Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vampire News with Guest Blog & Giveaway!

Vampire News: Tasty Bits To Sink Your Fangs Into!
Vampire News Book One
Stavros & Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed

Genre:  Nonfiction Vampires
Publisher: Crazy Duck Press (CDP)
Date of Publication: April 2012
Number of pages: 100

Cover Artist: Stavros

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Vampire News: The (not so) End Times Edition

Vampire News Book Two

Stavros & Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed

Genre:  Nonfiction Vampires

Publisher: Crazy Duck Press (CDP)
Date of Publication:  Kindle - March 2013     Print – April 2013
Number of pages: 188

Cover Artist: Stavros

Vampire News Book Description:

Collected & Edited by Stavros & Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed

Vampire News is a nonfiction annual anthology that collects all the tasty happenings in vampiredom.  Straddling both the real and unreal realms of this most famous and hidden culture, Vampire News is the only anthology of its kind.  Now with the release of Vampire News: The (not so) End Times Edition, this second installment of The Vampire News Network's annual anthology delivers even more undead goodness with just a twist of apocalyptic Mayan humor!  So, whether you love the romantic, dangerous, or traditional vampires, whether you prefer a good book or to wait up late at night to catch the noir classics; or whether you stand anxiously in movie lines, blog, or are a member of a daring vampire community, drink blood, psychically feed, or support famous and up-n-coming authors, get vamp tattoos, make fangs, bite people, go to Cons, or are waiting in the wings of some dark dream, then Vampire News is for You!

With more articles, interviews, essays, and the largest Vampire Timeline ever compiled by man, Vampire Professor, Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed, and acclaimed author, artist, and fangsmith, Stavros, have established themselves with a truly delightful tome for vampyre/vampire fans of all ages!  Researched thoroughly with love and dedication, Vampire News features some of the most insightful facts, tips, blips, quips, notes, essays, articles, interviews, art, news reports, weblinks, and radical thoughts from many of today’s leading authors, professors, fangsmiths, enthusiasts, musicians, models, photographers, and fun-loving nuts working within the vampire genre today!  

Vampire News gives readers a unique look at what lies behind the biggest social subgenre of all time.  It exposes the hype and uncovers the real-life world that awaits you just around the corner.  So, enter and step into a world that you may think you know from the people that craft the stuff of nightmares and walk the twilight glade between this world and the stuff of dreams!  We dare you!!!

DISCO vs. ROCK-N-ROLL: Writing Vampires

These are strange times to be writing about the longed toothed ghouls that we know and love as Vampires.  Vampires, renown for their prowess, mysterious natures, and dangerous intentions have undergone a genre-shattering transformation throughout the new millennium.  Many have regaled in this transformation and embraced the movies and television shows, like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood, making vampires more widely known and accepted than ever before.  Many have not shared in this new reimaging and strive to craft their own accounts of what vampires should and should not be.  All of it reminds me of the Seventies – those days of Disco versus Rock-n-Roll.  How DJs touted the death of Rock-n-Roll at the new sounds of Disco.  How record stores shifted the new trend to better make sales, leaving R&R alone at the Travolta-lighted dance floor.
Disco sparkled.  So did Twilight.  Rock-n-Roll was the constant rebel groove that hit hard or soft, depending on the artist.  It had proved itself, but it was being challenged.  Vampire lit and lore is a lot like Rock-n-Roll.  It used to come either, hard or soft (sexy or monstrous) depending on the writer or filmmaker.  Lately, its rebel groove has been challenged by the glitz and sparkle, and there are many…many out there that say that vampires are dead.  That they’ve run the gambit and it’s as black and as Dracula’s cape.  Sounds a lot like that old DJ rhetoric, spouting off about how Rock-n-Roll was dust.
Even when Disco was climbing the charts, there were still many R&R bands out there making killer albums: Queen, The Runaways, The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, and many others.  Rock was still alive and kicking despite the fact that people were acting and talking like it was “dead”.  Yeah, Disco was the new kid on the block and for a time (a brief time, I might add) it reigned supreme.  But it was under constant fire. 
Much in the same way that the new sparkly-teen-dramatic-angst-ridden-pedophile-stuck-in-high-school-vamps have been under fire.  Writers have not rested, or hidden their pens because Twilight’s portrayal of their favorite bloodsucking fiend has distorted their literary icons.  In fact, I have noticed quite the opposite.  There are even more people out there than ever before writing new vampire fiction, trying to either return the night creature back to its roots or redefine it into even newer terms.  People like Gabrielle Faust, James Lyon, Virgil Moore, Guillermo del Toro, LA Nantz, and yes, even myself are some of the new writers who are crafting original and exciting works with the Vampire.  This barrage of rocking vampires rival the glitz and flash of the disco vamps, but the battle rages on. 
Sure young adult (YA) vampire lit is here to stay.  The chiseled cheek bones of the CW vamps are still in syndication and the fang-porn of True Blood is keeping the vampire light on.  But each month more and more writers add to the fray their own take to one of our oldest night creatures.  This new surge in vampires has created an overwhelming tide of blood and lust soaked tales.  The market is saturated and vampires are everywhere…but is any of them really what people want?
In those bygone days of Disco vs. Rock-n-Roll, Disco didn’t win over rock because it was better or more interesting, it faded into the New Wave.  Rock-n-Roll didn’t triumph over Disco, it held its own while Punk reared its lovely spiked-shaped head, and the two birthed a new kind of Metal.  So, I may not know how all of this is going to shake out.   I am, however, excited to see what and where Vampire literature is going to be at in ten or so years.  I’m curious at the new trends that are emerging within the genre, and I am keeping my eye on all these wonderful new writers out there.
Right now, as an author of vampire lit, I know I fall into the Punk category in this long-toothed war of DiscoVamps vs. Rock-n-Roll Vamps.  I like it hard, fast, and raw – heck, even one of main characters is a punk rocker.  So, I know where I’m at in this fray; just not sure where I…my books…or vampires are going to wind up at the end of it all.  But one thing will remain, just like with Rock-n-Roll, there will always be the Classics: Bram Stoker, Rice, and La Fanu.  So, no matter what’s going on, it will always rock…somewhere!

