A few weeks ago, an author I follow on twitter announced an awesome deal, the first book in his current series was free on the Kindle. So naturally I had to check it out.
In his series Blood Skies, Steven Montano has managed to rekindle my faith in humanity and our ability to realize that monsters need to stay monsters. Anne Rice, while she based her writing style on one of my all time favorite horror writers: H.P Lovercraft, began a trend that saw vampires emasculated, feminized, de-fanged, and then rolled in glitter. I am not a huge fan of “modern” vampires. But Steven Montano has brought them back, made them ugly, horrible, purpose driven monsters, and then crafted a world around them that astounds me in its detail.
Also a few of my “forgot” short stories and screenplay treatments share a few broad strokes in common with his beautiful crafted world… Almost a “great minds think alike.. and so do horror authors minds”, scenario. Blood Skies is the first novel in the series and it is a great military/sci-fi story, set in an awesome and deadly world. At this point I have made it to book 3 and at this rate, well he better write them faster… if he pulls and R.R. Martin on me…
Anyway, like other great examples in media, his books inspired me to make a few sketches, and those are the subject of today’s post.
First we have Eric Cross the main character:
Next is a Shadowclaw Vampire, kinda like a badass Navy Seal but with fangs…
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