Planet of Vampires

“Any more Earth people?” Someone said. “No? Slow day, usually more.”

Slowly I opened my eyes. I was in the middle of a crowded room. Lizard people, aliens, monsters and all types of indescribable creatures stood around me, all facing forwards. Everyone, including myself, was wearing a black robe, with the hood down.

“Last call. Earth people.” The same voice.

* * *


Last week I was sitting in my Non-Fiction lecture watching the documentary, Of Time and the City. I was pretty bored, and decided to take the time to write a short story. I had no idea what I was writing, but had an idea of a planet of the dead. I wrote two hundred words and then the light in the room was turned out. By that point I knew what the story was and had a basic plot. If I develop this story, this extract will appear in chapter two. I called it POD because planet of the dead sounded cliché while POD sounded more in vein of the quirky story I was attempting. I hope you enjoy it.

Anyway Vampires. Quite a few years ago now my Uncle introduced me to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Within two episodes I was hooked. I knew of vampires but had never read or seen anything about them. I thought the show was brilliant and went on to watch every episode of it and Angel. I then went on to watch everything Joss Whedon had made. Firefly, Serenity and the disappointing Dollhouse. At least The Avengers was as good as it should of been.

A couple of years after I first found Buffy, I was in the library at school, during an English lesson. We had an hour a week where we had to read. I had no idea what to read, and spent about twenty minutes going through the books. Someone I knew handed me Vampire Mountain, the fourth book in the Darren Shan Saga. I had no idea it was the fourth book, despite the number 4 on the side, and started reading it. I loved it. I spent the next few weeks reading the series, once I read book 12, I looped and read 1 – 3.

A couple of years ago on a trip to Whitby I picked up a copy of Dracula. I thought, at the time, that it was the original vampire story and saw it as a necessary read. It took me a couple of weeks to get through the book, and I loved all of it. It was creepy, interesting, different, and just plain amazing. When I studied the book in my A-level literature class I saw all the different ways in which other people read the book. Everyone had a different view on the plot. Someone even thought that there was no vampire in the book, that the characters were insane, and that the narrator couldn’t be trusted because the story was written through diaries and letters. The book is amazing, and should be read by everyone.

It was after reading Darren Shan’s book that I decided I needed to write a vampire book. This dream was only increased by reading Dracula. I’ve had several failed attempts. I want to add to the genre, changing and developing vampires in my own way. But I’ve never finished any vampire book. Originally To The Other was a vampire story. I wrote it with that in mind. But when I started writing it, a couple of years ago, everyone I told hated Twilight, and they rolled their eyes at the mention of vampires. So I changed it. I’m glad I’ve changed the story, as I’m happy with what it turned into, but I am now more determined than ever to finish a vampire story. It’s one of my goals as a writer.

Thanks for reading,


The next post will be on Sunday, rather than Tuesday. Thanks.

About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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4 Responses to Planet of Vampires

  1. Susan A. says:

    Nice excerpt! I think it’s a milestone with most paranormal writers that they feel the need to write a vampire book. Like they do have to put out their own version. No matter what anyone says, those books are still selling very well. There is just something so compelling about them.


    • Thanks. I think Vampires are just an icon of horror, and there aren’t many people who don’t like something about them. Whether it’s Twilight, Dracula, or even The Lost Boys. They’re like zombies. Always done differently and usually a very good story. Personally I have no problem with Twilight, but a lot of people I know hate them books with a passion.


      • Susan A. says:

        You know, it’s ironic now because I won’t read YA anymore. I’ve just grown to prefer adult themes and content, but I loved the Twilight series when it came out. I went through all four books in four days and have no shame in admitting it. People can bash the writing all they want and it won’t change my opinion. It’s a good series.


      • I think it’s a good series. Me and my girl friend swapped books. She gave me twilight and I gave her Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series. I enjoyed both of them. I went on to read The Host, also by Meyer. That is a very good book, probably better than Twilight.


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