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Cookbooks to Make Ghouls and Bats Happy!

It's that wonderful time of year when my thoughts start turning toward Fall and my favorite holiday, Halloween. That got me thinking about cookbooks. I have over 1200, but I can never have enough cookbooks. They're books!  I decided to see what sorts of vampire/zombie/monster themed cookbooks are out there. Some of these books are no longer available. Here's what I found:

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake: 25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
Author: Lily Vanilli
Published: July 2010
Format: Hardcover, 63 pages

This book features killer cupcakes that taste bloody good! After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back. Here, Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere - insects, roadkill, zombies - and recreate it in cake, but always with a delicious result. This book is an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly and even grotesque - but that taste divine! There are amazing materials for making edible sculptures and hundreds of things you can do with natural ingredients. Give guests a shock with revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce. Try out a black cherry Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcake with cream cheese, eat your way through heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes or go for indulgent and truly dark chocolate Devil's Delight Cupcakes. If Ozzy Osbourne made cupcakes, these are the ones he'd want to eat.

Bite at Twilight: Vampires, Forks, and Knives Cookbook
Author: Gina Meyers
Published: May 2009
Format: Paperback, 94 pages

The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited excitement in the kitchen. Delectable delights to satisfy the appetites of the humans found in the fictional book Bite At Twilight: Vampires, Forks, & Knives, is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment. Whether you are planning a Twilight-Themed Birthday Party, just a simple get together with friends, a Halloween party, or just what to try your creative hand to some culinary delights you are in luck. Filled with forbidden love, action, and danger, brace yourself, and bring your very best table manners, and appetites. Don't forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest, puritan "vegetarian" vampires. Intertwined in the pages of Bite At Twilight Cookbook: Vampires, Forks, & Knives, you will find Bell's Lasagna, Harry's Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Raviolis, Red Velvet Cake, Blushing Bella Punch, and much more. Besides mouthwatering recipes, you'll also find a Twilight Party Planning Guide, and for the teenagers, Bell's Prom Primer. "I bought this cookbook on a whim, and love it! The recipes are easy. I made the mushroom ravioli and my family loved it".-Diana, Philadelphia, PA, Amazon customer "Gina, this is brilliant! I have a teen daughter who needs a boost like this to get her nose out of her Twilight books and into the kitchen." Laurie Vengoechea, San Diego Cooking Examiner

Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook
Author: Gina Meyers
Published: May 2010
Format: Paperback, 208 pages

The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited a fire in the kitchen. Delectable delights to satisfy the appetites of the humans found in the fictional book Twilight. Love At First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment.

Whether you are planning a Twilight-Themed Birthday Party, just a simple get together with friends, a Halloween party, or just what to try your creative hand to some culinary delights you are in luck. Brimming with mouthwatering recipes, brace yourselves, and bring your very best table manners, and appetites. Don't forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest, puritan "vegetarian" vampires. Intertwined in the pages of Love At First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, you will find Bell's Lasagna, Harry's Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Raviolis, Red Velvet Cake, Blushing Bella Punch, and much more. is served ala Bella style.

Ghoulish Goodies: Monster Eyeballs, Fudge Fingers, Spidery Cupcakes, and Other Frightful Treats
Author: Sharon Bowers
Published: July 2009
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Eat, drink, and enjoy the creepy yuckiness of Monster Eyeballs, Chocolate Spider Clusters, Buried Alive Cupcakes, and Screaming Red Punch. In her colorful collection of frightful foods, Sharon Parrish Bowers shares the fun of baking, decorating, and indulging in delicious treats that celebrate witches and jack o' lanterns, ghosts and graveyards.

Everyone loves Halloween. It's a holiday that is pure fun and childish joy, an excuse to dress up and eat treats. Packaged candy may be the common reward for trick-or-treating, but plates of Spiderweb Cookies or big bowls of Sticks and Stones Caramel Corn are perfect contributions to school Halloween events, tailgating parties, neighborhood open houses, adult costume parties, and even afternoon play dates. It's difficult to imagine an autumn gathering that wouldn't be even more fun with ghoulish goodies to share.

These frightful treats are not just for October, though. A birthday party for a nine-year-old or a scary movie sleepover for teenagers practically demands an I'Scream Cake or Spidery Cupcakes. And Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bars with Orange Glaze would be welcome at an office coffee break or an afternoon tea party.

