Canadian horror writer Bev Vincent just had his short story “Red Planet” published in Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead (2011), an all-new anthology edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing of Calgary, Alberta.
The story tells of an astronaut aboard the Hundred Years Starship, a one-way expedition to Mars, who awakens from stasis to discover that he had been bitten by a vampire during his last night on Earth. Now he has to figure out how to come up with enough blood to survive, with a limited pool of possibilities. [...]
For Evolve 2, the concept was the future, and to me nothing says future more than interplanetary travel. So I wondered what would happen to a vampire in space. I wanted to test all the fundamental mythological elements of the creature in an ultramodern context to see how they held up. [...]
The very premise of “Red Planet” posed the conundrum -- how would a vampire survive on a space ship en route to an uninhabited planet. I didn’t know how it would end when I started it, so there was a very real possibility the tale would run out of blood! And then I discovered the second meaning to the title. I love it when that happens. [...]
“Red Planet” does have a lot of scientific information in it that I consider accurate -- the whole concept of the Hundred Year Starship with all its trappings is something I researched carefully. I think we always hope to entertain. If we can moralize, philosophize and educate along the way, that’s great, too. [...]