Ben was Amelia’s flamboyant neighbor. She just thought he was an artist who happened to be a super friendly neighbor. But in reality, he was a supernatural put there by her father, Draven to watch over her.
Amelia always saw him as an innocent human friend, a sweet artist but in fact, he’s a shifter.
Amelia at first thought Ben was a zombie, who snacks on dead flesh. But Dante calls him a shifter.
Later Ben explains to Amelia that he’s a flesh-eating demon. So not a zombie, but close.
Ben is a Manushya-Rakshasi demon, a shapeshifter of sorts. He has to eat to regenerate or he’ll get sick and the feeding lust takes hold.
His kind only eats the flesh of the dead, although the fresher the better.