Blog Stomp!!! Vampires, Urban Fantasy, and me.

Winner!!! Jessica Subject! Thanks for stopping in. You won the daily giveaway. Please contact me at writerjacampbell at gmail dot com and let me know which decadent title you’d like.

Welcome to my stop on Decadent Press’s Young Adult Blog Stomp. Stick around at the end for a contest! Oh, and you’ll want to go to Anie’s Realm tomorrow. She’s reviewing Senior Year Bites.

Vampires are dead… no one is reading them now… people have moved on. That’s what you hear from the industry “professionals.” HAHAHAHAAH I say. True Blood anyone? Vampire Diaries? Yep, we’ve moved on… into more vampires.

People have always had a fascination with vampires, from the myths in the Balkins about vampire pumpkins, to almost every other culture that has had some sort of blood drinking being. I don’t see that going away just because a few professionals say so. Humans have been fascinated by the concept for centuries. A few decades of “lots of vampire books,” certainly aren’t going to change that. To me it has just added fuel to the interest.

That being said, these days it seems like writing vampire fiction as a newbie makes you look like you’re just jumping on the bandwagon. Yep, that’s me… bandwagon girl… except I started writing vampire fiction back in, oh… 2000 I think. Way back when the Anita Blake series was one of my favorite reads and only a few of them were published. LKH and Kelley Armstrong certainly inspired me in my love of Urban Fantasy, before it was a booming genre, but I liked vampires before that too.

I think, just like any other popular genre, there is room for many more stories. Everyone has their own spin on things. Three of us at Decadent just published young adult urban fantasies with vampires, werewolves and all sorts of other supernatural creatures in them, and they are quite different. And Decadent obviously thought there was room for all of our stories. I agree.

What do you think? Are vampires dead? Or Undead as it were. Do we have room for more stories?

And now for the fun stuff. The contest.

Everyone who comments today will be entered to win a Decadent title of their choice. You can go to http://www.decadentpublishing.com/ to look around. Please leave us a way to contact you so we can let you know you won. The winner will be announced tomorrow. Also, all commenters will be entered into the grand prize drawing. You can check out the details here: http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com/p/contests_08.html. Check out the blog stop tomorrow at Aine’s Realm for another chance at a Decadent title and entries into the big contest.

Author Bio:

Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side.

Senior Year Bites Blurb:

Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation.

It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead.

Truth or Dare is supposed to be fun too. It’s not even close to dangerous, so playing
at Steph’s house didn’t seem like a bad idea. My dare? Spend the rest of the night in
the graveyard next to her house. It was only a couple of hours until false dawn, my
proscribed return time, so no big deal right? Right.

I survived the attack, but it took me a few days to figure out what was going on. I mean
vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths. Yeah. Not so much.

School is a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night. I was
managing, but I couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends for long. After I managed to
accidentally save one of our cheerleaders from her drunk and ill-intentioned boyfriend.
Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime.

Only I’m a vampire, not a hero, and we live in a sleepy New England town, so crime’s a
little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got
the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking,
non-hero on their team.

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23 Responses to Blog Stomp!!! Vampires, Urban Fantasy, and me.

  1. acm05 says:

    Vamp novels might have reached their peak, but I think they’ll always be popular. The genre has grown to include good and bad vamps, ones that can go out in the sun, ones that can drink artificial nutrition, etc. so there’s room for it to grow and evolve with the times.

    acm05atjuno.com

  2. I’d love to be entered. Books on vampires can never be enough. You can always tweak the myth & make interesting.
    I love this YA Book Stomp.
    If I win I will so review this.
    hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com
    Book & Movie Depository
    http://bmdepository.blogspot.com/

  3. Well, part of the reason we like the vampires is because you wrote them so well.
    Great job, Julie. 🙂

    Heather Bennett
    Decadent Publishing

  4. Vampires are still very popular, and yes, I believe some writers and readers will continue to be fascinated with them. I feel the same way about aliens. LOL

    All the best!

  5. T. Crosby says:

    I’m with the ‘doesn’t matter what it is as long as you write it well’ camp. So many people are using ‘flooded market’ as an excuse, I say it’s more likley about originality and effectively engaging the reader. I’m just about to start reading SYB. You will find my review of it, on my blog, August 5th. 🙂

  6. indiebookibc says:

    I have been reading novels about Vampires for as long as I can remember. I don’t think I will ever tire of them! I like to mix up my genres when I read, so it keeps them fresh. I might read a historical, then a fantasy and maybe a contemporary.
    I wouldn’t want an author to write about a topic, that was hot at the time, if their heart wasn’t in it. It will show in their writing.

    elena(at)elenagray(dot)com

    • Agreed, I think the writer should love what they are writing. Otherwise what is the point? I like to mix up between urban and epic fantasy, with some sci fi thrown in. Occasionally I read other stuff too.

      Thanks!
      Julie

  7. Sally A Wolf says:

    I can’t wait to read this it is next on my TBR list! Vampires never die haven’t they read the legends? I hope I am not too late for the contest my email is sallyawolf@gmail.com

  8. Lissette Martinez says:

    You know, everything has their limits, but if the story has something unique it won’t be dead as the vamps. Thanks for the opportunity. =)

    Lissette_125(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  9. Mardel says:

    The vampire storylines have definitely gone through a few changes, and down quite a few varied paths. Some of them are interesting to me, and some aren’t – I’m not really that into the Romance versions of vampire love (the whole thing is bit…well gross. I don’t even like rare meat!) and most of them a bit mushy for all of that blood stuff. But it’s been interesting reading a few of the vampire main characters, (like SYB) or some of the vampire hunting novels. I agree with everyone that the vampire is here to stay – after all it’s been around in printed novel form at least since Dracula….(stoker’s). Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves and Fairies. A lot of fodder for writers, how can anyone think that people are losing interest? I’m sure the interests will go up and down, ebb and flow, but where there are writers, there will be stories, and where there are stories, there will be vampire, ghosts, werewolves and fairies….thank goodness. 🙂

  10. AimeeKay says:

    I heard someone say once that all the basic story ideas have been told. Does that mean authors should stop writing all together? Ah, no. And the same theory applies to writing about vampires. There will always be those who do it simply to “jump on the band wagon” and make a buck, but as long as the story is well told then what the story is about shouldn’t matter. Besides as people evolve and time progresses the way a story can be told changes, as stories about vampires have changed. So I think that stories about vampires, as well as any other type of supernatural being or non-supernatural being for that matter will never be dead, or undead. 🙂

  11. lisagk says:

    There is always room for another good story. Vampires ARE the living dead so they will always be alive. Please enter me in the blog tour contest and thank you for participating. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Vampires have definitely changed from the original Bram Stoker’s model. But change is good and it’s fun to see what crafty authors come up with.

  13. Junkets says:

    If you’ve been reading Vampire stories for enjoyment you may want to “take it to the next level” and study it deeper. There is an online course at Harvard on The Vampire in Literature that studies Stoker and many of the modern writers in the field. You can find the whole list on their Web site here – http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82073. It’s nice to see the Vampire taken seriously by academics like this where you can study it for college credit.

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