HERE WE GO AGAIN

There's a new contest on Inkshares. It's by Geek and Sundry and it is looking for fantasy books. Geek and Sundry. Fantasy. Books. Do you see where this post is going?

 How can you say "no" to this face?

How can you say "no" to this face?

That's right. I'm entering the arena again to get a book published. Morose: A Comedy is about Death getting laid off at the end of the world. Here's the full synopsis as it stands right now:

The End is nigh. Armageddon has come. And with the four horseman taking over soul-collecting duties from the children of Death, the tragedy-masked member of the Reaper family most dedicated to his work, Morose, has something he never expected to possess: time. If only he had any idea what to do with it.

So while the Riders unleash their powers upon the earth and the Antichrist works to reject his infernal heritage, Morose navigates his way through the difficult questions of the mortal realm like: why don’t people live in caves anymore? Why shouldn’t immortals be telemarketers? Pinball, what’s up with that? Where are all the cats disappearing to? And why does his brother insist he buy the biggest TV he can find?

With gentle nudges from his eternally irresponsible twin brother and sometimes murder-god sister, as well as those few humans who don’t wet themselves in presence, Morose will slowly and confusedly build a life for himself. But he’d better hurry, because the apocalypse is heating up and he might just be the only one who can stop it.

In the tradition of Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job and Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man, Morose is a comic tale of life, Death, and the end of the world.

Sound like your cup of tea? Well then head over to Inkshares and place a preorder, because that's the only way this book is going to exist. It needs to be one of the top three projects in terms of number of people placing preorders in order to be produced AND in addition to just becoming a book that might exist, it also has a chance to be chosen for the Geek and Sundry collection. A little context. I love Geek and Sundry. It is one of my favorite things. For example, here's a picture of me with Geek and Sundry founder Felicia Day:

Me and Felicia.jpg

And here I am getting my picture taken with Wil Wheaton while wearing (lots of Ws) a Tabletop T-shirt (lots of Ts).

And of course, lest we forget, there' also the little matter of the Critical Role fan fiction story I wrote and posted on this very blog not so long ago

So yeah, that's basically why I entered this contest. Being a part of Geek and Sundry is too big a deal for me to pass up.

Here's what I need you to do. If you enjoyed An Unattractive Vampire, head over to Inkshares and check out Morose: A Comedy. If it looks good to you, buy a copy. E-book, physical copy, whatever you'd like. It all counts. Then, go and tell every single person in the whole of creation about it. Peer pressure them (PEER PRESSURE PEER PRESSURE PEER PRESSURE) into also buying a copy and so on and so forth.

If any one needs me I'll be revising a manuscript and trying not to die of anxiety for the next three months.

Also...thanks.

 

FEAR, THE MIND KILLER

 Kill Your Mind! And the rest will follow!

Kill Your Mind! And the rest will follow!

So just today another writer (who shall rename nameless unless they want to be) went on a pretty writerly rant expressing their fears and concerns and doubts about their abilities and accomplishments. What struck me the most about what was said is how those are pretty much the exact same thoughts I have when I'm feeling low. I told the person that and now I tell you, because, I'm pretty sure that if you write or create or are a person who does stuff you also have these thoughts. And one of the things that helps me is realizing that I am not thinking these things because they are true, I am thinking them because I am a writer and this is one of the side effects of that condition (along with constipation, trouble sleeping, and worsening arthritis. Please see a doctor if you write for more than four hours.)

So...for those other writers out there who find themselves plagued by their giant sandworms, here are a few of my "favorite" doubts.

I AM GOING TO RUN OUT OF IDEAS/RUN OUT OF FUNNY!

I have a backlog of stories. A serious backlog. There's a file on my computer with at least thirteen possible book ideas in the order I plan to write them. I don't say that to brag. I say that, because I still sometimes panic if I haven't come up with a new idea in a while. I fear I'll lose my mojo, that there's nothing left, that I don't have enough originality (see below) or humor (see below) and that it's all over and I'm done. And then eventually, I'll think of something new and be sated for a month or two or three before I again start to panic about running out of ideas.

I also worry that I am losing my humor. I spent the last...let's go with ten or so years, pretty much dedicated to writing and performing comedy. I studied it a little and love to bring up Bergson or Freud's theory on jokes and humor to show off. However, lately many of my ideas haven't been strictly comic. And that scares me. I fear I may not "have it" anymore. That I'm rusty from not reading/watching enough comedy. I fear possibly that I'm doing that thing I hate where I'm unconsciously equating "serious" with "good" and in an attempt to write better am stripping my ideas of all their jokes. And I worry that someday, people won't find what I write funny any more as you see happen again and again with funny types.

