Posts Tagged ‘Dracula’


This novel spans several centuries, following the relationship of the two most iconic monsters in literary history. Once as close as brothers but now sworn enemies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein meet for a final showdown beneath the streets of New York City.
Night Things (Dracula versus Frankenstein) takes place in a world just like yours with one startling difference: every creature of legend has stepped forward from the shadow and they now exist shoulder to shoulder with humankind! New York City has become a macabre melting pot. Vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghouls are now the new immigrants and they are chasing the American dream. The Night Things have become part of the system. But many humans feel the creatures are dangerous ticking time bombs.
Dracula, considered the messiah of the Night Things, builds an unstoppable army as he plots to wipe humanity from the face of the earth. The mysterious New York crime boss, Johnny Stücke (the creation of Frankenstein) wants to keep the peace between the Night Things and humanity. Stücke fears total extermination of his kind, should Dracula unleash his forces on New York.
The fight for the night begins.
Critically-acclaimed horror author Terry M. West continues his Magic Now series with this standalone novel that presents a world only a slight shade darker than our own.

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Think “True Blood” in an urban setting, add a dash of “The Sopranos” and blend in a big-budget action blockbuster finale, and you have something approximating Night Things. The subtitle – Dracula vs. Frankenstein – alludes to the novel’s B-grade horror inspirations. The monsters don’t stray far from the commonly accepted rules; vampires still drink blood and are killed by sunlight, zombies still eat human flesh (although there is an interesting new “rule” added for the zombies that allows them to function for the most part in human society, and I’m not too sure about the Mummy…). The writing is fast-paced and uncomplicated, with the occasional acute observation to lift it above common B-grade horror fare. My favourites include:

“And the world has a way of making those who are different believe they are monsters.”

“I have no respect for someone who doesn’t recognize the value of a scar.”

The monsters have a certain degree of nuance to their characterization; Johnny Stücke is a beautifully drawn anti-hero (Mary Shelley would probably approve of how he’s turned out in the 21st century), and human Gary Hack is this messed-up weakling of a man that you still somehow can’t help sympathising with. Even the “bad guys” have convincing backstories that explain how they turned to the dark side.

Readers who enjoy this novel will be pleased to know that the second Night Things book, Undead and Kicking, is due out in a week and the e-book can be pre-ordered on Amazon for under a dollar.

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About the author:
Terry M. West is an American horror author. His best known works: What Price Gory, Car Nex, Dreg and his Night Things series. He is also the managing editor of the Halloween/horror website, Halloween Forevermore. He was a finalist for 2 International Horror Guild Awards and he was featured on the TV Guide Sci-Fi hot list for his YA graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire. Terry was born in Texas, lived in New York for two decades and he currently hangs his hat in California. www.terrymwest.com

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Today’s guest post comes from S.B. Knight, author of “Born of Blood”.

SB Knight has seen his poetry and short stories published in both books and magazines. Now, with the publishing of his first novel he has achieved a goal and dream set many years ago. Currently he has completed the sequel for Born of Blood and is currently working on another project.

SB Knight is the creator of ‘The New Author;’ a blog that started as a learning tool but has since grown into a community of friends and peers. He is also co-owner of Premium Promotional Services where authors can find the help they need to promote their book on the Internet.

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Do you think the early authors such as Bram Stoker had any idea of how immense the world of vampires would get? Do we owe this phenomenon to those tellers of tales that chill us and keep us awake at night? I’m not sure about that. I know they played a large role in developing the dark landscape of vampires. The fact that storytellers shared many of these same tales of terror by word of mouth around fires while the rest of their group or tribe surrounded them illustrates how long the lore and myth of vampires has been around. It really is a tale as old as time.

One of the originals – Vlad Tepes

The world of vampires is both broad and deep. Simply look at the types of vampires we now have. In the early years we had the creepy looking, sinister, blood suckers. As time went on we met The Count. This vampire we all know. These are the wealthy, gentlemen type that lure in women with their charm and looks but beneath that surface rests a monster that is both cunning and brutal. I believe Bram Stoker nailed it with his description. From there I believe we took a major step backwards and the vampires became mindless monsters. No, not like the creepy looking vampires of yesteryear because they were cunning to a degree. No, these ‘monster vampires’ were nothing more than animals that destroyed and drank blood. Granted, they were scary but they lacked that…’it’ factor. We still see those vampires today but we have also met another group of vampires. This group is more recent and while they have moved forward from the brainless animal vampires they are still lacking. This new vampire is the apologetic, depressed because I’m a vampire, drama type that is more moody than cunning and more willing to save everyone than use them for his purposes. There is a large romantic angle with this type of vampire that many find endearing and…well, attractive. There are many more vampires and even hybrids but the majority can fit in one of those categories.

