Siren: Any of a group of female and partly human creatures in Greek mythology that lured mariners to destruction by their singing; a woman who sings with enchanting sweetness
This is the most familiar definition. According to Plato, there are three types or classification of sirens: the celestial, the generative, and the purificatory / cathartic. Each one for the ruling brother gods, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, respectively. These lovely voiced creatures are charged with the death of many a sailor. Their voices so irresistible, men dove into the water and drowned before they reached them, or dashed their entire ship upon the rocks. Those familiar with Homer's Odyssey remember the scene where Ulysses orders his mean to tie him to the mast of his ship so he could hear their voices, and the near madness that consumed him by hearing, but being unable to go to them.
Ironically, many trace the birth of the mermaid myth back to sirens. I say ironic because mermaids, by and large, were believed to help sailors by guiding them to land. A much different story than their murderous kin.
How do Sirens exist within The Cambion Rider Chronicles
The siren found in the pages of The Cambion Rider Chronicles stories is closer to those from the Greek myths, but with a more active role in the destruction of man... or woman. Yep. The sirens of my pages don't care about gender. Man, woman, or non-conformist, it's all the same to them.
In our universe these are creatures from the Fae realm (there will be a separate What's a... about the fae but think Tinkerbell, if she were bigger, didn't have wings, and feasted on souls), that feed upon humans to stay alive. The first step is to seduce the human, which they do with their voice. Just as the sirens in the Greek myth, they lure in their victim with their sultry, dulcet tones. However, it's not death by drowning that awaits their victims.
After an exchange of bodily fluids (a kiss will do, get your mind out of the gutter!) the victim is infected by their venom (thanks to the television series Supernatural for inspiring that aspect), the victim begins to move through several stages of infection. To the outside observer, these stages appear as a slow, or fast depending on the victims resistance level, decent into madness. Madness leads to a coma which cumulates to death.
Being kissed by a siren is often seen as a death sentence due to there being only two possible cures, and one being harder to accomplish than the other. In the short story, Siren, first seen in the anthology Shades of Horror and Strangeness, the cousins Veronica Sykes and Sigmund Greer encounter a siren, with the later becoming infected.
Want to read more? Pick up a digital copy of Shades of Horror and Strangeness, or download a copy of Siren here available later in March.