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The Sundance Channel - Love Lust: The Undead

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, the Sundance Channel will be airing an episode of its original series "Love Lust" that I'm particularly interested in watching, both because it's about the UNDEAD and because I'm interested in hearing the theories that will be discussed.


THE UNDEAD
Tuesday, June 28th at 10pm
The Undead have risen, and they’ve taken over popular culture. Far from being a recent phenomenon, vampires and zombies have haunted us for centuries, evolving to fit the challenges of each culture and era. Simultaneously bewitching, repelling, seductive, and terrifying, these blood-suckers and brain-eaters embody both society’s greatest fears and its secret, carnal desires. LOVE LUST: THE UNDEAD looks at how every generation defines itself with monsters, from Dracula to “Twilight” and from Vlad the Impaler to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” From the Press Release (full release below)


Here's a clip:




You can see more about Love Lust at the Sundance Channel by clicking here. Upcoming episodes include "Secret Societies" on July 5 and "The Paranormal"on July 12th. Love Lust is rated TV-14. Love Lust episodes air at multiple times so if you miss the show check the schedule at for additional broadcast times.


PRESS RELEASE


MORE REASONS TO “LOVE LUST”
SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S SERIES CHRONICLING THE HISTORY OF POP CULTURE PHENOMENA: SIX NEW EPISODES BEGINNING JUNE 7TH AT 10 PM

Six New Episodes Range from ‘Street Eats’ to “Sex Symbols” to "The Undead”

New York –May 10, 2011 – From the foods we love to eat to the mythical creatures that love to eat us, Sundance Channel’s “Love Lust” will take on our guiltiest pleasures this summer, including the undead (vampires, zombies, etc.), social networks, sex symbols and secret societies. Airing Tuesdays nights, beginning June 7th at 10 pm ET/PT, each hour-long episode of “Love Lust” provides a definitive and entertaining account of how life’s cultural innovations progress from novelty to ubiquity.

The series kicks off the first of six new episodes on June 7th at 10pm et/pt with ‘Street Eats,’ a delicious account of the world’s oldest and most beloved way to dine: on the street. Our experts chew on the savory history of the food trucks and sophisticated finger foods that have helped build communities and bring people together of every ethnicity and viewers will meet the surprising people that helped cook up the our cultural melting pot and the modern day pioneers that are elevating street food from grunge to gourmet.

The first installment of “Love Lust” debuted on Sundance Channel in February 2011, kicking off fashion week with stories of iconic sartorial staples like the ‘Bikini,’ and ‘The Little Black Dress.’ Four hour-long episodes unraveled the origin, and stitched together the evolution of various fashion must-haves.

The schedule for LOVE LUST is as follows:

“STREET EATS”
Tuesday, June 7th at 10pm
Whether it’s an early morning fix, lunch on the go, or a drunken midnight meal, street food is the world’s oldest and most beloved way to dine out. From sophisticated finger food to down and dirty pig-outs, street food is a global phenomenon that builds communities and brings people together. Now, street food has become an American obsession. All over the country, a new generation of gastronomic food trucks is bringing bold, inventive flavors to the people. LOVE LUST: STREET EATS explores this phenomenon’s delicious history and looks at where it’s headed.

“SEX SYMBOLS”
Tuesday, June 14th at 10pm
They’re the people we fantasize about, the faces that stir up passion and the bodies that define hot. They’re sex symbols – those icons of sensuality that captivate, titillate, and allow us to project our most intimate desires. From the curvaceous Marilyn Monroe to the androgynous idols of the 1970s, what makes a sex symbol is more than pure beauty. It’s the ability to tap into and represent the social and cultural politics of the time. LOVE LUST: SEX SYMBOLS delves into how these unforgettable objects of desire personify generations, reflect popular tastes, and drive social change.

