Looking for some reading material that’s an alternative to the sparkly, fantasy-type vampire novels we’ve been subjected to lately? Then check out Jim McDoniel’s An Unattractive Vampire, which poses the question: In a world of modern, beautiful, and, most disturbing of all, well-intentioned vampires, what is an ugly, bloodthirsty, villainous vampire to do?
McDoniel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, spends much of his time in the Windy City writing audio dramas and radio plays about monsters, magic, and mad science. This is his first novel.
Look for An Unattractive Vampire in online outlets and on bookstore shelves this March 15th from Sword & Laser/Inkshares.
An Unattractive Vampire is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile―also known as the Curséd One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors―awakens, only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly―modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.
Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?