Below is the 1998 letter written by Dr. Steven Atticus to his colleague, Hans Krider. It is presented here for your edification. It also appears prior to the Prologue within Inherited Evil. MG
- Dr. Hans Krider, Professor Emeritus
- Department of Biochemistry
- Tenque University
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The biological taxonomy of a vampire, like all complexities within the living world, is more than it would appear. Therefore the classification terms vampire and vampyre are of paramount interest to those who would understand these predators.
Vampires or transitional individuals have most, but not all, of the qualities of these supreme predators. They have become vampires by infection – having acquired the infamous vampire virus by exposure – as their blood was extracted by one of the undead. Their biological transformation is almost whole and includes the genetic alteration of their reproductive gametes (eggs or sperm, as the case may be). The exception to their biological alteration is the cerebral cortex. The virus cannot cross the blood-brain barrier; the brain cells are not altered. Thus their behavior is more unpredictable. Initially, they wrestle with the Angels of Good and the Devils of Evil with each victim they take. Over a period of time, however, this dilemma becomes less of a concern. To survive they must take in human blood and then kill – or they will perish.
Vampyres, on the other hand, are conceived of parents who are either: 1) both vampyres, 2) both vampires, or 3) the parents are one of each. We refer to these offspring as full-blood individuals. The egg and the sperm from which they are conceived are both genetically altered by the vampire virus. Thus, their development as embryos within the womb is complete; it includes a significant genetic alteration of the brain. Vampyres, therefore, are the most vicious of predators. Lacking any conscience or concern, their behavior never varies. Their need for blood from human victims is not morally debated within their degenerate brains, before or after predation. It is also a fact that many are intellectually gifted. And thus they carefully select their victims to avoid capture by the human race. But there is never remorse; they are simply following their nature. They are ruthless.
Thank you again for filling in for me during my sabbatical. I look forward to our eventual return to Amsterdam and an opportunity to discuss with you the details of the above.
Sincerely, Steven Atticus, Ph.D. Panama City, Florida