MY IDEAS AREN'T ORIGINAL ENOUGH!

Comedy is essentially reactive. Most humor works on the basis of taking an audience's expectations and then subverting in a surprising way for laughs. (See what I mean about the showing off.) However, in most cases, this requires your audience to have a frame of reference, an expectation to subvert. Essentially, most comedy is derivative of something else. 

Now, I don't always write comedy. Mostly, but not always. However, it is how I've come to writing and usually my ideas get filtered through a process that has been shaped by comedy, so I end up with new takes on old tropes and juxtapositions of two seemingly incompatible ideas. But rarely is any of it purely, truly original and sometimes that feels like failure.

I SUCK! THIS SUCKS! WHY AM I DOING THIS?!?

ALL writers feel this one. Usually it comes after a set of particularly brutal or intricate notes that basically tell you, "Change everything." Suddenly, looking down at the precious baby manuscript  you hoped was perfect and realizing that you have weeks more work sorting out problems ahead of you, you fall into despair. This can be especially difficult at the early stages of a writing career when you have no prospects, no deadlines, and only yourself for motivation. I recommend heading for a bookstore and looking at all the crap books that DO get published for motivation. You can pick one up and say, "Well, I'm definitely better than that."

REJECTED!!!

Rejection is a special kind of "This sucks! I suck! Everything sucks!" In this case, your brain, which is still being a douche, has evidence to point to. Exhibit A: this agent doesn't like you. Exhibit B: this other agent doesn't like you. Exhibit C-Z + 20: These agents don't like you. (Not to mention reviews. Not to mention AMAZON reviews. Not to mention the comments section.)

Know that everyone gets rejected. EVERYONE. Read any author blog, listen to any author interview, no matter how good they are, they have faced rejection. A few years ago, I went to a signing for one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde. One of the things I took from that was his experience getting published. He wrote a book, one of my favorites of his, The Big Over Easy, a nursery rhyme mystery about the murder of Humpty Dumpty. It was not published. He wrote a sequel to that about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It was not published. Then he wrote The Eyre Affair. It was published...but it took YEARS. Eventually, obviously, all the rest of the books were published, but it shows the kind of persistence and patience you need to have.

Before Inkshares and The Sword and Laser contest, I tried to get my book published traditionally. A book I read (I'm too lazy to go find it) said to make a list of 50 agents before you start and start sending out queries 5 or 10 at a time. I did 20-25. All were rejections. Then I did a complete rewrite and another 20-25. Again...all rejected. The last two years, I've submitted scripts to WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe competition. After my first go, I spent an entire year on a single idea. I put everything I had into this script. I believed it was the best thing I had written, the culmination of all the work and lessons learned over the course of my writing career. My absolute A game. And I still didn't make it in. I was fairly devastated. I vowed I wouldn't submit again. After all, what was the point? If something I spent a year thinking about and working on didn't get in, what chance does anything else have? I stormed off in a huff.

Nearly a year and the faded memory of that pain later, I just submitted my second script to Deathscribe. The culmination of all the work and lessons learned over the course of my writing career. My absolute A game. 

Basically, it's gonna suck. And be upsetting. And you're going to complain and cry and rage... 

...and you know what? That's okay. Do what you need to do. Just when you're done, when that pain fades a little, you need to pick yourself up, sit yourself down, and start writing again. Just like Jasper Fforde. Just like me. Just like all of us. Because you're a writer. And writers gonna write.

There are a ton of other fears and doubts out there that I've had and that other writers have had. But these are the ones I can think of just now. Also, Critical Role is on and I MUST watch. So for now this is it. I hope it helps. Also, maybe tweet at me with your doubts and fears if you want. Perhaps I'll do another post with submitted issues we all face. But for now, good luck. 

PREPARING FOR CONVERGENCE

CONvergence is this week in Minneapolis and I am ready for it. Last year, I had postcards made for this convention promoting my eventually to be released book.

 Oh those youthful, heady days before exact deadlines.

Oh those youthful, heady days before exact deadlines.

