By Michele Hauf
Are you addicted to vampire stories? I have been for years. It started with Anne Rice, and now that the romance genre has literally exploded with vampires, I feel my addiction will be nicely fed for years to come.
I also have a seriously weird need to make lists. So, about a dozen years ago, I started a humble list of vampire fiction, and put it up online. I call it The Ultimate VampList.
It had about a hundred titles when it first started in the mid-90s. Well, it’s grown to monstrous size (over 4000 titles listed) and I now have it categorized by genre with the vampire realm, such as: romance/erotica, mystery, horror, action/adventure, sci/fi, non-fiction, young adult, manga, and a few others. I didn’t set out to create a complex bibliography with exacting details. What I wanted was the most thorough list I could create of vampire titles. A list a person could refer to if they are looking for something new in their favorite vampire genre. A sort of shopping list, if you will. Print it up and start checking off all those titles you’ve read, and start hunting for those you have not. (I’ve linked most titles to Amazon, not because I want to sell them, but simply so readers can start there for further research on any specific title.)
So you think you’ve read a lot of vampire books? Go check the list. I bet there’s a lot you’ve missed. :-)
The fourth story in my Bewitch the Dark series, which pits vampires against witches, is out in January! Romantic Times Magazine rated it as a Top Pick.
It is Ivan Drake’s story. Remember at the end of Kiss Me Deadly, the heroine and hero sorta, kinda, accidentally promised their first born to the devil Himself? Well, THE DEVIL TO PAY is that child’s story. Quite a lot to be born into this world with–knowing your soul belongs to the devil.
But Ivan is up for the challenge, with a little help from a mysterious witch who guards all spells ever cast.
And here’s Michele Hauf’s Bloody Fruit Salad
Above is a list of the fruits I like to use, but gather whatever sorts you like and what is in season. Cut, cube and ball the fruit into a bowl (all except the blood orange or pomengranate). Then, slice blood orange in half and squeeze the (bloody) juice over all. If the orange is not in season, pomegranate seeds will work too. Crush them (and avoid the bloody spatter; wicked good fun!) and then pour over all.