I have one big Halloween-worthy monster of a new releases list and contest coming tomorrow, so we’ll celebrate the holiday a day early on Preternatura with a giveaway of two of the best, creepiest books I’ve read in a couple of years–the two volumes of author Alex Bledsoe’s Memphis Vampires books: Blood Groove and Girls with Games of Blood. (And scroll on down to see if you won a book in one of last week’s contests.)
Okay, confession time. I’m more than a tad claustrophobic, and there are scenes here that had me clawing and shuddering. But they are both awesomely good, combining urban fantasy and horror and a good dose of wry humor. Plus, they’re set in the 1970s in the South, and if you weren’t alive there and then, take my word for it–that was a downright scary time.
Here’s the scoop:
BLOOD GROOVE: When centuries-old vampire Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in Wales in 1915, the last thing he expected was to reawaken in Memphis, Tennessee, sixty years later. Reborn into a new world of simmering racial tensions, the cunning nosferatu realizes he must adapt quickly if he is to survive. Finding willing victims is easy, as Zginski possesses all the powers of the undead, including the ability to sexually enslave anyone he chooses. Hoping to learn how his kind copes with this bizarre new era, Zginski tracks down a nest of teenage vampires. But these young vampires have little knowledge of their true nature, having learned most of what they know from movies like Blacula. Forming an uneasy alliance with the young vampires, Zginski begins to teach them the truth about their powers. They must learn quickly, for there’s a new drug on the street—a drug created to specifically target and destroy vampires. As Zginski and his allies track the drug to its source, they may unwittingly be stepping into a fifty-year-old trap that can destroy them all
THE GIRLS WITH GAMES OF BLOOD:
Listen to what I tell you, son, every word is true
The sisters haunt the night, and might fight over you
Nothing can steal your soul and stamp it in the mud
Like being the new play-pretty for the girls with the games of blood . . .The old song warns of the beautiful Bolade sisters, Patience and Prudence, whose undying rivalry was said to stretch even beyond the grave. But Count Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski has never heard the song. A suave Continental vampire, staked to death more than sixty years ago, he has risen to stalk the Southern nights of Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1975. Although new to the modern world, he has quickly developed a taste for its hot blood, willing women, and high-speed automobiles. Yet the seventies are not without their perils, even for so cunning and ruthless a predator. Zginski’s insistent pursuit of a cherry 1973 Mach 1 Ford Mustang soon brings him into conflict with a legendary redneck sheriff with a short temper and a big baseball bat. His dangerous fascination with an enticing undead chanteuse and her equally seductive sister, threatens not only his own ageless existence, but that of the small group of modern-day vampires he has grudgingly taken under his wing. Zginski has already escaped limbo once, but can he free himself from the tangled web of the girls who play games of blood?
Okay, before we go, last week’s winners–contact me HERE if you see your name and give me your snail-mail info:
—BHAND35 won The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski.
—RAIHANA won the Reader’s Choice contest, and chose Crave.
—NA won Stephanie Draven’s Dark Sins and Desert Sands.
—SUSAN won Spellbound by Blake Charlton.
Congrats to all!