Now I've got something a little bit more tangible to promote. And as such, I'm going all out. I'll have postcards, I'll have ribbons, and I'll have posters. For the latter, I asked Our Fair City's Visual Art Director Dann Tincher if he could make a set of alternate book covers featuring different characters.  Here are the results. (For more of Dann's art visit his website...dann.eyetrauma.net)

Of Authors and Audiobooks

News! News! News!

So I don't know if you know this folks, but I do audio dramas. (Hence the tab on my about page titled "audio dramas.") And as such, one of the first questions posed at me when the internets found out about my book was, "Is Jim going to put out an audiobook?" To which my response was, "Um...?"

Yeah, I hadn't given it much thought. Fortunately for me, my publisher had. And now I can announce that An Unattractive Vampire will be An Unattractive Audiobook produced by Audible!

 From my brain to your ears via someone else's sweet, sweet voice. (Probably not the footnotes though. I have no idea how that would even be possible.)

From my brain to your ears via someone else's sweet, sweet voice. (Probably not the footnotes though. I have no idea how that would even be possible.)

In other freaking awesome news, I recently discovered that Patrick-FREAKING-Rothfuss gave my book a glowing review on Goodreads. Patrick-FREAKING-Rothfuss! For those of you who don't know (for example...my parents), Patrick Rothfuss is the best-selling fantasy author behind this:

And this...

And this...

Note the continued repetition of the phrase "best-selling author."

He was also on a recent episode of a little show I sometimes always talk about called Critical Role. SO YEAH, this was a pretty big deal for me. On behalf of myself and the many happy dances I did in the middle of my office, thank you Patrick-FREAKING-Rothfuss, for the many nice things you said and the interest that your attentions brought to my little book. It means a lot.

A TALE FOR TWO THOUSAND

2000 COPIES!!! 

I can't believe that there are 2000 copies of my book floating out there in the ether. And by ether I mean Kindles, bookstores, bookshelves, libraries, doorstops, and (hopefully not many, because...ew...) bathrooms. It's amazing. Thank you, everyone who has bought a copy of this silly vampire story for supporting me. Hopefully, it made you smile. If it didn't, well...it was short, right?

Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, I thought I might take you back to a time long ago...a time called college. A simpler time. A better time. A time with hair.

 Still needed: hair ties and shampoo.

Still needed: hair ties and shampoo.

As some of you may know, I used to be an actor back in the day. A day only ended about four years ago and technically isn't true because I still occasionally provide audio drama voices, but I digress. The point is...I was a theatre (pronounced THEATRE) major and as such and one of the classes offered toward the end of the program was called Career Prep for the Actor. Interestingly enough, my teacher in this class kept pushing me to write more (because obviously my acting skills were that good). Anyway...this story is already too long...one day in class, she had us all say a goal we would like to achieve in our careers. When it got round to me, I said "I would like to go into a bookstore [full disclosure...I said Borders (RIP)], find my book, take it off the shelves, and buy it."

At this point, all my classmates laughed at me. "If you write a book, you won't have to buy a copy," they said. Yeah...it was a stupid thing to say. But I'm a man of my word, no matter how stupid. And so, about two weeks ago I headed down to...not a Borders (tear)...but to Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago, a place where on a previous visit, I had spotted copies in the wild.

 Buy Local

Buy Local

I found a lonely copy of an Unattractive Vampire...it's twin from my previous visit already having found a loving home.

 Here it is snuggling up to Warm Bodies. My book knows how to survive.

Here it is snuggling up to Warm Bodies. My book knows how to survive.

I lured it off the shelf by offering it it's favorite food and a good home.

And finally, money was exchanged for goods and services.

 Not seen here: the very nice book seller who humored me.

Not seen here: the very nice book seller who humored me.

Finally I have a copy to call my own.

So yeah...who's stupid now former classmates? Who's stupid now? (A: Still me.)

THE MONTGOMERY MORO MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL HOUSE

So every year, Our Fair City (the audio drama I write for available on iTunes and other pod distributors) has a launch party in celebration of our latest season. And this year, we, or more accurately other, more social people, went all out to recreate the home of the cadre of characters we affectionately refer to as "The Science Family." 

So without further ado, here is the Montgomery Moro Memorial Museum and Historical House. 
(For the full effect, check out the official tour recording.)

 Hole Sweet Hole

Hole Sweet Hole

Dr. Moro is famously the creator of the Molepeople: the adorable subhumans who we love as much as the characters loathe. So for it was only natural that we sell Mole themed art.

Fun Fact: Dr. Moro is both a play on Dr. Moreau (of The Island of fame) and a reference to my old kung fu instructor, Master Morrow.

