About the book
I always wondered what a vampire-story would look like if Sam Peckinpah would have directed it or if James Ellroy would write it down. I wanted to create not a classical vampire romance but a story for adult readers who are interested in characters who walk on the white road that leads straight to hell.
Vampires are predators by heart. They live outside the society of the living, they are drifters, solitaires and loners. And still some of them cling to humanity.
Up to now, I did not find many stories about these kinds of vampires, so I decided to write it myself.
About the characters
I did not design the usual b&w chars. Most of the chars in 'The trail of the dead' are 'greys' - humans and vampires alike. Some of them are beyond good and evil - old monsters who killed to much and who yearn for their lost humanity which is lost for them forever.
Some have a little bit of humanity left inside their hearts, but in the end they are all capable of doing anything to survive, since they all know that they are on the highway to hell.
For my main character Lee, I was inspired by movie heroines like Ripley in 'Alien' or the protagonists in the classic HK-Cat III-Movies like 'Naked killer' and comics like the original 'Vampirella' and 'Purgatori'.
Lee is a natural-born killer - but that does not mean that she does not want to find herself a home. Unfortunately, this is not her destiny up to now...
About the author
Michael White has a Master of Arts degree in Germanic Studies and Psychology. Since his youth, he has devoted himself to the genres of horror and fantasy in literature, film and graphic novels.
In sketching his protagonist Lee, he was inspired by such strong female figures as Ripley from the 'Alien' films, as well as comic figures like Vampirella and Purgatori.
In the second volume of the 'Witchblood' series, expected to appear at the end of 2014, Lee will take up the struggle against her enemies again and continue the search for her true destiny.
Michael White lives and writes in Hamburg.