Baking from Ghoulish Goodies is a wonderful way to celebrate the change of seasons and the pleasure of working with kids in the kitchen. Baking cupcakes and making fudge are great activities for autumn afternoons, when the weather turns cool and the kids are underfoot after school. Put them to work stirring, decorating, and scraping pumpkin seeds. These are recipes that parents and kids can have fun making together. And the entire family will enjoy eating a warm Choco-Bat Cookie for dessert.

Here's a video showing how to make Funny Bones.

It Came From the Kitchen: Monstrously Delicious Celebrity Recipes from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, & Assorted Aliens And Beyond!
Authors: Geoff Isaac and Gordon Reid
Published: July 2007
Format: Paperback, 221 pages

IT CAME FROM THE KITCHEN is a collection of recipes from your favorite horror, science fiction and fantasy actors and film-makers. From Bela Lugosi's Cabbage Rolls to Ray Bradbury's Peach Kuchen, this book contains a treasure trove of favorite recipes from actors, writers, directors, special effects and makeup people past and present that will appeal to both new converts and old connoisseurs of the genres.

Scattered throughout are quotes, trivia, bloopers, anecdotes and musings all related to film and television. What was Gene Barry having for breakfast just before a Martian spaceship crashed into his house in WAR OF THE WORLDS? What food was served aboard the ship in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? What foods must one avoid in order to survive in a horror film? And just what does Jell-O have to do with special effects and spacemen?

Whether you want to know more about your screen favorites or simply want to embellish you own table at Halloween, IT CAME FROM THE KITCHEN will provide culinary and cinematic treats for years to come.

Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lovers Cookbook
Authors: Michelle Roy Kelly and Andrea Norville
Published: May 2010
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Everything's better with vampires--even dinner! Now you can serve up delicacies your guests will love, and satisfy your ravenous cravings at the same time. Love at First Bite is a unique collection of more than 300 suckulent recipes sure to tempt the taste buds and leave everyone begging for more, including:
Blood Chilling Gazpacho
Van Helsing's Veggie Rolls
Bloody Mary Fondue
Coffin Cake
I Vant S'mores
Blood Orange Mimosas
This ghastly guide also includes clever themes for vampire parties, with menus and movies for some bloody good fun. With Love at First Bite, making meals for monster appetites just got easier!

The Dracula Cookbook of Blood
Author: Ardin C. Price
Published: February 1993
Format: Paperback
This book is a myriad of authentic recipes from around the world and throughout time with one thing in common: Blood! Two threads have woven themselves throughout all cultures at one time or another: the belief in vampires and cooking with blood. Here they meet and entwine in a "blood curdling delight" for the curious and the hungry. An indispensable reference you will pick up time and again for blood recipes and obscure vampire lore. Enter into the world of Dark Dreams and Blood Puddings as you explore the mysteries of the Undead and cooking!

The Dracula Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Homeland of Count Dracula
Authors Marina Polvay and Mark Podwal
Published: August 2000 (originally pub. Oct. 1978)
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
From Transylvania come over 200 recipes that combine the best of Hungarian, Rumanian, and Slavic Cooking, arranged in thematic sections such as Sundown Repast, Hypnotic Hors d' Oeuvres, Midnight International Buffet, and Timeless Recipes to Ward Off Evil. The blood-tingling Dracula motif is carried out in the amusing recipe titles, table decor and menus. Included are such Transylvanian favorites as Chicken Liver Paprikash, Layered Cabbage Mor Style, Poppy Seed Flat Bread and Festive Babka.
Amassed by world-famous cook Marina Polvay, nee Princess Marina Scherbatoff, here are the secrets of such time-tested dishes as corn meal dumplings and cherry strudel, all given a special twist by using vampire imagery. Garlic is considered the most powerful vampire deterrent, and its fine flavor enhances Garlic soup and Meatloaf Bucharest Style.
These flavorful and lavish recipes are sure to make every meal a bloody success!

The Vampire Cookbook
Author: Alicia Alex
Published: July 2009 & October 2009
Format: Paperback, 72 pages & 56 pages

A spooky collection of fun and delicious Vampire themed recipes that the Vampires of your household are sure to enjoy. Great for Vampire themed parties, or a spooky Halloween Bash!

You can find some sample recipes here.

The Vampire Cookbook
Author: Kilmore Daily
Published: 1965
Format: Paperback, 64 pages

Ghoulish recipes for monster appetites. Humorous recipes "bring you some of my favorite recipes for producing pleasant but unusual death." Substitutions noted for serving practical foods with ghoulish names. Black and white illustrations

The Vampire's Guide to Good Cooking
Author: Dr. C.W. Smith-Burton
Published: September 2008
Format: Paperback, 200 pages

This text is a whimsical collection of entrees designed to bruise the palate and delite the augmentary system.

