Welcome to Unwritten's February blog event! Of course, this is the month of love, so I wanted to celebrate that theme as I've done in year's past. But this year, I've decided to add a scientific spin to it. All month long, talented authors from several genres will write about some aspect of love from their books as it relates to science. It could be social, psychological, biological, or anything in between. Our blog event is sponsored by "HMC by Kate", a fabulous independent jewelry crafter. Kate's giving away one of her very beautiful necklaces that I think fits our theme perfectly. She's also offering everyone who stops in a 10% discount on any item from her Etsy store. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and check out her lovely offerings! Without further ado, please welcome our guest author:
Vampire-Witch Hybrids in the Talbot Trilogy: Really Possible or Just Wishful Thinking?
Tori L. Ridgewood
Report from the Society of Hunters and Investigators of the Paranormal:
Abstract: In the course of tracking Subject 6606 (aka Malcolm de Sade, vampire), it was discovered that 6606 had been attempting to reproduce vampire-human hybrids, with no success. It has also been determined that the subject repeated his experiment with a witch (living human with psychic and telekinetic abilities), with some potential for success. The outcome of the latter experiment was inconclusive, leading to the question of whether it would be possible for a vampire and a witch to produce a viable offspring.
The Challenge of Cross-Breeding Vampires and Witches
The vampire Malcolm De Sade — Subject 6606 — has consistently failed in his experiments with siring offspring on human women, yet he recently may have achieved his goal by mating with a witch. If two supernatural creatures’ DNA could be successfully combined, the advantages of seeing the resultant individual’s strengths would be as great as the opportunity to study his/her weaknesses. The question remains whether those inherited traits would outweigh or negate the traditionally known weaknesses, being in vampires their mortal reaction to sunlight and need for fresh blood as sustenance, and with witches, the limits of a normal human lifespan and physical strength. Also, would such a being be sterile in the manner of certain hybrid mammals, or capable of further reproduction? The potential for a human being with the strengths of both species is great, with connections to furthering humanity’s lifespan, contributing to deep space travel and research, and inhabiting regions of the world which are currently inhospitable to human beings. It is hypothesized that a vampire’s sperm could successfully combine with a witch’s ovum, given the relative strengths of the paranormal energies present in the bodies of both parents.
*Please refer to the following for further details:
Secret Report 2012.Talbot.Fanning (code name Mist and Midnight)
Secret Report 2013.Talbot.Woods (code name Wind and Shadow)
Secret Report 2014.Talbot.deSade (code name Blood and Fire)
Results / Discussion
6606’s physical body is not “alive” in the conventional sense; lacking a heartbeat among other essential functions of the human being, the facts that the vampire can still demonstrate strength, erectile function, and produce bodily fluids that qualify him for paranormal investigation. Whether the semen is truly viable is a matter of debate and necessitates further, controlled study. It is possible that the women said to be impregnated by the vampire Malcolm de Sade had sexual intercourse with other men — human or supernatural — and therefore the cause of death by miscarriage or infection cannot be said to unquestionably relate to the effects of vampire impregnation. However, a non-paranormal human woman might lack the necessary unknown energy (a.k.a. “magick”) needed to stabilize the connection and divisions by cellular material and DNA, hence the need to find a living being with sufficient energy.
A significant opportunity has recently arisen in the field: investigators have located a witch (Rayvin Woods) who might have been impregnated by the subject. The potential for a successful study is high. It is the recommendation of this body that a full team be sent to take custody of Woods and bring her to the Society for complete examination and objective study for the duration of her pregnancy. Procedures should include analysis of the witch’s blood for evidence of the vampire virus, and the fetus monitored up to and after delivery for paranormal / supernatural strength, nourishment by plasma intake, sensitivity to sunlight, and general viability.
About Tori L. Ridgewood:
After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and boxes of filed-away stories, most only half-finished before another idea would overtake her and demand to be written down. Then, while on parental leave with her second baby, one story formed and refused to be packed away. Between teaching full-time, parenting, and life in general, it would take almost seven years before the first novel in her first trilogy would be completed. In the process, Tori finally found her stride as a writer.
At present, on her off-time, Tori not only enjoys reading, but also listening to an eclectic mix of music as she walks the family dog (Skittles), attempts to turn her thumb green, or makes needlework gifts for her friends and family members. She loves to travel, collect and make miniature furniture, and a good cup of tea during a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Under it all, she is always intrigued by history, the supernatural, vampire and shapeshifter mythology, romance, and other dangers.
Tori lives in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children. She is a full-time teacher at a local high school.
Mist and Midnight: Prequel to the Talbot Trilogy
Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy
Blood and Fire: Book Two of the Talbot Trilogy
Crystal and Wand: Book Three of the Talbot Trilogy — COMING SOON!