Wednesday, October 28, 2009

VampBash: Ryan Mecum, more books, and a rockin' T!

Ryan Mecum, author of Vampire Haiku (and Zombie Haiku) guests today.  I highly recommend rushing to the bookstore and picking up either of the books.  But if you're not close to a bookstore and for some strange reason don't have internet access (why are you here, then?) fear not, because Ryan is going to give away a signed copy of VAMPIRE HAIKU to one lucky haiku entry today.  Details below!

Hi.  My name is Ryan.  I like to write gross yet adorable haiku about vampires.  Once I wrote a book of them called Vampire Haiku about a vampire who writes haiku.  It's creepy, but the good kind of creepy like midget alien clowns.  Head VampireChix Michele sent me an email and told me she liked my vampire poetry.  She's sweet.  She asked if I would write a guest blog post about my disgustingly cute poetry book during her week long VampBash.  Here goes!

Dear people who read VampChix blog,

I would like to talk to you about the art of vampire haiku.  Head VampireChix Michele has asked her beloved readers to write a vampire haiku and post it in the comments, so I thought I would give you some pointers.  First of all, some of you might be wondering what exactly is a vampire haiku.  Vampire haiku is a vampire themed three lined poem that follows the strict syllable structure of a five syllable line, followed by a seven syllable line, ending in another five syllable line.  Here is an example:

The vampire poet
has to write his haiku fast
before the blood clots.  

The image I'm going for here is that the vampire is using blood as his ink to write a poem.  Not quite sure if that one made sense.  You see, I have already written a book of over 350 vampire haiku, so coming up with number 351 is a bit of a reach for me.  Hopefully you get the point.  Let me try again:

Vampire poetry - 
hopefully you get the point,
just not in your neck.

That one isn't quite as visual as I would like.  How about this one:

VampireChix Michele
tries to hide her pitch black wings
inside her hoodie.

Maybe that doesn't work because nobody thinks of vampires actually turning into bats anymore.  Let me try again:

A warm cup of joe
keeps Michele awake all night.
Joe is her neighbor.

I give up.  Hopefully you can do better.  The best vampire haiku poet gets a signed copy of my book filled with 350 better vampire themed haiku than any of the above ones, so if any of these attempts brought a twisted smile to your face, you might like my book.

Alright here are some vampire haiku writing tips.  It is rare to accomplish many of these tips in one haiku, so maybe focus on one or two of these pointers and see what happens.

1.  Try to capture one simple image of the vampire in a unique way.
2.  Surprise me.
3.  Try to look at a vampire stereotype from a new angle.
4.  Gross me out.
5.  Try to capture a mood or feeling.
6.  Focus on something mundane and point out it.
7.  Play to your strengths.
8.  Focus on the essence of what you like or don't like about vampires.
9.  Make fun of vampire stereotypes or vampires in pop culture.
10. Don't rhyme.

Helpful?  Probably not, but that's all the help you get from me.  I'm excited to see what you guys come up with.  Even if you don't consider yourself a person who writes, try giving a vampire haiku a shot.  They can be addictive.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your Vamp Bash and I hope you all have a gross Halloween.

Ryan Mecum 

CONTEST DETAILS:  Enter your vampire haiku by putting it in the comments on today's post.  You can enter all week (as with all contests at the VampBash) up until 11:00 pm Friday 30th, but you can only enter once for each contest.  Ryan will choose the winner and we will announce the name on Saturday 31st!  Lucky winner gets a copy of VAMPIRE HAIKU, signed by Ryan.  So give us your best and bloodiest vampire haiku!

Today's hunt features 2 authors.  Yes, only two!  We're making it easy on you half way through the VampBash.  ;-)  These are the titles:

NIGHT'S KNIGHTS by Emerian Rich

Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover.
Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death.
Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate.

Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality.

Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?

Emerian is holding a book release party on October 30th.  The details are at her blog.

SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

Today's scavenger hunt questions are below.  To enter to win please send the answers to both questions to with VAMPBASH DAY 4 in the subject line.  (Do not put the answers in the comments).  You can enter up until Friday 30th 11:00 pm.  All winners will be announced on Saturday.

1) What are the vampires in Emerian Rich's Night's Knights trying to do?  Please visit Emerian's website!

2)  What is the series title of Chloe Neill's vampire stories?  Please visit Chloe's website!

And a couple extra prizes to give away today as well.  To enter to win one of today's prizes (not a part of the scavenger hunt) simply leave a comment on today's post.

VAMPIRES by Joules Taylor
TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer

THE T-SHIRT! - Yes, you've seen it featured here at VampChix, and now you want it.  But you gotta comment for a chance to win.  The Chop Shop has generously donated one t-shirt to a lucky winner.  Please stop by their website for other cool items:  If you love this t-shirt, there are other cool designs (the skull!) that'll make your geek heart shine.

To review: Leave Ryan some love in the comments, along with your awesome vampire haiku!  Then visit the author websites and answer the questions (and send to to qualify to win.  All comments today will qualify you to win one of the above 3 prizes (Vampires, Twilight, or the T-shirt), but only comments with haikus in them will qualify to win Vampire Haiku.  Got it?  You can enter any day and any contest up until Friday 30th 11:00 pm!

So you all back here tomorrow for our featured 
guest Marcus Pelegrimas and a day of eBook giveaways!

