[Concept line of Glenn's never-to-be-written 'semi-theological' vampire-like novel...]

Vampire Plot Line
 

100 years after the new movie "Dracula"...

Crime in the cities and suburbs have continued to climb out of control ... the 'scum' began moving to the rural communities, where the 'picking' was easy...

The law enforcement groups in these 'fringe' areas somehow found an enforcement arm that could contain/dispose and even frighten away the, vermin ... rumors made it back to the city police that these 'enforcement arms' were actually bands of vampires, that were given 'feeding licenses' on those out after dark (without a permit)...

At the same time, from another part of the country, a very strange 'person' was captured by the authorities. He was quickly whisked away to the highest military/scientific research centers in the country ... No one knew of the project...but inside the research institute, scientists were busy trying to learn how to change John, the vampire, into a human, using the latest DNA and viral techniques...

The roving 'police vampires' slowly became well-known, and even accepted by the general population ... they became the assassins of the underworld and political 'hitmen', available for hire to anyone who could pay in easy blood...

Zahn, after decades of treatment, finally re-became human and was given a new name, John. And with the wisdom of over three centuries of life, became a great leader among men ... in fact, a great political leader, who spoke with great power and conviction...and for the underworld, too much power and conviction...

And so, the underworld sought out the shadow figure Zane, a leader among the vampires ... and for the price of 6 months free feeding for his band in three inner-city districts of New Chicago, Zane accepted the job of killing John...

They encountered one another at the Jefferson Memorial in D.C...John, from centuries of being a vampire, recognized the presence and clues of another of his old race...at the moment of confrontation, they recognized each other as long-time closest of companions, separated some 25 years earlier during a feeding run in Miami...

Shocked, but knowing what the future was supposed to bring, they delayed the obvious by engaging in an incredible conversation...

They walk the 'strip' in the moonlight, and recount wondrous tales of pillage and stalking and tyranny and the thrill of the chase...and John attempts to talk Zane into turning into a human also...

The argument centers around the tradeoffs in both existences:
 


The result of the conversation is that Z. decides to begin treatment (he doesn' t feel warmth, but he recognizes the memories of companionship--John presses this point with him as the final clincher)...

After a trip back to the tribe to explain the program, Z begins treatments ... but, halfway through, cannot accept the 'limitations' on his power, and he breaks out and escapes...after tasting the sweetness and fullness of 'other side' somewhat, he becomes colder and more bitter than ever, and vows to hunt his 'old friend (now bitter enemy) down and kill him by a most horrible means...

The search for J begins...

The search/ chase scene revolves around the wits/experience of the both-sided J. vs. the sterile, stereotypical, predictable, overly dramatic Z...

When Z finally catches J, at the point of death, the tribe intercepts and kills Z ... some decide to seek treatment, while others accept their roles in the order of things...

John uses the V's to find and frighten away the underworld thugs who put the contract out on him...

Ticker at end: back in the lab, a reverse process is being tested--that of turning a human into a military vampire!...

(One suggested technique: in the early parts, alternate chapters about Z and J)

Known Characters:

John (Zahn) and his human girlfriend Scarlet (with who he experiences true romantic love that a V could never do)