An Interview with a Vampire about Vampires
A guest post by Lee and Gary Jordan, the author team Phoenix
On an early evening in October, we caught up with Victor Bainbridge, a vampire who
is very British but lives in a splendid home in Spain. It was obvious from his palatial home that
being a vampire was not hurting his earning capabilities.
As the authors of Leon’s Lair, in which he is a major character, we were shown into his
study by his majordomo. The study walls were lined from floor to ceiling with books, many
leather bound and obviously quite old. Victor sat in a leather high-backed chair with a small
crystal glass on a side table, a volumous report in his lap and his right leg crossed at the knee.
Dressed in soft chinos, Italian shoes (no sox) and a black cashmere pullover, he looked self-
assured and comfortable with our visit.
He rose to greet us with a smile and offered us a chair opposite him. After a few
pleasantries and an offer of a drink. we began. We were both little nervous about accepting a
drink as we surmised what he was drinking was a dark red, viscous drink that clung to the sides
of the crystal and wasn’t the kind of refreshment we wanted.
GARY: Well, Victor, I must say you have a beautiful home. It seems being a vampire
has been a rewarding way of life. Can you tell our readers a little about how you became a
vampire and where it all started?
VICTOR: Well, Gary, there are a lot of misconceptions about vampires, many old tales
that have survived down through the ages.
Vampires have been around since the dawn of time. We are a different but similar race
to Homo sapiens. Unfortunately, over the centuries there have been efforts by Homo sapiens to
eradicate us. I think you would call it genocide or ethnic cleansing. As a result, there are fewer of
us than you.
Vampirism was first recorded in Persia. According to an ancient Hebrew text Adam’s
first wife, Lilith was a vampire. She left Adam due to his lack of sexual prowess and became
queen of the underworld. She established the race.
There are recorded archives of vampires from China in the 6th century B.C., and more
legends throughout the world, including India, Malaysia, Polynesia, and the lands of the Aztecs
and Eskimos. However, it is in Europe where our main population flourished for many centuries.
The main beginnings occurred in ancient Greece and spread up through areas known today as the
Balkans, then west and into England.
I originated the old fashioned way, coitus, pregnancy, and birth.
LEE: That’s pretty astounding. The common story goes; you have to be normal and then
bitten by a vampire, and some say you must drink a vampire’s blood. Is this just legend?
VICTOR: Absolutely not. That is the way to become newly “born,” but I am a vampire
because my mother was a vampire. She was a really sexy women and was until she died –
always looked young. Vampires can be created from Homo sapiens as you described, though
normally it is not forced but assented. It is a secondary way to keep the race alive.
LEE: She died? I thought vampires live forever.
VICTOR: Absolutely not. Mother was almost 300 years old, but she finally went to a
vampire rest home and passed on. That is just another of the myths that scare Homo sapiens into
atrocities against vampires.
GARY: Okay, but you have to admit that vampires draining people of their blood is
VICTOR: That has happened, I admit, but it is no worse than Homo sapiens decapitating
a vampire, pounding stakes through the heart or burning us to death without a trial, just on the
ranting of some fear-deranged human. How would you react to a mob pounding down your door
with hate and fear?
Victor’s eyes had become red and his cool self-confidence melted as he gripped the
arms of his chair and leaned forward in a menacing pose. We felt more than concerned at his
No, I think you need to reassess your race’s actions before you accuse us of brutality.
Victor seemed to regain his calm and sat back in his chair and his eyes suddenly returned
to the deep brown they had been.
Since, the year 400 A.D, we organized with other magical and supernatural races. The
International Association of Paranormal Beings made strict rules and one was never harm a
human in anyway. We drink the blood of animals.
Granted there have been vampires with a blood-lust for humans such as Count Dracula,
whose real name was Valad Tepes Dracula, Prince of Wallachia. His slaughter of many probably
incited much of the inaccurate views people have of vampires. Of course Bram Stoker’s fictional
tale of Dracula stereotyped vampires to this day. Dracula was a tyrant, but he also liberated his
country from the Ottoman invaders. You know, he was a national hero.
GARY: I see. that is very interesting. Tell me Victor, why should humans change their
view of vampires?
VICTOR: Without going into detail, vampires have actually saved the human race
from near extinction. The Dark Ages had set man upon a course of clear apocalyptic self –
extinguishment. International Association of Paranormal Beings literally sowed the seeds that
raised human’s interest in survival and interest in science and the arts to a level high enough to
pull them out of the apathy and degradation which had caused death and destruction throughout
the hitherto civilized world. Those acts alone saved millions upon millions of lives.
LEE: That’s quite a pronouncement Victor. Would you care to elaborate?
VICTOR: Well, your readers can read more about us in your book Leon’s Lair. Victor
elegantly rose from his chair as he finished his glass of red liquid. I have matters to attend
to now, and I hope I have given you enough to create an article that your readers will find
interesting and informative.
Victor’s majordomo appeared in the room as if by magic and held the door open for us to
GARY: Thank you, Victor, for your time and very enlightening information.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Hello. We are Lee and Gary Jordan and we are THE PHOENIX, a multi-genre author
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We enjoy getting to know readers and other authors via the Internet, love movies, and
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Lee wrote A Whisper from Eden, A Historical Fantasy. She loves research, but is not
always content with the way things are explained. She likes to turn it all inside out and wonder
what if? Gary is a third generation Californian, born and raised in Anaheim. He has always
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