Title: Vampire Rising
Author Name: July 19, 2015 – 66pgs
Publication Date & Length: July 19, 2015 – 66pgs
“To be a Vampire is to know your pale skin and red lips offend others.”
It’s the mid twenty-first century. Anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and homophobia have been consigned to the dustbin of history. The world is run by “the state,” and Christian zealots, whose chief governing tools are fear and oppression. It’s a wonderful time to be alive—unless you’re a Vampire. Vampires are despised, and feared, and subjected to discrimination and unspeakable violence.
Considered undead, unholy, without basic human rights, Gatsby Calloway lives on the fringes of society, avoiding humanity. Until he meets Barnabas, a young encaustic painter. When Barnabas is mortally wounded during an anti-Vampire attack, Gatsby must forget everything he has known, and learn to trust.
“This here coming up is the stop for Chicksand Street,” the bus driver called out.
Barnabas stood and walked to the front of the bus. He peered out the windshield into the dark, then looked at the
driver. “The schedule said you stopped at Chicksand Street,” Barnabas said.
“Not after dark I don’t,” the driver shot back. “This here is as far as I’m going tonight!”
Barnabas shrugged and moved to the door. The Mexican woman he’d noticed earlier touched his arm. As he turned
to her, she drew a silver crucifix attached to rosary beads from around her neck and, muttering a prayer in Spanish,
pressed it into his hands. He closed his hand around the offering still warm from her bosom and said, “Thank you.”
The bus slowed and the driver said, “This here road, about a mile on, becomes Chicksand Street.” He opened the
door, barely stopping long enough for Barnabas to disembark. As soon as his feet touched the curb, the driver closed
the door and sped away as fast as the bus’ ancient diesel engine would allow. As the bus passed him he saw the
passengers with their foreheads and palms pressed against the windows, their eyes wide, and their mouths forming
tiny “O”s of fright.
Writer. Wordsmith. Author.
Words, You See, are the Thing
Bronx-born wordsmith Larry Benjamin is the author of Unbroken, a gay novel, which is a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist and a 2014 IPPY Gold Medalist. His second book, Damaged Angels, a collection of short stories was a 2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up in the Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction category. His debut novel,What Binds Us, was published by Carina Press in March 2012.
Larry considers himself less a writer than a wordsmith—an artist whose chosen medium is the written word rather than clay or paint or bronze.
He is a writer of stories whose characters are determined to find their place in the world; if they cannot find a place, they make a place. Even when their lives aren’t perfect, it’s never because they’re gay but because they’re human. And like all humans they often suffer the consequences of ego and bad judgment.
He lives in Philadelphia with his husband and their two rescued dogs.