|Meet Blessing, one of the lead characters from|
Jennifer Loring's Those of My Kind, now
available from Omnium Gatherum.
My name is Blessing Adeyayo. I am eighteen years old, and I am a Hunter.
I should not be speaking to you.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Misery is a fact of existence. To dwell on it is foolish.
Where would you like to live?
I must be content with having no permanent home. It is part of my duty.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
There is no such thing. I should know.
The quality you most admire in a man?
I have yet to encounter a man worthy of my admiration.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
The ability to survive in this world.
Your favorite virtue?
Bravery. The ability to confront fear. The courage to sacrifice what is necessary, even if it is one’s own life.
Your favorite occupation?
I do not know other occupations except my own, though it is not a job but a Calling. One cannot simply decide to become what I am. You are born a Hunter or you are not.
Your most marked characteristic?
I have a very large burn scar on my face. Do not pretend you didn’t notice.
What do you most value in your friends?
I do not have friends. Friends lead to attachments, and attachments to the human world make one careless.
What is your principle defect?
Perhaps that I am sometimes prone to envy.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Nietzsche said, “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” This is always a danger for a Hunter. Our power, used to destroy rather than protect, would be disastrous for humanity.
What would you like to be?
This question is meaningless. I have no choice except to be what I am.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I have no heroes.
Who are your favorite heroines?
My companion, Tristan, is an excellent fighter, although lately she has been…distracted. I would not consider her a “heroine”, however. We are simply doing what is required of us.
What is it you most dislike?
Humans. Yes, I am aware of the irony.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I am a demon hunter and a natural witch. I have physical strength and speed that far surpasses that of any human. I do not need any other “gifts”.
How would you like to die?
In battle, as all Hunters before me have.
What is your present state of mind?
I am focused on one goal: ridding the world of those who do not deserve to live in it. That does not extend only to demons.
What is your motto?
I am not afraid... I was born to do this.
About the book: Two young women find themselves entangled in a deadly game with an ancient creature determined to wipe out all human life. Tristan and Blessing are demon-hunting drifters destined to protect mankind from evil, but to do so they must exist on the fringes of society. Feeding their own bloodlust by murdering local criminals, they begin a dangerous hunt for a resurrected demon named Anasztaizia. But when Tristan meets a beautiful dancer named Mira, she is willing to abandon her calling for her one chance at a normal life.
Believing Tristan has betrayed her, Blessing finds solace in her natural talent for witchcraft. Anasztaizia, able to corrupt Blessing by exploiting her jealousies and personal tragedies as well as her power, next turns her attention to Mira. Mira has been keeping a secret from Tristan, and she is willing to do anything to escape her agonizing fate. Even if it means abandoning her humanity. Even if it means Tristan must choose between Mira’s life and her own.
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About the author: Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has been published in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies.
She received her MFA from Seton Hill University’s program in Writing Popular Fiction, with a concentration in horror fiction. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Mercyhurst University.
In 2004, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror awarded her with an honorable mention for her short story “The Bombay Trash Service.” In 2013, Jennifer won first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake horror writing competition.
She has published a dieselpunk novelette, Beautiful Things, with Fox & Raven Publishing, and a psychological horror/ghost story novella, Conduits, with DarkFuse. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Zach, and their turtle, Ninja.
Those of My Kind is her first novel.