I’ve always been a big fan of Mafia movies and fiction. Mario Puzo is perhaps my favorite writer outside of the fantasy and horror genres. Being a horror and fantasy writer, with some sci-fi mixed in here and there, I wasn’t sure how I would ever be able to write a book featuring mobsters. Although organized crime isn’t as organized and powerful as it used to be (at least in Philadelphia where the novel takes place), it still remains a fascinating subject for me. The Mafia is all about loyalty, family, revenge; an organization that operates in the shadows with a code of conduct that doesn’t exist in the rest of the society. To rise in their organization makes you a Man of Honor. Their tactics are heavy-handed and brutal. They write their own rules, and ignore the ones created by society.
I am also a big fan of vampire movies and fiction, but vampires have been done and done again, and done again some more to the point where we have to endure sparkly vampires that drip with angst and fawn over similarly angst-filled teenaged girls for reasons that completely escape me. I wanted to bring vampire fiction back to where it should be. Vampires are vicious killers, not romantic anti-heroes. Vampires are not your friend. They would kill you as soon as blink an eye. Like the Mafia, lives in the shadows in order to survive. They also have a code of conduct and are built around a family structure.
What sparked this novel was the combustible combination these two groups, similar in some ways yet still disparate in many other ways, could create. What would happen if an organized crime syndicate locked horns with a brood of vampires? Throw in the FBI into the mix and anything can happen. The result is the Wild West in the streets of Philadelphia. Writing this novel was good fun, something I hope resonates with the readers.
by Carl Alves
ISBN # 978-1-937148-18-8
“Alexei chose the wrong neighborhood to claim his latest victim. Now Philadelphia mob boss Enzo Salerno is determined to hunt down the man who killed his associate in such gruesome fashion in his South Philly row home. Perplexed by this unnatural murder, Salerno uncovers clues that lead him to believe that this was not a mob hit, and that a vampire was responsible for this death. Magnus, the leader of Alexei’s brood, must now use all of his resources to save them from both the mafia and the FBI.”
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and later an MBA degree from Lehigh University, Carl has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing. His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Sinister City, Alien Skin and Behind Locked Doors anthology. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference.
You can visit his website at www.carlalves.com