In the first years of the reign of Victoria, an infant girl is stolen from the dirty streets of London. For fifteen years she is held an unknowing prisoner by the captor she calls ‘father’.
Emily Black is haunted by her mother’s spirit and forced into drug addiction by her impostor father. The man she believes her father is a twisted soul practicing dark, occult vampire rites. Emily is his greatest treasure, and darkest magic – that is, until the day she escapes.
Based roughly on the complex secret societies that practice vampyre rites across Victorian England in the 1800’s. This is a terror more real than childhood stories. It is the Gothic paranormal story reborn!
Emily is driven into flight by her mother’s haunting just before her 16th birthday. A birthday that was to be her last. Every step for Emily Black is on the broken shards of death. Her survival is based only upon her strength, intelligence and passion of her heart. Brett Cardon is the teenaged murderer she must embraced to make her escape. This boy makes her body alive, but she knows to always fear her traveling companion. The blood of the Picts still boils angry in his youthful veins.
Behind Emily and Brett a spiteful killer hunts there every step on the street of London. Marquess Alyn Black is a vampire like you’ve never experienced. Earthy, mortal and human – but with all the ritual and devotion of any vampire folklore. Discover a brand new vampire genre – a dark history that reaches back to the Strigoi of ancient Rome. Embrace genuine paranormal horror in book one of a four-part saga.
“Rise of the Maiden – Blood and Venom” is book one.
Carnal men make themselves into cold, real and terrifying vampires. And one girl was stolen as an infant and raised to serve as sacrifice in the highest ritual. Her kidnapper tormented her to the brink of insanity. Drugs, blood and murder were the reckoning of her childhood.
Fall into a tangled web of paranormal that will snatch away your breath.
Dark. Gritty. Sexy.
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Stephen Paul West is an American novelist who is active in the film, fashion and fine arts industries in Austin Texas. He has abroad spectrum of best selling books that include such divergent areas as self-help for depression, global politics, and paranormal Victorian thrillers. Fiction includes Paranormal Victorian Thrillers, Science Fiction, Psychological Thrillers and Spiritual Fantasy. In addition to his writing he is has a wonderful, esoteric adventure in photojournalism that you can view at his www.StephenPaulWest.com website. “Kwenda, Women Slaves of War” tells the true story of motherhood caught in the cruelty of modern warfare. This story paints a story that will touch you to the core, and you will both weep and cheer. “Depression Symptoms Decoded” is a deep analysis of depression symptoms with a Jungian view of each symptom demonstrated: weeping, sex issues, rage, eating disorders, isolation, fatigue, confusion addiction, recurrent dreams and dark thoughts. The pioneering self-help book on depression delves deeply into the meaning of each symptom of depression as a pattern for emotional need. By decoding your type of depression symptoms you can identify a means of overcoming depression. “Rise of the Maiden – Blood and Venom” is a new twist on the paranormal. Emily Black is a compelling and strong female character who exemplifies a Byronic role. She is every bit as intelligent, smart and dangerous as role reserved for traditionally male leading characters. The darkness of this thriller include haunting of a mother’s ghost, and the insanity of a kidnapper who practices vampire occultism. This is combined with the unusual aspect of drug addiction as found in Victorian London. The visual artwork of Stephen Paul West integrates a modern scope of artistic expression with an earthy and positive view of the world around us.