Days Gone Bad (Vesik) by Eric R. Asher
My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing a new evil, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.
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Our review of Days Gone Bad:
The mixture of dark and macabre with witty and hilarious makes for a MUST read. Mr. Asher has done an amazing job of taking a very popular genre, combining it with outlandish characters, crazy happenings and every day events then incorporating them together in a truly ingenious way. When the story starts Damien, our main character and a necromancer, is consoling his vampire sister. She has just found out that her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend are getting married. Vesik talks her out of “feasting” at the wedding. What could be more normal, right? Being the awesome brother that he is, Vesik offers to make the wedding “memorable” in his very special way. What a great brother! Did I mention Vesik is a necromancer? Let your imagination run wild from here!
When Damien is not consoling his vampire sister, he manages Death’s Door in the “historic” section of town for his master. This amazing shop is inhabited by fairies living in the Grandfather clock and cu sith puppies that view everything as their chew toy. He is a neophyte of the black arts which makes him one of the most unlikely and likable heroes I have read in a long time. It was incredibly refreshing to read about a protagonist that does not have all the answers, is not able to defeat everything that comes at him, still has lots to learn and has his butt handed to him over and over.
Out of the blue, Damien’s absentee master and owner of the shop he manages shows up with news of a group of deranged vampires attempting to raise a demon. Damien must not only battle the crazy vampires that have been possessed but along the way he runs into vampire zombies. Now just let that sink in for a minute…yes, I said vampire zombies. Even with his years of experience, he is still learning and not too proud to scream for help! Damien gets knocked on his butt more times than not. He is definitely open to being rescued whenever possible by his fairy friends, his master and let us not forget a ghost panda. The dark humor associated with Damien’s continuing efforts to stay alive had me laughing out loud and talking back to my kindle as I was reading. I was sad to see this book end, it was an enjoyable read.
As outlandish as all the strange magic and unnatural acquaintances may seem to avid readers of the paranormal, Mr. Asher’s wonderful plot and character development teamed with his easy flowing writing style makes it all seem normal and believable and a read so worth your time. When the book ended I was left wanting more and sad that I have to wait for the sequel.
Our interview with the author of Days Gone Bad, Eric R Asher (you may notice that a few of the Days Gone Bad characters decided to interrupt!)
Tell us about your book. What makes it worth reading?
Days Gone Bad follows Damian and his friends on their misadventures (as my editor likes to call them). If you like a little violence and gore along with your dark humor, you may just find something new to enjoy.
Foster: Oh my god, boring.
Frank: What, umm, what are you doing?
Foster: Stop wringing your hands together. I’m just fixing this interview about our book.
Frank: I don’t think you’re supposed to be doing that. Someone’s coming!
Foster: Let me just hit send. *click*
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it?
I’ve been writing off and on since high school. Normally short stories, sometimes for the classroom, sometimes for my own enjoyment. I remember one story I turned in where the teacher called me into her office and recommended I seek therapy. They asked for a horror story!
I used to perform with orchestras and rock bands. Both of those filled a need for creativity I didn’t really know I had. After a few years away from performing, I was itching to create things and share them with the world at large again. That is what led me back to writing.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
I think we’re all fascinated with mortality. The ability of these creatures to abandon it altogether is fascinating in itself. What would happen to someone who lived hundreds or thousands of years? How would their ambitions change? How would their sense of morality change? It makes for some interesting questions.
Foster: Hey Sam, did you see this interview? You’re fascinating.
Sam: *sigh* What are you talking about, Foster?
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I am currently reading the second book in the Vesik series for editing purposes. I would heartily recommend it. 😉 In all seriousness, I am reading, well re-reading, Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman. It’s one of my favorite books and, in my opinion, a paragon of epic fantasy.
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
It was a Worrible. I am probably dead now.
The aforementioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
Hopefully I’ll be one of those rare vampires that feed on the blood of innocent pizza.
In the event of a zombie apocalypse what item would you make sure that you took with you to your underground safety bunker? (we will presume that your family are already safely in the bunker!)
If I thought far enough ahead to get a bunker, I’d probably already have it, but let’s say a water purification device. Clean water would probably become scarce pretty quick.
Foster: This is so boring. He could’ve brought a necromancer or a cu sith, but no. He brings water.
Sam: People need water.
Foster: Booooring. He could’ve brought Twinkies. Or at least fudge.
Sam: Yes, that’s practical. I’m glad you’re so in tune with reality.
You are planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
Only three, gah, you’re going to make this tough.
Neil Gaiman – I read Sandman during my teenage years. It was powerful, moving, and probably influenced my teenage self more than I realized. I’ve enjoyed everything Neil Gaiman has created since, and I’m always looking forward to his next novel.
Abraham Lincoln – I can only imagine the insights the man would have into the time period around the Civil War; or the insights he would have that history has forgotten.
C.S. Friedman – She has an astounding body of work. Black Sun Rising from The Coldfire Trilogy was my favorite book when I first read it. It has remained one of my favorites for the past twenty-two years. I actually have prints of the cover art for The Coldfire Trilogy hanging on my wall.
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
I play the cello, guitar, ocarina, and pixie lute, but I’ve had a few requests never to play the ocarina again.
I’m an amateur astronomer and a fan of space dragons. I have yet to spy any space dragons, but I’ll keep looking.
It’s a well-kept secret that I am a bacon aficionado.
My first job involved dressing up in a Foghorn Leghorn costume in an amusement park.
I am a toy collector. Mainly Transformers, but I collect a little bit of everything. You can find me on an upcoming episode of Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough. The air date is looking to be May 22nd on the Travel Channel, but is subject to change.
Where can readers find your books?
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you all very much. Your kindness and support are humbling and mean the world to me. As much as I enjoy writing, it is far more rewarding when I have the opportunity to share it with you all.
Foster: Shut up and buy the book. That’s what he should have said.
Sam: You have the people skills of a rabid squirrel.
Foster: Yeah? Well you’re a vampire.
Sam: Yeah, and I love people. And?
Foster: And … oh.
Thank you Eric, Frank, Sam and Foster for the interview!