Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampires and Pain

It brings me great pleasure to have Ciaran Dwynvil with us today. I shall not linger long on introductions, as my fellow wordsmith speaks quite well for himself, and equally well on a topic with which I have rather… intimate… familiarity. Dear Ciaran, the floor is yours…


Thank you, Peter, for having me as your guest today. I’m very excited to be here to tell you about my newest gay erotic paranormal fantasy, In Blue Poppy Fields. The book will please not only all fans of Belial, the Prince of Trickery, the Lord of Lust and the Antilight… aka Guardian Demon, but all readers who love vampires.

Maybe not all… as vampire stories differ greatly. Some have gloomy, horror atmosphere, some are full of blood and violence, still others brim with dark sensuality. How should you know ours would be to your liking? Apart from reading a sample chapter on Amazon or Smashwords to get a feel of the tale, you can learn about various aspects of a vampire’s life in our world during In Blue Poppy Fields release tour. Let’s first take a look at the book and then we will move on to our topic for today. Vampires and pain.

inbluepoppyfieldsfinal200X300In Blue Poppy Fields blurb: A victim to another man’s cruelty, talented and beautiful theater actor Adhemar Lebeau learned not to trust and not to love anybody but himself. Falsely accused of his master’s murder, he has to accept assistance of mysterious Count Sanyi Arany to later discover his savior is a vampire. Forced both by a fatal illness and aftershocks of torture experienced during his unjust imprisonment, Adhemar agrees to the only possible cure. Rebirth.

Healed in body but not in mind, he guards his independence, free will and heart. He is not able to give love, only the fulfillment of lust. Yet, satiation of sensuous longing is not enough for his Sire and he knows it. When an eerie malady strikes and seems to deplete Sanyi’s life energy for unknown reasons, Adhemar understands his fears and agrees to keep a street boy, Reyach, as a pet for both of them in hope it will soothe the unspoken worries.

Out of necessity he finds himself in the role of the only hunter in their company, and out of attachment he accepts the responsibility readily. Indulgence in blood and carnal pleasures fill his nights and vampiric powers give him the feeling of safety. Until the evening when he carelessly falls prey to High Demon Belial’s plays that quickly turn into more than either of them has bargained for.

In spite of a hard start, Adhemar feels burning urge deep in his heart and no matter how much he denies it, the cause of the strange sensation is a budding seed of affection brought to life by the insufferable demon. But letting Adhemar learn to love somebody other than him is not what seemingly innocent Reyach plans.

Alright, the blurb itself didn’t give any insight into a vampire’s relationship with pain. The truth is that it is a love and hate relationship. Here is why:

A vampire’s heightened senses sharpen every perception. Whisper sounds like loud talk, taste of blood differs from victim to victim, the night sky glimmers with myriads of stars, the air is full of wafts of pleasant or not so pleasant aromas. He can learn to control the extent to which he allows himself to be engulfed in such a gale of sensations. But one sense he seldom tries to block. Feeling. It provides incredible satisfaction in carnal pleasures which quickly becomes addictive. But there is a downside to it. Delight and agony are just as intense.

If you cut your finger, you feel a moment of sharp pain and then a relatively long, annoying throb. Magnify the first sensation tenfold and you will understand but an echo of a vampire’s agony stemming even from such a minor wound. Fortunately, a vampire can heal himself fast and also has an enormous capacity to withstand pain. So, even if he suffers greatly, it seldom stops him from whatever he is doing at the moment when the throes jolt through his body.

Not every time does a vampire attempt to heal his body fast though. He distinguishes between a good and bad kind of pain. While he will, like any other being driven by self-preservation instinct, try to recoil from the latter and heal any damages to his body as soon as he can, he will not try to stop the former.

The good kind of pain occurs only in situations that do not put his life in danger. A typical moment involving this kind of pain is the point of Turning, also known as Rebirth, seen from the perspective of the Sire. While it is a painful experience, the adrenaline rush coursing through his body at that moment can become just as addictive as pleasure.

The boost of energy, the increase in his strength, senses heightened to their maximum resemble seconds before an orgasm so much that vampires seek to live through this rush again. Combined with endorphins released both in pleasure and pain, it provides them with a powerful feeling of being alive.