“THE SOCIAL NETWORK”
Tuesday, June 21st at 10pm
Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Friendster … Social networks are the technological way we come together now, but they’ve been part of our lives since cavemen first gathered around a campfire. LOVE LUST: THE SOCIAL NETWORK explores not just the modern day roots of social networking, but also the surprising connections to social networking in the past, like the fashionable 17th century salons of Paris where every bon mot could be either a compliment or a dagger in the heart. As technology makes connecting with more and more friends easier, faster, and cheaper, the raw human element of touching another person’s life may be sacrificed in the process. Is it better to have lots of friends at your fingertips or to run around outside with just a few? Sundance Channel’s plugged-in experts break down the sites we love and take a fun look at our love affair with the social network.

“THE UNDEAD”
Tuesday, June 28th at 10pm
The Undead have risen, and they’ve taken over popular culture. Far from being a recent phenomenon, vampires and zombies have haunted us for centuries, evolving to fit the challenges of each culture and era. Simultaneously bewitching, repelling, seductive, and terrifying, these blood-suckers and brain-eaters embody both society’s greatest fears and its secret, carnal desires. LOVE LUST: THE UNDEAD looks at how every generation defines itself with monsters, from Dracula to “Twilight” and from Vlad the Impaler to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

“SECRET SOCIETIES”
Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm
It takes more than a secret handshake to crack the world’s most secret societies. Shrouded in mystery and cloaked by riddles, these hidden groups fascinate us, making our imaginations run wild with conspiracy theories both far-fetched and tantalizingly real. From their cryptic origins to their secluded initiation ceremonies, our thirst for information about secret societies is a witch hunt to last the ages. And just why are they so secretive anyway ... is their goal a fun diversion or total world domination? Whether it's "The Da Vinci Code", "The Godfather", or an episode of “The Simpsons,” the media has stoked the fires so much that now it's hard to tell fact from fiction. LOVE LUST: SECRET SOCIETIES separates truth from rumor and give viewers an insider's look at the most captivating mysteries of past and present.

“THE PARANORMAL”
Tuesday, July 12th at 10pm
From sightings of UFOs to mysterious ghostly apparitions and unexplained psychic phenomena, all over the world, regardless of the country, culture, or era, the paranormal has always had some degree of prominence in the public psyche. Sundance Channel's LOVE LUST: THE PARANORMAL explores the deepest hopes, fears, and desires fueling our fascination with the paranormal. Our experts look through history to find a wide range of strange phenomena, revealing the people behind the stories and examine how UFOs, ghosts, and the occult have found their way from underground subcultures to the mainstream as well as where the future of the paranormal might be headed.


About Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel is the destination for What’s Next, Now. Showcasing both today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible, authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion, Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity. sundancechannel.com

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world’s most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and Sundance Selects/IFC Entertainment (Sundance Selects, IFC Films, IFC Midnight, IFC Productions, IFC Center and SundanceNow). Additional information about Rainbow Media’s multiplatform brands is available at http://www.rainbow-media.com/ .

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.

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom

Welcome to my first Books I've Read Before You Were Born. So what's this? I've decided to discuss some of the wonderful books that I read years ago. Some of the books will be OOP; others still in publication.

I've decided to start with the Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom. I love these books. They are among the first books I think of when someone asks me to recommend a series with vampires. The books are very well written and the characters are memorable. The Austras are unique.


Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
We're delighted to have Elaine Bergstrom as our guest at The Qwillery.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Austra Vampire Series?

Elaine:  I had always wanted to be a writer and got my degree in Journalism. But I went into retail advertising which, as we writers at Gimbels used to say, trained monkeys could do. We also had a lot of downtime and a couple of file cabinets full of trashy romance novels. I was a third of a way through one when I realized I had read it before. I knew I could write something so much better. AND I had an office and a typewriter, so I started writing.

But you asked about the Austra family in particular. I can tell you that I had grown up watching horror films and reading sci fi. The Austras were the perfect amalgam of both interests. The early pages were very different from what eventually became Shattered Glass. I had the setting in Romania, all very traditional, but realized I knew nothing about that part of the world. I did know a lot about Cleveland – and the house I grew up in and the street I lived on, the Catholic church my family attended and the effects of polio. I wrote, in a large part, what I knew and, with the petty details out of the way, I could concentrate on the story. By the time I was halfway through the novel, I had the Austra family, their history, their friends and the plot of the second and third novels in the series (though I think reading them in date order, with Blood Alone first, is not a bad idea).

