I'm really excited today because I have a guest post from Vanessa Morgan, author of the new vampire screenplay A Good Man. So let's all welcome Vanessa and help her celebrate the release of her newest book!
There's an exciting new vampire story being released this month. It's a screenplay by Vanessa Morgan called A GOOD MAN (also available in French as Un homme bien) - a fun vampire tale that turns the whole vampire myth completely on its head and turns it into something highly original. The movie based on the screenplay is now in pre-production with Radowski Films. Let's talk about some of the scariest vampire animals on this planet to celebrate the release of A GOOD MAN.
These long monster-like fish with neither scales nor jaws latch onto a host with their hook-like teeth and gulp down its blood. Luckily, they spend almost seven years as harmless larvae, but once it uses adulthood they terrorize their habitats and even attack humans when starved. They have caused the extinction of many other water creatures.
Mosquitoes are behind more human deaths than any other animal because of the diseases they carry. Male mosquitoes are pretty harmless because they eat a vegan, nectar-based diet, but female mosquitoes need to drink blood to get their protein, thus carrying over diseases such as malaria.
Bedbugs hide in dark, secluded areas during the day - in mattresses, behind walls, under floors - and come out at night to drink blood. An outbreak spreads quickly, since females lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Pesticides nearly wiped out American bedbugs in the 1940s, but they've recently come bouncing back. Kissing bugs are similar to bedbugs as they come out at night and feed upon humans. They are bigger and more aggressive than bedbugs. They also spread disease.
Because ticks can drink up to 600 times their body weight in blood, they are considered one of the scariest vampires on earth. They also spread illnesses like Lyme disease.
Of the roughly 1000 bat species, only three drink blood. They feed mainly on horses, cattle and other livestock, but they sometimes attack humans as well. One bite alone is enough to spread rabies.
Let's finish with one of the scariest of all vampire animals: the candirú. These parasitic catfish live in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and are known to enter a person's anus or urethra where they feed upon the blood and tissue of its victims. When this happens, it is very difficult to remove the candirú. They are the main reason why it is forbidden to swim naked in those area's.
About Vanessa Morgan
Screenwriter and novelist Vanessa Morgan is known as the 'female version of Stephen King'. You can find out more about Vanessa Morgan and her work by going to her personal blog http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com. If you like cats, you might also like the web comic about her cat Avalon at http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com.
About A Good Man
Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then you will love A Good Man.
Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By: Seth Grahame-Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter starts off with an introduction by the author during which he explains how he came to have journals written by Abraham Lincoln. These personal journals start when Abraham is just a young boy and continue right up until his death. They contain entries about all of the important events of Abraham Lincoln's life, the same events you might find on a Wikipedia page about him. But they also contain all of his experiences with vampires.
After the introduction, the book is divided into three sections: Boy, Vampire Hunter, and President. Vampires played a large role in Abraham Lincoln's entire life. After a few brief encounters with vampires as a boy, he makes the decision to devote his life to hunting and killing all of the vampires in America. He goes on to become one of Americas most successful vampire hunters, with the help of a vampire friend named Henry. As everyone knows, though, Abraham Lincoln also suffered many personal tragedies and losses in his life that he never fully recovered from. When Mary gives birth to their son Robert, Abraham decides he must quit hunting vampires to stay home with his family. With America inching closer and closer to war though, it is decided that Abraham Lincoln must become the next president and save America from the vampires that wish to take it for their own.
Now, if we're going to be honest here, we need to acknowledge that the premise for this book is just plain absurd. It's practically the entire reason I picked it up. In the end, I couldn't pass up the chance to read about one of our most beloved presidents hunting and killing vampires. I thought the entire book would be ridiculously over-the-top and the writing goofy. I haven't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I wasn't familiar with Seth Grahame-Smith's writing before this. To say that I was shocked by this book would be an understatement. The book reads almost like a real biography, with excerpts from Lincoln's journals and quotes from actual speeches, and takes nothing away from the sorrows, difficulties, or joys that Lincoln experienced in his own life. Grahame-Smith simply adds vampires. And it works.
I loved this book, but there are a couple of things that annoyed me about the writing. In the beginning of the book, we get an introduction from Grahame-Smith about the lost Lincoln journals and the writing of the book, but in the end there is no epilogue, no conclusion to that part of the book. I would have liked an explanation for some of the things mentioned in the beginning. And secondly, I wish Wikipedia hadn't been such a big part of Grahame-Smith's research. It's just a personal preference, really, but after reading the Wikipedia page on Abraham Lincoln, the book felt different to me. Still creative and brilliant, but just a little different. Otherwise, I very much enjoyed this book.
From beginning to end, Seth Grahame-Smith does an incredible job of weaving fictional vampires and actual historical facts into one seamless story. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn't a young adult vampire book. It isn't full of romance or campy vampire stories. It's violent and tragic and full of historical truth. With fictional vampires thrown in. I recommend Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, Abraham Lincoln, or vampires. 4 Stars