COVER REVEAL: STRANGE BLOOD
ABOUT THE BOOK
Strange Blood is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.
Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting.
Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires.
Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.
Title: Strange Blood
Author: Vanessa Morgan
Published: Moonlight Creek Publishing (April 2019)
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH VANESSA MORGANVanessa, what will readers love about this book?
More than 30 contributors wrote about their favorite vampire movie(s) for Strange Blood, and readers will love the variety of writing styles associated with this – it's an extremely entertaining and informative mix of essays. They'll also love that several film directors wrote about their own vampire films. Most of all, though, readers will discover many films to add to their to-watch list, and they'll be surprised to see how diverse and original the genre is.
What age group is this book for?
You need teeth to sink into a book about vampire movies. So if you're too young or too old to have teeth, Strange Blood is not for you.
Who is this book targeted to?
Strange Blood is for anyone who wants to discover new horror movies or likes to read about their favorites. And it's especially aimed at those people who think vampires are boring; this book will change that opinion for sure.
Did you do any research for this book?
I did a lot of research for my own film essays, because I wanted readers to learn something, even when they already know the film. This not only included reading every possible article and book written about the film, but also interviewing the filmmakers.
Where did you get your ideas for Strange Blood? Why vampires?
I got the idea for Strange Blood in the beginning of 2018. I am a programmer for the Offscreen Film Festival in Belgium, and my boss suggested a theme around unusual vampire movies. Vampires were my least favorite monsters, or so I thought, so at first, I wasn't convinced. But as soon as I started looking into it, I realized how offbeat and original the genre was and that some of my favorite horror movies are, in fact, about vampires. It's just that the gems get buried under the large number of cliché stories. Strange Blood is a book about those gems.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vanessa Morgan is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books in the horror genre. Three of her stories (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her and A Good Man), have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats.
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