The Vampyre Cookbook
Author: Leah Barrows
Published: April 2009
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
 A cool, eclectic cookbook for those who adore all things Vampyre! From Succubus Beef Stew to Goth Girl Mellow Tea, this cookbook provides a true alchemistic approach to not so traditional gothic delicacies. There's nothing like a piece of Pound of Flesh Cake topped off with a little Dracula Sorbet. Ahh, Gothic Cuisine at its finest...


Vampire Bites: Delicious Twilight-Inspired recipes to sink your teeth into
Author: Alana O'Claire
Published: July 2010
Format: Paperback, 112 pages

If you're planning a Twilight-themed vampire party for a birthday, dance, prom, slumber party, Halloween or movie night you'll want some delicious food to make the party a success!

You'll find lots of great recipes in Vampire Bites: Delicious Twilight-inspired recipes to sink your teeth into including heart to heart tarts, red velvet cakes and bloody vampire cocktails, Forks apple pie, werewolf snacks, party finger food, and dinner ideas.

Over a hundred recipes to enjoy Breakthrough Breakfasts, Delicious Dinners, Simple Snacks, To-Die-For Desserts, and Twilight Cocktails, plus tips to turn almost any dish into a Vampire delight. With the famous wit and real-world sensibility that made her a breakout star, Alana reveals her kitchen adventures and inspires readers to cook the Vampire way with taste and fun.

Vampires Beware: We Have Garlic
Author: William Steele
Published: April 2010
Format: Paperback, 99 pages

Vampires Beware is a collection of recipes and a few home remedies featuring garlic as a key ingredient. Garlic has been used in many cultures throughout the world's history as a healing medicine and natural vitamin. Even today, it is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties similar to a weak penicillin. Health benefits aside, garlic adds wonderful flavor to many foods. These simple recipes will reward you with not only delicious food, but help protect you from vampires and other dark creatures...


Zombie Cookbook
Author: Erin A Doyle
Published: December 2009
Format: Paperback, 116 pages

For many years now, people have been able to buy cookbooks on specific foods or for certain ethnicities. Now finally, here's a specialty cookbook for both a specific food and group of people: brains for zombies! This cookbook offers a wide range of recipes from simple to elegant for hungry zombies everywhere. Make a few of them or make them all, but enjoy every juicy morsel of brain you eat! Bon appétit!

Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
Author: Zilly Rosen
Published: February 2011
Format: Paperback, 80 pages

The cupcake craze is still going full blast, and the invasion of cupcake shops spreads across the planet. But if there’s one thing that sticks in the throat, it’s that those cupcakes are so damn cutesy. Zombie Cupcakes will rise up through the ranks of sugary-sweet cupcake books by featuring a ghoulish army of delicious little creations that are anything but sugar-coated. Recipes range from Zombie Flesh, to Zombie Brain, Gravestones, Maggots, Night of the Living Cupcake, 28 Cupcakes Later, and more! The recipes feature complete cooking and icing techniques, along with full-color photos and even illustrations of some of the more difficult techniques, making the book perfect for beginners and more accomplished pastry chefs alike. Each recipe also features a difficulty rating, prep time, and cooking time, and sidebars of zombie trivia will be sprinkled throughout the book.

I love the UK cover for this cookbook:

I could not find an image or much information about The Count Dracula Chicken Cookbook by Jeanne K. Youngson. It was published in 1979 by Adams Press and then in 1986 by Dracula Press.

What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

I had to go to the Mall today. Daughter is going to a birthday party later. I had to pick up a gift. While there I visited the video game store and pre-ordered many games. My 3rd and last stop was Bath & Body Works. I found some very cool 1 fl oz (29 ml) antibacterial hand gels.

bat bite (apple)
What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

spider's web (licorice)
What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

vampire blood (plum)
What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

zombie squad (marshmallow)
What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

I had to go back to the Mall this evening and ended up wandering back into Bath & Body Works. Lo and behold they had just put out another Halloween PocketBac:

candy corn (caramel)
What I Found At The Mall - July 30, 2010

I almost feel compelled to check back every couple of days to see what else is new for Halloween.

These little PocketBacs are 5 for $5.00. So cute. I may just give some out at Halloween. Please note that these are not up at the Bath & Body Works website.

Save Amanda Feral !!!

And the winners are.....
Irwirum/Larena and Jacabur2008!

Please send your snail mail address to The Qwillery at theqwillery aht gmail daht com so that The Qwillery can send you a MMPB of Happy Hour of the Damned and a cute Zombie Devil Duckie!  Thank you to everyone!

