New novel (novella?) title, yes. It’s the literal English translation of the Old English word, hellcniht, which means “demon”. There are no demons in the novel, but there’s a lot of devilry going on – or at least the source of the vampire scourge will be demonic in nature, and rather tragic, at that.
What little I can give at the moment as I begin the long, long, looooooong, arduous work of writing from scratch…
As I’ve noted in my previous blog post, it takes place in the 19th century, in very much the same universe as the previous two novels I’ve released. So it’s very much AU / Alternate Universe, with folktale elements sprinkled liberally throughout, and that means the normalcy of same-sex relationships and unions. It’s rather coyly touched on in Guardian Angel, turned into a free-for-all in The Flowers of St. Aloysius, and it’s given yet another angle in Hell-Knights. In this case, the romance between the two protagonists will fall somewhere in between that of Dominic/Edgar and Brys/Laurent.
INSPIRATION: folklore. That’s it.
LOCATION: an AU version of Venice, which, in the book, is called Venedictos. Yes, yes, alliterations r us. The new name just happened to start with a “V” (Venice, vampire – geddit?), but I chose it because it’s a Latin name meaning “blessed”, and I’m using it ironically.
CHARACTERS: Michele and Evelina De Santis – fraternal twins and local badasses. Gabriel Latham – English scholar. Pia Sartori – possibly a friend of the De Santis family who possibly takes Gabriel in during his travels. Possibly. I haven’t figured out for sure what she’ll be doing beyond what else I’ve got planned for her, but things are in crazy early infancy right now, so nothing definite there. There’ll be, of course, a number of other side characters involved, but by and large, Michele, Gabriel, and Evelina are the Big Three.
GENRES: the usual. XD
And that’s all I can share at the moment. Again, I’m going to have to open myself up to this turning into another novel as opposed to a novella because of the world-building, now that we’ve moved locations yet again and are starting over elsewhere.