Venice, 1575 - the jewelled city of northern Italy is in the throes of unimaginable horror. One of the worst plagues ever to strike mankind: the Black Death. Mass graves swell with thousands of bodies. A legend grows that a vampire known as a "Shroud-eater" is the cause of the plague. The Shroud-eater feasts on corpses, then rises from the earth to infect the living.
More than four hundred years later Italian forensic anthropologist and CSI specialist Matteo Borrini leads a team excavating a 16th Century mass grave on one of Venice's outlying islands. He uncovers a skeleton unlike any he had ever seen before. A brick appears to have been inserted between the jaws of the skull. Why? The answer shocks him. He believes the object was part of a macabre ritual designed to kill a vampire. The discovery launches Borrini on a forensic investigation unlike any he has ever attempted - as he attempts to put a face - a life - to the Vampire of Venice.
Looking ahead a few weeks, starting March 7th VampChix will be hosting an ANGEL WEEK, since we know you all love vampires, but probably like other winged creatures, as well. Our guest that week will be Skyler White, author of and FALLING FLY and we'll review ANGELOLOGY, and chat about all things angel. Look for werewolves, demons, and others to get their own week in the coming months.
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