The Black Wasp – Excerpt #2

Crouching behind a Dumpster near the mouth of the street, Scythe watched one of the women. She was beautiful, Asian, with startling electric blue eyes, and even from here, he could smell her. The bouquet of perfume, female skin, and human blood nearly pushed him over the edge. Her looks didn’t hurt either. She was as tiny and appetizing as an hors d’oeuvre, with braids like a Swiss girl on a box of cocoa, and presently, she stood just under the lemon-pale light of a streetlamp, looking – probably deliberately – like anyone’s idea of the typical hooker. 

Another prostitute appeared, this one male, and the two began chatting. Straining to hear, Scythe caught their conversation – they were talking about someone named Rachel who sounded to Scythe like some kind of she-pimp. He also caught both of their names. The male was called Danny and the female was Suzi.

Suzi. Suzi. It tasted like honey on Scythe’s tongue. Of course, by now he was starving in more ways than one and the very air of Scarlet Street seemed to throb with sex and drip with blood. He could smell everything the street had to offer now, down to the uneasiness of the prostitutes and the heady lust of their johns, to the sweat of the couples rutting in the darkened rooms of the buildings.

His fangs were loaded and his hunger sharp, but he couldn’t risk it. He was too smart to leave a trail of bodies for Gretchen to follow. He’d come too far to fuck up now. He started walking, this time heading away from Scarlet Street, away from the people. Human blood was too tempting now. He’d have to go back to the wilderness and find himself a big fat bunny, or maybe, if he was lucky, a coyote – but he had to keep off humans if he wanted to stay off Gretchen’s radar.

Then he needed to find a safe place to stay.

Coming June 13th

The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is coming June 13th. The first two books in the series are available now:

The Crimson Corset




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The Silver Dagger



Audio: coming soon

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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