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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Guest Post: Thomas Winship

Today I'd like to introduce Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War) and Vaempires: White Christmas: A Prelude to The Evolutionary War. He has graced my blog to talk about his creation.

Encyclopedia Entry: Vaempires 

Hello everyone. I’m so excited to be Noree’s guest at Trip the Eclipse! I’m Thomas Winship, author of Væmpires: Revolution, Væmpires: White Christmas, and the upcoming Væmpires: Zombie Rising.

Today, I’d like to speak about my contribution to the literary world’s cornucopia of supernatural beings: vaempires.

Vaempires are mutated vampires. In the world I created—a post-apocalyptic world in which humans and vampires have learned to live in peace, primarily due to the creation of synth-blood—ordinary, run-of-the-mill vampires suddenly experience involuntary changes that transform them into vaempires.

Each væmpire is a bigger, stronger, faster version of its former self, with a second thumb on each hand (beside the pinkie) and an altered physical appearance, to boot.

Reportedly, some vaempires even possess special abilities. The ability to access a vampire’s memories while sucking his/her blood is the most common rumor.

The changes that make one a vaempire are not by choice. There is no rhyme or reason as to who mutates. There is no way to make it happen. There is no way to avoid it. There is no way to stop it once it starts.

Still, it doesn’t sound so bad … does it?

The downside is that vaempires are warm-blooded beings driven by the need for cold blood.

That’s right; vaempires feed on vampires.

And that is where the problems began. As the number of vaempires grew and attempts to create a viable synth-blood alternative failed, the seeds of discontent flowered into revolution.

And that’s where the fun began. 

Now, if you’re wondering why I called them vaempires …

Since the beings are mutated vampires, it stood to reason that their title should be something mutated, as opposed to something completely different.

I added the “e” because it can stand for so much—extra, extraordinary, evolution, evil—that is relevant to the story and the væmpires themselves.

It’s even spelled “væmpires” throughout the book to visualize the “a” and “e” as connected letters. It doesn’t work as well as a graphic, so the book covers show separate, but distinct, letters. 

BTW, vaempires is pronounced without the a, as “vempire” (vem-pīr).

I’d like to offer a very special “thank you” to Noree for inviting me to her site. I hope everyone enjoys the post. I’d love to hear what you think of it and/or answer any questions you may have. Post comments or questions below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Feel free to stop by my website and reach out. I’d love to hear from you if you check out Vaempires.

Take care,

Thomas Winship

Be sure to check out Thomas's website for the latest and greatest news on Vaempires. 


  1. Thank you so much, Noree, for helping make vaempires a household name!

  2. It's always fun to find out a little more about what goes on in an author's mind!

    1. I know. It's one of my favorite parts of writing.

  3. That's a cool premise! Very unique. I LOVE the cover of this book. Coolest one I've seen in awhile! :D