 Ol' Silty RIP. Survived by the Widow Silty, the Orphan Silty, and a half-mole, half-magman abomination.

Ol' Silty RIP. Survived by the Widow Silty, the Orphan Silty, and a half-mole, half-magman abomination.

 The Vitruvian Mole

The Vitruvian Mole

Did I mention they went "all out"? Because yeah...ALL OUT.

 Who knew that they raided my living room?

Who knew that they raided my living room?

 Mole Hand: with realistic creepy movement!

Mole Hand: with realistic creepy movement!

 The creation notes for the Molepeople.

The creation notes for the Molepeople.

 Seen here: the answer to Schrodinger's thought experiment.

Seen here: the answer to Schrodinger's thought experiment.

 The future has really gone to the dogs.

The future has really gone to the dogs.

 The home of the first successful Moleperson: Rocky 1. His first words were ADRIANNE!!!

The home of the first successful Moleperson: Rocky 1. His first words were ADRIANNE!!!

 The remains of Rocky 2, which I considered buying. Seriously...they were for sale.

The remains of Rocky 2, which I considered buying. Seriously...they were for sale.

 I should point out that Dr. Moro is the least mad of all our mad scientists. 

I should point out that Dr. Moro is the least mad of all our mad scientists. 

 Follow the pawprints to your next location.

Follow the pawprints to your next location.

 Drinks will be served over by the brain tank. HAVE AT YOU!!!!

Drinks will be served over by the brain tank. HAVE AT YOU!!!!

 These beverages will give you a nice healthy glow.

These beverages will give you a nice healthy glow.

 Dr. West's setup in the legendary Dr. Moro's legendary guest bedroom. 

Dr. West's setup in the legendary Dr. Moro's legendary guest bedroom. 

 The thing that started this whole mess.

The thing that started this whole mess.

And last but not least, no trip to the museum would be complete without the unnatural screams of the Meatwall!

 Remember: it's alive!

Remember: it's alive!

In addition to just being an awesome space filled with awesome art and awesome tunes played by DJ Catnip (who is awesome) for all the awesome people who awesomely showed (pictures of said people and fun times not pictured in the photos of this hermit can be seen on the Our Fair City Facebook Page), we also played the first episode of Season 7 (this being a launch party and all). It is officially available on iTunes and our website for you to listen and remember.

The Story of Our Fair City...continues...

HOMECOMING

So about two weeks ago, I had a signing in ye olde Quad Cities, specifically Moline, my hometown. It was a general thank you shindig for people who had bought my book with a few extra copies lying around that you could have in exchange for a donation to Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. 

 Boom!

Boom!

The event was hosted at Barley and Rye, a wonderful restaurant in downtown Moline who made delicious blood spatter cookies that I ate for days afterwards.

 Pictured Here: Ten extra pounds

Pictured Here: Ten extra pounds

The event was a HUGE success. Somewhere around a hundred people came out to see me (our hosts stopped counting at 80). Including:

Family...

Childhood friends...

People whose fault it is that I love Halloween...

Who also bring pictures as proof...

 Me wearing a Punisher costume before that was a thing you could actually do.

Me wearing a Punisher costume before that was a thing you could actually do.

My first acting teacher/director...

 First three shows at age 11/12 were as follows: Charlie Chillfactor in Skullduggery at Santa's Place, Lost Boy in Peter Pan, and then a promotion to the Mainstage as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

First three shows at age 11/12 were as follows: Charlie Chillfactor in Skullduggery at Santa's Place, Lost Boy in Peter Pan, and then a promotion to the Mainstage as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

My former Kung Fu Instructor who handed me a pair of nunchucks...

 Quite literally my Master.

Quite literally my Master.

 Ice pack for self-inflicted groin injuries not included.

Ice pack for self-inflicted groin injuries not included.

And more...

 "Of course my book won't cause nightmares." Disclaimer: book may cause nightmares.

"Of course my book won't cause nightmares."
Disclaimer: book may cause nightmares.

 If they're old enough to look at the Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark pictures, they're old enough to read my book. #Lies

If they're old enough to look at the Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark pictures, they're old enough to read my book. #Lies

In addition to the great crowd we had, at least 30 copies were given out in exchange for donations raising $602 for special needs children.

Thank you to Barely & Rye for hosting the event, thank you to everyone who came out to say hi and eat food, and  just thank you to everyone in general for their support! Y'all are the best. 