Also, at the time I began writing Glass, I had just experienced a major change for the better in my life. My then husband had gone through treatment and was sober and, for the first time I could recall, I felt calm, which is important for creative writing. I was also attending frequent Al-Anon meetings at the time. Being a storyteller, I tended to stay in first step meetings, mentally recording the stories, words and emotions of those recovering from the emotional trauma of living with an addict. This helped me understand Charles and Stephen and the love/hate relationship between them. Glass is, above all, a novel of addiction.

TQ:  Do you prefer to write in a particular genre or genres?

Elaine:  Not necessarily, but there is a bit of bloodthirstyness in me. I recall my editor suggesting I try my hand at romance and sent me some of the more popular ones. I found myself thinking that if I were the women in these stories, I would have killed the bastards making their lives miserable. Perhaps it is time for extreme romance, but I never tried that. I do have an appreciation for a good historical novel, one which gets its facts straight, so It is no surprise that I do have a historical trilogy plotted, set in the time of Czar Alexander. And yes, it is very bloody.

TQ:  In what genre(s) would you place the Austra Vampire Series.

Elaine:  Sci fi/romance/dark fantasy. One thing it is not is “paranormal.”

TQ:  Who is your favorite Austra?

Elaine:  Until Nocturne, I would have likely said Laurence. But I am very fond of Patrick. He has a wit about him that I love.

TQ:  Where does "Ebb Tide" fit in the Series' reading order?

Elaine:  It is part of Glass. It was broken into a couple of pieces. I can’t recall the exact order, but occurs after Judy writes her story and just before the brothers’ confrontation in the church.

TQ:  What is the timeline reading order of the Austra books?

ElaineShattered Glass or Blood Alone first or second, Blood Rites, Nocturne. Daughter of the Night, anytime. It stands alone.

TQ:  Is there anything more planned for the Austra Vampires?

Elaine:  Absolutely! I have a novel, Beyond Sundown, a continuation of Nocturne. I am self publishing Nocturne first, then Beyond Sundown immediately after. I think you need to read one before the other.

I have also pulled the copyrights on all my books but Mina and Blood to Blood and will be reissuing them after the final two. The issue for Glass and Blood Alone is that they were not composed on a computer, so they will need OCR scanning, which is a bit expensive.

I am also working on a short story with Patrick and Richard in high school. Think of it as Twilight for a more mature, and less sexually uptight, audience. I am hoping to release it via kindle or download by the end of the summer.

There is one final delicious idea – merging the Mina and Austra stories. I would love to see Van Helsing in the same room with Charles. Now that would be a great conversation!

TQ:  Thank you!



The Austra Vampire Series


Shattered Glass

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
Stephen Austra is a prominent artist, renowned for his wondrous restorations of stained glass in cathedrals and churches. He is also a vampire. But he respects ordinary human lives, and would never hurt a soul. Or so his lover, Helen Wells, desperately wants to believe...
From the back of the Ace edition, ISBN 0-441-00067-3, June 1994.



"Ebb Tide"

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom

Originally published in The Vampire's Crypt, Volume 1 (Summer 1989), republished in Vampires: Dracula and the Undead Legions (November 4, 2009).

Blood Alone

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
Paul Stoddard came to Europe to learn the antique art of glassmaking. But there, in the shadow of rising Nazism, he fell in love with a beautiful, seductive woman. A woman of many secrets. Her family, the proud and noble Austras, are vampires. Her cousin has been sent to a concetration camp. And now Paul has decided to join the vampires' war...against the Reich.
From the back of the Ace edition, ISBN 0-441-00088-6, August 1994


Blood Rites

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
Like any great artist, Helen Wells craved immortality. Now, through the unholy kiss of Stephen Austra, her vampire lover, she can taste eternity. But her passion demands a cruel price -- her utter surrender to the darkest animal urges... the aching need to hunt...to kill...to drink.... At frist, Helen resists the savage nature of this strange new life. Until a hired killer begins to stalk her family.

