To Touch the Sun, the new novel by Laura L. Enright, was released Feb. 25 through Dagda Publishing. The novel, set in Chicago, is the first in Enright’s Sentient/Feral Vampire Series set in Chicago and is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.
1916: France, World War I
Narain Khan was 25 when he left his native India to fight in the trenches of the Western Front during WWI. It was his hope that he could stay on after the war to pursue his dream of studying the culinary arts and becoming a world class chef. Instead, he fell to shrapnel amidst the carnage of No Man’s Land which, when darkness fell, attracted a roaming pack of feral vampires–mindless feeders–who fell upon the soldiers left wounded and dying. Attacked by the ferals, Narain was transformed into the other type of vampire: A sentient capable of moving about in society with only a few restrictions and able to feed without killing the host.
Present Day: Chicago, U.S.
Narain has reached a crossroads. Helping him adjust to his condition through the decades was his beloved Sophie who was not only his wife, but his food source once they realized she wasn’t susceptible to the condition. Her sacrifice enabled him to lead as normal a life as possible, making hunting for food unnecessary. Cancer had taken Sophie the previous year and after the stock of blood she had saved up has been depleted, Narain is faced with again having to hunt for his food, something he is both morally opposed to, but also causes him to fear passing on the condition to unwitting, perhaps dangerous hosts. If left too long, however, hunger can bring out the deadly feral nature even in a sentient vampire. As a well-respected chef and owner of a successful Chicago restaurant, Narain has worked hard to promote a veneer of normality. The last thing he and his business partner and friend Dom Amato needs is for Narain’s hunger to get the better of him.
Events conspire, however, to drag Narain away from the safe life he has cultivated back into one of madness and danger: The attraction he feels for microbiologist Cassie Lambert, who has a link to his past Narain is unaware of, and the re-emergence of a ghost from the Great War. Captain Reginald Jameson was a sadistic predator when Narain had challenged him during their service in the trenches of France. The vampire Jameson of 90 years later is infinitely more dangerous, his sadism backed by the bizarre abilities of their condition. The discovery that Cassie Lambert has made about the cause of vampirism is one that Jameson is willing to kill to obtain.
Jameson has brought back another ghost from their shared history in his search to find immunity to sunlight. The experiments of his researchers, however, have resulted in the creation of a third, more terrifying breed of vampire: Boris, a psychopathic monster who will stop at nothing to destroy all in his path.
In trying to protect Cassie from Jameson and Boris, Narain will have to rely on skills that he’s allowed to atrophy over the decades. In a climatic struggle, Narain will have to learn that to defeat the real monsters, he has to embrace what he is and awaken the beast within.
About The Author:
A resident of Chicago, Laura is the author of Chicago’s Most Wanted™ The Top 10 Book of Murderous Mobsters, Midway Monsters, and Windy City Oddities, Vampires’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-wielding Slayers, and Other Undead Oddities.
To Touch The Sun is her first full-length horror novel. Laura was a guest on WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio Show on March 12 and will also be appearing at The Printer’s Row Lit Fest at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 8 as part of the Chicago Writer’s Association Group. For news and information on future book signings, visit http://laura-enright.com/.
To purchase the book CLICK HERE.
For more information on the series visit http://enrightvampires.blogspot.com/
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The folks at farm-to-table hot-spot Local Root (601 North McClurg Court) bring their mission of locally-sourced freshness one step further with a bit of a macabre touch, hosting a book signing by new, locally-grown, vampire-sleuthing author Jilly Langlan, as part of Local Root’s just-launched Afternoon Tea, available through December 31.
Jilly’s suspenseful debut novel, A Mile of Mayhem, is set entirely in Chicago, featuring popular spots like the Ritz Carton Hotel, Old Town Social…and Local Root, in addition to a fictional Streeterville hospital campus. “When we learned Jilly was a local, first-time author, wasn’t part of an established franchise, we immediately embraced her” said Local Root Executive Chef/Owner Issac Weliver, who created the new Afternoon Tea menu at Local Root, available
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, $24 per person.
