Haemopolitics

Whilst modern portrayals of vampires are as varied as modern society, the most common trope in Western media is still the male vampire biting female prey (whether willing or not). But why does this image endure so strongly when other classic monsters are portrayed without such a clear biological divide? Unsurprisingly perhaps, a combination of … Continue reading Haemopolitics

Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

Ranging across genres, locations, and time-periods, this anthology provides a variety of perspectives on the question “How might humans act if giant monsters were real?” This anthology contains twelve kaiju tales, united by the presence of some immense creature or creatures but spanning genres from horror to romance. ‘Big Bloody Ben’ by Adam Gray. When … Continue reading Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

A Vampire’s Guide to Adulting by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends fast-paced vampire thrills with the entirely mundane challenges of being the responsible adult, creating a plausible image of what living amongst humans as a vampire could well actually be like. This novel is the tenth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Consider carefully whether you wish to risk spoilers. After nine months as … Continue reading A Vampire’s Guide to Adulting by Matthew S. Cox

Joe Coffin, Season Two by Ken Preston

Preston’s alternate world of vampires stalking the dodgy backstreets of modern day Birmingham continues to deliver visceral action and moral choices with no good option. This book is the second in Preston’s Joe Coffin series. The vampire behind the loss of Coffin’s family has been destroyed by Coffin’s hand. However, the Slaughterhouse Mob’s club is … Continue reading Joe Coffin, Season Two by Ken Preston

An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

Cox adds a nuanced portrayal of the United Kingdom to his fresh take on new vampirism, allowing both power and obstacle to organically increase. This novel is the ninth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Totes spoilers and other youthful expressions. After months of vampirism, Sarah has become both comfortable with unlife and resigned to … Continue reading An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy by Matthew S. Cox

A Vampire’s Guide to Surviving Holidays by Matthew S. Cox

Continuing his exploration of how a vampire might balance their new life and their old, Cox demonstrates that sometimes a vampire hunter backed by technology and magic can be less of a challenge to handle than that one relative who always spoils family gatherings. This novel is the eighth in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Probable … Continue reading A Vampire’s Guide to Surviving Holidays by Matthew S. Cox

Disparaged Vampire Cat by Tyrolin Puxty

Puxty blends madcap events with visceral threats to create a tale that is both urban fantasy and a pastiche of it at the same time. This novel is the second in the Colt Harper series. So you have only yourself to blame if you spoil the first book by reading on. After an enforced stint … Continue reading Disparaged Vampire Cat by Tyrolin Puxty

Ordinary Problems of a College Vampire by Matthew S. Cox

With a title that is both descriptive and ironic, this novel blends the issues of attending college (and attending college as a vampire) with the decidedly not ordinary issues of being blamed for one’s maker’s actions and sharing a house with two ill-disciplined sources of magic. This novel is the seventh in the Vampire Innocent … Continue reading Ordinary Problems of a College Vampire by Matthew S. Cox

How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

Relying on strong characterisation rather than flashy effects, Cox skilfully extends his exploration of neophyte vampirism beyond the immediate challenges of metaphysical limitations while retaining the immediately accessible echoes of becoming an adult. This novel is the sixth in the Vampire Innocent series. Possible spoilers ahead. While being a vampire makes going to college a … Continue reading How Not to Summon Demons by Matthew S. Cox

The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox

Cox displays the issues of starting college through the dark lens of vampirism, creating a teenage vampire tale that has much to interest both horror readers of all ages and members of non-existent Hermetic orders. This novel is the fifth in the Vampire Innocent series. So, there are probably spoilers ahead. With vampirism having ruined … Continue reading The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox