The Scarlet Order Vampires
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by David Lee Summers
2d ago
This year saw the release of my third Scarlet Order vampire novel. In it, the vampires learn more about the origins of vampires, their place in the universe, and they begin to unlock why they have powers that almost appear supernatural. The new novel is a romp that carries you from Southern Colorado to Southern France and from Louisiana to Greece. This year, to entice you to dive into the series, I’m giving away the first book absolutely free. The second book will only be 99 cents and the new book will be half off the cover price. That means you can get the entire three-book series for less th ..read more
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The Dark Deception
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by David Lee Summers
1M ago
At this point, I’m less than a month away from my cancer surgery and I’m deep in the throes of getting pre-operative clearance from my primary care doctor and cardiologist. As a result, it feels like I’m spending a lot of time in waiting rooms, either waiting for doctor’s appointments, or for tests. To me, the best way to spend that kind of time is with a good book. To distract myself from dwelling too long and hard on the forthcoming surgery, I picked a fun book based on one of my favorite childhood cartoons. It helps that this particular book was the sequel to one I read recently and truly e ..read more
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Phoenix Fan Fusion 2024
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by David Lee Summers
1M ago
Next weekend, I’m excited to return to Phoenix Fan Fusion in Arizona, which will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Phoenix Fan Fusion is a multi-genre pop-culture convention featuring actors, artists, authors, Among the actor guests are Dick Van Dyke, Alan Tudyk who played Wash on Firefly, Gina Torres who played Zoe on Firefly, Shamiek Moore who voices Miles Morales in the Spiderverse movies, and Grey DeLisle who has voiced Daphne in Scooby-Doo. Among the authors who will be at the convention are Michael Stackpole author of numerous Star Wars ..read more
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An Impossibility in an Impossible Universe
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by David Lee Summers
2M ago
The title of today’s post refers to a quote by Ray Bradbury, who once said, “We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.” He was referring to how amazing we humans and the universe are and how it’s almost overwhelming to understand it all. Yet we do strive to understand it all through science, faith, and our imagination. Today is a big day for our family. We have gathered in Flagstaff, Arizona to celebrate my youngest daughter’s graduation with a geology degree from Northern Arizona University. Artist’s Rendering of the surface of Proxima Centauri b. Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser Veri ..read more
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Bride of the Monster
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by David Lee Summers
2M ago
I just learned 2024 is the centenary of Edward D. Wood, Jr.’s birth. I first learned about Wood from a book called The Golden Turkey Awards by critics Harry and Michael Medved. The book named Wood’s film Plan 9 From Outer Space as the worst movie of all time and Wood himself was named worst director of all time. The reason I owned the book was that I’d always enjoyed so-called B-movies and, I have to admit, I enjoyed the Medveds’ somewhat snarky look at bad cinema. To their credit, they didn’t limit their critiques to low-budget films. They criticized big budget movies as well. Still, Plan 9 ..read more
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A Heist for the Gods
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by David Lee Summers
3M ago
I recently became aware of the term “godpunk.” It’s a science fiction/fantasy sub-genre that sits alongside such sub-genres as “steampunk” and “solarpunk.” While “steampunk” imagines a story set in a Victorian-like milieu and “solarpunk” imagines positive outcomes in a future with climate change, “godpunk” tells stories about the world’s deities their close associates, such as angels and demons. Often these stories are set in a time period outside of the classic stories of these gods. What’s more, while these stories can be humorous or offer wry commentary, they endeavor to be respectful of th ..read more
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A Cry of Hounds
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by David Lee Summers
3M ago
Body and Soul, the Hunt Is On! Hounds, faithful, tenacious, and oft the subject of otherworldly lore. Will they stand beside you or hunt you down? Only time (and the tale) will tell. A Cry of Hounds is an anthology presented in conjunction with the Tell-Tale Steampunk Festival that presents eleven tales inspired by the master of mystery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, paying tribute to his genius for deduction and his passion for things beyond the ken of mortal men. When we were invited to create stories for the anthology, we were asked to pick a supernatural hound from folklore to incorporate into ..read more
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Read a Vampire Ebook!
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by David Lee Summers
4M ago
Happy Read an Ebook Week! You can find my Scarlet Order Vampire novels available now at Smashwords at a promotional price to help you celebrate. Find my vampire novels and many more great books at https://www.smashwords.com/ebookweek from March 3-9! The third volume of my Scarlet Order vampire series was released just last month. This is your opportunity to grab all three books for a special promotional price of just 99 cents each. That means you can get the whole series for less than the price of one book! Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order Vampires Three vampires. Three lives. Three ..read more
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The Most Common Vampire Trope
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by David Lee Summers
5M ago
Okay, perhaps it’s not the most common vampire trope, but a trope I have seen in most vampire novels is the moment when the author takes time to tell us which vampire tropes don’t work in their world. The first book I remember encountering this is Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice when Louis talks about how he enjoys looking at crucifixes and can’t transform into a mist to go through a keyhole. Done well, it can ground the novel and help the reader suspend their disbelief. Unfortunately, it often feels like a kind of obligatory telling instead of showing. When I read the description of M ..read more
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The Vampire Lestat Revisited
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by David Lee Summers
5M ago
I first read Anne Rice’s novel The Vampire Lestat a little over 30 years ago, soon after reading Interview with the Vampire and seeing Neil Jordan’s 1993 film. Of course, there has never been a film of The Vampire Lestat, so it’s not surprising my memory of the novel was rusty at best. Still, it seems I remembered most of the important elements, though I’d forgotten several details and I came away with a somewhat different impression of the novel than I remembered. The Vampire Lestat is an interesting second book in the series because it’s actually something of a prequel to the first book. Pr ..read more
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