Vampire Blues: Four Stories

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VAMPIRE BLUES

SAMANTHA MOON CASE FILES #1

 

Four Stories

 

by

 

J.R. RAIN

 

 

 

Acclaim for the novels of J.R. Rain:

 


Be prepared to lose sleep!”


James Rollins
, international bestselling author of
The Devil Colony

 


I love this!”


Piers Anthony
, bestselling author of
Xanth

 


J.R. Rain delivers a blend of action and wit that always entertains. Quick with the one-liners, but his characters are fully fleshed out (even the undead ones) and you'll come back again and again.


Scott Nicholson
, bestselling author of
The Red Church

 


Dark Horse
is the best book I’ve read in a long time!”


Gemma Halliday
, award-winning author of
Spying in High Heels

 


Moon Dance
is absolutely brilliant!”


Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
, author of
Understanding the Planetary Myths

 


Powerful stuff!”


Aiden James
, bestselling author of
Plague of Coins

 


Moon Dance
is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J.R. Rain’s Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator.”


Eve Paludan
, author of
Letters from David

 


Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain’s
Moon Dance
is a fabulous urban fantasy replete with multifarious and unusual characters, a perfectly synchronized plot, vibrant dialogue and sterling witticism all wrapped in a voice that is as beautiful as it is rich and vividly intense as it is relaxed.”


April Vine
, author of
The Midnight Rose

 

 

OTHER BOOKS BY J.R. RAIN

The Lost Ark

The Body Departed

 

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE SERIES

Moon Dance

Vampire Moon

American Vampire

Moon Child

Vampire Dawn

 

SAMANTHA MOON NOVELLAS

Christmas Moon

 

SAMANTHA MOON CASE FILES

Vampire Blues: Four Stories

Vampire Games: Four Stories (coming soon)

 

THE JIM KNIGHTHORSE SERIES

Dark Horse

The Mummy Case

Hail Mary

 

ELVIS MYSTERY SERIES

Elvis Has Not Left the Building

You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog (coming soon)

 

THE SPINOZA SERIES

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo

The Vampire Who Played Dead

The Vampire in the Iron Mask (coming soon)

 

THE GRAIL QUEST TRILOGY

Arthur

Merlin (coming soon)

 

WITH SCOTT NICHOLSON

Cursed!

Ghost College

The Vampire Club

 

WITH PIERS ANTHONY

Aladdin Relighted

Aladdin Sins Bad

 

WITH SCOTT NICHOLSON AND H.T. NIGHT

Bad Blood

 

SHORT STORIES

The Bleeder and Other Stories

Teeth and Other Stories

Vampire Nights and Other Stories

Vampires Rain: Four Stories

 

SCREENPLAYS

Judas Silver

Lost Eden

 

SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGIES

Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Oh My!

 

NON-FICTION

The Rain Interviews (2008-2011)

 

 

Vampire Blues: Four Stories

Published by J.R. Rain

Copyright © 2011 by J.R. Rain

All rights reserved.

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Vampire Blues

 

Nightmare

 

Soul Train

 

Dracula’s Guest

 

Reading Samples

 

About the Author

 

 

 

Dedication

Once again, to my sister Bekky. Thank you for all the love. You are easily in my top three sisters. Love you!

 

Acknowledgments
Once again, a big thank you to Eve Paludan and Sandy Johnston for all their wonderful help.

 

 

 

 

Vampire Blues

A Samantha Moon short story

 

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

On the way to Kingsley’s, just as I passed under a massive billboard of Judge Judy smiling down warmly—yet judgmentally—my cell phone rang. I glanced at the faceplate. Caller unknown.

I clicked on my Bluetooth. “Moon Investigations.”


Hi,” said the voice of an elderly lady. “I’ve never, you know, called a private investigator before. I’m a little nervous.”


We’re just like other people,” I said. “Just a lot cooler.”


Oh, ha-ha.” She laughed good-naturedly. “Yes, I’m sure you are.”

I headed up Bastanchury Avenue, which would soon loop me around to the foothills above Yorba Linda. “How can I help you?”


