Listen to Dracula: the Podcast narrated by Tom Walters. You can listen online at the website or subscribe to it through iTunes. Says Tom, "Think you know the story? You don't. Now you can hear the timeless story of bloodlust and the struggle against evil incarnate from the original unabridged text. Complete chapters available as podcasts."
I listened to the most recent posting which was Chapter 23 of Stoker's classic. The narration was quite good with just the right amount of spookiness.
Welcome to the World of Birch Grove Academy
Read the first 3 chapters of Marta Acosta's YA gothic novel.
Says Marta, "I've decided to share chapters from my young adult gothic novel, The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, with friends and fans.
"Fans of the Casa Dracula series will notice a few similarities, as well as major differences. My heroine is another lost girl, but Jane is somber and stoic. She's observant and quiet. She faces life without any illusions.
"Her obstacles are formidable and her enemies are unseen. Does small, plain, poor Jane have the strength and heart to overcome them?"
Here is a recent article about author Seth Grahame-Smith. His newly published book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance has been quite a hit.
From the publisher: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. "
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton — and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers — and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, sword fights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read."
The article goes on to explain that Grahame-Smith's success has been so great that he has now been commissioned to write a story about Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter. This one I will have to read!
This is an interesting product. It's called Vampire Lure Neck Cream.
Description: "All natural whole body cream, especially good for the neck. The fragrance will make him bare his fangs.
"This chemical-free cream is hand-crafted on our farm in the North Olympic Peninsula from olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils of lavender, cloves and other secret herbs..."
Sounds rather nice. Maybe I'll give it a try.
Tor Books Announces the April 28, 2009 Launch of Author S.J. Day's New Urban Fantasy Series Releasing Consecutively Over Three Months Starting with Eve of Darkness
Eve of Darkness (Marked, Book 1), $6.99; On Sale April 28, 2009)
Eve of Destruction (Marked, Book 2)
Eve of Chaos (Marked, Book 3) (July 09)