THE DEAD PATH COMMENTARY
The undead. Vampire fantasy at its best.
Any reader seeking thrilling sci fi adventure action, unique characters, and fantastical settings should know the Seaton name. A sci fi horror spectacle! One of the best science fiction fantasy books series. This is a vampire book series thats bound to have people talking. Through ages, classic fantasy novels have inspired us. A tale woven with horror, its a perfect cobination of genres in these futuristic science fiction fantasy books. These are dark vampire fantasy novels that will be remembered for decades to come. These are not aggressively violent vampire books that are gory, but a ferfect blend of action, romance, suspense, and intriguing plot that captures the imagination. What makes these different vampire tales is these are futuristic vampire novels. The series will be remembered as on of the best science fiction horror books. Richard A. Ericson’s latest book is an unforgettable tale that will exceed everyone’s expectations. One of the greatest sequels in the fantasy/horror genre of all time, Quantum Heights, Ericsons’s second instalment of the Dead Path Chronicles series, is a delight, makes you think, thrills and excites. It’s also compact at under 300 pages, delivering all the page-turning story in an economical format.
Vampire fiction is old literature. But gaining more in popularity. Futuristic vampire tales are very new to books. When I set out to write a book about vampires, I wanted something different. This fantasy adventure has it all. It is an epic battle fantasy. Futuristic vampire novels have not been written by the many. After you read the dead path chronicles series, you will understand why this is considered one of the top fantasy books in this genre. There are other vampire books, but if you want quality of vampire story telling that is not aggressively gory, then this is the best sci fi books series you can get your hands on. In Alamptria, good must temper the looming threat of evil for survival. The dark forces have awakened and returned to torment the people of Elysium, Koriston and the other cities of Alamptria. Fortunately the vim of Petoshine and its great wizard Grongone stand strong against the rising evil. To help conquer the dark forces, Grongone bestows three claymores of astonishing power upon the Seaton brothers who as knight masters set about defending the people of Elysium and Alamptria’s other great cities. Though the Seatons are only human, with each successive attack, their power grows, feeding off the energy of the vim of Petoshine.
For over a thousand years, Makoor and his undead minions have laid dormant, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They feared Grongone’s great power. Yet over time, the dark forces regrouped, gaining power exponentially as their forces grew. With every passing day, the dark lord Makoor and his undead plotted the day when they would unleash their torment and persecute the humans of Alamptria to take ultimate control over the land, and to feed on the blood of the people and make them accept Makoor as their master.
When the innocent meet the brutality and horror of the dark forces, they find the heroism of the unstoppable Seatons a beacon of light. Driven by strength, intelligence and brotherhood, the Seaton brothers stand tall to fight against the undead to ensure peace and harmony remain in Alamptria............. READ MORE
AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD A. ERICSON
What kind of experience has writing Dead Path Chronicles been for you?
R.E.: Writing the Dead Path Chronicles has been gratifying in many ways. I set out to write a sci fi horror that would be as popular as the vampire academy or twilight, but yet entirely different. These are classic fantasy novels. It’s my first novel, and having spent seven years writing it, I realize that with a lot of hard work and determination I can achieve whatever I set out to accomplish. In the beginning, I just had few vague thoughts. But as time went on, a story grew out of them. Months turned into years, and I found myself not just telling a simple story but creating an epic with numerous complicated story lines, something of cinematic scope proportion, that would thrust readers into an all-encompassing fantasy/horror world. Having the opportunity to create a world peopled with dynamic characters that come into conflict with one another and ultimately cause this world to erupt into chaos has been a great privilege for me. I enjoy having that sort of control, as if I get the chance to play God for a moment and decide others’ destinies. I wrote the best sci fi fantasy books I can ever imagine. All in all, the whole experience has been a giant roller coaster ride, and it has been a lot of fun... READ MORE
Richard A. Ericson releases chapters and excerpts from his classic fantasy books. A story well told that he's proud to call his science fiction fantasy books classics... a vampire book series.
