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Win a Copy of Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women

Posted by Debi Moore on May 5, 2015

They might have fallen out of favor lately, but you can’t keep a good vamp down for long. Arriving today to help revive the sagging sucker sub-genre is Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women, a diverse selection of tales written by female authors, edited by Bram Stoker Award winner Paula Guran.

Curious?  Then read on because Night Shade Books has given us five (5) copies to give away to Dread Central readers.

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS plus YOUR FAVORITE VAMPIRE and a BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY you picked him/her.  We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest is open only to US residents and will end on May 12, 2015, at 12:01 AM PT.

Synopsis:
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (Night Shade Books; 978-1-59780-818-7; May 5, 2015; $15.99) collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn and critically acclaimed writers including Chelsea Quinn Yarbo and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible mark on the vampire genre’s neck.   Bloodsucking stalwarts Laurell K. Hamilton, Freda Warrington, and Charlaine Harris are represented as well.

Whether heroes or heroines, bloodthirsty monsters or tragic figures hiding in the suburbs or surviving in the far-flung future, the undead are a lively and varied lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the blood sisters, women writers who know the vampire best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.

Contents (in alphabetical order by author):
• Kelley Armstrong, “Learning Curve”
• Elizabeth Bear, “Needles”
• Holly Black, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
• Pat Cadigan, “The Power and the Passion”
• Suzy McKee Charnas, “Unicorn Tapestry”
• Nancy A. Collins, “Vampire King of the Goth Chicks”
• Storm Constantine, “Where the Vampires Live”
• Jewelle Gomez, “October 1927”
• Laurell K. Hamilton, “Selling Houses”
• Lisa L. Hannett, “From the Teeth of Strange Children”
• Charlaine Harris, “Tacky”
• Nancy Holder, “Blood Freak”
• Nalo Hopkinson, “Greedy Choke Puppy”
• Tanya Huff, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “Shipwrecks Above”
• Nancy Kilpatrick, “In Memory of…”
• Tanith Lee, “La Dame”
• Angela Slatter, “Sun Falls”
• Lucy Snyder, “Magdala Amygdala”
• Hannah Strom-Martin, “Father Peña’s Last Dance”
• Melanie Tem, “The Better Half”
• Catherynne M. Valente, “In the Future When All’s Well”
• Carrie Vaughn, “A Princess of Spain”
• Freda Warrington, “The Fall of the House of Blackwater”
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “Renewal”

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Night Shade Releasing Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women on May 5th

Posted by Debi Moore on April 28, 2015

Two-time Bram Stoker Award winner Paula Guran has brought together a diverse selection of toothy tales, all written by female authors, in Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women, which arrives in exactly one week from Night Shade Books.

From the Press Release:
Bram Stoker was hardly the first author in the world to fictionalize the folkloric fangs of the vampire, though with the publication of Dracula in the late nineteenth century, he was responsible for defining the iconic monster. Since then several other authors have had their chance to add to the world of the vampire. And while many men, such as Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and Richard Matheson, are known for their vampiric contributions, there have been just as many female authors who played a vital role in molding and shaping the immortal figure of the vampire.

Over the years, a myriad of women have revealed fresh and revelatory aspects of the vampire, many of which are not often seen: suavely sensual, fascinating but fatal, sexy and smart, undead but prone to detection, tormented or terrifying, amusing or amoral, doomed or deadly, badass and beautiful, cutting-edge or classic… though all with sharp fangs and a thirst for piercing necks.

Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (Night Shade Books; 978-1-59780-818-7; May 5, 2015; $15.99) collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn and critically acclaimed writers including Chelsea Quinn Yarbo and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible mark on the vampire genre’s neck.   Bloodsucking stalwarts Laurell K. Hamilton, Freda Warrington, and Charlaine Harris are represented as well.

Whether heroes or heroines, bloodthirsty monsters or tragic figures hiding in the suburbs or surviving in the far-flung future, the undead are a lively and varied lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the blood sisters, women writers who know the vampire best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.

Contents (in alphabetical order by author):
• Kelley Armstrong, “Learning Curve”
• Elizabeth Bear, “Needles”
• Holly Black, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
• Pat Cadigan, “The Power and the Passion”
• Suzy McKee Charnas, “Unicorn Tapestry”
• Nancy A. Collins, “Vampire King of the Goth Chicks”
• Storm Constantine, “Where the Vampires Live”
• Jewelle Gomez, “October 1927”
• Laurell K. Hamilton, “Selling Houses”
• Lisa L. Hannett, “From the Teeth of Strange Children”
• Charlaine Harris, “Tacky”
• Nancy Holder, “Blood Freak”
• Nalo Hopkinson, “Greedy Choke Puppy”
• Tanya Huff, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “Shipwrecks Above”
• Nancy Kilpatrick, “In Memory of…”
• Tanith Lee, “La Dame”
• Angela Slatter, “Sun Falls”
• Lucy Snyder, “Magdala Amygdala”
• Hannah Strom-Martin, “Father Peña’s Last Dance”
• Melanie Tem, “The Better Half”
• Catherynne M. Valente, “In the Future When All’s Well”
• Carrie Vaughn, “A Princess of Spain”
• Freda Warrington, “The Fall of the House of Blackwater”
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “Renewal”

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EFM 2013: The Weinstein Co. Acquires Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy for Valentine’s Day 2014 Release

Posted by The Woman In Black on February 10, 2013

In one of the biggest U.S. deals ever to emerge from the European Film Market in Berlin, The Weinstein Co. (no doubt hoping for a franchise) has won a bidding war for Stateside rights to Mark Waters' adaptation of Blood Sisters, the first book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series.

Per THR, insiders say the deal is valued at over $30 million between the acquisition fee and marketing commitment. TWC struck the pact with financiers Reliance Entertainment and IM Global and has a rolling option on subsequent installments. At least two Hollywood studios were bidding for U.S. rights to the movie, which we learned last week will star Zooey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky (more on that here). The script was written by Daniel Waters (Heathers), brother of director Mark (Mean Girls).

Blood Sisters, set to go into production in early summer and hit theaters on February 14, 2014, marks Harvey Weinstein's first foray into the young adult franchise arena. The Vampire Academy book series has sold more than 8 million copies in 35 countries. To date there are six titles. "I am thrilled to be working on the first feature for Vampire Academy. This series is fantastic, and I am excited to bring it to the screen for diehard fans and introduce the stories to a whole new audience," said Weinstein.

The film will be produced by Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment banner, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Kintop Pictures’ Deepak Nayer. IM Global’s Stuart Ford is executive producer. Stated Murphy: "The addition of Harvey and the TWC distribution and marketing team gives us the opportunity to present this wonderful franchise to the world in a bold, unique fashion and only adds to Vampire's considerable momentum."

Book Synopsis
Set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. Richelle Mead shifts the focus from the brooding male vampires of Twilight, "True Blood," and "The Vampire Diaries" to that of a strong, yet flawed 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old, and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir's Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society.

Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics, and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir's waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.

Vampire Academy

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