Vampire Slave is a free graphic novel from Y Press Games for Mac. Unlike some visual novels that are structured like games, Vampire Slave is a straightforward graphic novel. There's no decision-making; you just click through each page and follow the author's narrative.
It's a riveting kinetic visual novel in the yaoi genre. This means that there's an underlying homoerotic theme in the relationship between the two main protagonists, Thalos and Dusty. There are some suggestive scenes, but nothing explicit, so it's still not suitable for younger readers. If you enjoy visual novels, you may also like Lore City: Alkahest and Where The Demon Lurk.
Thalos is older than humanity itself, and because he’s a vampire, he doesn’t age. This means he has retained his youthful look, but he yearns for a companion to share his dominion with. When he accidentally turns Dusty, the future leader of an ancient vampire hunting organization, into a vampire, Dusty must reconcile his passion and his heritage.
There's a broader cast of characters in the novel, including Dusty's parents and the head of Thalos' renowned university. He constantly campaigns for a truce between vampires and hunters.
Contrary to the description on the developer's page, Vampire Slave isn’t a traditional game. Therefore you need to navigate through the novel with your keyboard and mouse.
In this first chapter of the Vampire Slave saga, there's a diverse range of characters. Of course, one of the central characters is Thalos himself. He's ancient, older than humanity itself. In each era of his existence, he takes a lover to help him navigate the period he's in.
Dusty is the heir to the leadership of Jagerin, the age-old vampire-hunting organisation. When Thalos inadvertently turns him into an immortal vampire, he must resolve the conflict between his heritage and his attraction to Thalos. The last thing he ever wanted was to be a slave to do a vampire's bidding, but now he’s not so sure.
Read the series
Vampire Slave heralds the beginning of a four-part serial in the story of this battle for Dusty's passion and the future of humanity. The artwork is excellent, and the story it's exceptionally well written. We particularly like the improved accessibility with the option of the read-aloud feature.