Don't forget, all week use the coupon code VampChix at 
to save 10% off your entire purchase!


booklover0226 said...

Every day I am discovering new vampire authors... and I love it!

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Taliesin_ttlg said...

The stake it plunges,
The pain gurgles from dead lips...
Return him to dust.

Kris said...

LOve those haikus LOL... ok so I took a stab @ my own haiku....

Fangs are so sexy
They really make my world rock
Bite me Anytime

OK so now stop laughing...I mean it :)

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Kris - You made me laugh out loud at work!!!!

OMG - I love dry humor! Haikus + Vampires.... rock my socks off!

Mint, copper and heat
A taste of the forbidden
Piercing pain, oh yes!

*wink* Miranda

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

David Moore said...

A quick, simple jaunt
To find someone to feed from?
Dawn's coming. Rubbish.

Anna Dougherty said...

Just wanted to say that my husband bought this book for me last month and we both had a great time reading it. I love that the haiku tells a story- so original and unique. It was also fun to try and teach my children how to make haiku. It's fun and also a bit challenging.

Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

Fangs in the neck, ouch!
Blood trickles out to lick up
The vampire bit me!

Wow that was awful! But hey, this was my first attempt at Haiku ever! It was fun!!

Morning Glow
ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

Kris said...

Well Zephyr....glad I could make someone's work day just a little bit better LOL

Jen said...

Love your smile sexy
but I think you've got some blood
smeared across your chin

I haven't done a haiku since the 5th grade. That was fun.

Thanks for stopping by Ryan.


Roxanne Rhoads said...

Here'sone of my vampire haiku, I have a few (unintentional rhyme)

love on bloodstained lips
drinking your fill of nightmares
desire is unleashed


jennifer said...

sorry i can't think of any Haikusbut i'm enjoying reading what everyone else is coming up with

Anthony Hogg said...

My comment: I want Joules Taylor's "Vampires"!

Please. :D

Witchy Woman said...

Hi Ryan,

This is my uneventful take on a vampire themed haiku, titled "The Blood Call."
A life forgotten.
Nocturnal creature am I,
Your blood calls to me.

Rosie said...

I'm so not a writer . . .

Blood is the life force
Then I found my true lifemate
No more meals alone

Judy said...

I am really having fun with this blog contest!! I think everyone who writes a haiku should win something :) That is not my forte!! Rhyme is not in my genes:)

Michele Hauf said...

I just have to say I'm loving the entries. Ryan is going to have a hard time picking a winner!

makeart said...

Okay, here's my haiku, don't laught! :-)

Coursing through your veins,
Stealing all your innocence,
My gift and my curse.



jeanette8042 said...

Another great post!

Anonymous said...

*steping to the podium*

*clearing throat*

My Vampire Haiku

Wear your retainers,
a vampire could bite you and
who wants fangs with braces?

Thank you :o)

Jeanette J said...

Hope this is ok

Warm, spurting fountain
of dark, red blood, with teeth bared
swallowed greedily

Marin said...

vampire novelist
skewered with a blue pencil
shrieks and falls to dust


amy kennedy said...

I love these!
Here is my gross bit:

Flesh bits stuck in teeth.
Vanity does not become
non-reflected Vamps.

Chris Loft said...

Whispered names in blood / I can read your very soul / in books of kisses /// @christwtitery

SciFiGuy said...

Caught up in desire.
Heart Racing. Fangs descending.
Ouch. Bloody braces.

Vamp chicks steal my blood.
Willingly I surrender
Good to the last drop.

Moonsanity said...

As I was reading Ryan's blog post my teen son said "My friend at school has been reading us a book called Zombie Haiki. I love it!" Then I saw that Ryan's other book is called Zombie Haiki. eerie. *snicker*
Here is my haiku for today:

Draws me in slowly
His natural charisma
Staying despite fear

Virginia C said...

I need no mirror
to know I look mighty fine.
Dying eyes show me.

Linda Henderson said...

Here is my attempt at haiku

The fangs are grotesque
Nobody is safe tonight
Shelter must be sought

seriousreader at live dot com

donnas said...

Great post. Just wanted to say that. I am not a good Haiku writer but I did like what you posted and will have to check out the books.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Anonymous said...

Great vampire haikus! They are so fun to read.

Chris Loft said...

Hiding from cold light
keeps me from your tender flood
and binds me to you


Silvia said...

I liked this post. So here's my attempt:

Black metal coffin owner
Lover but satisfied with blood
exists, lives not

David Moore said...

You've got red on you.
No, just there, on your top lip.
Yep, you've got it now.

David Moore said...

Ooh! Ooh!

E vrykolakas
The sign on the door proclaimed.
It's all Greek to me.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

DAVID!!!! The people in my office are looking at me funny now cause of the face I'm wearing trying not to crack up!

God am I a sucker for bad puns!

Scott said...

Fat vamp I was not
Then I went to the U.S.
Now I'm a fatty

G.R. LeBlanc said...
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heidi87 said...

Well lets try:>
blood on the lips
hopefully not a drop on his chin
as he licked the spoon.

Dark sick vampire
with white pointed pricks'
sharpens them on stakes.

I get how this is donw but its hard to not rhyme. I hope thes are o.k. I tried.:>

Scott said...

Many do not know
Even vampires they poop
It's like clotted blood

Scott said...

this really is quite addictive.....

Vampire babies
Warm bottles of blood they drink
Salty metal burps