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Book Review: Fangtastic by Lucienne Diver

(Article first published as Book Review: Fangtastic by Lucienne Diver on Blogcritics.) Gina Covella, the Macy’s-worshipping teen fashionista from Ohio turned vampire after an imprudent neck-nibbling, is back for a third adventure, and it’s a delight. Author Lucienne Diver improves … Continue reading

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Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Dark Shadows: I’m in wait-and-see mode on this one

(Article first published as Why I’ll Wait to See Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows on Blogcritics.) I’ve followed the long and very slow progress of Johnny Depp’s plans to make a movie based on Dark Shadows with increasing trepidation. I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: ReVamped by Lucienne Diver

(Article first published as Book Review: ReVamped by Lucienne Diver on Blogcritics.) I wasn’t overly impressed by Lucienne Diver’s first YA fantasy novel, Vamped (Flux/Llewellyn, 2009). I felt that it parroted too many hip teen clichés á là Buffy the … Continue reading

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vampire community chat

November 2009 Global Vampire Community Discussion Hosted By Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) Global Vampire Community Discussion on Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 7:00 PM Eastern US/ET (11:00 PM GMT). If you need assistance with time conversions refer to: … Continue reading

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Book Review: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Numerous authors are benefitting from the huge spike in vampire popularity since 2005 when Twilight broad-jumped onto the New York Times best-seller lists and took over YA fiction in one fell swoop. Carried along in the slipstream of Stephenie Meyer’s … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Dusk by David Doub

Dusk (2009) is a self-published graphic novel written by David Doub and illustrated by four different artists, three on pencils and two doing inks. Although the story and concepts are interesting, the execution is uneven and falls short of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Road Rising by P.N. Elrod

The field of 21st century vampire fiction is crammed with prolific and enthusiastic authors, most of them female and nearly all of them having published their first vampire story after the year 2000. Every one of them owes a large … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vamped by Lucienne Diver

From the very first page, Vamped suffused me with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. I have all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. Vamped is like watching an eighth season of Buffy. I could almost hear … Continue reading

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I’ll be giving a talk on June 4th

I’ll be appearing at The Rabbit Hole bookstore in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on June 4th, giving a talk and slide show about vampire fiction. Click the link below for more details. “Before Twilight: How Vampires Got to Be So Hot” Everyone … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

There are many fans of vampire fiction who have never heard of Tim Powers’ The Stress of Her Regard. Powers, like Stephen King (Salem’s Lot) and Suzy McKee Charnas (The Vampire Tapestry) is not a “vampire author.” His oeuvre is … Continue reading

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