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Fang fiction has become quite popular in the last decade. Most of us have read, or heard about the Twilight series and The Vampire Diaries, or watched them after they were turned into super-successful movie and TV series. But if you want to get some real chills, go for these lesser-known, but brilliantly-written books.

Salem’s Lot
The second book by the ‘Master of Horror’ Stephen King is old-school, yet unputdownable. This emotionally-terrifying novel is about a writer named Ben Mears, who returns to his hometown to write about the terrifying experiences he had in an old house as a child. But things only get darker with the owner of the house arriving at the same time as Mears.

Let the Right One In
Lat den ratte komma in or Let The Right One In by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, was also translated into celluloid. But nothing gives you the chills like the pages of the book about a bullied boy and a mysterious girl his age, whom he befriends. It’s gory, shocking, a social essay in isolation and vampire horror, all at the same time.

The Vampire Tapestry
Suzy McKee Charnas’ brilliant book is one of the most intriguing and provocative novels in fang fiction. The story is about Dr Edward Weyland, an anthropology professor, who believes bloodlust is more a biological need than a supernatural ability! This book is important because Charnas was among the first writers to present vampires as natural members of another humanoid species.

Queen of Kings
This is Maria Dahvana Headley’s reimagining of the story of the most famous woman in history, Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. Through magic, she turns into a shape-changing, vampiric avatar of revenge, because of a botched spell summoning the destructive goddess, Sekhmet. This was the first attempt to look at Cleopatra as an immortal queen.

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Date: April 15th | Category: Articles, Authors, General
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Move over vampires, werewolves and mermaids, it’s the year of the witches and they’re here to stay! It’s no secret that witches are everywhere these days — from Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, to Brittany Geragotelis’ Life’s A Witch, to Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End, witches have sealed a spot on many of our bookshelves. And it’s not just book industry — the television industry, as well as the movie industry, have also jumped on the bandwagon. So why are witches having such a huge moment in pop culture?

Canadian native Michelle Krys, author of the upcoming young adult witch series Hexed, knows a thing or two about the trend, and was kind enough to weigh in on why people can’t get enough of the magic.

When did you first fall in love with witches?

I vividly remember watching The Craft in the fifth grade and wanting nothing more than to be a witch. I started a “coven” with my sister and best friend, which we laughably called The Hallow Hunters, and spent evenings calling the corners and pretending to levitate each other in my bedroom. I’d go on to adore many other witch-led movies, TV series and books: Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which heavily featured Willow as Buffy’s witchy best friend) and later, WB’s Charmed, to name just a few examples. And though I shamefully haven’t read the Harry Potter series, it’s undeniable they’ve cast a spell over the world.

Witches are just plain fun.

They cast spells, fly and are generally fierce and fearsome, not to mention mysterious and, more recently, sexy.

But why the renewal of interest in witches?

Of course, witches aren’t new. They’ve been around in pop-culture for decades. One could make an argument for good old-fashioned escapism. Witches have the power to improve their lives exponentially with a simple spell. If you’d have asked me in the 5th grade why I loved The Craft so much, I would have probably said I liked that Nancy, Bonnie, Sarah and Rochelle — outcast girls, much like myself — had found a source of power that enabled them to take revenge on the people who’d made their high school lives miserable. (And okay, maybe that I loved their knee-high socks).

A case could also be made for feminism.

And though witches as a symbol of female empowerment isn’t entirely new, the demand for more empowered female protagonists may have made the perfect opening for witches — capable, independent, fearless women — to make their comeback. For whatever reason, it’s clear: witches are back. And strong female characters in the spotlight? Now that is magical.

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Date: April 10th | Category: Authors, Interviews
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Even though the final book in The Mortal Instruments series is yet to be released, it seems that author Cassandra Clare is keen to keep writing about the shadow hunters.

After City of Heavenly Fire is released May 27, Clare will be working on three series simultaneously: The Dark Artifices (the sequel to The Mortal Instruments), The Last Hours (the sequel to prequel series Infernal Devices), and Magisterium (a pentology she is co-authoring with Holly Black, set outside the Shadowhunter World.)

Hypable has given us a list of titles and rough release dates:

- Magisterium 1: The Iron Trial (September 2014)

- TDA 1: Lady Midnight (2015)

- Magisterium 2 (Late 2015)

- TDA 2: Prince of Shadows (2016)

- TLH 1 (late 2016/early 2017) – Clare said she plans to release this and Prince of Shadows “quite close together,” but her publisher said it does not expect this until 2017.

- Magisterium 3 (2017)

- TLH 2 (2018)

- Magisterium 4 (2018)

- TDA 3: The Queen of Air and Darkness (2019)

- Magisterium 5 (2019)

- TLH 3 (2020)

Clare also revealed last week that the fifth (and allegedly last) Shadowhunter series will be titled The Wicked Powers. The title comes from a children’s poem in the Shadowhunter universe, “And bronze to summon wicked powers.” The poem was released as a snippet from the upcoming City of Heavenly Fire. The series will be set three years after The Dark Artifices, and will be focused on two of the younger Blackthorns (a Shadowhunter family to be introduced in TDA). If the above schedule holds, The Wicked Powers could start getting published in 2020.

Date: April 7th | Category: Articles, Authors, Mortal Insruments
View Comments // View All Comments (0) | Posted by Katherine

Best-selling author Anne Rice announced on Sunday that her next novel will see the return of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, and will be a sequel to her first five vampire books through the fifth novel, 1995?s Memnoch the Devil and is a “true sequel” to 1988?s Queen Of The Damned.

The new book, which will be released on October 28, 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf, will be part The Vampire Chronicles, Rice’s book series which began with 1976?s Interview With The Vampire. The author broke the news on The Dinner Party with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn, a podcast co-hosted by her son and fellow author Christopher Rice.

Rice revealed that she completed writing the new book in August 2013, but wasn’t able to announce the news until now. The upcoming novel, according to Rice, will be all about Lestat and the vampires and what they’re all doing now right now and how they’re coming to terms with what’s happened to them so far. It also tackles how Lestat is dealing with the demand for him to step forward to be some kind of leader of the vampire tribe. Rice also said that Prince Lestat feels like it’s the start of a new incarnation of The Vampire Chronicles.

You can listen to the entire podcast episode with Rice here.

Pre-orders for the upcoming book begin on March 16, 2014.

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Date: March 11th | Category: Articles, Authors, Novels
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