About the Author- Stavros:
Notorious Poet.  Fool.  Born in Washington DC.  Stavros was a writer and editor for The Independent Underground Magazine.  Raised in Southern Maryland, he fled the Chesapeake Bay to the wilds of the New Mexican desert.  He is a single father of two, whose poetic works have been published in several online and print publications, including Central Avenue, The Sword That Cuts Through Stone, Poets Against The War, Conceptions Southwest, The Mynd, Imagine: Creative Arts Journal, and Bartleby, where he won a specialty award for his poem, Blackbird.

In 1999, he won an Official Selection into the Writer’s on the Edge Festival for his play, The Redline.  In 2001, he created the Poetry Television Project for public cable access in Albuquerque, NM.  All eight volumes of Ptv’s ground-breaking show were broadcast to over 100,000 viewers on a network of regional PAC channels throughout the Southwest and Baltimore.  He helped to launch Unpublished Magazine, sponsored the monthly poetry series, The Word Café, in the Duke city, and produced a political compilation, Poetic Democracy.  In 2007, he released the award-winning documentary film, Committing Poetry in Times of War.

In 2010, he launched the production management company, Organic Ghetto, and released its first imprint, Crazy Duck Press, with his first novel, Blood Junky. Blood Junky received exceptional praise and review, even being called "one of the best vampire novels ever written," by Living Dead Media.  The following year he helped to launch BioGamer Girl, undertook a bigger East coast tour where he began selling his original photographic art, and released two new novels through Crazy Duck Press.  Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge features a stunning full-color cover and twelve black and white illustrations from tattoo artist, Charles Hearn.   Blood Junky’s sequel, Love in Vein, cemented the One Blood series with its continuation of the story, garnering such review as to claim that the book and the series is "comparable with, and at times surpasses, the 'Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice."

In 2012, Stavros joined forces with the Vampire Professor, Bertena Varney, M.A.M.Ed, to co-create the nonfiction annual anthology, Vampire News, and officially became a Fangsmith with the creation of Organic Ghetto's second imprint, Kaos Kustom Fangs.  He rounded out the year by writing and editing screenplays for the One Blood Transmedia Project, recording Dead Girl as an audio book, and undertaking his biggest national marketing campaign, The Book & Fang Tour.

In 2013, he and the Vampire Professor released the second volume of Vampire News: The (not so) End Times Edition and is currently working on writing and growing his imprints.   Stavros is also a musician who has scored commercials, film shorts, documentaries, and television programs.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for theSpotlight and the opp to be a guest blogger! : ]s.