Vanessa Knipe

Biography

"As a teen, Vanessa learned her love of canoeing in the alligator infested bayous of the Texas Gulf Coast. Back in her native, Yorkshire she watches the River Ouse rise every winter and wonders if she needs to revive an old skill: so far she and her son have been lucky. She mixes raising her son and wrestling with Creatures of the Night, though that’s not a nice thing to call her cat. Currently she is studying the preliminaries to what she hopes will be an MA in Creative Writing."

That's what it says on the back of the dead tree edition anyway. But what was a Yorkshire lass doing in the bayous of Texas?

At fourteen I was dragged from a sleepy English Village - where the greatest excitement was the annual Village Fête and fancy dress competition - to a suburb of Houston, Texas. We lived just across Clear Lake from the Johnson Space Center.

It was a shock to the system. But I loved the bayous and saved up my pocket money - instead of buying lunch at school - and bought a canoe. As soon as I could drive I was off every free moment on the still water of Armand Bayou.

I returned to England when I was twenty, to go to University in York. And aside from a brief madness when I actually chose to live in London I have stayed here.

Now, I'm a fairly young widow bringing up my son as best I can, spliting time between York and the Seaside at Filey.

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Books

Shadow and Salvation: Faculty and Students of the Theological College of St. Van Helsing
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Series: St. Van Helsing, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,780. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014 by Rob Preece. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Monsters Everywhere! The Staff and Students of the Theological College of St. Van Helsing are run ragged keeping ordinary humans ignorant of the creatures that want to destroy civilization. And the creatures seduce black witches and sorcerers to join their side in the never-ending war. Engaging secret history fantasy.
Red Hair and Gold: St. Van Helsing University
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Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013 by Rob Preece. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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Demons, vampires and elementals swarm through Britain--held in check only by the faculty and students of St. Van Helsing University. In this short story, author Vanessa Knipe tells of the run-in between one young student and the forces of evil.
Witch-Finder: A Chronicle of the Staff and Students of the Theological College of St. Van Helsing
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Series: St. Van Helsing, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,350. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013 by Rob Preece. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Witches, elementals and vampires roam the British Isles. Only the militant arm of the Church of England from the College of St. Van Helsing keep the monsters in line. Vanessa Knipe writes of health-club vampires, school-girl love-spells, backyard gardens gone very wrong, and the efforts of the Witch-Finders to set things right and let ordinary Brits live normal lives.
A Date with Darkness: A Novel of the Theological College of St. Van Helsing
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Series: St. Van Helsing, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,690. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2011 by Rob Preece. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Young widow Sally Cartwright is ready to get back into dating and the on-line dating service finds a lot of interested men. What Sally doesn't realize is that her ad is an open invitation to every werewolf, vampire, witch and nature elemental in England. Ex-boyfriend Mike Ryder wants to help, but he's bound by the rules. Unless the dark forces break the rules, he can legally do nothing.
Hard Lessons: More Tales from the Theological College of St. Van Helsing
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Series: St. Van Helsing, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,160. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2010 by Rob Preece. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
England may look like a peaceful island, but it swarms with ancient forces: old gods hungry for a touch of worship; mysterious spectres that can grant wishes, pre-historic cultural memories that can raise hungry spirits; and then there's the mysterious haunted washing machine unhappy with the new detergents. The Church of England's militant arm confronts evils and angry washers.

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