Yet, it would be impractical to give birth to a new vampire every time they wish to get enclosed in such sensations. That is one of the reasons why a vampire loves to indulge in bloodsharing if his lover is one of his own kind. Lovemaking twined with giving and taking blood stimulates even higher release of endorphins and floods a vampire’s body with intoxication of pleasurable pain. Not speaking about the fact that the adrenaline rush and endorphins coursing through one’s veins change the taste of blood for better.

And that reveals a reason why many vampires like to inflict pain before they feed or in a sensual play. But this is already a topic for another article in the release tour program.

If you are interested to learn more, you can find a list of topics and the schedule of the whole tour here.

We spoke about pain today and so also the excerpt will be full of agony. The following two paragraphs are from a scene involving Adhemar, Sanyi and Vincent:

Once again his digits found a bloodied, ferocious mouth without any negotiations and prized it open. Holding Sanyi’s jaws apart, Vincent wrought him off Adhemar’s throat, repeating again and again: “It’s Adhemar,” until the words finally sank into the vampire’s mind and his straining body sagged in his tight hold. “Good, good, ’tis done, ’tis done, Sanyi,” Vincent whispered right into his ear, holding him close, feeling him tremble with guilt and pain. Adhemar’s fangs weren’t considerate, he could tell that much still before a first anguished moan leaked out of Sanyi’s mouth. In agony of piercingly dull throes assaulting his wrist unknowingly and in shame of his earlier behavior. “Shh, it won’t take long. You’ve given him new life,” Vincent cooed, pressing his cheek to Sanyi’s head, soothing and calming the vampire’s memories. The blindfold of bloodlust Sanyi had had on allowed him to do it. To lie for both men’s sake. He knew that without him there would have been just death without rebirth but it didn’t matter. He didn’t need the credit but his Sanyi was desperate for it. And so he lied without a tinge of shame, praising, crooning, encouraging him to hold on a little longer. Convincing him not to think of the other night. “You’re his Sire, ’tis done, ’tis done,” he kept murmuring, feeling Sanyi’s body pressing into his embrace in need for reassurance. He understood. No vampire should be made to Turn somebody so soon after his own Rebirth. But this time it was the only way. And he could only help Sanyi through the moment and through the flood of painful recollections.

Laborious breaths and growls as the two vampires worked their way through the Rebirth pangs mingled with his soothing whispers in a strange melody. In a mesmerizing melody permeating the darkness of the room. He knew Adhemar couldn’t really hear him now, completely enthralled by his first feeding, but Sanyi could and he kept murmuring to him softly, softly, softly.

Did the little peek into our world capture your attention? In Blue Poppy Fields is currently available at Amazon and Smashwords.

It can be read without being familiar with other books in the Guardian Demon Series but you now have an opportunity to win one of the twelve copies of Trails of Love I Crawl Part 1 that opens the beguiling world of this series. Participation is easy enough for anybody over the age of eighteen. The more you help others find me and Guardian Demon Series books, the more chances to win you will have.

What can you do?

  • Recommend my books in reader discussions on Goodreads, Shelfari or other platforms you are active at
  • Follow my blog, like my FB page, follow me on Twitter
  • Rate my books on Goodreads
  • Review my books on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N or Goodreads
  • Feature my books and your reviews of them on your blog if you have one
  • Tell your friends about Guardian Demon Series
  • Tweet about In Blue Poppy Fields, FB links to release tour articles, reblog them, Pinterest them, Stumble upon them… whichever platform you fancy is welcome

My giveaway form will give you more suggestions. Winners will be announced on my blog on the 11th of April.

I hope to see your entry in the giveaway and thank you for your help in spreading the word of mouth about Guardian Demon Series.

With this I hand over Peter’s blog back to him. It has been my pleasure to be your guest, Peter. Thank you for having me over today.


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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

2 Responses to Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampires and Pain

  1. Thanks, Peter, for giving me and In Blue Poppy Fields a stage at your blog. Me and my men appreciate it a lot!

  2. JadeCrystal says:

    Fascinating post about vampires and pain. lol, yes, it would be impractical to Turn someone every night. There would be more vampires than mortals pretty soon if that was the case. The Turning scene gets me every time I read it, and my boys are fascinated by it as well.

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