Blood Drive Interview 4 – Father Matthew McAllen

“Hello and welcome to my final interview of the characters of my upcoming book ‘Blood Drive’,” Budgie says, once again sitting in his studio seat. “I’m joined by Father Matthew McAllen, a vampire-hunting priest.”

“It is an honor to be here,” Father Matthew says. He is wearing his priest outfit, his dark hair combed neatly.

“You have an interesting job,” Budgie says. “You work as a priest, but you also hunt vampires and werewolves as an agent of the Vatican. How did you come into such a job?”

“The Lord works in mysterious ways,” Father Matthew says. “I always had an aptitude toward guns and fighting, but I knew from when I was a boy that I wanted to be a man of God. My mentor saw this skill in me and put me into the program that would mold me into the man I am today, doing God’s will and spreading His word.”

“In Blood Drive, you’re tasked with hunting down the vampires and retrieving their van of stolen blood,” Budgie says. “How do you go about your mission?”

“The path was set out before me,” Father Matthew said. “Like all paths, one must choose to walk it. The Lord guides my body as he guides my gun as I walk the path bathed in His light, the one I have chosen for myself. The task or mission, as you put it, will end how He wills it to end. I am only a conduit of his grace, mercy, and vengeance.”

“But how do you go about tracking the two vampires and their blood,” Budgie asks, “specifically in Blood Drive.”

Father Matthew takes in a breath, thinking of his answer. “There are those who stalk in the darkness, feeding off humans, God’s children. I took my position to rid the world of as much evil as I possibly can. If it’s the will of the Vatican for me to track down a van of stolen blood, then it is the will of my Lord as well.”

“But following the van,” Budgie says. “Christian and Evan are transporting a van of stolen blood from Connecticut to Los Angeles. Tell me a little about how the trip and your pursuit.

“The path I chose is wrought with obstacles,” Father Matthew says, “but I will survive if it’s His will. If I lose my life while in pursuit of those responsible for the blood theft; then that is also His will, and I will live forever in His kingdom when it is done. That being said, dying is not part of my plan. If you were to test me, you would find that I am very hard to kill.”

“I guess that will have to do,” Budgie says. “But there was some question about your sexuality and how that plays into your role as a priest.”

Father Matthew sighs. “I have had many mentors over the years, being sent from church to church to fulfill my duties as an agent of the Vatican. The thing that remains most constant is the content for one’s sexuality. I have read the Bible, closer than most, and I can tell you that homosexuality is not looked upon as a sin. The homophobic King James would tell you otherwise, but who I am attracted to is not a sin, especially when I have upheld my vow of celibacy during my entire tenure as a man of God. It is an insult anyone would think this would negatively effect my ability as a priest and and agent of the Vatican.”

“Sorry for bringing it up,” Budgie says. “I didn’t mean to insult you.”

“Tell me,” Father Matthew says, “when was the last time you took part in the sacrament of confession?”

“That about wraps this last interview up,” Budgie says. “Thank you for reading all of my interviews, and I hope you are all looking forward to ‘Blood Drive’, this fall from Budgie Bigelow publishing.”

“You did not answer me,” Father Matthew says. “You can confess your sins to me now if you’d like, and I can absolve you of them.”

“Good night everyone!” Budgie exclaims.

Blood Drive Interview 3 – Bart Peters

“Hi,” Budgie says, sitting in his studio chair. “I’m Budgie Bigelow, and I’m interviewing one of the characters from my upcoming book ‘Blood Drive’. Today, I’m welcoming Bart Peters of Pennsylvania.”

Bart nods, tipping a styrofoam cup in a mock salute. There’s dark brown sludge inside. He has an un-groomed beard and head of hair of the same reddish brown. He’s wearing a a flannel shirt that’s only buttoned halfway.

“Tell me about your role in Blood Drive,” Budgie says. “You come in as the wildcard of the group.”

“I wouldn’t put it that way,” Bart says, spitting into his cup. “Those two blood suckers couldn’t do squat without me, and their bosses know it. So they paid me to tag along and make sure they didn’t fuck the whole mission up.”

“You’re a werewolf too, is that correct?” Budgie asks.

“Yeah, I’m a damn werewolf,” Bart says, growing agitated. “One of the few in America too like muh daddy ‘fore me. Europe is lousy with ‘em, but wouldn’t go over there with all ‘em limeys and frogs. No sir.”

“How does a werewolf benefit the mission to transport the blood cross-country?” Budgie asks.

Bart spits into his cup again. “Vampires are a bunch of pansy asses, and those two I had to ride with ain’t no different. They don’t wanna mess up those polished nails of theirs, so they need a guy like me to do the dirty work. If anyone gets in their way, the wolf can handle ‘em no problem.”

“So you end up doing all the hard work?” Budgie asks.

“The fuck did I just say?” Bart asks in return. “Are y’all deaf or stupid or both?

“But you’d only he useful at night,” Budgie says. “Under the moon.”

Bart laughs once, spitting once more into his cup. “I don’t need no damn moonlight. I’ve been shootin’ since I was big enough to walk and swing my johnny.”

“What?” Budgie asks.

Bart sighs, reaching behind him and pulling a revolver from the waistband of his old jeans. “See this ‘un? I shit you not, muh daddy had me shoot one just like it when I was just two years old. Recoil nearly knocked me on my ass too.”

