I wrote a book this year. I’ve been wanting to tell you about it. It’s about vampires. Today, I submitted the manuscript to my publisher. So it’s out there, in the world. It’s time to tell you too.
How to Kill a Vampire: A Survey of Folklore, Film and Fiction. That’s its name, so far. It’s going to come out next year, the fall of 2013, on ECW Press. ECW put out my Encyclopedia Gothica and have been good friends and associates. I am proud to be working with them again.
This one is for horror fans, for my horror fans, and for vampires lovers, like me. Just like I always knew I wanted to write a book about Goth but wasn’t sure what kind for a while, I’ve known for a long time I needed to write a book about vampires. The more I thought about them, the more I realized what kind. A book about vampire death. Which is really about vampire love. You’ll see.
So I’ve spent this summer, and fall, hiding in the dark watching vampire movie after vampire movie. Rereading all my favourite vampire stories, and many more new ones. Researching death rituals and forensics and the science of garlic. During this time, Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer for Count von Count, Sesame Street’s vampire muppet, died. The final Twilight movie came out and I went. Meanwhile, I started to adopt vampire hours. For someone writing about vampires, I’ve sure seen a lot of sunrises.. I’ve developed a crush on Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter.
The book business is not a get rich quick business. But writing is its own reward. That said, I hope lots of lots of people find this book, and buy it, and read it, and maybe even translate it into other languages, in other countries. But that’s for next year. Today, tonight, I’m just happy to look at this stack of pages and realize that soon I’ll get another ISBN number, and more shelf space in more libraries. And that I’ll be talking about vampires alot. I’m going to love that.