RELEASED CHAPTER >>> Cold Hearted and Driven
The city of Jethro was sodden and heavy from the slushy rain that fell thickly over the streets. It was warm for a winter’s day, and the cobblestone shone from the wet. Upon nightfall, the citizens slowly made their way into their homes and bunkered themselves in for the dark. Night in Jethro was a fearsome time, and the people who lived here were scarred by their memories.
In a suite of a small apartment building, Cynthia Davenport was grieving for the loss of her brother, her best friend. It was one year ago on this night that the dreaded vampire had taken her brother’s life. For Cynthia it was a year of pain and desperation; she ached to find a way to destroy the entire vampire cult that continually persecuted their great land of Alamptria. The people of the kingdom had to spend their time and precious limited resources to defend their homes from these wretched creatures of the underworld who flew by night out from Mount Drone, which stood at the base of Plaphorius, and flooded the skies, turning them black. The dark lord and his vampire minions originated from the near by planet of Dragora. They were eager to annihilate the entire galaxy. It was the Dark Lord Salminar who was hell bent on using his minions to destroy all of humankind, and he would not rest until all of the mortals of the planet Alamptria were too part of his leagues of undead. There were many who chose to fight back against the scourge; the brave knights in the cities of Elysium and Koriston had joined forces in order to eradicate their land of these horrid creatures. . ...... READ MORE
RELEASED CHAPTER >>> First Knight
After claiming two horses at the stables, Caprius and Calista rode over the dirt and snow-covered trails out of the city of Galdington and all the way to the village of Jethro. Keeping his distance was Vernon Goncoul also on horseback. Vernon was furious over the death of his brother and felt not only stricken with guilt for not having been there to prevent it but blind with anger. He wanted the solace claymore and to see both Caprius and Calista dead. But he knew he couldn’t be hasty and had to bide his time, remain in the shadows until he could give them their due.
The early morning was thick with fog that was so dense, it was difficult to see more than a meter or so in front of the horses. Caprius and Calista went down a small hill and below they were able to make out the barest outlines of buildings in the village of Jethro. They continued on unaware of Vernon standing on the hilltop behind them obscured by the mist swirling around him and his steed. He made a dark silhouette against the gloomy background.
Calista and Caprius made their way through the gravel-covered main road and looked in the shops as they passed. It was a quaint town but the people seemed to be deeply affected by the fog as they were listless, no one speaking to anyone else. Caprius stopped one man, “I say, my good sir, can you tell me where the local pub is?” The man looked slowly at Caprius and said not a word. Calista nudged Caprius that they should move along. The man looked half-dead and very frail. They waited another moment to see if he’d answer, but he just stood there, his mouth dumbly open a bit. So Caprius and Calista rode on. “Not a very helpful chap, was he?” Caprius remarked. A moment later, Caprius called out to a woman on a porch rocker. “I say, old woman, is there a pub nearby?” he asked. The woman just rocked back and forth.
“This is very odd,” said Calista, shrugging. “I guess we’ll just have to find a pub ourselves. They kept on until they finally came upon an old rundown pub beside a church with several large bells in the belfry. The pub’s sign was broken. “The Greasy Spoon,” Caprius snickered. “That hardly sounds delicious.”
There was nothing else around,...... READ MORE
RELEASED CHAPTER >>> Of Absence and Malice - part 2
At Quantum Heights, Andromin Seaton stood on the balcony of his suite enjoying the view of the winter wonderland below. He took a deep puff of his cigar and let it out into the frigid air in a thin stream. He looked at the cigar. Cigars are fine to wind down with, he thought, but a lovely woman is much more my taste. He took a last puff of his cigar before crushing it into an ashtray already filled with spent cigar ends and walked back into his suite. He flopped into an easy chair and laid his head back. “Fetrona,” he muttered. “What has happened to us?” He sighed. “Women. It’s harder to live with them than without them.” Then he thought about Calista. How she didn’t look at him the same anymore. It made him feel like he’d lost something vital to his life. Hell, he thought. I don’t even know her. She’s full of secrets. And she seems to know so much about me, like she’s done research. It’s not natural.
