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To Touch the Sun by Laura L. Enright

To Touch the SunTo 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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Just in Time For Holidays: Afternoon Tea…and a Coven of Vampires Hit Streeterville

A Mile of MayhemThe 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 bookLocal Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago.312-643-1145www.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 SocialLocal 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.

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Etude: The Vampire Musical – Playing at the Des Plaines Theatre Through Nov. 3

Etude150 years ago in the secluded mountains of France there lived a legendary and reclusive pianist and composer, a talent so prodigious that leading musicians, poets and philosophers traveled far and wide to study with this master. His name was Alkan. Everything about his existence is shrouded in mystery, including his “accidental” death in 1888. For you see he did not die…he survives to this very day as a vampire.

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.

http://www.etudethemusical.com/ for details & information.
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2nd Annual Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl, October 26th

2nd Annual Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl

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:
Halloween Hallway
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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE / MORE INFORMATION

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FREE Fangoria Screening of Fright Night 2

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; [773] 685-4291). To obtain tickets to the Chicago screening (co-presented by the Chicago Cinema Society), send an e-mail to fangoriascreening@gmail.com. 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.

Source | Facebook Event Page

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Just to Make You Smile: Get to Know The Mortons

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VAMPIRE LORE at the STDL, October 30

VAMPIRE LORE
Event Type: Readers Program
Date: 10/30/2013
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.

http://schaumburglibrary.org/about/events/ <– Click “All Events” under Central Library

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Super Sexy Vampire Shirt 1/2 Off at Threadless

This vampire vixen got caught doing something naughty – get the t-shirt for 1/2 price (as of May 8) HERE.

Bad Night at the Precinct

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Just to Make You Smile

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Vampires: Creatures of the Night Presentation by Martin V. Riccardo

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
Lemont, IL

Hillside Public Library
October 23, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
405 N Hillside Ave
Lemont, IL Creatures of the Night

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