I host a popular writers’ forum on my website www.DevinWrites.com where we hold flash fiction contests. The first major six-month contest we held was all about vampires, and the grand prizewinner wrote a story about a vampire-hunting Border Collie named Doc. The author, JA Campbell, went on to write many stories about Doc’s adventures that she posted on her website, and then she released a novella called Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog. It has been described as being, “Like Lassie for kids who watched the Munsters.”
JA Campbell lives in Colorado, where recent wildfires have caused catastrophic damage. On her blog she said, “We will be feeling the effects of the fire for years to come. Homes are destroyed, hiking trails and major recreational areas will be closed for seasons as the mudslide danger and falling tree danger make them unusable, animals have lost their habitats and have moved down into Fort Collins or surrounding areas to escape the fire, and a small wolf sanctuary–WOLF–was right in the middle of it all. The wolves were safely evacuated but the costs of repairs will be high and the ongoing costs of running a wolf sanctuary will always be there. To help out, I’ve decided to donate half of my net profits on anything Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog related that I earn between the beginning of July through the end of October.”
Below is a brief excerpt from this novella where Doc and his person, Kevin, have just met a wolf of a different sort—a werewolf. Doc is attempting to explain the experience to his Miniature Poodle neighbor, Rose:
“Doc,” Rose interrupted my tale of my last odd encounter. I’d just been trying to explain how a human could smell like a wolf. She didn’t understand what I was telling her, but she didn’t quite understand the dead-things either. She was a good audience though. “A wolf? In the city?”
“It must have been frightening.”
“Kevin stood up to the wolf-smelling man and made him leave.” I grinned and wagged my tail again.
Rose yipped in appreciation and she was extra affectionate when Kevin came over to her yard to get me. He scratched her ears.
“Alright Doc, enough socializing. We need to go to the store and get supplies for the party.”
“Bye Rose.” I sniffed noses with her and followed Kevin out the gate.
“Bye Doc,” she said as I left.
Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog is available in both eBook and print formats. Links to purchase may be found on JA Campbell’s website. While there, read some of the free Doc stories the author has posted!
Devin O’Branagan is the bestselling author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, paranormal chick lit, comic chick lit, and canine chick lit. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and uses her writing projects to support animal rescue. Visit her website at www.DevinWrites.com to learn about her books and sign up for her monthly eNewsletter.