Well, I need some help,” she said, pausing. A pregnant pause. I know pregnant pauses. She had a cheating husband on her hands.


You think your husband’s cheating on you,” I said, gunning the minivan and just making it through a yellow light.


How-how did you know?”


Call it a hunch,” I said. Actually, these days I didn’t know what to call it. My old hunches and my powerful new sixth sense had fused into one. Hunch or not, I wasn’t in the mood for another cheating spouse case. In fact, I could barely stomach them these days. I said, “I’m sorry to hear about your husband, but I’m a little booked right now. I know of a great detective out of Huntington Beach. Actually, don’t let him know that I said that, since he’s already got a big head—”


No. Please. Please, I want a woman to help me. Only a woman.” She took in a lot of air while I came to a stop at a red light. I was the only one sitting at the intersection. So who was I waiting for? She went on, “I’m kind of down on men right now, if you know what I mean.”

Actually, I did. I had gone through a similar reaction with my ex-husband, Danny. In fact, I even recalled writing to Fang that I hated all men.

I said, “I’m sure there are other female private investigators who would be more than happy—”


There aren’t. I’ve looked. You’re the only one in the Yellow Pages. At least, the only one with a woman’s name.”

The light turned green. Kingsley was waiting for me with a chilled glass of the red stuff. I hadn’t eaten in two days. I was ravenous and I was cranky. I said, “Let me be blunt: My own husband cheated on me not long ago. The very thought of working on another cheating spouse case turns my stomach. I’m just not the right person for this.”


I’m so sorry to hear that.”


Thank you,” I said.

I could almost see her frowning. Hell, maybe I
could
see her frowning. In fact, the woman in my thoughts had a thick head of curly red hair. She looked a bit like Lucille Ball in her dotage. Then again, that could have all just been my imagination. And I’ve always loved Lucille Ball.


Well, thank you anyway,” she said. “I will keep looking.”

The pain in her voice found its way straight to my heart. Normally, such pain didn’t register very deeply. After all, I spend half my time hearing heart-breaking stories. But this woman’s pain reached me somehow. Perhaps because I had seen her in my thoughts. Or perhaps because she reminded me of Lucille Ball. Either way, I couldn’t let her hang up just yet.


Wait,” I said. “Let me give you some advice. Ninety-five percent of the people who come to me with concerns of spousal misconduct are right.”


So, you’re saying that more than likely he is cheating?”


I’m saying that more than likely your instincts are spot on.”

In my mind I could almost see her closing her eyes and nodding, her red, curly hair bouncing. “I see. Well, that’s not good enough for me, Miss Moon. I need to know. I need to know for sure.” There was a long pause and I could tell she was crying. “I won’t trouble you any—”


Wait,” I said again, truly hating myself for what I was about to say next. I had a big case I was unofficially working with Detective Sherbet of the Fullerton P.D. and it was getting dangerous. I had stumbled across another victim of the “Orange County Stalker” that was only minutes old—the body still warm with blood pooling under the corpse. I had to stop myself from having a taste and leaving behind my DNA for the coroner’s office. Self-discipline was a bitch, but far be it from me to taint a crime scene with my own genetic evidence. In the last hour, I had disentangled myself from giving my official statement to the FPD and a copy of my notes on the Orange County Stalker habits—I had worked up a decent profile on her. Yes, I said
her
. Sherbet was going to try to pay me for my work from some grant money for crime tippers which was way cool in my book since my kids both had dental appointments coming up. My sister, Mary Lou, had the kids at her house tonight and I planned to see Kingsley for some growly R&R and a much-needed feeding. I didn’t have time for cheating spouses. I didn’t want to deal with cheating spouses. I hated cheating spouses. But despite all of that, and my growling stomach, I heard myself say: “I’ll help you. Tomorrow. The investigation on your husband should be a quick one.”

She thanked me profusely, and when she was done I asked why she thought her husband was cheating. As I wound my way to Kingsley’s massive estate, she told me the usual story. Husband was staying out later than normal. Showering immediately when he came home. His excuses were never very good and she knew in her heart that he was lying. Her husband, apparently, had never been very good at lying.

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