Remember -- Battle of the Network Zombies is out today.

As part of the Save Amanda Feral movement, The Qwillery invited some of Mark Henry’s peers to blurb about him or the Amanda Feral series. Some were entirely speechless, others not so much:

"Mark Henry is a loveable, incorrigible scoundrel who tells the best damn stories about the worst damn people. His vampires, werewolves, zombies, and demons are fundamentally horrible, yet you root for them anyway -- which is truly the mark of a master, in my not-so-humble opinion. The Amanda Feral books are much, much funnier than hell."  ~ Cherie Priest

"If picking best friends from the dead were a team sport, and I was the captain (of course I'd be the captain)--I'd choose Amanda Feral to be on my team. She's like my fashion savvy, fabulous, designer shoe-wearin' twin. Only not... because well, you know, she has that eating people habit I can't seem to break her of. So maybe we're more like fraternal twins than identical..

Ahem... but if I were dead--she'd be my homeslice. Amanda Feral rocks!" ~Dakota Cassidy

"Mark Henry is the king fu master of snark." ~ Mario Acevedo

"Mark and I are Twitter addicted.On the flight home from Dragon Con 09 we decided to share an online service on our only charged electronic device - my iPod. Well, as you can imagine, it was a twitter blizzard and we got so confused that Mark tweeted as me and I tweeted as him..Things were said by him (as me) that I may never live down (so dirty). Maybe that is a good thing.

It was like the Hanukkah of iPods even though my battery said it was going to shut off it never did..not until we landed...only with Mark Henry can you have Twitter miracles. He's a good friend and mentor...and a dirty dirty perv."  ~Synde Korman, League of Reluctant Adults Moderator

"Mark who?" ~Nicole Peeler

"Mary Henry writes the most filthy-minded, vomit-inducing, mind-exploding zombie fiction you'll ever read. You'll laugh until you pee your pants, but you'll join the rest of us fools who soiled our underwear and ended up on the floor curled into the fetal position. Those weekly visits to the shrink won't stop you from picking up more Amanda Feral adventures, either. Go on, addict, enjoy the crack that is Happy Hour of the Damned. I'll see you in group. (Don't talk about your mother. We all know it's Mark Henry's fault.)" ~Michele Bardsley

Only Mark Henry can make zombies sexy! Read Amanda Feral or he will send his uberstyilsh, diabolical creations after you!"   ~Molly Harper

"Hey Mark--where's the Dragon King?" ~Jeanne Stein

"Mark Henry needs to be stopped. He's been brainwashing us with his preternatural mind control skills. Otherwise, how could we possibly find books filled with zombies, fashion and explosive diarrhea jokes funny?

Because of Mark's books, I, myself, have experienced the shame of spontaneous oral incontinence in public. That's why I started a new group called Team Beige. Team Beige is for people who prefer their comedy only mildly amusing and always politically correct. We prefer puns over cutting wit. We prefer political correctness over boundary pushing. And for the love of all that's holy, we never ever enjoy reading about zombie sex. Or sex at all, for that matter.

If you haven't read Mark's books (Happy Hour of the Damned, Road Trip of the Living Dead or the forthcoming Battle of the Network Zombies), I suggest you run out now and buy copies for yourself and all your friends. How else will you be able to fully understand the scope Mark Henry's depravity? Don't hesitate, friends: Team Beige needs you today.~Jaye Wells

Finally, a photo of Mark Henry courtesy of Rob Thurman:

Mark 'Hung Like a Woolly Mammoth' Henry will come to your porch and shake his sweet angel ass if you save Amanda! Or, if that's not your thing, Mark Henry and his sweet angel ass will *not* show up on your porch and respect your restraining order if you save Amanda!

~Rob Thurman

(Photo by FeyCreations)

The Qwillery is giving away 2 copies of the Mass Market Paperback of Happy Hour of the Damned each with an adorable Zombie Devil Duckie.

So here is what you have to do to have the chance to win a copy of the novel and a duckie: leave a comment. That’s it. We’ll put all the names in a hat or some other suitable receptacle and pull two out. Ok, we’ll make it more interesting – if you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times (which would probably cause everyone to unfriend you), but you only get one extra entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 3 times (comment, tweet, FB mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked.

The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth. Contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, February 22, 2010.

The Amanda Feral Series:

Happy Hour of the Damned

Road Trip of the Living Dead

Battle of the Network Zombies
(releasing February 23, 2010)

You can find Mark Henry at his website and at The League of Reluctant Adults. You can join the Glamazombies (his Yahoo Group) here.

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