Friday, July 31, 2009

Zombies and Vampires and Werewolves--Oh My!

In an effort to meet the seemingly endless demand for werewolf and vampire fare, Blackstone has taken the plunge with a host of new books that should go a good way toward satisfying the appetites of fans of this popular fantasy/action genre. For starters, we've licensed the beginning of a new series of werewolf novels by S. A. Swann. The first installment, Wolfbreed, is set in the late Middle Ages and centers around a pack of "wolf children" who become pawns in the battle between the early Christian church and the pagan tribes of northern Europe. Yours truly will narrate this September simultaneous release.

David Wellington is well known for his highly entertaining zombie and vampire gore-fests. 13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero and 23 Hours all feature the indefatigable vampire-killer Laura Caxton. Frankly, I find these irresistible. Bernadette Dunne will have to stock up on garlic and crucifixes if she's going to make it through all four in one piece. With luck these will get to download before the end of the year.

Wellington will switch to werewolves in a new series, the first of which, Frostbite, premiers in October, followed by a second entry, Overwinter, early next year. I haven't seen a preview yet so I can't tell you which of our lucky narrators will be drenched in blood.

And then we have Nadya, a 1997 fantasy novel by Nebula Award-winner Pat Murphy that follows the adventures of its she-wolf heroine as she journeys from Poland to the American frontier of the 1860's. Kirsten Potter, who recently portrayed several old-time heroines for Blackstone (Gerald Koplan's Etta and Ann Parker's Leaden Skies) will take on this decidedly different twist on the legends of the Old West.

Hope these keep the demon-hunters happy for a while.

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