Chad is giving away a Monster Man package with a signed copy of the book, signed original artwork and several Monster Man related products from Zazzle.com (e.g. keychains, coffee cup, etc) to a randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter.
Please state your name. My name is Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. You may call me Count Dracula or Lord of the Undead. Titles still have meaning.
Where were you born? When? Sighișoara, Romania in 1431. There was always music or bells, the clang of sword and the sounds of my people.
How did you come to be…Dracula? *eyes burn and a shadow falls over his face* If only we had eternity, child. That is a long tale. However, to shorten my story – I waged war against the Ottoman Empire – one campaign failed and I was at the end of an executioner’s blade. I found my prayers turned into bargains – faith took too long and other forces answered my call.
What is immortality like? What is it like to be a creature of the night? Immortality is a weapon and I am a warrior – I wield it. For those whom I cannot defeat in direct combat, I will outlive. Being a nosferatu, a vampire is simply being. Dracul, the man, the will never changes. I can move as ethereal as mist or as base as rodents, as majestic as wolves or as obscure as bats against the moon – I always remain that which I am.
Do you have regrets? In life, I was a prince – regrets are for lesser men. It is foolish to be bound by that which cannot be changed. In undeath, I am even more than a prince. The idea of regret is far removed – like a worm miles under the rock from the hawk.
Are emotions like that to you? Worms, lesser ideas? Feelings – doubt, worry, altruism or greed – human concepts, mortal drives. I feel time wash over me and I deny its rot and its turning forces. How much less are emotions?
What is your favorite book? The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. The Italian was highly knowledgeable in ways of state and government…and ruling.
What is your favorite hobby? I study my enemies. I study my “allies” even more.
Have you seen any films? I prefer music. My father ensured we were all cultured, refined. The piano is still something I find myself intrigued with. One moves a finger and one moves a string and produces a note. I enjoy the cause and effect.
Why are you at war with Damian Malachi? *a chill sudden fills the room* Ah, yes, the “Monster Man…” Malachi stands in my way. I could have other worlds to conquer – I was a warlord in life, conquering is what I do. And a child-turned-man-turned-monster stands against me. Were he not such a worthy opponent I would be offended.
Thank you for the interview, Count. *bows slightly* I will remember you. I will have need of one to record my victory over the “Monster Man. “
By CHAD HUNTER
A brief summary of the Monster Man – King of Fools – Damian Malachi is a best-selling horror writer. He is also a loving husband and dedicated father. However, Malachi holds a dark secret. Twenty years ago, as a young boy, he disappeared for two days. His parents and police searched for the lost child only to have him reappear at the front door of his home with unexplainable scars, a slight amount of growth and a sense of tragedy behind his eyes. What no one knows is that in the forty-eight hour absence, Damian experienced five years in the colorless world of Sanctuary, a place much like our own world except the monsters that we have seen in black-and-white movies and books are real. More than that, the monsters in Sanctuary had won. Mankind was extinct.
In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark prophecy – One of the five green shards of a crystal, the Walestone, enabled him to tap into the stone’s other five recipients – the lumbering Frankenstein’s Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Swamp Creature, the enigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula. Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the now-vampiric Dr. Van Helsing, Malachi became the Monster Man – a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat. After a brief war, Damian returned home and grew up knowing that the old movies and books were not fiction but warnings. And now, two decades later, in Malachi’s own world, the war with horror has begun again. Three boys have gone missing in the exact same fashion as Damian did when he was a child. Additionally, creatures have found their way into Malachi’s home, threatening his wife and son. Now, Damian must go back to the world that stole him away once and never left him the same.
With that, the 100-foot arachnid stormed off and down the side of the cavern crossed by the bridge.
“Is he alright?” The voice came from the taller man. It had an accent and was very formal, very educated. He had a long walking stick that he held as a cane. More so for look or class than necessity.
“I believe so, doctor.” The shorter man’s voice had a grunting breath to it.
“We’ll need to get him into hiding. It’s a miracle one of the Five haven’t been here yet.”
“Maybe they do not sense him,” said the short man.
“No, my friend, they sense everything – especially a living mortal.”
Damian looked up at the two men talking about him.
One was tall, thin – the other short and hunched over. They removed their hooded faces.
“Luckily neither of us have been alive for some time.” The taller man was chalk white with red eyes and fangs. The shorter figure was a more greenish color and one eye was far larger than the other. His back massively deformed.
Malachi found no scream once again. But he did find he could pass out.
About Chad Hunter
Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city’s Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed “Region Rat,” Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.
Most often, Hunter’s writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.
How To Lists from the Innerwife intimately discusses the subtle internal conversations that can greatly improve relationships.
Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December walks readers with poetic imagery through a lifetime in East Chicago, Indiana.
Finally, The Portray Protocols grip with horrific vivid detail, supernatural terror and mesmerizing intensity. If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter’s theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness – all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.