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Rick H. Veal

Rick H. Veal November 03, 2015

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Type
Fiction
Fiction
Rick H. Veal

Author Details

Pen Name
Rick H. Veal
Where I Live
South Carolina
Rick H. Veal was born sometime during the last half of the twentieth century in the upstate of South Carolina and has spent the majority of his life there. He joined the Navy immediately out of high school becoming an aircraft mechanic. During a six year span he sailed four times around the world and had the pleasure of visiting eighteen different countries. He says of that time that he did about two thirds of everything there was to do and was accused of taking part in the other one third. After returning home he attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. He completed his education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and Education. Since that time he has worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. He is now retired and currently lives alone sharing his home with his ‘daughter’, a six year old Tuxedo cat who graciously allows him to think he actually owns the house. Her name is ‘Daddy's Pretty Girl’ but she will actually answer to anything except ‘Late for Dinner’. His two favorite authors are Anne Rice and Clive Cussler. He enjoys Cussler's storytelling ability and Rice's attention to detail. He considers Anne Rice, The Grand Dame of Vampire Writers, to be the architect of the modern vampire genre. Her works are the foundation on which current writers continue to build and expand the field. He believes that current writers of vampire lore owe her a huge debt of gratitude for laying that foundation. Clive Cussler, his other favorite author, is the quintessential American storyteller, one who is able to spin a yarn that draws the reader in from the very beginning. Both of them have a way of bringing their characters to life so that you feel as if you personally know them. Veal hopes that his readers will be able to see the influence of those two great writers in his writing as he tries to convey the same believability with his characters. Veal’s writing style is somewhat different in that he writes in a niche between Gothic horror and modern day vampire literature that no other author has delved into yet. He is one of only a small handful of authors who adhere to the classical, lethal vampire instead of the more popular romanticized versions portrayed in current literature. His characters are not the modern whitewashed version of vampires but more of a cross between Bram Stoker’s vampires and the ones found in present day paranormal literature. While they are likable they are NOT human and the body count that piles up is astounding even though the vast majority of the victims are criminals of the worst sort. He has been a reader for most of his life and enjoyed much of what he's read. He has always enjoyed reading about and watching movies on the subject of vampires. He was completely hooked by Barnabas Collins in ‘Dark Shadows’ way back in 1966. After reading all the vampire books he could … Stoker, Rice, Smith, Harris, Craine, Meyer … he decided that if they could write a vampire story, then so could he and he set out to do just that. He decided that a setting with a rich history surrounding it would be ideal for a paranormal love story. Charleston and the surrounding Low Country of South Carolina, replete with an abundant history of ghosts and the unknown, combined with the lore of Vampire stories just seemed to be made for each other. So tying the two together he formed the initial idea and built on it from there. The result of his efforts is The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall, a sweeping four volume narrative set in historic Charleston and the surrounding Low Country of South Carolina. A fifth novel, the second of a two volume prequel to The Master of Whitehall, is in progress for a total of five volumes in the series. His other works include Jennifer’s Ghost, a short story set in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina and Hannah’s Heartache, a Master of Whitehall novelette, set in Savannah, Georgia. It has been said that that if you want to write, you should “write the book you want to read, and then others will want to read it too”. That is exactly what he hopes he has accomplished in his own writings. All of his books, Katelyn’s Chronicles, Lexi’s Legacy, Dale’s Descent, Jennifer’s Ghost and Hannah’s Heartache are available at Amazon.com in both print and e-book formats. Should you wish to receive a personally inscribed and signed copy of any of his books please contact him directly for more information. He can be contacted via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., his website, TheMasterOfWhitehall.com, or on Facebook at Rick H. Veal.

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