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October 16, 2008 / schulerbooks

Vampyres of Hollywood by Michael Scott and Adrienne Barbeau

 

While I am generally a proud and vociferous fan of all things un-dead, recently my excitement has been whipped up into a new sort of frenzy with a number of happenings ­— the recent announcement of a 2009 publication date for the first Stoker family-authorized Dracula project since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi (Dracula: The Un-Dead, by Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker and Dracula documentarian and historian Ian Holt, as announced by Publishers Weekly); the upcoming Lansing Civic Players’ stage production of Dracula; and my joyful discovery of Vampires of Hollywood by one of my new favorite authors, Michael Scott, with scream-queen siren Adrienne Barbeau.

Scott is the Irish author of over 100 titles, best known stateside for his bestselling young adult series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I recently had the pleasure of meeting him on his book tour, and was blown away by his immense knowledge of folklore and mythology, which he works seamlessly into his own literature with a brilliant blend of imagination and historical revisionism. In Vampyres of Hollywood, he and Ms. Barbeau meld the various vampire mythologies with a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood to great effect, at turns hilarious and pulse-racing.

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