A Mile of Mayhem book signing with author Jilly Langlan is Tuesday, December 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Local Root. The book will be available for purchase during that time for $10. All who order Afternoon Tea that day receive a free, autographed book. Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago.312-643-1145. www.localrootchicago.com.
About Author Jilly Langham, A Mile Mayhem
“Meet Dr. Ian Bennett: newly minted vampire. Sexy, smart, successful – and decidedly single – Bennett focuses on his work at a Chicago hospital and on keeping his vampire tendencies in check. His life’s about to get complicated.”
Written while serving as advocate/caregiver for her husband during his lymphoma treatment at Northwestern Hospital, Chicagoan Jilly Langlan’s debut novel is just one way Jilly has taken a devastating experience and turned it into something good.
Set in Jilly’s hometown of Chicago, A Mile of Mayhem follows new and reluctant vampire Dr. Ian Bennett, a respected oncologist at a top local hospital. When Bennett’s patient, high-powered CEO Audrey Winslow, is attacked by a vampire and the vampire dies, Bennett is swept up in a fast-paced chase to fend off the malicious Great Lakes Coven and their plot to have a vampire elected as mayor.
Featuring familiar Chicago hot-spots like Old Town Social, Local Root, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, and a Streeterville hospital campus, A Mile of Mayhem lets readers catch a glimpse of Chicago’s dark side. A Mile of Mayhem was published through CreateSpace and is currently available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.Leave a Comment Go to Post...
Our tale begins in Paris in the mid-19th century. Alkan suffers from a fatal disease that is consuming his body. The beautiful Regine, a vampire, appears, tells him she loves him and that she can save him. He accepts her dark gift and she makes him a vampire like herself. Alkan becomes the artist that he was meant to be, and his fame spreads far and wide.
Time passes and their notoriety grows. Other vampires, including the young and vivacious Colette, seek them out, and Alkan and Regine become the rulers of an ever growing kingdom of the undead. Composers pilgrimage to their hermitage in the French Alps, offering their blood in exchange for knowledge and power. Unknowingly, their careless nocturnal activities have attracted the attention the vampire hunters, a band of holy crusaders split into two rival factions led by Duvall and Jonas Schecter. Regine and Alkan swear eternal love to each other saying “Even death cannot keep us apart.” In a series of battles, Regine is killed. Alkan suffers in despair for the next 100 years awaiting his beloved’s return.
Alkan and Colette flee to America, ever pursued by the undaunted vampire hunters. In the 1980s Alkan and Colette become rock stars. By chance, Alkan is introduced to Ian Hunter and Claire, struggling musicians. Claire is the spitting image of Regine. Summarily dismissed, Hunter is approached by the eccentric Jonas Schechter, mysteriously still alive. He indicates that Claire is in grave danger.
Hunter is shocked to learn that Alkan, the focus of Claire’s affection, is one of the most powerful vampires of all time, and he reluctantly allies himself with Schecter. Alkan and Claire fall in love, and Claire reveals that she is dying of AIDS. Alkan “saves” her as he was saved. Jonas Schecter’s plot comes to fruition resulting in an epic battle…
…and they died happily ever after.
CostumeCrawls.com is proud to present the 2nd Annual Zombies Vs. Vampires Pub Crawl. Join in the Halloween fun on October 26, 2013 by dressing up in your best Zombie or Vampire costume. At 2:00 PM they will unleash hundreds of Chicago’s gored up Zombies and Vampires to wreak havoc on the Wicker Park bar scene. They have put together a great list of included bars and liquor sponsors that you will receive on the day of registration. Professional Photographer/Videographers with Halfstack Magazine will be on hand to capture your best Zombie or Vampire impression.
For ticket prices and to purchase tickets now please CLICK HERE – Use Coupon Code 2NDANNUAL to get a discount!
Admission fees will include:
- A wristband to receive entry and drink specials at each bar.
- Entry to Chicago’s hottest pub crawl after party.
- Survival kit with a map, a Zombie Vs. Vampire t-shirt designed by Fireball Whisky and a Zombie Vs. Vampire Cup.
- Automatic entry to participate in our costume contest for a chance to win great prizes.
