In three months, my second book will be on shelves. Last year, I announced I was writing about vampires. Now, the writing and proofing is done and the celebrating and promoting begins!
How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction is, as far as I can tell, the first book dedicated to all the ways to kill vamps. I am interested in vampire destruction rituals because I think they tell us much about the nature of human fear, and how the anxieties of the day manifest themselves in mythology. Today’s horror movies and scary stories are our modern myths, a way to grapple with, if not understand, the mysteries of the world. Few of us can name the constellations in the night sky but we know the intricacies of each season of Buffy. Because it’s the latter of those things that helps us to navigate in the darkness. It is my hope that this book will illuminate the power and importance of vampire storytelling in a new way. That it will bring new (old) ideas to the discussion of why we need monsters and horror. That people who love Twilight and True Blood will learn fun things about 17th century Bulgarian funeral rites and ancient burial practices. And that you will read it and share the journey that is authorship with me. Here is how…
September 1, How to Kill a Vampire will be out on ECW Press. It should be widely available as your local bookseller, on-line shoppe, e-reader store. You can pre-order it right now from Amazon.
A Toronto launch party is planned for Tuesday, September 17. It will be a vampire themed pub trivia night. Save the date! Before that, I’ll be at the Fan Expo/Festival of Fear convention in August, signing and talking. I’m also heading to Los Angeles for a book signing at Dark Delicacies on October 5, which is super exciting. More promo appearances and parties to be added, hopefully in your town. Invitations welcome. I don’t bite. (Much.)
Media friends: I’m happy to talk vampires any time and my publicist can send you an advance copy for review.
Many more announcements to come throughout the year. As always, thank you for reading.