Thursday, February 14, 2019

Strange Blood - A Spotlight & Giveaway

As a departure from the usual Valentine's Day fare, I'd like to shine a spotlight on a work of non-fiction. STRANGE BLOOD: 70 ESSAYS ON OFFBEAT AND UNDERRATED VAMPIRE MOVIES edited by Vanessa Morgan. This book will be released April 2019.

Cover design: Gilles Vranckx


This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.

STRANGE BLOOD encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting.

Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires.

Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.


Publisher: Moonlight Creek Publishing

Author bio:

Vanessa Morgan is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books in the horror genre. Three of her stories (THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE, NEXT TO HER, and A GOOD MAN), have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (

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Vanessa Morgan has graciously offered an e-copy of her first previous book, WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK to one lucky reader. Simply comment on this post telling us your favorite vampire film. In order to qualify, leave the comment no later than 11:59pm EDT Friday, February 15, 2019 and make sure you include your e-mail address so that I can contact you should your comment be picked. Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day!