Get ready as they prepare to take over the Wicker Park neighborhood and create a spine-chilling day dressed as Zombies and Vampires.
October 26, 2013
Survival kit pick-up location:
1291 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Survival kit pick-up time:
Doors Open On: 10/26/2013 (Day of event)
From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Get ready to sink your teeth into some Halloween season movie fun, as FANGORIA will be hosting free advance screenings of the bloody unrated sequel FRIGHT NIGHT 2 in New York City, Chicago and Austin, TX throughout September! Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez (CURANDERO, FEAR ITSELF) and written by Matt Venne (BAG OF BONES, MASTERS OF HORROR, WHITE NOISE 2), FRIGHT NIGHT 2 stars Will Payner (ELFIE HOPKINS), Jaime Murray (DEATHS OF IAN STONE, Lila from season two of DEXTER), Chris Waller (INBRED) and Sean Power (BAD KARMA).
FRIGHT NIGHT 2’s Midwest premiere will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. Venue: Chicago show palace The Patio Theater (6008 West Irving Park Road;  685-4291). To obtain tickets to the Chicago screening (co-presented by the Chicago Cinema Society), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must list “FRIGHT NIGHT 2: Chicago” as your subject line.
If you’re not excited already, here’s FRIGHT NIGHT 2’s official synopsis: By day Gerri Dandridge (Murray) is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, they find themselves ensnared in Gerri’s chilling web of lust and terror. Charley (Payner) and “Evil” Ed (Waller) must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a “new moon virgin,” which just so happens to be Charley’s ex-girlfriend, Amy (Sacha Parkinson). They enlist help from Peter Vincent (Power), the vampire hunting host of a reality show called FRIGHT NIGHT, to drive a stake through Gerri’s plan and save Amy from a fate far worse than death.
This offer is good for you and one guest. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served, and we will confirm your RSVP. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This advance preview is presented by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, who releases FRIGHT NIGHT 2 on unrated disc October 1.Leave a Comment Go to Post...
Event Type: Readers Program
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Library: STDL – Central Library
Location: Rasmussen South
Description: Vampires: Creatures of the Night – a slide presentation for all ages by Martin V. Riccardo. This slide lecture presentation explores the mysteries of the vampire in legend, fantasy, and fact. Many aspects of the undead are covered including the origin and history of vampire beliefs, ancient lore of blood and the restless dead, and the attraction of the vampire in literature, movies, and popular culture. The tremendous impact of the novel “Dracula” is examined, along with the historical figure of Vlad Dracula in Romania. Various explanations of the vampire legend are considered from a scientific perspective. The presentation also examines the real vampire bats of Latin America, and strange reports of unearthly figures, such as the vampire of Highgate Cemetery in England, and Dracula’s ghost in Romania.
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Join author and vampire expert Martin V. Riccardo for the free, informative and fascinating presentation VAMPIRES: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT.
This slide lecture presentation explores the mysteries of the vampire in legend, fantasy, and fact. Many aspects of the undead are covered, including the origin and history of vampire beliefs, ancient lore of blood and the restless dead, and the attraction of the vampire in literature, movies, and popular culture. The tremendous impact of the novel Dracula is examined, along with the historical figure of Dracula in Romania. Various explanations of the vampire legend are considered. The presentation also examines the real vampire bites of Latin America, and strange reports of unearthly figures, such as the vampire of Highgate Cemetery in England, and Dracula’s ghost in Romania.
Martin V. Riccardo has been lecturing on the subject of vampires for numerous libraries, bookstores, and organizations since 1977. In the late 1970s he published the Journal of Vampirism for two years. In the 1980s, he had two books published, The Lure of the Vampire (a collection of essays) and Vampires Unearthed (a bibliography and filmography). His latest book is Liquid Dreams of Vampires (published by Llewellyn), a study of the vampire image in dreams and fantasies. Mr. Riccardo is director of Vampire Studies, an information clearinghouse, and he has hosted several Vampire Fan Forums in the Chicagoland area.
Lemont Public Library
October 18, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
50 E Wend Street
Hillside Public Library
October 23, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
405 N Hillside Ave