him away from Amanda, his feelings for her, and get her away from the darkness inside him. When a death in the family compels Marco to move to the West Coast, they're both left to fend for themselves.

But when a creature known only as “Mister Day” leaves their world in tatters, they must once more join forces against the darkness. Only "Day" is no vampire, but a creature beyond their experience. It will take the combined might of Marco, Amanda, and all of their allies just to slow it down. They have no weapons that can kill him. They have no ways to imprison him. To even fight him is death.

But they have to try, or face the end of everything they love.
How hard is it to hurt Mister Day?

When we first meet him, Day is impaled on a bed of spears.

When a main hero first meets him, Day is opened up with a 30-mm anti-tank chain gun on a gunship.

One of our secondary characters met Day when he was literally eating mortar rounds.

So, yeah, this guy is a little bit of a bad ass.

How do you kill the unkillable villain?

Buy the book and find out.

Murphy's Law of Vampires is the sequel to the second place Sad Puppies 4 nominee for best novel, and Dragon Award nominated best horror novel!
Enjoy.

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