Tuesday, October 26, 2010

VampBash - Wanted Undead or Alive!

Something fun and interesting for all the VampChix and VampBoyz today, and probably a book you all haven't heard about yet, but most certainly will want to add to you 'to buy' list.  Please welcome guest author Janice Bashman, who talks about her latest release WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE: VAMPIRE HUNTERS AND OTHER KICK-ASS ENEMIES OF EVIL.

 WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE deals with the struggle of good vs evil in film, comics, pop culture, world myth, literature, and the real world. Everything from vampire slayers to paranormal investigators to FBI serial-killer profilers. It includes interviews with folks like Stan Lee, Mike Mignola, Jason Aaron, Fred Van Lente, Peter Straub, Charlaine Harris and many more. Our book starts with good vs evil as a concept and then we chase it through philosophy, religion, politics, literature, art, film, comics, pop-culture and the real world. It’s such a complex topic, one that’s fundamental to all of our human experience, from evolution to the formation of tribes and society. We take a look at it historically, mythologically, in terms of storytelling from cave paintings to literature, we track it through pop culture and into our modern real world.
            The book has a real sense of humor, too. We have fun with the topic as well as bringing a lot of information to the reader. Plus the book is illustrated with forty black and white pieces and eight killer color plates. Artists like Chad Savage, Jacob Parmentier, Don Maitz, Francis Tsai, David Leri, Scott Grimando, Jason Beam, Alan F. Beck, Billy Tackett and more.
            There’s a ton of vampire stuff in WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE. We discuss vampire history, legend, folklore, and mythology. We cover vampire slayers, how to kill vampires, and how to prevent loved ones from turning into vampires. We talk about vampire books, comics, and movies, and even have a list of top vampire movies of all time. Readers will dig the different species of vampires. There are vampire legends in virtually every country, and most of them are quite different. Much of what people know about vampires comes from Bram Stoker, Hollywood, Anne Rice and Twilight--and those sources are really not very close to the vampires from folklore. The idea of sunlight, crosses, holy water and similar themes are NOT in folklore. We present the story behind the modern pop culture perception.
            We also discuss different kinds of vampires. Cat vampires and Viking vampires, and all sorts of other kinds. Different species, different powers. All fascinating.
            And…it’s fun to see how people constructed weapons and methods against evil. That is rarely presented, and we build a big component of our book around the fight against supernatural evil.
            WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE is a who’s who of pop culture. We snagged interviews with Stan Lee, Laurell K. Hamilton (ANITA BLAKE), Brian Lumley (NECROSCOPE), Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), filmmaker John Carpenter (THE THING, HALLOWEEN), Amber Benson (Tara on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), authors Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Series and TRUE BLOOD), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampire novels), L.A. Banks (Vampire Huntress series), Lucienne Diver (VAMPED) Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR), Peter Straub (GHOST STORY), Dr. Kim Paffenroth (GOSPEL OF THE LIVING DEAD), S.G. Browne (BREATHERS: A ZOMBIE’S LAMENT), Christopher Golden (THE NEW DEAD), Gregg Hurwitz (SOMEONE IS WATCHING, V), Douglass Clegg (Vampyricon), and soooo many others. A stellar line up.

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestseller, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner and a writer for Marvel Comics. He has written a number of award-winning nonfiction books and novels on the paranormal and supernatural, including THE CRYPTOPEDIA, VAMPIRE UNIVERSE, THEY BITE, ZOMBIE CSU and PATIENT ZERO. His latest novel is ROT & RUIN. Visit Jonathan’s website at http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/.

Janice Gable Bashman has written for THE BIG THRILL, NOVEL & SHORT STORY WRITER’S MARKET, THE WRITER, WILD RIVER REVIEW, and many others. Visit Janice’s website at www.janicegablebashman.com.  Also find Janice on Facebook and Twitter.

 Thanks, Janice!  I, for one, will be on the lookout for that awesome book.
Now, on to the giveaways! As with all the giveaways this week, you can enter each day by leaving a comment.  All contests are worldwide, unless otherwise designated.  Winners will be announced on Sunday.  Do stop in all week for more interesting guest authors and giveaways!

First, we've a fun giveaway sponsored by Viking books to promote an up-and-coming release THE DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness.  Viking is giving away a set of buttons related to the story and an advanced readers copy (available in January; that is when it will be sent to winner) to one lucky winner.  [US and Canada only, please.]

Here is the blurb:
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

The button set includes: I'm a Daemon, I'm a Human (shown below), and also, I'm a Witch, I'm a Vampire, and Where is Ashmole 782?

These are the other books you can comment to win today:



by Tate Hallaway


Virginia C said...

Great fun & a fabulous information resource. A subject of endless fascination : )

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Mustang Heritage said...

this is great!
more things to add to my list of gotta read!

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, sounds like a fun book, and something that would be nice to read at this time of the year


SandyG265 said...

I like the blue and white cover design.

mariska said...

The book sounds great !
have to put this on my whishlist :)

*International reader*

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Kirsten said...
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Robin K said...

I love the buttons.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Rebecca T. Little said...

Thanks for the heads up on Undead or Alive, will definitely have to look for that one!

How to Catch and Keep a Vampire sounds awesome as well. There's a never-ending stream of vampy goodness around here, just love it!


Anonymous said...

Wow, more cool stuff.

Great post and that looks like an awesome book!!

in Germany


Carrie said...

Happy Birthday VAMPCHIX. I love this site.
All of thoose books sound really good to read. More to add to my wish list.

Donna said...

Your right, this is one that I'm adding to the list. A ton of great information covered in one book.

A Discovery of Witches is one I heard about a couple of weeks ago, it's also on my list.

LSUReader said...

What a unique concept for a book. Thanks for an interesting column.
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Lil said...

And now I really am wondering Where is Ashmole 782.

US resident

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van_pham said...

a Discovery of Witches sounds really intriguing! Will be adding it to my To buy list!



Sara C said...

Off to add another one to the ever growing to buy list. Thanks for sharing sounds awesome! :-)

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CrystalGB said...

Sounds like a great book. I love the cover.

tetewa said...

Sounds like my kind of read!

Witchy Woman said...

Mmm-hmm, sounds like a book that belongs in my cauldron of reads. Do throw my wand into the contest, thanks!

Spav said...

It sounds like an interesting book. BTW, I'm an international reader.

jmspettoli said...

Sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaways!

spettolij AT gmail DOT com

Jennifer Mathis said...

I love those buttons