“How’d you get that in here?!” Budgie asks, visibly shaken.

“This is America,” Bart said, waving his gun. “And I have the God-given right to arm myself. So you see now that I don’t need to turn into no werewolf to get shit done.”

“Well, that just about wraps this interview up,” Budgie says. “Thank you, Bart, for stopping by, and the book is called ‘Blood Drive’, due out this fall.

“Whatever,” Bart says, putting his gun back. “Where do I get paid?”

Cover Reveal – The Fortress on the Lake

I just got the cover for my short story “The Fortress on the Lake” today, and I figured I’d share it with you, my loyal readers. With barely any ado whatsoever, here it is!

Art by Dan Civitella.

The Fortress on the Lake will be available in the “Awakening” issue of SubQ Magazine available at the end of June.

Blood Drive Interview 2: Evan

“Welcome back,” Budgie says, addressing you, his audience. “I’m here with another star form the upcoming novel ‘Blood Drive’: Evan. How are you?”

“I’m great!” Evan says, smiling widely. He pushes his shoulder-length blonde hair away from the front of his head. “It’s great to be here. I never thought I’d be the star of a book, let alone be interviewed for it.”

“Well thank you for agreeing to the interview,” Budgie says, returning the vampire’s smile.

“But call me ‘Sparrow’,” Evan says.

“Okay,” Budgie replies, “Sparrow.”

“Have you ever seen Interview with the Vampire?” Evan asks. “I love that movie. I’ve seen it probably ten times or more.”

“I’ve read the book,” Budgie replies. “How do you feel about being a character of your own.”

“That was a book too?” Evan asks.

“You’re one of two main vampires in ‘Blood Drive’,” Budgie continues, “along with a werewolf and a vampire-hunting priest. How did you feel about your cross-country journey with the others?”

“It was a lot of fun!” Evan says, excited. “Christian comes off as a hard-ass, but I know he’s a puppy dog on the inside. Bart is harsh too, but I’m sure deep down he’s also a pup… Wait. What’s a baby wolf?”

“I think they’re called puppies,” Budgie replies.

“That makes sense,” Evan says. “But Christian and Bart can’t both be puppies on the inside… Maybe deep down Christian is a baby bat. Do you know what baby bats are called by chance?”

“I have no idea,” Budgie says.

“Huh,” Christian muses. He reaches in his pocket and takes out his cell phone and starts tapping away at the screen.

“Back to Blood Drive,” Budgie continues. “So you’re transporting this van of stolen donor blood -”

“Oh shit,” Evan interrupts, still looking at his phone screen. “Baby bats are called ‘pups’. I swear that’s true. You cant make this stuff up!”

Blood Drive,” Budgie repeats. “In it, you’re driving cross-country with your partner, Christian -”

“Did he tell you how he’s from Transylvania?” Evan asks.

“He actually didn’t say much at all,” Budgie admits. “Is he really?”

“No,” Evan sighs. “He’s from Romania, but not anywhere near Transylvania. At least it’s more interesting than where I’m from: North Carolina.”

“We’re just about out of time,” Budgie says. “Is there anything else you want to say about Blood Drive?”

“Not really,” Evan says. “I think we just about covered it all.”

“Okay,” Budgie said. “Thanks for joining us. Again, the book is called ‘Blood Drive’, and it’s out this fall.”

Blood Drive Interview 1: Christian

“Good evening, Budgie fans,” Budgie Bigelow says, sitting across from the vampire in his studio chair. “Tonight, I’ll be interviewing one of the characters from the upcoming book, ‘Blood Drive’. How are you today, Christian?”

“I find the day pleasant enough,” Christian replies, giving only a slight nod. He’s wearing a suit of dark gray with a red tie, his dark hair tied back in a ponytail. “Although, the day is not my time.”

Budgie observes his subject. “You’re one of the characters in Blood Drive, which has nearly reached its climax in its first draft. How do you feel about being apart of this action-comedy novel?”

“It was an experience,” Christian replies.

“Do you care to elaborate?” Budgie asks.

“I do not,” Christian says.

“So in Blood Drive,” Budgie continues, “you’re on a cross-country road trip with a van of stolen blood along with your partner, a fellow vampire named Evan, and a werewolf. That must have been a fun drive.”

“Fun is not the word,” Christian says, his expression unchanging. “I would say ‘necessary’.”

Budgie sighed. “But it was a fun trip, wasn’t it?”

“I do not like repeating myself,” Christian says.

“How did you feel about your partners in crime?” Budgie asks. “And Father Matthew, the priest who dogged your every move.”

It was Christian’s turn to sigh. “Evan was nearly unbearable, Bart was definitely unbearable, and Father Matthew was as pesky as a tick on a dog’s backside.”

“Is there anything else you’d like to say about Blood Drive?” Budgie asks.

“No,” Christian replies. “It’s your book.”

“Alright then,” Budgie says. “Thanks for stopping by and talking.”

“No problem,” Christian said, getting up. “Enjoy your life.”

“Wow,” Budgie says, rubbing the back of his neck as Christian leaves. “That guy doesn’t do dialogue I guess.”

Stay tuned for our next interviewee: Evan.