Anyone who knows me knows that I adore vampires. Whether they are fashionable or not, they’re my favourite villain or hero by far, and not only do I read about them, I write about them too. Any new movie or TV series featuring them makes me rush to tune in, even if they turn our to be duds (not overly impressed with Rhys Meyers ‘hammy’ interpretation of Dracula in the TV series, for example. But I’ll still watch to see how the series progresses). In fact, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my all time favourite books.
For this reason, even though I’ve been largely MIA in my ghostwriting cave, trying to earn enough cash for a great critique and final edit on book two of The Supes Series, I felt compelled to sign up for the cover reveal of this interesting book about vampires before Dracula. I’ve read a few books / stories written before Dracula, including Sheridan le Fanu‘s fabulous classic novella Carmilla (1872) (including a little unexpected lesbian seduction) and creepy The Vampyre (1819) by Polidori (modelled on Lord Byron, no less!). For those who’re interested, look HERE for a great Vampire historical timeline.
Without further ado, please grace this cover with koos and ahs! It’s suitably haunting don’t you think. And please do take a moment to leave a comment for the author/editor, Ed. Margo Bond Collins after you’ve checked out the synopsis. X
Long before Dracula, vampires stalked the literary scene.
These early literary vampires are sometimes terrifying, at times melodramatic, and occasionally ridiculous, but they are always out for blood—and their vampiric descendants continue to fascinate and captivate us.
Beyond the Count is a collection of vampire stories, plays, and poems from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This collection gives students, scholars, and vampire aficionados the opportunity to examine works often long out of print and to contextualize the development of vampire legend beyond that most famous of literary Counts.
About the Editor
Margo Bond Collins holds a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British literature and is a professor of English, and is also the author of a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. After a decade of moving all around the country (Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta are a few of the places she’s lived), she has settled in her native Texas. Margo lives near Fort Worth with her husband, her daughter, and several very spoiled cats, and she spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains. You can learn more about her writing at www.MargoBondCollins.net
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PS: Like I said, I’m MIA for a while so forgive my lack of visits to your lovely blogs (although I manage to blast quite a few of you yesterday). I just really have to finish these projects (one 25k romance done, one 35K romance four part story to go). On top of the work I also have house guests for a month, so it’s all go. If I’m not working, I’m entertaining. *groan.
***I will try to resume normal service thereafter. 🙂 Hope everyone’s well.***