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A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Raymond A. Villareal



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29 May 2018
From one missing body, through a viral epidemic, to a new world order - this is an epic and addictive debut from an exciting new voice.

'I caught my breath, even from across the room. All I wanted to do was look into her eyes. It was as if she knew the reason I was there and that I was looking for her.'

The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town walks out of the morgue. To the CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it's a bizarre medical mystery.

More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that solidifies their blood, begin disappearing from morgues nearby. In a futile game of catch-up, the CDC, the FBI and the US government realise that it's already too late to stop it: the vampire epidemic will sweep first the United States, and then the world.

Impossibly strong, smart, beautiful, and commanding, these creatures refuse to be called 'vampires', they prefer 'gloamings'. They quickly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society: physically graceful at sports, endlessly enthralling on TV and incredibly intelligent at business - soon people are begging to be 're-created', willing to risk death if their bodies can't handle the transformation.

But just as the world begins to adjust, the stakes change yet again when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, decides to do what none of his kind has done before: run for political office.

This sweeping yet deeply intimate fictional oral history - told from the perspective of several players on all sides of the vampire uprising - is a genre-bending, shocking, immersive and subversive debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.
By:   Raymond A. Villareal
Imprint:   Hachette
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9780733639708
ISBN 10:   0733639704
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   29 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Raymond Villareal is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and is currently a practicing attorney. This is his first novel.

Reviews for A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Raymond Villareal's sense of fun is palpable as he plays with legal thrillers, good-old dogged police work, international intrigue, hard science, dirty politics, and, yes, classic heart-stopping horror. Somewhere, Dracula himself is sitting up late into the day enjoying the hell out of this. - John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise Reminiscent of World WarZ, Villareal provides a clever and socially insightful account of a potential vampire outbreak. - Canberra Weekly ...ambitious, wildly inventive, and really quite chilling. - The AU review A wide-angle, wild, and weird exploration of politics, pop culture, and a diseased America. This tale of misguided hero worship and encroaching terror may be the perfect analogy for our own strange times. - Thomas Mullen, author of Darktown People's History of the Vampire Uprising is that rarest of rare creatures, an absolutely unique work of the writer's art that, while drawing on several distinct streams of narrative style, emerges from all of those rivers without any parallels. The book becomes, among other gonzo things, a political parable for these lunatic times, a horror story, a trip down some of the darkest corridors of the ancient world, and, finally, an oddly epiphanic take on what it means, exactly, to be human. - Carsten Stroud, author of Niceville Told in the jumbled, frenetic urgency of a discarded case file, t

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