Announcing the release of THE LAST VAMPIRE, The Strange Legend of Mercy Brown, a speculative historical fiction novel inspired by actual events by T.A. Bound. This is T.A. Bound’s second published novel.
THE LAST VAMPIRE is a true story based on the life and death of Mercy Brown, the last person documented to have been a suspected vampire during the New England vampire panic of the late 18th and 19th centuries. This is a historical fiction with strong paranormal elements and some horror, which sticks close to the historical record.
THE LAST VAMPIRE tells the tragic story of a teenage girl, Mercy Lena Brown, who history records as the last vampire. A century after the first reported case of vampirism which launched the New England vampire panic in this same, small Rhode Island town, a series of deaths strike the Brown family over a brief period. First her mother and older sister succumb, then her brother is the next to be stricken. When Mercy also becomes ill, panic sweeps through their town, convinced a vampire is in their midst. The novel speculates how a family and community come to believe one of their own is a monster, and the very nature of monsters.
Few explanations are plausible how such an event could have taken place in the Gay Nineties, so deep into the modern world and the industrial age. A case of mass hysteria may have swept up the residents of a small, Rhode Island town who, acting upon fear, suspicion and superstition, believed a teenage girl from their community had returned as a vampire. The only alternative explanation is that those who knew here, who were present when her body was exhumed and who examined her corpse, were correct.
THE LAST VAMPIRE was released on January 17, 2022, the one hundred thirtieth anniversary of Mercy Brown’s death. It is available to purchase in paperback and eBook formats wherever books are sold.
After graduating from Furman University (1984) in Greenville, SC and the University of South Carolina School of Law, T.A. Bound relocated to Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife, Tanya, and their rescued dog, Max, and also practices law.