Monday, October 25, 2010

VampBash - Clay & Susan Griffith guest!

Please welcome the authors of THE GREYFRIAR: VAMPIRE EMPIRE BOOK #1 (Pyr Books, Nov. 2010)  The publisher has generously donated two copies of the book to give away.  So leave a comment for Susan & Clay, and enter to win other books listed below!
To read our review of this book

Vampires have undergone an evolutionary change since their early days in mythology across the globe. In the oldest myths, vampires were disgusting corpses, undead fiends clad in their tattered grave clothes, clawing their way out of the ground to terrify and prey upon the unsuspecting.

Bram Stoker took that image and modified it. Count Dracula was a solitary creature who lived apart from humans in a dark spooky castles and abbeys, preferring to stay close to his natural element where he was nearly invulnerable. From his home bases, the vampire launched his dark stalking of Lucy, Mina, and others. Sure, he still slept in a coffin, but he was sophisticated enough to wear evening clothes.

Ann Rice took the vampire evolution a step further, giving the vampire a secret society where they lived alongside humans, still apart, and hunting only in the dark of night or in shadowed alleys. They remained social outcasts though they occasionally mimicked humans.

Both authors also changed the physical appearance of vampires, making them visually appealing and even romantic. Their ugly sides only appeared when they were ravenous. Even Joss Whedon’s vampires lived on the fringes of society, and were alluring creatures whose prey usually came to them. They only turned fierce and horrifying when they were on the attack. The character of the Master was the only permanently ugly vampire, and he was forced to live as his ancestors, entombed underground. The price of ugly, it seems.

More recent vampires have evolved even further and they now live right next door to humans, going to the same bars and high schools, existing out in the open as with Charlaine Harris’s vampires. In both fiction and television, today’s vampires seem more human than vampire. They have shed their ghoulish selves to put themselves in close proximity to us. Perhaps to be near their food supply?

In our book, The Greyfriar, the first book in the Vampire Empire trilogy, we push the evolution a step farther and, in a way, bring it full circle. Our vampires become tired of hiding and stealing meals to survive, so they rise up and conquer huge swathes of human society. They are not terrifying shadows in graveyards, fearsome outcasts, or languid Bohemians. Instead, in the vampire territories, they are power incarnate, striding boldly through that which they have destroyed, feeding when and where they wish from enslaved human herds, much as we dine on herds of beef. The decaying remnants of human society serve merely as the framework for vampire culture.

It seems each metamorphosis has brought vampires closer and closer to being human. Vampires have gone slowly from monsters to neighbors to lovers. They are no longer the gruesome recluse, but the beautiful predator. In our book, though still beautiful, they are back to being horrifying monsters, but this time, they rule. They don’t dig out of their graves to attack human society; rather, they have taken human society and turned it into a grave.

Clay & Susan Griffith are the authors of The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire Book 1 (Pyr Books, Nov. 2010) They are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include several books, but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom. They've also written for television and published graphic novels featuring characters such as The Tick and Allan Quatermain.
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What other prizes have we to give away today during the VampBash?  Check it out!

Vampires by Joules Taylor

An ARC of JANE AND THE DAMNED by Janet Mullany

Lynsay Sands' BORN TO BITE


lindseye said...

Saw the review last week and was intrigued. Seems akin to The Iron Duke in overall feel so I want to read this book.

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mariska said...

i guess i missed this author before. haven't heard about them :(

hoping i will get my chance to read this :)

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SandyG265 said...

I've heard of Greyfriar but haven't raed it yet.


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Robin K said...

Sounds very interested. I would love to be entered.

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Virginia C said...

Great post!

Vampires today: revolutionary, evolutionary...still insidious ; )

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Blodeuedd said...

This book sounds so cool, and different, gotta love that..but then I love everything as long as no one makes them sparkling again lol

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Tanya1224 said...

This is my first of hearing about this author. The book sounds really good. I like that they keep moving forward with the vampire. I don't like the old creepy ugly vamps. I want sexy and crazy =)I'll have to give this book a try...maybe even win a Fingers crossed.

Sara C said...

This books sounds like an interesting twist on the vampire story. Thanks for sharing.

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jeanette8042 said...

Great post, this is definitely another book I must check out!


Lil said...

The evolution of vampires in stories has been interesting to watch. Admit that I had not given it much thought and simply been thrilled to see the change in stories.

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Linda Henderson said...

This definitely sounds like an interesting series. I'll be looking for it.

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Kirsten said...
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donnas said...

Sounds great. I really want to read this one, cant wait to get my hands on it.

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Donna said...

Great summation on the evolution of the makeup of vampires, enjoyed it very much and definitely agree with you both. I like the turn your taking with The Greyfriar and very I'm interested in seeing your metamorphosis of the vampire makeup in fiction.

Spav said...

The book sounds awesome. I'll have to add it to my wishlist!


Anonymous said...

Yep, it is going on my wishlist too.

Looks like I've gound another great place to hear about great books!!!

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Teril said...

I must say that in all my new book readings I have not seen this author but this books looks great! It is totally going into the TBR pile. I would love it.
Thank you so much for putting this book out there!

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heatwave16 said...

After the fab review from the other day, I am definitely interested in checking this book out.

Plus, I can say that I love my vamps more on the human side, and less monster...but they still need to be dangerous.

throuthehaze said...

This sounds like a pretty interesting read :)
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latishajean said...

This sounds like a very good book have not read yet. just read Taken by midenight loved it. Great giveaway thank you very much.

ColleenMP said...

Clay & Susan's book looks interesting. I also enjoyed reading the info about vampires and how they've changed over the years.

Rain Maiden said...

Is it hard to co-write a book together? The Greyfriar is on my wish list.

Sarah said...

Sounds like an interesting take on the vamp myth - can't wait to read it!

heatwave16 said...

I'd love to check out all the different thoughts on the world of vamps. It has just exploded, and there is so much to discuss.

van_pham said...

Dying to read this!!

tetewa said...

First time hearing about this one, sounds good!

jmspettoli said...

This looks awesome! Definitely adding it to my TBR pile!

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Jennifer Mathis said...

I hadn't heard of this book before but now that I have it sounds good

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