Every story needs an antagonist. Every horror novel needs a villain who will burn his image into the minds of the reader. Every vampire horror novel needs a handsome (or beautiful), sensual, charming, seductive, cold, calculating, egotistical, psychopathic, blood thirsty, sexually-insatiable, ruthless predator. Did I miss anything? Or yes. It’s best if our bad guy is also the consummate con-artist and the quintessential liar. Finally, this monster must having some deep, hidden motive driving him forward. For example, Harrison Van Gilter wants to kill every living member of the Van Gilter family: mother, brothers, sisters, nephew, and in-laws! Why? I won’t tell you why, but this is Harrison Van Gilter. Look at him and read behind his eyes. What do you see? What lurks there?
This is the antagonist of The Darke Lyfe Trilogy, my little three-novel creation. Even though myriad other characters – good and evil – move across the literary landscape, Harrison is always there. He is the nemesis to be dealt with. The thorn in FBI Special Agent Mark Pierce’s side. The deadly threat to Mayor Larry Hayes and his peaceful coastal city. He is the worst thing to ever drift into Panama City, Florida. And through three novels (Ascent of Evil; Inherited Evil; Arcanum of Evil) he methodically moves toward his goal: to be known as the most heinous serial killer of all time…and he’s had 249 years to hone his predatory skills. Human mortals are mere prey. Vampyre family and vampyre enemies are a greater challenge. And so the twisted mind of Harrison Van Gilter is center to all conflict within the Trilogy. He’s proven to be a worthy adversary. A diverse, if warped, personality. A chilling unpredictable character to work with. Put in any scene or circumstance, I’ve found that Harrison guides me. He tells me exactly how he will respond. And sometimes it’s shocking, even for the writer who created him.
Every good horror story needs a villain. Mine is Harrison Van Gilter. I invite you to read his tale, explore his mind, see though his evil eyes.
Thanks dear reader. Without you, Harrison Van Gilter would be nothing. Best wishes, Michael Goldcraft