Head over to Writing My Own Fairytale where I did a guest post on the scariest vampire animals as part of the book blog tour for A Good Man.
The vampire animals I wrote about are:
Vampire animal #1 - Lampreys
Long monster-like fish with neither scales nor jaws latch onto a host with their hook-like teeth and gulp down its blood. Luckily, they spend almost seven years as harmless larvae, but once it reaches adulthood they terrorize their habitats and even attack humans when starved. They have caused the extinction of many other water creatures.
Vampire animal #2 - Mosquitos
Mosquitos are behind more human deaths than any other animal because of the diseases they carry. Male mosquitos are pretty harmless because they eat a vegan, nectar-based diet, but female mosquitos need to drink blood to get their protein, thus carrying over diseases such as malaria.
Vampire animal #3 - Bedbugs
Bedbugs hide in dark, secluded areas during the day - in mattresses, behind walls, under floors - and come out at night to drink blood. An outbreak spreads quickly, since females lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Pesticides nearly wiped out American bedbugs in the 1940s, but they've recently come bouncing back. Kissing bugs are similar to bedbugs as they come out at night and feed upon humans. They are bigger and more aggressive than bedbugs. They also spread disease.
Vampire animal #4 - Ticks
Because ticks can drink up to 600 times their body weight in blood, they are considered one of the scariest vampire animals on earth. They also spread illnesses like Lyme disease.
Vampire animal #5 - Vampire bats
Of the roughly 1000 bat species, only three drink blood. They feed mainly on horses, cattle and other livestock, but they sometimes attack humans as well. One bite alone is enough to spread rabies.
Vampire animal #6 - Candirú
Let's finish with one of the scariest of all vampire animals: the candirú. These parasitic catfish live in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and are known to enter the victim's private parts where they feed upon the blood and tissue. When this happens, it is very difficult to remove the candirú. They are the main reason why it is forbidden to swim naked in those area's.
Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then you will love A Good Man.
Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.