Don R. McCann
John Aarons is a college student from Wright University (Dayton, Ohio) and is majoring in Asian Studies, with a minor in Japanese Feudal History. This term, he’s studying the Edo Period and is going on a field trip to Kagoshima, Japan to visit some old monuments and monasteries. While at one of the monasteries, he stumbles upon a very old scroll. When he gets it back to his hotel room and opens it, he’s shocked to find himself reading about a 16th century lord named Mitsui Hamada–a woman!, found an ancient scroll in an abandoned monastery, he unlocked a dark secret that had lain hidden for over 1400 years. As he followed what turned out to be a trail of scrolls all across Japan and China and back, he was shocked to find himself reading about a 16th century feudal lord named Mitsui Hamada – a woman!
Except there were no female feudal lords in 16th century Japan.
At the end of the scroll, he finds a reference to another scroll–the next in what appears to be a series. His decision to find the next one leads him on a journey across Japan, then across The Yellow Sea into China and back to Japan again.
Each scroll reveals secrets more incredible than the last–but none more incredible than the fact that there were vampires in 16th century feudal Japan!
But, what John Aarons doesn’t know is, there are even more incredible secrets still to come . . .
Mitsui’s dark history began with a vow of vengeance, then faded into a sweet promise of love. But that promise was torn asunder as that love was ripped from her grasp in one horrific moment. Plunged headlong back into her nightmare of revenge, her enemy’s destruction was the only thing that would satisfy her. At that moment, she embarked on a twisted journey which sent her fleeing her homeland in pursuit of ancient knowledge. At the end of Mitsui’s bloody journey waited an enemy more dangerous and powerful than she could ever imagine.
But, none of this was Mitsui’s secret.
Where did the idea for the story come from?
In the late 90s I was invited to a live-action vampire RPG. The book grew out of my character sketch for the game.
Please summarise your book in ten words.
Vampires and samurai. Vengeance in Japan’s 16th-century EDO Period.
Give a quote from the books, one that says little but speaks volumes.
The Warlord sung, on love, “How terrible an existence; being such a slave to something that you are compelled to make yourself miserable in the service of it.”
Where are you based?
Kansas City, MO
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