Andromin tried to talk himself into feeling better, but when he spied the decanter on the sideboard, he grabbed it and poured a healthy drink. Once it hit his lips, he spat it out. “Water?” What kind of place is this? This is my holiday!” He set the glass down and pushed it away. “I need a drink,” he said, heading for the door.
He went downstairs into the concourse and ambled about, looking in all the shops. When he passed the wine shop, he saw a beautiful woman inside talking to a customer. He recognized her straight away: Mr. Willy B. Pinkles’ mistress. ........ READ MORE
RELEASED EXCERPT OF THE MONTH
>>> This excerpt was taken from the futuristic vampire novel 'Quantum Heights.' An exciting tale where the kights of Petoshine come in confict with the horror of the dark lord and his vampire undead minions. Check back on this website every month for more excerpts released on what is the next generation on epic vampie books since the twilight saga and vampire academy.
The following morning, Caprius and Calista walked into St. Basil’s church. A funeral was underway that was being attended by a small crowd. They made their way up the rows of pews and sat in the fourth row. The woman beside them was sobbing. The priest’s sermon was brief but it enlivened the mourners, and the woman wiped her eyes, crossed herself and looked more at peace from his words.
“I’m sorry to bother you, madam, but whose funeral is this?” Calista whispered to her.
She smiled sadly. “It is for my sister. Her life was taken away far too early. She was so young, so vibrant. She was a nun at this church.”
“What was her name?” asked Calista, suddenly growing cold.
“Laura Bently,” said the woman, a tear falling from her eye.
“Sister Laura? No, it can’t be,” Calista said. “We came here to talk with her today.” She leaned in toward Caprius. “This funeral is for Sister Laura Bently,” she said.
Caprius knew what had happened and felt dreadful. Calista laid her hand upon the grieving woman’s knee. “May I ask how she died?”
“A foul creature attacked her, a vampire,” said the woman beginning to weep again.
“Oh, no. I am so sorry,” said Calista. Calista caught Caprius’ eye and saw he knew. Around them, friends and family went up to the casket to pay their last respects. Caprius and Calista joined the end of the line. When they reached her, they looked upon the young woman’s face. “I’m so sorry you had to go through this,” Calista whispered to her.
After the funeral ended, the casket was taken out and the churchgoers followed. Caprius and Calista stayed seated.
“Now that our contact is dead, we may never find out what Lynin Chiles knew,” said Calista.
“The letter from Chiles stated that Sister Laura knew what was going on and she suspected the head nun,” said Caprius. “Finding the truth just got a lot harder. Come on. Let us follow the procession to the graveyard.”
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He is the hunter who preys upon humans in his lust for blood. He is the iniquitous beast with the strength of ten men. He is swift enough to dodge bullets; stealthy enough to fly into the night as a bat; capable of transformation into a wolf, into a heavy mist, or into nothing at all, and as suddenly can vanish in a moment. He is Dracula: the blood sucking vampire.
Probably the most famous vampire books written ever. These immortal creatures captivate audiences because they speak to the beast that lies inside us all. Our curiosity about these blood-sucking parasites is insatiable. Is it the horror and danger? The overwhelming desire for eternal life? A dark possibility for seduction? Or it is that they can assume human form yet possess superhuman dark powers? What makes this the most intriguing classic fantasy books?
It is certainly all of these. Vampires have captured the literary imagination now more than ever. Dracula is one of the most powerfully written fictional characters ever created, and the books and films in which he appears continue to intrigue audiences. No single character has managed to captivate us equally since Dracula was created over a hundred years ago. Bram Stoker created a sci fi horror that would stand the test of time. Vioent vampire books are loved by millions. And Bram Stokers 'Dracula' is a compelling vampire books classic. The characters of this dark vampire fantasy novel are unforgettable; legendary. Count Dracula’s intention to survive the ages has manifested; he who hungers for eternal life and embraces the darkness by which to draw human blood shall indeed live forever.... READ MORE
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