Since SonjaMarie over at the Historical Fiction Online forum drew our attention to this upcoming novel, entitled Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter, it has occurred to me that there’s a market out there begging to be filled: namely, the Wars of the Roses told as they never have been before.
This possibility is so exciting, I’m practically hopping off my typing chair. Think of how long Cecily, Duchess of York, lived. Yet how much do you hear of her in her later years? Clearly, she must have been a zombie–doing her son Richard III’s bidding. And her sister Katherine lived well into her 80’s, opening even more possibilities: The Zombie Neville Sisters. Either as a standalone or a series, this is a story that begs to be written.
Of course, if you’re going to have zombies, you need to have zombie hunters, which could put a whole new spin on Buckingham’s rebellion.
But, you may ask, if there’s a place in the Wars of the Roses for zombies, surely there’s one for vampires as well? Never fear. What do you think Edward IV and William Hastings were really up to when they were romping around London together? How delectable Eleanor Talbot’s neck must have been! And did Richard III finally give way to his own vampiric nature when his brother died? Well, there is actually one source that claims that the unfortunate princes in the Tower were bled to death. Need I say more about how this could have been accomplished? And how better to explain all of those unaccounted-for years of Perkin Warbeck?
Unfortunately, I’m not terribly up on the lifestyles of the undead, so I’m going to need some help executing this series. Yup. I need a ghost writer.