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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”.

o.O

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)
 
 
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Fiction Theory: calvin zomg!fiction_theory on November 25th, 2008 11:10 am (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?

Just...wow.

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 04:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, if you're Roman Catholic, blood drinking is required. *shifty*
Fiction Theoryfiction_theory on November 25th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know, but I was going to refrain from mentioning that because I'm not sure what denomination the aforementioned author was part of. :)
Kes Yocumkesmun on November 25th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
*L* I'm Episcopalian, and we're all over the map regarding Transubstantiation. As one priest put it regarding the wafers a lot of churches use: "If I can believe that fish food is bread, I can believe anything."
bayushibayushiboy on November 25th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
hey hey!

only from blessed puppies...

it's in um, one of the secret books of the Bible ...
Kes Yocumkesmun on November 26th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Hee.