Some men deserve to die. And some hungers demand to be fed.
From the back of the Jove edition, ISBN 0-515-10728-X, December 1991


Nocturne

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
The ancient names of the Austra family--old ones, mountain lords, vampyr--are still whispered in the rural areas of Romania, though none of the Austras has lived in that rugged land for centuries.

Richard Austra, one of the first children to be born to the family in decades, neither knows nor wishes to know much about his unnatural ancestry. Although he is, in fact, vampyr, he wishes to live as normal a life as possible in the civilized human world. Irena Sava, born in Romania, was brought to America as the child of refugees. She is a gifted operatic soprano, and she intends to use her talent to rise beyond her poor beginnings. When she meets Richard, their love affair--fueled by music, blood, and passion--seems almost fated.

But then a darker fate intervenes, and the lovers find that they must face a deadly enemy, in a dangerous land that both thought they had left behind...


Daughter of the Night

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom
As beautiful and cruel as a wild animal, Elizabeth Bathori cast a shadow of terror across Europe. Seducing. Killing. Bathing in the blood of the innocent. Thousands feared her savage quest for immortality--but few knew the source of her inspiration: Catherine Austra, who came to Elizabeth in the night. Catherine, who possessed the dark gift she craved. Catherine, whose full red lips held the secret of eternity...

The kiss of a vampire.
From the back of the Ace edition, ISBN 0-441-00110-6, September 1994.



Other novels by Elaine -

Elaine Bergstrom, as Marie Kiraly, is the author of The Dracula Story Continues series: Mina, and its sequel, Blood to Blood, as well as 2 other books.



And of course there are goodies: One commentor will win a copy of two anthologies: 1) Vampires: Dracula and the Undead Legions featuring stories by Elaine Bergstrom, L.A. Banks, and others:

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom

and 2) Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays With Bite featuring stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and many others:

Books I've Read Before You Were Born - The Austra Vampire Series by Elaine Bergstrom


Leave a comment telling us about a great book or series that you read a long time ago that still sticks with you.

We’ll put the names of all commenters in the Dubble Bubble® receptacle and pull out one winner. 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, but you only get one extra entry. You can also mention the contest on your blog to get another entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 4 times (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blogged.

Because of the weight of the books this contest is only open to those of you with a US or Canadian mailing address. The contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, May 24, 2010. So leave your comment by then or you won't be entered.

The Vampire in the Cinema and TV

I watched Dark Shadows when I was a kid. Loved it. It was creepy and interesting. I can still hum the theme music. I even liked the remake with Ben Cross as Barnabas. Forever Knight is also a favorite though I'm still not 100% sure what happened at the end. I also really enjoyed Kindred: The Embraced, which was based on the White Wolf role-playing game, Vampire: the Masquerade. The vampire Prince of the City, Julian Luna, was played by Mark Frankel. The series lasted 8 episodes in 1996. Mark Frankel perished in a motorcycle accident in Sept. 1996. And let's not forget Buffy and Angel.

Recently we had Moonlight and Blood Ties, neither of which lasted long. Now True Blood is on HBO and L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries is coming to the CW.

Of course there are many more vampire films than TV shows. I collect vampire films and have a penchant for really really awful films. Two of my favorites are A Polish Vampire in Burbank (1985) and Uncle Was a Vampire (an Italian film, Tempi duri per i vampiri, 1959). Both are so bad that they are funny. I'm not sure that I could pick a favorite film though. I loved Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Gary Oldman was a terrific Dracula. I also love Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi. I like most of the Hammer Films with Christopher Lee. I could go on; I won't.

But I'm really at a loss to think of which book or series that I'd like to see as a film or TV show. Any suggestions?

Qwill's Qwestion: Do you have a favorite vampire film or TV show? What book or series would you like to see made into a movie or TV show?

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