Friday, October 29, 2010

VampBash Celebration with iDrakula!

Today we feature author Bekka Black, who has a very unique take on the novel with her release, iDrakula.  This is what she has to say about it:

 A modern retelling of the original vampire tale recounted in text, email and even voice mail.

Fast-paced and haunting, iDRAKULA is too juicy to resist. Based on the original text of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic vampire novel, iDRAKULA will thrust you into the chilling correspondence between friends as they try to uncover the truth about an eerie Romanian Count.

Mina and Jonathan’s friend Renfield has been admitted to the psychiatric ward. Seems he went crazy while working for the Count. Jonathan’s taking over for him at the Count’s castle and soon realizes there might be good cause for Renfield’s breakdown. Something terrifying is going on and Jonathan could be next to lose his mind—or his life. Mina must try to solve the mystery before it’s too late…

iDrakula is a revolution in horror storytelling. Messages in your app will be unlocked daily at midnight as the story progresses so you will virtually experience the chilling events as they occur. Through the app, you’ll intercept text messages, emails, photos, and more from our unlikely heroes and villains. Exclusive to this app are embedded voicemail messages with extra eerie details. Of course, if you cannot wait to brave the next day’s messages, you can always choose to read them all at once…if you dare. 

Here's how I got the idea:
When I was in Los Angeles on a book tour, I saw tables of silent teenagers silently texting each other. After I figured out what they were doing so quietly, I wondered, what if someone wrote a book for them, one they could read on their phones? What if that book used only the cool things that they could download to their iPhones?

I chose to rewrite Dracula because Bram Stoker’s original was written to showcase the high tech communication methods of his time: the typewriter, the wax Victrola recording disk, newspaper articles, and ship’s manifestos. So, I wrote iDrakula in the language of today: text messages, texted photos, URLs, voicemails and short emails. It’s Dracula as seen through the eyes of my phone, except with a few changes to the story to make it come out the way I always wanted it.

Visit Bekka's website and more info about iDrakula
Follow Bekka on Twitter
And find her on Facebook

Now for today's giveaways!  As usual, please leave a comment to be entered to win one of today's prizes.  Winners announced on Sunday.

A copy of Skyler White's IN DREAMS BEGIN.  Be sure to stop by Bite Club on November 4th, when Skyler guest posts.

A copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's NO MERCY

The set of Jeaniene Frost's HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE and ETERNAL KISS

The DVD, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (this is a used copy)



Kirsten said...
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Zita said...

Fascinating. How would a library distribute it, I wonder? Still, as a way to reach thousands, it has huge potential. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

Virginia C said...

Brava, Bekka, Brava! Very imaginative and intriguing : ) I think that Bram Stoker would have enjoyed your creativity with immense satisfaction!

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tina werner said...

what a neat take on the original! i'm super excited about this book!

thanks for the chance to win!
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Sara C said...

Ooohh, sounds really interesting. I just finished listening to the original on tape it'll be fun to compare the two. Another great one to add to the list. :)

sararcummins AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

This is a really different concept. I would love to read it....I must go check (Germany) to see if they have it there.

in Germany

throuthehaze said...

I just got idrakula the other day! I haven't had time to read it yet but I will soon :)
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

CrystalGB said...

Idrakula sounds good. What an interesting concept.

Rebecca T. Little said...

A new twist on a classic is always appreciated! Looking forward to reading this :)


Lil said...

Dracula in the modern day with technology? Sounds interesting.

Mustang Heritage said...

The VAMPIRE TAROT would be cool!
but the books are great too, now I have to add more writers to my wish list!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

What a great place to guest blog! You guys are awesome!

Zita: There is also a print book, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, so libraries will have copies to loan out. Never fear! iDrakula likes warm dark place with lots of books...

Valerei: hat das Buch, aber nur auf englisch. Hoffentlich reicht dass!

van_pham said...

iDrakula sounds like a fun book! and the Tarot vampire cards look sooo cool! Thanks for the giveaway.

u.s. resident, blog follower


Spav said...

This book sounds great. Dracula never gets old!

International reader

LSUReader said...

What an amazing way to re-vision and update the classic vampire tale.

Thanks for another great day of giveaways! (Email in profile.)

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I honestly love the pic of him with a cellphone, what a cool way to update this story.

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

what a unique way to retell it. Sounds really interesting.

jmspettoli said...

Awesome prizes and iDracula definitely sounds interesting!

spettolij AT gmail DOT com

Witchy Woman said...

Bekka, you certainly give new meaning to the word the concept! Since my cell phone's older than Drakula, I won't be able to see it on those pretty iphones-will have to pick up the paperback. Wonder it available for my Kindle? My cell phone may be outdated, but my ereader certainly isn't!

mariska said...

i'm so want to read this book !
and how interesting how you get the idea to write this book.

international reader

uniquas at ymail dot com

buddyt said...

It is certainly a new take on the Dracula story. Presumably you have also included something on Social Networking sites as they are so popular these days !

If the giveaway is open worldwide, I would love to be entered.


Carol T

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donnas said...

Looking forward to this one. Very interesting way to retell the story.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Jennifer Mathis said...

I love the different retellings of Dracula .