LET'S TALK ABOUT AUDIO DRAMA...

Audio Drama. Radio Plays. Fiction Podcasts. However you say it, it all amounts to the same thing...stories for your ear holes. There are two wonderful things about this medium in this non-expert's opinion. First, it's cheap (relatively speaking). Making a web series on the scale of starship battles or raging orcish hordes is next to impossible. Doing that for radio just means layering on more sounds or occasionally going to a convention and having people run around and yell.

 Case in point.

Case in point.

And two...it's still a developing market. There are so many stories that have been told in movies, TV, books, and comics that can still work in audio drama. What's more, there are whole swaths of time when people will WANT to listen to your work and CAN'T do most of those other things...namely during their commutes. 

So anyway...the point of this was not to go on about my feelings on this medium I occasionally write in, but to pimp out my friends to you, the five people who will visit this blog.

RADIO DRAMA REVIVAL

If you're looking for something new to add to your iPod playlist, don't worry, Radio Drama Revival has already done the work for you. Now hosted by former Our Fair City writer/producer/actor/cook/jealousy-inducing overachiever David Rheinstrom, every episode showcases a different production, complete with interviews. With his enthusiasm, love of the medium, and good taste, David will find you something you will love. I guarantee it. (Note: Not an actual guarantee.

Here is an episode he did about Wolf 359.

Speaking of...

WOLF 359

Following the crew of the USS Hephaestus Station as it circles the red dwarf Wolf 359. Doug Eiffel's logs detailing his many attempts to avoid work during the tedium that is a five hundred day mission are hilarious up until the point where it becomes dramatic AND hilarious. Featuring the officious Lt. Minkowski (pronounced Min-koff-ski), the "mad" scientist Dr. Hilbert, HERA the station A.I. and arguably Doug's best friend, and...others. Also a plant monster! Come on, you can't say no to a plant monster.

HADRON GOSPEL HOUR

Another uproariously funny (trying not to use hilarious twice) podcast. Dr. Francis "Oppenheimer" Valdini has accidentally blown a whole in the multiverse using the Hadron Collider and its up to Mike, the kidnapped I.T. guy from a now erased universe, to help fix it. With occasional visits from a character called Commander Funk, how can you not love it.

THE BLACK TAPES PODCAST/TANIS PODCAST

In the mood for something a little more serious and seriously spooky? These Pacific Northwest Stories dramas are the best out there right now. Taking from the Serial/NPR style and applying them to tales of ghosts (Black Tapes) and a weird...uh...extradimensional location (TANIS?), these are two of the most popular audio drama offerings today. And they only OCCASIONALLY make you want to sleep with the light on.

OUR FAIR CITY

Yes, I write for it. Yes, I'm including it here. Shut up, I can do what I want!

WHISKEY RADIO HOUR

I live variety show performed here in Chicago every three months or so, the Whiskey Radio Hour is not only fun to watch, but also an OPPORTUNITY. Each episode is comprised of about five scripts submitted by writers including yours truly. So if you want to cut your teeth on radio plays and see them performed in a friendly, slightly tipsy environment, head over to their website and SUBMIT!

DEATHSCRIBE

WildClaw Theatre's flagship production is a night of staged horror radio plays. Again, this isn't just a fun and exciting show to go see (pretty much the best foley you'll ever witness on stage), but an opportunity for writers (also actors and directors.) Who knows, the judges may even award you the highest possible honor: the coveted Bloody Axe Award! Head over to WildClaw's website for more information. Or don't. I don't actually need more competition for this one.

So that's enough homework for now. Go check all that out and when you're done come back and I'll have some more assignments for you.

References and Inspiration Part 2: Mythological Boogaloo

I don't know if you know this...but I'm kind of a fan of folklore and mythology. Hard to believe right what with every single thing I write being pretty much based around the subject. So as you can expect, I went delving when it came time to right about vampires. Not a whole lot mind...don't think that I went on a whirlwind tour of ancient sites of arcane importance. Mostly I just used Wikipedia and whatever other random facts I've stored up over a history of watching vampire documentaries on History Channel. So here are a few tidbits you might find as you peruse the pages of An Unattractive Vampire...

WARNING: Spoilers to follow...

