Foreword to Thinner than Water

Vampires are fashionable. In the last ten years we’ve had the phenomenally successful Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its assorted spinoffs, action movies based on the Blade and Underworld franchises, followed by True Blood, Twilight, and any number of other media.

 There is a problem with all these otherwise fine works – they concentrate entirely on the negativity that vampirism is so often associated with. I wanted to do something different, something that paid respect to the tradition of vampire literature and media without actually falling foul of the clichés that still accompany so much of the stories. Instead I set out to tell a different story. This is it.

  In breaking down everything about the vampire mythos and rebuilding it from the ground up into my own ideas, a lot of what makes a vampire falls by the wayside. Inspired by some of the finest literature out there, I deliberately stayed away from the v-word, and anything obviously associating my characters with the supernatural. I did however plan how folklore could be influenced by actual events in the history of my world, and how things would be inevitably twisted down the ages as exaggeration and misunderstanding took their toll. The biggest enemy of anyone, as any politician will tell you, is rumour. Once a rumour is out, it can take a hugely disproportionate amount of time to get rid of it again.

 Thinner than Water is not a story about vampires. It is a story about people who, for whatever reason, have ended up in a fringe of society that some outsiders might regard as vampiric.

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