Excerpts from The Vampire Shrink

Over on Lynda’s website there are lots of fab excerpts from The Vampire Shrink for you to sink your teeth into…

EXCERPT #1: The beginning

 

CHAPTER ONE

My  involvement with vampires began innocently enough, long before the blood hit the fan, so to speak.

Like most psychologists, I’d been trained to view the world through a  diagnostic lens, to hear my clients’ stories with my metaphorical ears,  searching out the deeper meanings. Thankfully, my tendency to reduce each  person to a prevailing neurosis was tempered by my irreverent, dark sense of  humor, which kept me from taking myself and the world too seriously.

While I was never as bad as some of my colleagues about believing only  in what I could prove – if you can’t quantify it, it isn’t there – I had seen  enough bizarre situations in my psychotherapy work over the years to make me  more skeptical than I was comfortable admitting. That said, my private practice  had its share of UFO abductees, demonic possessions, satanic-ritual survivors,  religious cultists, attached entities – all the newest selections on the menu  of emotional and mental pain – alongside clients with all the “regular” therapy  issues.

So when I opened the door separating my reception area from my office  that fateful Friday to welcome my new client, I was only momentarily surprised.  Waiting for me was a young woman wearing a long black dress covered by a  dark-purple velvet cape. Rings adorned all ten fingers, and a long snake  bracelet with sparkling ruby eyes wound its way up her arm from wrist to elbow.  She had waist-length light-brown hair with multicolored streaks, and she wore  white theatrical makeup, dark-red lipstick, and remarkably lifelike,  high-quality fangs…

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