Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vampire Book-Related News

A transfusion of new blood (Washington Post)
"A descendant of Dracula's creator is managing the 2009 comeback tour. Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, and Ian Holt, a screenwriter and Dracula fanatic, have co-authored 'Dracula the Un-Dead.'"

Bram Stoker Film Festival
Scheduled for October 14-17, 2010 (Whitby, England)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mana from Ebay

Don't you love Ebay? While I am sure it has had a bad effect on some second hand book stores, I am just amazed how I can find rare books and great deals on large lots of books like this one :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cheesiest spin off book: Barnabas Collins In a Funny Vein

I have seen some pretty bad novelisations of vampire TV shows, but this is surely a new low. In a transparent effort to cash in on the then newly popular Dark Shadows series, this book of jokes was released. This 1969 paperback is appalling, and not in the good way.

Here we have a random page of the so called jokes, also displaying the haphazard formatting in a large point courier font, with no page numbers. To quote the back cover text: "groovy".


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Requesting a review

If you have a book that you would like reviewed on the Fleam:

Authors: please email veinglory at with the subject line [FLEAM] and include the title of the book, a synopsis or blurb, and a link to the point of display or sale. Ebook review copies are preferred, paper copies are also accepted.

Publishers: may choose to attach the complete book rather than send a query--however in these cases a review is not guaranteed.

I am interested in most areas of vampire fiction and non-fiction and associated subjects such as immortals and other life-force depleting paranormal creatures. Special areas of interest include poetry, anthologies, gay fiction, erotica, romance and psychological non-fiction.

I am particularly interested in any book that uses the vampire archetype to investigate complex issues such as codependency, libido/thanatos, moral or ethical dilemmas and/or realistic consequences of power, immortality or the need to harm or kill others to survive.

Example of this type of fiction would include:
* Blood is Not Enough edited by Ellen Datlow
* I am Legend by Richard Matheson
* Running Dry by M Christian
* Sabella by Tanith Lee