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The silent film Nosferatu (1922) was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu," and Count Dracula became Count Orlok).

Robert Vignola (1882-1953),
Director of the first vampire movie, THE VAMPIRE in 1913

John Polidori (1795-1821),
 an Italian English physician and writer, creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.

From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
Vampyres of Hollywood
by Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott

A serial killer is stalking Hollywood’s celebrities and Beverly Hills Detective Peter King is determined to solve the case. The crimes are vicious in their intensity and the only common link Peter can see is Ovsanna Moore, the Scream Queen of horror flicks and majority owner of Anticipation Studios. Ovsanna sees another link however: all of the dead celebrities are vampyres, ones created specifically by her. Who is slaying the VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD?

Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott collaborate to create a stunning twist on an old theme.  Vampires, or vampyres as they are called in VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD, have been drastically overused in both the movies and novels. Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott use this to their full advantage, however.  After all, what is more appropriate than to find there is actually a vampyre running Hollywood and that many actors/actresses are vampyres?  Even better, the authors delve into the lore of old Hollywood as we see familiar actors and actresses, long past, in their current lives as vampyres.

The story alternates viewpoints, as it’s told entirely in first person from the perspectives of both Ovsanna and Peter.  The back and forth narration flows smoothly and gives the reader insight that each of the individual characters doesn’t have. The concept is brilliant and works to perfection!

VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD is not for the squeamish.  From practically the first page, the brutality of the killings is described.  The details aren’t gratuitous but rather lead up to the clever and oh so surprising twist at the end of the tale. Many of the vampyre myths and legends are reexamined as Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott are a breath of fresh air to the genre. Let’s just hope there are more novels forthcoming as the collaboration between these two authors definitely is a hit!

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 2008)

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