Vampires of the Scarlet Order’s Fifteenth Anniversary

Vampires of the Scarlet Order

Over the past year, I’ve been so focused on the silver anniversary of my first novel, The Pirates of Sufiro, that I almost forgot that another novel of mine also celebrates a milestone this year. With fifteen years in print, Vampires of the Scarlet Order celebrates its crystal anniversary, which seems appropriate given a scene in the novel where the vampire Rudolfo is transported to a parallel universe and encounters a world of crystal palaces.

Vampires of the Scarlet Order got its start in my Las Cruces, New Mexico home in the spring of 2000. I was talking to my friend Janni Lee Simner about writing. As the conversation progressed, the subject of vampires came up and Janni said, “I wonder what vampires would make of Las Cruces, being the city of crosses and all.” We knocked a few possibilities around and finally she said that if a story idea came to mind, I was welcome to it. She had no plans to write a vampire story. A few days later, I drove to work at Apache Point Observatory and had the idea of a vampire telescope operator who moves to Las Cruces to work at a small observatory. I wrote up the story and called it “Vampire in the City of Crosses.” In 2001, I sold it to Margaret L. Carter, editor of The Vampire’s Crypt.

Over the next two years, I wrote six more stories set in the same vampire world. “Vampires in the World of Dreams” and “The Weeping Woman” both appeared The Vampire’s Crypt. “Pat, Marcella, and the Kid” and “The Scarlet Order” both ran in Night to Dawn magazine. “The Last Conquistador” ran in Parchment Symbols magazine and “Bat Flight South of Roswell” was published as a stand-alone chapbook from Anxiety Publications. These stories became the core of Vampires of the Scarlet Order.

Issues of The Vampire's Crypt featuring stories from Vampires of the Scarlet Order
The Vampire’s Crypt

Over the next year, I updated the stories, figured out how they tied together and then assembled them into the novel Vampires of the Scarlet Order. The novel as assembled in 2005 tells the story of how a band of vampire mercenaries working for the Spanish Inquisition went their separate ways only to be reunited in the early twentieth century when the government figures out a way to build vampire-like super-soldiers who threaten world security and peace.

Earlier this year, my contract for Vampires of the Scarlet Order reached the end of its term with Lachesis Publishing and they returned the publishing rights to me. So, I set out to reedit and revise the novel. Even though I didn’t stop to think about this being an anniversary year, the novel is getting a special anniversary release with a brand new cover. Unlike The Pirates of Sufiro, I did not heavily revise the actual prose of Vampires of the Scarlet Order. However, given that my first vampire novel was very much a fix-up novel composed of short stories from three narrative arcs, I felt I could present the stories in a more effective order. I’ll discuss that on Saturday and show off the new cover by Chaz Kemp. If you would like a sneak peek at the new edition, and even learn how you can get your hands on an early copy, drop by

11 comments on “Vampires of the Scarlet Order’s Fifteenth Anniversary

  1. rozepotpourri says:

    i plan to read the first chapter tomorrow. 🙂 I plan to buy the book, I just don’t know which format. Not Ebooks. I like to hold onto my books, literally. :):) They’re like a friend. You just need them around, be it on the table, nightstand, computer desk.

    • Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the first chapter. Like you, I’m a fan of print books. I will say that if you order the older edition from Boutique du Vampyre, they’ll send you a nice signed copy. I’d be happy to do that with the new edition, once I have copies. I should have copies at in about two weeks.

  2. myrelar says:

    Interesting! 🙂

  3. sftrails says:

    I had a few stories in Vampire’s Crypt. I kind of miss those photocopied magazines.

    • I remember that you had stories in The Vampire’s Crypt. I looked up Margaret L. Carter on line and was pleased to see she’s still writing. Looks like she had a new book out earlier this year.

  4. rozepotpourri says:

    Hi David. I did read the first chapter of “Vampires of the Scarlet Order.” I really like it. I love that it’s set in New Mexico present day (which shows me that we are going to flash back 🙂 ) Also, that there is a priest, Father Juan involved to tell the story of Pedro de Diablo. It’s a nice twist on why Pedro is waiting for his prey to return from El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora del Socorro. It’s interesting that he’s been waiting on them. I think Jane will soon go vampire hunting. 🙂

    • I’m so delighted you enjoyed the first chapter. I’ll do my best to drop you a note when the new edition goes live at Those are the ones I sell directly and if you order there, I can sign one for you. 🙂

      I think Socorro is an interesting place where the ancient meets the most modern. It’s kind of a nexus and I enjoyed setting part of the novel there.

      • rozepotpourri says:

        Oh, okay. Socorro. I see it now. The ancient meeting the modern. Nice. 🙂 Okay, definitely let me know when it goes live at I appreciate it.

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