by Brendan P. Myers
By Light Unseen Media, May 15, 2011
It's starting again...
Scott Dugan returns to the long-abandoned neighborhood of Applewood in the small Massachusetts town of Grantham where he grew up, after an old friend calls him about a mutilated body with very familiar characteristics.
In the early 1980s, Dugan and his friends were junior high school students struggling with family problems, school bullies and growing pains. They slowly realize that an ancient evil has reawakened in the heart of their community--an evil brought home by returning Civil War veterans a century earlier. As their neighbors start to disappear, the boys come to grips with the fact that vampires are real, and only they know what's actually going on. Stopping the destruction of their home, if it's even possible, will only come at a terrible price.
Although not exclusively a YA novel, Applewood will appeal to young male readers because of the age of the central protagonists. The author is a Massachusetts native and the story is filled with local and historical detail.
More information, and a sample chapter, are available at http://bylightunseenmedia.com/apple.htm.
PVN: By Light Unseen Media is a small press which publishes "Vampire stories for every taste". It is owned and operated by Inanna Arthen [aka vyrdolak] who is a recognized expert in vampire folklore, media and culture.
*Read a review of Gideon Redoak by Anne Fraser (By Light Unseen Media, Aug. 15, 2009).
*Read a review of Mortal Touch by Inanna Arthen (By Light Unseen Media, 2007).