Monday, March 15, 2010

GUEST: George Earl Parker

You know, once in awhile you get really lucky when you're a host on someone's blog tour - you not only meet a really cool author, but you discover some amazing books that might have otherwise escaped your notice. Today is one of those days! I know a lot of you vampire lovers are doing to want to check this one out, so please do... I'll be reviewing later on to remind you! Now, though, over to our guest....


Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, just like life, is so chock-a-block full of interesting characters and situations that you won’t be able to put it down. If it were a movie it would probably have been made by The Coen Brothers, the producing and directing team who gave us O Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona, and the Big Lebowski, among others.

My book is populated by lawyers, who do good and bad things, mobsters, who do good and bad things, and Count Dracula who’s been so busy doing bad things for as long as he can remember, he wants to know how it all got started.

When characters flip around in this way, it isn’t enough for a writer to imply they were just built like that. You have to work from inside their heads, you have to psychoanalyze them, you have to understand their seemingly odd behavior, and you have to explain it to the reader, plausibly.

There are some characters that just do bad things as a matter of course. Like the vertically challenged, gypsy gun running dwarves, the Momar Brothers, and their aged mother who is lethal with a pair of size zero knitting needles. Not to be outdone are members of the press for whom bad news is so important they will scour through a universe brimming with the good stuff in order to find that one bad thing that will get them ratings.

Of course some bad things create good things, albeit for completely perverse reasons. But that’s what happens when you get deeply involved in these concepts; you have to admit that the universe is a very strange place. Take Bradley Harrington Chester III our hero lawyer, who gets tossed off the hood of a speeding car and falls to the asphalt so hard his spirit leaves his body.

His distraught wife Julia sits beside him in the ambulance as he is dragged through the air behind it in a balloon of consciousness, only to be pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Where he floats off into a gray amphitheater populated by gray shapes being herded toward a light.

This is not good for Julia, she sits in a hospital waiting room balling her eyes out and twisting her hair because the last thing she said to Brad was, “I want a divorce.” All of this is terrible, intolerable; there is not one jot of good that can come out of this, is there? Well yes, this is exactly where it starts getting good, because you see Count Dracula is looking for a lawyer, and he has taken steps to make sure that Brad Chester gets a transfusion of his blood. Blood that can rebuild him from the inside out, blood that will save his life, and much, much more.

And for the Count, this is his first good deed in more than four hundred years, and for a universe that doesn’t give a hang about time, it is an extremely important event indeed.

George Earl Parker is an Author, Singer/Songwriter, and an Artist.

As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts.
Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.


  1. This sounds like a real "meat and potatoes" kind of book. All the right main ingredients, a few side dishes- one I could really sink my teeth into! ( no pun intended of course)

  2. I think it will be refreshing to read a vampire novel written by a man. I can't wait!


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