Round 2: Mankind VS Darth Vader (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Darth Vader or Mankind? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!


Darth Vader: Other monsters might quail at squaring off against an entire species, but Darth Vader doesn’t take sith from anyone. And, sure, mankind is slowly destroying our planet, but Vader blows planets up! It isn’t metaphorical and it isn’t a rap lyric—Alderaan. Went. BOOM! This guy became more bada$$ after losing an arm and both legs. Seriously, who does that? In fact, he was back on his (mechanized) feet within hours of being hacked apart. I know people who are bedridden by a headache. Bottom line: Vader is so terrifying that the child actor who portrayed him quit the business! Defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas


Mankind: The depths of depravity that humanity is capable of cannot be embodied by any single individual. Mankind, as a concept, holds the capacity for endless evil. For all our great works, our talents, our brilliance, we never lose the ability to tear it all down. What makes Darth Vader a paragon of evil? How does he bend to such base purposes? What allows him to forsake his own children and murder millions for the power to enslave his fellow man? What creates such a black heart? His ability to wallow in evil is explained: Vader is a member of mankind. Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot

Who will win? Tune in tomorrow to see who advances to the next round. We’re getting down to the final two. Don’t forget to cheer for your choice. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Trash the losers. Tune in tomorrow to VOTE FOR THE CHAMPION!!!

Meet the defenders!

Brandon R. Luffman writes supernatural horror as well as fantasy, science fiction and other genres. He lives on the family farm in northwestern North Carolina with his wife and family. Taking inspiration from his homeland, he brings southern sensibilities and a modern flair to these classic genre themes. His upcoming survival horror novel, Frostwalker, is expected to be released in 2012.

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Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY (USA) and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as MBA Director and adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December.

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One thought on “Round 2: Mankind VS Darth Vader (Tournament of Monsters)

  1. Anyone telling Lord Vader that his evil ways are a natural by-product of being just another member of mankind should be Force choked and sent to bed without dinner.

    Is the average human chock full of midi-chlorians? Can he/she successfully pilot a podracer? This guy levitates fruit, for chrissake!!

    When other (pseudo) teens rebel, do they execute a temple’s-worth* of Jedi kids before heading off into space to terrorize entire galaxies? Heck no. Sure, they may unleash a whiney YouTube video or Facebook post—or perhaps sleep with a married film producer—but they don’t have the gumption to do anything truly monstrous.

    Vader wins, hands down (no pun intended).

    *An official Imperial unit of measure used to indicate the scope of dissident exterminations. The designations are (ascending order): room’s-worth; dwelling’s-worth; building’s-worth; temple’s-worth; city’s-worth; planet’s-worth.

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