So, as an author, which is the best? Which is the best when it comes to reading about them? We all know Stephanie Meyer made a truck load of money with the romantic, moody vampire and she has fans busting down her door for more. We also see the success of “True Blood” which is interesting because those vampires are not moody nor are they exactly brutal…they are sex crazed though.

I know it is a matter of opinion but I simply can’t see the apex predator, the ultimate monster, and one of the scariest beings on the planet as moody and romantic…nor can I see it as brainless either. I believe Stoker and the early authors set the standard because even when Dracula was romantic and charming his intentions were evil and dark. See the difference? This is what makes the vampire so terrifying, they can express any emotion while hiding their true intentions deep within. They can manipulate anyone to do things without the person truly recognizing it. Of course the whole violent death part is pretty scary too but it is the subliminal that really gets us.

The vampire in Born of Blood is the cunning, brutal, charming, evil, manipulative, and a predator type of vampire. As many have said, he is scary and the stuff of nightmares…I truly believe vampires were meant to be that way. Granted, he is a gentleman and presents himself very well to the public but he always has his own plans and motivations. He is never to be underestimated…which many discover the hard way.

Which vampire is best? I truly believe this debate will last until the end of time but for me, it’s the vampire that makes you uncomfortable, makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, and makes you feel bad for liking them so much that you can’t stop reading. It’s like the ultimate guilty pleasure.

What others are saying about Born of Blood:

“S.B. Knight has given us one of the most wicked and evil Vampires to grace the pages of a novel. If I can even use the word “grace.” Drago is the stuff of nightmares and history. The one that has never sparkled or fallen in love with his victims. Oh yes, this guy is scary. To make matters worse, he has a sidekick. The gruesome twosome of evil and blood lust.” – Karen Bryant Doering

“Step aside Stephen King and Dean Koontz, there’s a new kid in town and his destination is keeper shelves everywhere. Let’s hope Born of Blood is just the tip of Knight’s creative iceberg!” ~ Rebecca Sinclair, Bestselling Author

Being the first of a three books series, this story is a great start to what promises to be a engaging saga. Though sometimes quite gruesome, this novel gives dark fantasy fans a different take on a well known story. The flow of the writing and vivid imagery draws the reader into the story and keeps them on the edge of their seat right to the last page.” ~ Karen Gilmour, Book Reviewer at Misty Bay 

Where can you find Born of Blood?

SB Knight Website – http://www.sb-knight.com/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Born-Blood-The-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007QO8K14/ref=sr_1_17?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333370701&sr=1-17

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Blood-The-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007QO8K14/ref=sr_1_31?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333381569&sr=1-31

MuseItUp Publishing – http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=309&category_id=69&manufacturer_id=144&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/FansofSBK

 


Wherever you find indie authors congregating, you’ll hear this question and variants thereof asked often: how important for indie e-book sales is good cover art, and how much should one expect to pay for a professionally designed cover?  This post from artist and indie author India Drummond tells you straight.  Need convincing?  She has sales stats.  And we know how much indie authors love and obsess over sales stats…
http://www.indiadrummond.com/2012/02/20/independant-cover-art-part-1/

I like to avoid clichés wherever possible.  And if I can’t avoid them, then I’ll at least try to subvert them.  Here’s a top ten list of action movie clichés, all ripe for avoiding or subverting.
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/blogs/cinetopia/top-ten-action-movie-cliches-20120221-1tloh.html

“Together we are going to eat the stars.”  The Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews Autumn Christian.
http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/interview-with-autumn-christian.html

Don’t you just love YouTube’s capacity for completely distracting you from what you’re meant to be doing?  First up, the coolest nine-year-old on the planet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J7MoWPTeYS4

And from the sublime to…something else sublime, but in a completely different way.  Do I need to make a Strong Language Warning when the bedtime story is “Go the F**k to Sleep” and it’s being narrated by Samuel L. Jackson?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5NjBHIdb5II#!

The definitive list of the Top 20 Horror Novels of All Time?  Let the flame wars begin…
http://tothebonereviews.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/four-centuries-and-twenty-novels/

“Q. Of all your tattoos which do you think is most synonymous with horror?
A. It would have to be the tattoo of an eyeball with tentacles of muscle intertwining behind it and a nail going straight through the top of the eye.”  This is Horror interviews tattoo artist Shawn Conn.  I believe I said “Holy crap” out loud when I saw the full back tattoo featured in this interview.
http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/graphic-horror/ink-on-ink/shawn-conn/

G.R. Yeates posts the first of his Phobophobia interviews, this one with fellow musician and horror writer John Palisano.
http://www.gryeates.co.uk/?p=595

Serenity Banks, Boss Lady at Redheaded Stepchild, talks about the past, present and future of Dark Continents Publishing.
http://www.redheadedstepchildbooks.com/1/post/2012/02/social-media-success-story-dark-continents-publishing-inc.html