Karen Michelle Nutt Autumn Moon

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Autumn Moon

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Jairec’s holiday in San Francisco turned into a living nightmare when he’s attacked by a chiang-shih, a Chinese vampire. He has until the end of the Moon Festival to convince Autumn, an herbalist, to hand over the elixir of life. Without it he will become the white-haired demon for all eternity. Only Autumn believes he’s delusional. The elixir of life is a legend. When a mysterious attack leaves the victim drained of blood, Autumn is forced to believe monsters really do exist. The master chiang-shih is raising an army with the intent of taking over Chinatown and he is determined to have Jairec and Autumn at his side.

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I wanted to share with you how I intertwined the autumn moon festival, the myth of the moon goddess and the legend of the chiang-shih to create this exciting tale in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown.

I chose the wonderful city of San Francisco as the location for the tale because of its rich culture in Chinese lore. My husband and I took a few tours of Chinatown, one being a ghost tour, which was interesting. The tour guide had grown up in Chinatown and told us about the superstitions as well as the history of the town.

The moon festival caught my interest for the basis of my story. The Autumn Moon Festival is a traditional festival. It is the third and last festival for the living and is usually celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon. This is the autumn equinox. In San Francisco the festival is celebrated in September.

The festival is about worshiping the moon (called xi yue in Chinese.) One tradition is sending moon cakes to their relatives as gifts to show their best wishes for the family. A moon cake is a semi-sweet pastry filled with bean or lotus-seed paste. Sometimes the pastry is topped with a duck egg to signify the full moon. In my story, Autumn's grandmother made the moon cakes. It is also the pastry Jairec mistaken as the elixir of life when he steals the package from Autumn.

The Seer tells Jairec that the Autumn Moon festival is his salvation and this is the only way he will reunite his two souls. He was attacked by a chiang-shih (Chinese Vampire.) In Chinese belief, each person has two souls, a superior soul and an inferior soul. The superior soul can leave the sleeping body. It will appear, as the body's double, speaking and acting as if all is fine. However, if something happened to the disembodied soul during its journey, the body would suffer. This is why Jairec is desperate to reunite his souls before it is too late.

The chiang-shih may appear to look like a normal human being while others have a hideous green phosphorescent glow with serrated teeth and long talons. Some may appear more like a zombie as if being controlled by another entity. For the story, as the person leaned toward evil and succumbed to the chiang-shih curse, their appearance took on the more hideous version of the chiang-shih.
Not realizing there is a woman named Autumn Moon, Jairec is desperate to find the elixir. The festival is also known for the immortal moon Goddess, Chang O who lives in the moon. She took the elixir of life meant for her husband. Of course, Autumn believes Jairec has lost his mind. The story of the elixir of life is a myth, not reality. How could she have the elixir?

Chinatown, San Francisco moon festival has many street vendors to purchase plants, clothes, souvenirs and such. Autumn is an acupuncturist and offers her service during the festival. Autumn's grandparents set up a booth to sell pastries from their bakery.

The Dragon parade closes the festivities of this event and this is where the showdown between the master chiang-shih and Jairec will go down. It seemed only appropriate. There are dancers who maneuver the giant puppet along the fog-filled street to give it a surreal feel. Fireworks light the sky. A master chiang-shih that has reached the flying, white-haired stage can only be killed by copper bullets or by thunder. Autumn and her grandfather work with Jairec to end the threat that will destroy Chinatown.

I hope you enjoyed the behind the scene tour.. Until next time, I leave you with a Chinese proverb:  "In safety, do not forget danger."

From the Inside Flap:

He'd wanted no part in this supernatural bullshit, but his wanker of a brother had dragged him into it anyway. Now Tristan was missing and Jairec had been turned into the undead. "Some holiday," he grumbled. He did what any preternatural freak would do. He listened. He waited and learned whom he needed to see. The other freaks- shapeshifters, demons, any who slinked out of their hidey-holes at night called her The Seer. She turned out to be a crotchety old woman named Gladys Seymour, living in the suburbs of downtown San Francisco.

