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Interview with Domenick Dicce, author of You're a Vampire - That Sucks!

Please welcome Domenick Dicce to The Qwillery. You're a Vampire - That Sucks! was published by Tarcher/Penguin on October 13, 2015. This is a perfect gift for any of your newly undead acquaintances or anyone who'd like to get the real scoop on being a vampire. Laughter included.

Interview with Domenick Dicce, author of You're a Vampire - That Sucks!

TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Domenick:   I started out as an actor looking for ways to satisfy my need to act. This lead me to writing YouTube sketches. It was creating these videos that unlocked my love of writing. In addition to scripts, I found myself writing novels, short stories and blogs.

TQAre you a plotter, pantser or hybrid? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Domenick:   I’m a pantser, but as a former teacher realize the importance of creating outlines and planning things out. I am attempting to bring more plotting into my writing process.

The most challenging thing for me as a writer is staying focused. I have a 1,000,001 ideas floating around in my head and it is easy to get sidetracked.

TQDescribe You're a Vampire - That Sucks! in 140 characters or less.

Domenick:   A Comedic how-to book that explores vampire lore from ancient legends to modern films through the eyes of a “real” vampire.

TQTell us about the type of newly turned vampire who would find You're a Vampire - That Sucks! informative. Are your vampires more in the traditional vein (think Bram Stoker) or more of a modern breed?

Domenick:   All newly turned vampires need this book! Vampire lore varies over different times and cultures. Old knowledge forgotten can be just as deadly as newer myths created.

My vampires lean toward the newer mythology, because that is what more people identify with and they fit better into our modern world. However, I made sure to incorporate a lot of the more traditional elements, even beliefs older than Bram Stoker’s version.

TQWhat inspired you to write You're a Vampire - That Sucks!?

Domenick:   I came up with the idea while my wife and I were watching Beetlejuice. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis have the Handbook For The Recently Deceased to help them with their new life as ghosts. I thought that would be a fun book to actually write. From there, I spun off into a series of survival books for ghost, werewolves, witches, zombies and vampires.

TQWhat sort of research did you do for You're a Vampire - That Sucks!?

Domenick:   I started out by doing general research into the history of vampires. It was important for me to know who these creatures were before mass media got ahold of them. When I had a firm understanding of the old beliefs, I started reading and watching as may vampires stories as I could.

TQWhich question about You're a Vampire - That Sucks! do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Domenick:   What is your response to people who say the vampire market is oversaturated?

The market is oversaturated because vampires sell. They have been popular for hundreds of years and it is not going to end anytime soon. We are eternal. Don't let this response get in your way.

TQName three of your favorite vampire films? Which vampire films, if any, might be helpful to the newly turned?


1. The Lost Boys

2. Interview With The Vampire

3. From Dusk till Dawn

Any one vampire film by itself will get you killed. (Unless this book gets turned into a movie.)

TQWhat's next?

Domenick:    I am currently working on the werewolf sequel and a book about germs. Going back to the focus response earlier, I'm also attempting to turn my Bachelor Chef YouTube sketches into a television pilot.

TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Domenick:   Thank your for allowing me to participate on your site.

You're a Vampire - That Sucks! : A Survival Guide
Tarcher/Penguin, October 13, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 160 pages

Interview with Domenick Dicce, author of You're a Vampire - That Sucks!
Being bitten by and turned into a vampire isn’t the glitz and glamor that Hollywood makes it out to be. In fact, one out of five newly turned vampires will succumb to a slew of easily avoidable and common pitfalls within their first few months as a nightwalker—tempting garlic-laced Italian food, silver jewelry, and anything with an SPF below 1,000 will have to go.

As an answer to this tragic loss of undead life, “Count” Domenick Dicce has written the definitive how-to guide that just might save your pale, ice-cold skin. This helpful tome will cover everything from Vampire 101—such as hunting, feeding, and getting used to your new powers—to Vampire Graduate Studies—such as coffin selection, the ghoulish world of vampiric social hierarchy, and the universal Laws of the Vampire.

This humorous and giftable guide will be perfect for you or the vampire nut in your life, complete with illustrations throughout.

About Domenick

Interview with Domenick Dicce, author of You're a Vampire - That Sucks!
Photo by D'Jef Baker
“Count” Domenick Dicce is a writer, actor, and all-around creator of fun. He lives in California, and this is his first book.

Website  ~  Twitter @DomenickDicce  ~  Facebook

Review: American Monsters by Linda S. Godfrey

American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, 
      and Sightings in America
Author:  Linda S. Godfrey
Publisher:  Tarcher, August 28, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $16.95 (print); $9.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780399165542 (print); 9781101625286 (eBook)
Review Copy: Provided by the Publisher

Review: American Monsters by Linda S. Godfrey
From pre-Columbian legends to modern-day eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide covers the history, sightings and lore surrounding the most mysterious monsters in America—including Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and more.

Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren’t just figments of our overactive imaginations—according to thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, in every corner of the United States. Throughout America’s history, shocked onlookers have seen unbelievable creatures of every stripe—from sea serpents to apelike beings, giant bats to monkeymen—in every region.

Author, investigator, and creature expert Linda S. Godfrey brings the same fearless reporting she lent to Real Wolfmen to this essential guide, using historical record, present-day news reports, and eyewitness interviews to examine this hidden menagerie of America’s homegrown beasts.

Brannigan's Review

I believe in monsters. I looked at several different polls over the last few years taken in regards to Americans and their belief in the supernatural, and it ranges between 20-45% of the population. So when I say I believe, I know I'm in the minority. Let me explain my belief. I believe because I want to believe there are monsters, not because I have any personal experience with one nor have I seen irrefutable evidence. I simply believe because I like the idea of there being a little unknown about our world.

It's been awhile since I've had the chance to read a nonfiction book on monsters. American Monsters is both educational and entertaining in how it presents its information. Linda S. Godfrey defines the word monster and then proceeds to break it up into three different subcategories; Air, Water and Land monsters. She then breaks the book up into the three categories.

Godfrey uses both historic and modern recounting of people's experiences with different monsters. Godfrey gives several different examples for each monster. Some are covered with more depth than others like the thunder birds, Jersey Devil, Mothman, Bigfoot, and Werewolves. I still learned about several monsters that were new to me. Several of the stories from eyewitnesses were very chilling and great fun to read. Godfrey does a wonderful job of keeping the pace steady and the stories entertaining. It makes reading a nonfiction book enjoyable instead of a chore.

My only complaint about the book is the fact that Godfrey didn't use as many primary sources as I would have liked. When it comes to historical accounts she could have gone to the primary source instead of someone else's book on the subject. That's not to say she didn't use primary sources, which she did. I just think she could have used more. It would have helped bring a little more authority to the book.

American Monsters is a fast paced nonfiction book that helps shine the light on several different types of monsters. The author allows readers to make up their own minds on the subject without ridicule either way. There are no content issues that would keep me from recommending the book to anyone interested in the subject. I think it would be a great book to read this month at night with the family.

Interview with Domenick Dicce, author of You're a Vampire - That Sucks!Review: American Monsters by Linda S. Godfrey

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