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25 November 2008 @ 10:30 am
write urban fantasy, get kicked out of church  

So urban fantasy author J.F. Lewis has been kicked out of his church for writing an urban fantasy vampire novel, STAKED, and for “committing the sins contained within it”.


Jeremy emailed me a while before STAKED came out to say he was enjoying the Negotiator books, and we discovered we had Chris McGrath in common as a cover artist. We met at San Diego Comic Con this past July, where Jeremy was carrying his son’s toy rat around the con because the son couldn’t come so he’d sent the stuffed animal in his place to see everything. Jeremy had forgotten the rat on Friday and his son told him on the phone that that was okay, Dad, because probably most of the interesting stuff would happen Saturday, but he really needed to remember to bring him on Saturday.

So Jeremy did:

I’m sorry, but as far as I’m concerned anybody who introduces me to his kid’s toy rat pretty much belongs near the top of Good People In The World. I’m just appalled at the entire thing, and if I may make so bold, I kind of think STAKED would make somebody, or possibly many somebodies, a really good Christmas present this year.

Eric’s got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can’t remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It’s almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.

Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades — and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas — which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice — not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.

Because being undead isn’t easy, but it sure beats the alternative.

Buy STAKED from Amazon

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Gerrigerriwritinglog on November 25th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
It does look like a good book.

Church people can be IDIOTS. *insert your own fact vs. fiction statement here*
Shannachieshannachie on November 25th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
What an appallingly silly way to behave for a 'religion'. But then sects or denominations are just groups of people who agree on one particular standardised way of worshipping. A procedure. It has nothing to do with God or with spirituality, it's just a club thing with pretense.
If Eric has been part of a group of what turned out to consist of hypocritical idiots, he might be better off in another group that is less evil-minded and unintelligent.
Still - I am appalled.
Pamela: Thptjeditigger on November 25th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, brother. Considering I'm writing urban fantasy now too AND he's a fellow redhead I'm totally buying this book.

Far too many self-proclaimed Christians focus on dumb things and miss the big picture. :P
Fiction Theory: calvin zomg!fiction_theory on November 25th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. That's just wrong. Because a) a church kicking someone out for committing sins is sort of DOING IT WRONG, unless all the formative childhood years spent there misled me and b) they actually believed he committed the "sins" within the book? They believe in vampires? Really? Really?


Also? Is it wrong that having a church throw him out makes me sort of determined to get my hands on this book? If only so I can make snarky BIblical arguments about what actually counts as a sin and what doesn't in the book.

One could make the argument that vampirism isn't a sin so long as coitus or murder isn't involved, that blood drinking doesn't violate any tenants of the Christian faith.

Anyway, he sounds like a great guy. I'm definitely going to search out this book.
Kes Yocumkesmun on November 25th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, if you're Roman Catholic, blood drinking is required. *shifty*
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Jessica Ariel: thanksgiving by mandipandaliret on November 25th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
“committing the sins contained within it." Oh. Obviously. If you write a book about vampires, you must actually drink blood in your spare time. Perfect logic!

wednesday childewedschilde on November 25th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
you know...it sounds like a great book!
wednesday childewedschilde on November 25th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
and ps...if i may be so blunt... f*ck them. God knows where he's at. He'll be keeping tabs on him.
annathepiper on November 25th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Right then! I guess this is going onto the To Buy list!

'Cause even aside from the whole "getting kicked out of church" thing, which is really annoying, he had me with the vampire with memory problems. ;)
kitmizkit on November 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a kind of awesome hook, isn't it? :)
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Sunfeet: Here is the Churchdreamstrifer on November 25th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
I hate it when an organized denomination gives the rest of us a bad name. I can just imagine my pastor eagerly reading one of my books (should I ever get lucky enough to get my fantasy published) and demanding my autograph. BUt then again, my pastor was in a rock band in Seattle, so... maybe I'm just biased. ;-)

That book sounds cool. Must look into it.
O'Mike aka  onyxhawke: pic#77546324onyxhawke on November 26th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Write well, edit ruthlessly, and submit often.

Good luck
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jacob_dayjacob_day on November 25th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Is there any kind of online article or page describing the church's actions or position? I don't see it mentioned anywhere on his website, is he trying to keep it professionally out of focus?
kitmizkit on November 25th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
He apparently decided to talk about it some because he didn't like feeling ashamed or embarrassed over something that really wasn't his option, but I doubt he considers it relevant enough to his career to discuss on his professional page.

There's a little about what the church told him he had to do in order to avoid excommunication at ... I think at the Asimov's website in a comments area, but the site I had the link through is currently down. I don't think there's an official church statement, but Jeremy said (paraphrased) that they said he'd need to recant, apologize, and apparently return the money he'd earned for writing it (extrapolation: his phrase was they had a 'financially ruinous' requirement).
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Lilifae: ninja powerslilifae on November 25th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
omGods, that is so pointless and bizarre.

Shakes fist as am at a loss for words and the words I do want to use could be termed inflamatory and so I'll just ... well, shake my fist.

And buy the book. What better way to support the boy, right?
Min: BloodTies/ChristmasHugphantomminuet on November 25th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
That book just went on my amazon.com Christmas wish list.
O'Mike aka  onyxhawkeonyxhawke on November 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I really like that book.

Issues does not even begin to describe these peoples deficiencies.
kitmizkit on November 25th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
And you have notoriously excellent taste in books! :)
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Brian: Sinfest: sinnerlogrusboy on November 25th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)

He's a vampire? Wow! How cool! I mean, evil! Totally evil! Thank God his church is there to protect us from him!!


Dear God,
(Assuming You exist),
(And that there's just the One of You),

If these bozos got Your message wrong, please oh please may I be there when You so inform them.

Oh, and if they got it right, may I please spend eternity with the other guy.


Your pal,

Kes Yocum: Mecha Piffanykesmun on November 25th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I am so officially co-opting this little letter. Will credit, though.
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mzmadmikemzmadmike on November 25th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I hate fantasy and vampires, but this just became a must-have book.

I also get mail from people who assume my characters represent me (Um...the female bisexual Hispanic-Asian medic/call girl represents me? Well, okay...)

I recall some of the furor over Harry Potter, which I relayed to fantasy author and fundamentalist Lutheran Lars Walker (who writes Viking-era fantasy from a Christian perspective), who was also most amused and bewildered by it.

I have no beef with religion. CHURCHES, however, should be taxed to death.
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on November 25th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
What. The. F^%k?