Gladys allowed Jairec to enter her house and followed her to the kitchen. She wore a blue shift, sandals and her gray hair pulled back in a bun. The effects of his new life were taking its toll. He could hear her heart beating--bum-bump, bum-bump like a beacon calling him. He could smell the coppery tang of her blood flowing through her veins. He wanted ... He licked his lips in anticipation.


Her gaze snapped to his. "You take a bite out of me big boy and I'll--"


He lunged. She waved her hand, propelling him back with a magic blast from her fingertips. He slammed into the wall and slid to the floor. If he'd been human, she'd have killed him or at the very least rendered him unconscious. There were some perks to being one of the undead.
She pointed a finger at him and he cringed expecting another blast from her. I'll forgive you this one slight because you're newly made. Make a second attempt chiang-shih and you're toast. Do you got it? Her dark eyes sniped at him. She stood maybe five-two, but the power radiating from her convinced him she meant every word.

"I apologize." He leaned against the wall for support as he came to his feet.

She nodded. She walked over to her refrigerator and took out a bottle containing a dark reddish liquid too thick to be red wine. He had a sickening feeling of what it was and recoiled when she jabbed it at him.

Don't be a fool. If you don't drink it, you'll kill someone and all will be lost then. Keeping a pure soul will be your salvation."

He took the bottle from her. He closed his eyes as he took a swig and hated that he liked the taste.


"Pig's blood." She answered his unasked question.


He drank every last drop, wiping his mouth with the back of his sleeve.


"Now sit." She pointed to the table. She went to her cabinet, took out a wooden bowl and filled it with water. She mumbled a chant or prayer of some sort before she gazed at the liquid.
He saw tap water.

The Seer obviously witnessed something else. "You will find the cure in Chinatown. Dr. Jin Lei's place."


"This doctor will know how to help me? He'll be able to turn me back?"


"I only know the elixir of life will be found there." She hummed and weaved back and forth as if receiving some kind of psychic advice from the other side. "Autumn moon is your destiny. You must accept the elixir before the festival's end. If you do not, you'll remain cursed and walk among the undead for all eternity."

"Dr. Lei will hand over the cure. Just like that."


Her dark eyes riveted to him. "I never said it would be easy. He will most likely want to kill you."


"I'm already dead, a vampire. Or what did you call me--a chiang-shih?"


She chuckled with no mirth. "I do hate the newly dead," she mumbled. "No moron. He will perform a ritual sending your sorry ass to hell." She rose from her seat and walked over to her bookcase. She shuffled through her magazines, pulling one out. She opened it up and ripped out a page. "Here," she said handing it to him. "This is Dr. Lei. A few years ago a magazine did an article about his herbal remedies."

Two days ago, Jairec would have laughed at The Seers eerie premonition and her ill-gotten advice. Now he was living proof that creatures of the night existed walking among the living in wait of an opportunity to strike.

Chinatown held an annual Autumn Moon Festival, which so happened to be this weekend. If he went by what The Seer told him, this gave him three days to convince Dr. Lei to help him. He would use any means he could. He wouldn't succumb to his fate so readily.

When Dr. Lei never showed up to work, he began to give up hope. He jogged across the street. Since his unnatural demise, his hearing had improved, so much so that he had the urge to put earplugs in his ears. Today it would come in handy to eavesdrop and hopefully find out when the employees expected Dr. Lei.

"Don't forget to deliver the package your grandmother left you," the young female employee told the woman who had opened the shop. "She said it's a matter of life and death."

The woman who opened the shop shook her head. "Yes, of course it is."
Her voice was smooth, silky like a caress. She wore her straight black hair back in a ponytail letting the long strands cascade down her back. She looked worried as she chewed on her lower lip. Then she sighed. "I might as well take care of the delivery now. Get it off my hands before it's too late."

Jairec smiled. This could be it. Maybe he wouldn't need Dr. Lei after all. He turned away as the woman left the shop. Life and death, a need to get it off her hands--he'd follow her and see where she led him. Maybe he should just steal the package. One small woman wouldn't be a challenge to subdue.

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