Jiangshi

Often referred to as the "Chinese Hopping Vampire," it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like...a vampire from China who hops. The reason? Rigor mortis stiffens their limbs and makes it so that's the only way they can move. The stories originated (taking from Wikipedia) from peasants paying priests to transport bodies back to their hometowns for burial (or reanimating their bodies and teaching them to hop home.) Rather than drinking blood, the jiang shi drains their victims life force from their body. Also, there are several Chinese films dealing with these vampires. Fun Fact: I haven't actually watched one yet...though I've been meaning to.

Adze

The firefly vampire of Togo and Ghana, the Adze is a representation of Malaria. It takes the form of an insect, sneaks into houses, and feeds on the blood of its victims, preferably children, making them ill. It cannot be stopped. There is actually no way to defend yourself from an Adze. No cross, no garlic, no silver. If you try to capture it in insect form by, say, putting it in a jar (as I did in an early draft) it reverts to its human form where it can either a) possess you and turn you into a witch or b) rip out your heart and eat it. Fun Fact: I had my Adze facts wrong until ridiculously late in the game. It was only through my avid listenership of the podcast Blurry Photos that my facts were corrected and I was fortunate enough to be able to makes changes during the developmental edit. 

Tezcatlipoca

The Aztec god of night, war, sorcery, and the founder of human sacrifice. Plus, he has the head of a jaguar. I went looking for a Mesoamerican vampire and hit the jackpot. While not strictly a vampire, I'm not the first person to make a connection between Aztec human sacrifice and creatures of the night (looking at you Jim Butcher). Also sort of the point of including him was that being a god and a vampire are not mutually exclusive. And did I mention...jaguar-freaking-head.

A huge help, again late in the game (I suck at research guys) was the Obsidian and Blood book series by Aliette de Bodard: Aztec mysteries where the gods often appear and take part. Check them out guys.

Cosimo de Medici II

I went looking for a Medici to make into a vampire and I found the name Cosimo. In fact, there were 4 Cosimo de Medici's. And I chose the most worthless one. Because....reasons.

Akkad

So in the midst of these very real vampire myths...I went and added one that is entirely made up in Arru. Why? Because a weird petrified mummy of a vampire with a tendency toward spiders was a cool visual. Sue me. I always knew however that I wanted her to be from Akkad. Why? Well other then Mesopotamia being about as ancient as they come (outside of China), it was a little more obscure than Babylon and a little easier on the eyes than Urr. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Akkad was a lost city, supposedly destroyed by a curse. And so...I took all that, named the character Arru (which means curse in Akkadian) and moved on. 
(Fun Fact: a possible location for where Akkad once stood is present day Baghdad.)

The Irishman

So...when I was in elementary school my favorite book was an old children's history of Halloween. It came with an appropriately orange cover and had black and white pictures. One showed a farmer marveling at a tractor on the roof of his barn (a trick). One had the ancient festival of Samhain (actually pronounced Sau-when because Ireland). And one was the Irishman as I described him in my book. Over a decade later, I was driving in my car trying to think up play ideas and that image popped into my head. So I wrote an entire play about him, one that, some day, might become a book. And because that particular legend doesn't get near enough play, when I decided to write this story I decided to seed him in there too. Before that, the part of person in the bar who relates info to Yulric was played by another story idea I had...an Egyptian mummy detective (No...really.)

Brief Mentions

There are lots of random shout-outs that appeared in the book and many more that were cut. Here are a few:
Brahmarakshas: not to be confused with just a regular rakshasa *Jazz hands shout out for my Critical Role fans*. This Indian vampire was the soul of an unfaithful priest who would eat people. Also, it wore intestines on its head, hence why I threw it in my book.
Preta: a Buddhist creature, again cursed for bad behavior. It has an insatiable hunger that it cannot satisfy. Sometimes due to a physical deformity such as a neck to thin to let food pass or a really tiny mouth or just plain old magic. Would often resort to eating the dead (or possibly people...though this appears to be a rarer circumstance in the actual mythology.)
The Bacchae: "In Greece, which was Catherine’s favorite trip, the vampires discovered that the cult of ravenous Bacchae women had finally died out in the face of competition from rave clubs."
A reference that was cut to the Dionysian cult of women known to occasionally rip men limb from limb.
Santorini: Once an important scene in the book (that was later placed in Tuscany) the Isle of Santorini was renowned as a vampire burial site. If you were in Greece and thought you had a vampire on your hands, you would ship the suspected corpse to this island to be dealt with.

There are probably lots of other references I'm forgetting...which leaves it open for me to do a Part 3 (or possibly a first blood part two) so if I missed something that you're curious about, let me know. Until then...