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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hunting Vampires with Puppy Power: Guest Post with Julie Campbell

Angie, thank you so much for having me here today.

I’ve been asked a few times, why a dog? Well, why not? Okay, they’re not quite the traditional vampire hunter but when a Border Collie stares at you with that sheep-herding eye, you know it… and I suspect a vampire would too.

Part of why I picked a dog is because of why I wrote the first Doc story. A fellow author was having a flash contest on her forum and she happens to be a huge dog fan. The prompt was involving vampires. At the time, I’d never had much luck writing flash fiction, but she encouraged me to give it a try anyway. I said I would if inspiration struck. Then one day I was out playing with my Border Collie. She stared at the ball in my hand with her ‘eye’ and, well, inspiration struck. The story was so popular (it won both that round and the grand prize round) that I decided to keep up with the series. Not to mention how much fun it is to write from a dog’s perspective – but that’s a different blog post.

If you think about it, dog’s make great vampire hunters. They don’t really stand out in a crowd, so a human trying to blend in won’t look odd walking a dog. He would look odd walking a big hunting cat, or a wolf, or something else, but not a dog. They are super loyal to their humans and super trainable. You can teach a dog to track a human in the forest, or even in urban settings, so why can’t they track something that has such an obviously different smell. Police dogs are trained to attack on command, so why not vampire-hunting dogs? Different breeds would likely have different styles of assisting their humans. Border Collies use their ‘eye,’ other breeds would likely attack, or chase – like a Grey Hound – or lick them to death, oh wait. LOL. I don’t believe all dog breeds would make good vampire hunters – but certainly breeds traditionally used to hunt or work could be trained to track and possibly even help kill vampires. Dogs also love to have a job. What better job than keeping humans safe?

It’s man’s best friend vs. his worst enemy.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of Doc’s stories free on my website

Or check out his new novella.

Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side. You can find out more at www.writerjacampbell.com



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What a great post! Thanks Julie!

As promised, I've randomly drawn a winner for an e-copy of Going the Distance and that lucky person is...Kyla Holt! Yay! Congratulations, Kyla!


  1. Love the pic of Doc with a stake in his mouth. And his eyes...he knows no fear. Thanks Julia and Angie.

  2. Angie you're such a great supporter, love that you - the erotic writer - would host a vampire slaying dog! So fun! :)

    I have it, I've read it, and it's wonderful. :)

  3. Angela, thanks so much for having me here!

    Marianne, nope, Doc is a superhero! No fear :) Thanks so much.

    Anne, *grin* thank you!

  4. "Puppy Power" - LOVE it!

    And I love Doc. Thanks for creating him, Julie. Good girl!

  5. Congrats to the winner and a cracking post. Nice to see it. Its good to see animals used in a different way. Perhaps Doc can use Cats as a scouting party. LOL

  6. Devin... it's a Scooby Do ref actually :)

    Gareth, thanks! I'm intending on working some in eventually. That's a really good idea. *ponders*


  7. Always wonderful reading about Julie and Doc. Doc is a great idea...such a deviation from the normal vamp hunter. Very nice of you to host Ang. Loved the blog this week as usual. :)

  8. Gasp! Tammy, I missed replying to your comment. Sorry.

    I'm so grateful that she let me guest with her :) Angela rocks! I'm so glad you enjoy Doc's stories.


  9. Julie: It definitely is an unusual twist and what a fun one! I agree, any kind of hunting dog could surely be trained to hunt for vampires but I think you're the first writer I know who actually thought of that :)

    Angie: Great guest post!