Archive for February, 2016


Check out the first episode of my new YouTube series, HORROR 101, where I talk about the history of all things scary right here!



THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!! My new novel, BLOOD TRADE, is now available in Paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon through this link! Personally, I recommend getting the paperback edition because the cover is so cool that I think it HAS to belong on a book shelf! Thank you all so much for your support and if you could leave a review on Amazon after you read it, that would be AWESOME!


You can now pre-order the Ebook version of my new novel, BLOOD TRADE, for just $9.99 right here! This means that, on February 22(the official publication date), the book will be downloaded directly into your Kindle, tablet, or whatever device that you use to read digitally on. See you on the 22nd!

With my new novel, BLOOD TRADE, coming out in just one week (February 22!) I thought it would be fun to list the top five novels that inspired me to write it and become the vampire fan that I am today. Drum roll please. . . .


5. I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson

Ever see that movie where Will Smith is the last man on Earth? How about the one with Charlton Heston? Or with Vincent Price? Richard Matheson is quite possibly the most underrated genre writer in history. His work has infected pop culture, yet few people know his name. Remember that TWILIGHT ZONE episode episode with William Shatner on the plane? Written by Matheson. That movie where Robin Williams goes to the afterlife? Based on Matheson’s book. ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMAN? His too. ┬áBut his most famous work is this gem of a novel. I AM LEGEND focuses on Robert Neville, the last survivor of the human race after an outbreak of a vampiric plague. Each day, he goes out and hunts the undead as they sleep in the darkest corners of modern America. While every night, he takes shelter in his home and endures the taunting of his prey as they wait outside, ready to feed on him. Matheson’s genius is that, for the first time, he moved the vampire next door. Gone were the decaying castles and foggy streets of London. Vampires were no longer members of royalty, but your best friend, your husband, your daughter. They were no longer monsters, they were us. Influencing everyone from Stephen King to George Romero (director of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), I AM LEGEND is a groundbreaking piece in the vampire canon.



Published nine years after the now infamous INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE LESTAT is one of the best sequels to any book you’ll ever read. Shifting the point of view to INTERVIEW’s villain, Lestat, Rice takes us through his life story. From French aristocrat to philosophical vampire to modern day rockstar. ┬áRice had already displayed her imaginative powers in the book’s predecessor, but kicks it in to high gear with this entry. Her character work is so rich that you feel like you know these people(undead or not), her prose is so detailed that you’d swear that you’ve been to eighteenth-century France yourself, her sense of mythology is tremendous. All of these ingredients are mixed into a seemingly simple story of a young man trying to find his place in the world. And what a young man he is, Lestat is THE modern vampire. He’s cool, funny, vain, and evil. He’s such a complex character that she even continues to write him to this very day. Believe the hype, Lestat truly is the James Bond of vampires.


3. DRACULA by Bram Stoker

This is a no-brainer, but like the OTHER famous horror work(FRANKENSTEIN) most of you know the dreaded Count from his film, TV, or cereal reincarnations. Stoker’s novel may seem hokey and dated to the unwilling, but it’s actually far ahead of it’s time. Like the found-footage films of today, DRACULA is written as a series of letters, diary entries, and news paper clippings. But unlike, say the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, there is a strange sense of authenticity to the work. The title character himself is more frightening than most give him credit for. Appearing in small bursts, he goes through the novel like the shark from JAWS, destroying everything in his path. He is a force of nature, the apocalypse made flesh. Stoker’s novel is dripping with dread, horror, and sensuality. Creating the greatest vampire in history. Sorry, Count Chocula.


2. ‘SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King

I’ve made it no secret that Stephen King is my favorite writer, but his second novel ‘SALEM’S LOT doesn’t get the respect that I think it deserves. Author Ben Mears returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot to work on his new book, little does he know that a vampire has set up shop in the neighborhood and is slowly turning the Lot’s residents into bloodsuckers like himself. This is a transition point for King. While having a bigger scope than his debut CARRIE and not as thought provoking as his his third novel, THE SHINING, ‘SALEM’S LOT is a slow burn that builds to a blood soaked climax. All of the hallmarks of Stephen King are here: the small town, the great characters, the ability to make the mundane terrifying, the natural story telling skills. But they’re not quite as sharp as his later work will be. Still, King takes what Matheson started and creates a commentary on middle America that is exciting as it is disturbing.


  1. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne RiceRice is often credited for making the vampire “sexy”, but I’m almost certain that those who make that claim have never actually read her work. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE is one of those rare occasions where the idea is so simple and brilliant, you wonder why no one has done it before; “what would it be like to be a vampire?” The answer, of course, is not as simple as it may seem. The vampire of the title is Louis, a New Orleans plantation owner who, after going down a spiral of depression after his brother’s suicide, agrees to become a creature of the night at the hands of Lestat. From there, he learns that living forever doesn’t exactly mean that you will have a life. Dealing with themes such as the nature of Good and Evil, God, Death, Existence, and everything in between; INTERVIEW has more in common with Shelly, Camus, or Tolstoy, then it does with Stephanie Meyer. This novel NEEDED to exist in order for the vampire myth to continue. If it had stayed the course it was on, it would’ve been lost to the black hole of B-movies and cartoons. The vampire needed to have a psychology, it needed, to be explored, it needed to examine how it relates to the human condition. While it’s true we wouldn’t have TWILIGHT or THE VAMPIRE DIARIES without it, we also wouldn’t have vampire classics such as NEAR DARK, THE LOST BOYS, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, BLADE, TRUE BLOOD, or even BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS. Every single piece of vampire media owes a debt to Anne Rice after INTERVIEW was published in 1976. Only seen the movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise? Don’t let that discourage you. I firmly believe that INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE should be required reading in any literature class. Not only is it my favorite vampire book ever written, it’s in my top five favorite BOOKS ever written. Read it.You’ll be better for it.

    So, those are the five works of vampire literature that inspired BLOOD TRADE. What are yours? Tell me in the comment section below! And remember, BLOOD TRADE will be available in paperback and Ebook format through Amazon on February 22!