30 Days of Vampires, The Kickoff

November 12, 2008 | Vampires, 30 Days of Vampires | 44 comments

The Vampire Who Stole Christmas, paranormal romanceToday is my first day of 30 Days of Vampires. The event is in honor of my first published vampire tale, The Vampire Who Stole Christmas in the Holiday With A Vampire II
anthology for Silhouette Nocturne. For the next thirty days I will have prizes, interviews, excerpts and essays all on vampires. The full schedule is here. It’s still a work in progress, new authors continue to check in.

There is one grand prize of $100 or so worth of vampire books and stuff up for grabs–featuring many of the fine books you’re going to read about here in the next 30 days. (contest ends Thursday, December 11th at midnight) To enter you just need to comment. You can comment as much as you want, one comment per post will be counted as an entry. There will also be some daily prizes so keep an eye out for those. (Prizes shipped to U.S. addresses only)

So, check back every day for new vampire fun, and to kick things off– a link to a free download of Dracula by Bram Stoker, compliments of Project Gutenburg. How many of you have already read it? How do modern tales compare?

Then later today, a second post, an interview with paranormal romance author, Kerrelynn Sparks. Stop back by after noon central time for that! And thanks for stopping by 30 Days of Vampires!!


  1. Laura

    I’ve been looking forward to your 30 Days of Vampires countdown!

  2. sara hurt

    Yeahhhhh its finally hear 30 days of vampires. I am so excited.

  3. Lou Gagliardi

    I can’t wait! This is so exciting.

    To answer your question; nothing compares to the original.

    As I said on another blog, Dracula set the rules–ie no crosses, no holy water, no reflection in the mirror and he can be out during the day–and then Hollywood and Anne Rice ruined all of that.

    Modern romance writers haven’t been that bad, but it would be nice to see–even if I have to write it myself–some of Stoker’s rules come back.

  4. Kim Lenox

    I’ve read DRACULA a number of times! Love it! Love Bram Stoker!

    And I also love Kerrelyn’s books! I’m looking forward to her interview here.

    Great countdown, Lori!

  5. MsValerie

    It’s here!

    Lori…thanks for the link to Dracula! I don’t think I’ve read it since I was a teenager.

  6. Elora

    Well there are many great Dracula books/series But i’d have to say that the original was the better ! But now i do love the Modern day autor’s like, J.R. Ward ,Christine Feehan, + yourself Lori Devoti, etc. And i wouldn’t trade them for the world lol !!! So have a great day/night !! ~smile~ -Elora-

  7. Sidhe Vicious

    Congrats on your upcoming release and the 30 Days of Vampires Blog Bash! :D Sounds like it’s going to be great. I’m just sad that we can’t participate if we’re in Canada. :sad: The good news is that I’ll be getting your book because I subscribe to Nocturne.

  8. Colleen

    Oh this is going to be fun! :D

  9. Kathy

    I’m so glad your vampire extravaganza is finally here!

    I remember (years ago) seeing “The Fearless Vampire Killers” on tv. I ran out and got Bram Stoker’s book the next day. Loved it, been hooked on vampires ever since, and really enjoy the modern take, of the tortured, evil-streaked hero.

    Looking forward to your next 30 days of great, blood-sucking times!

  10. flip

    Vampires and Christmas!!!! I love it. I must admit that I have never read Dracula.

  11. Mel K.

    Hi Lori,
    This sounds like so much fun! I’m really excited about it! I Have read “Dracula”.
    I find that some modern tales cut it and some don’t. It’s that simple.

  12. Lori

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! So far as prizes I put U.S. only to cover for authors who might not want to ship outside the U.S., but some of the individual prizes will be up for shipping anywhere, and some U.S. and Canada. Just check the individual days….I’m going to go edit the schedule page…

  13. Jennifer A. Ray

    Hi Lori! I checked the schedule today – what a great line-up you have for this event! I can’t wait to read everyone’s blogs. :-)

    Kerrelyn Sparks happens to be one of my favorite authors, so I will definitely be back to read her interview this afternoon.

    AND, I cannot wait to read Holiday With a Vampire!!

  14. Teresa W.

    This is going to be a fun 30 days, congrats on the release!

  15. Deidre

    This 30 days of Vampires should be lots of fun. They are my favorite paranormal creatures.

    I have read Dracula and it doesn’t compare with books of today in the sense that it is a classic book with a tone that is not seen nowadays.


  16. Jenna Reynolds

    Yay, it’s here! Vamps rule! :mad:

    I read Dracula for the first time a couple of years back and really enjoyed it. Actually, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It’s obviously dated in its tone and perspective but I daresay that no one who loves vamps can afford not to read what pretty much started it all, even though there were books about vampires published before Dracula. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” and John Polidori’s “The Vampyre”.

  17. Latricia

    I’m so glad that Wild about Books pointed me to your blog! I’m working on a paranormal romance book list for my library system! I read a ton, but have done multiple lists before so I’m hoping your countdown will give me new authors to read and add to the list!

  18. Sidhe Vicious

    Woo Hoo! Thanks Lori, for letting me know about the Canada/US subject. :D

  19. Pam P

    This is going to be fun, love all those vamps.

  20. Dianna Fryer

    This is most certainly going to be an interesting month of interviews. I am looking forward to reading each one as they come out. :wink:

  21. Carolyn O

    Oh, Boy! Does this sound like my kind of contest. Woohoo! $100.00 worth of free vampire stuff. Have I died and gone to heaven? :razz:

  22. Deirdre T

    Dublin City Public Libraries are using Dracula as their One City One Book next April.

  23. Cathy M

    Thanks for the link, Lori. I read Dracula back in high school, which was a very long time ago, lol, and just added the download to my ebook reader.

  24. Rae Lori

    Hi Lori!

    Congrats on your upcoming release! I’ll be grabbing it to complete my Holiday With a Vampire collection.

    I have to agree, nothing beats the original Dracula. It’d be kinda refreshing to see the old rules make a comeback since we’ve been away from it so long and had so many variations. Maybe I can play with that in my next work! :-)

    Looking forward to the 30 Days of Vampires!

  25. Greta

    This looks fun. I heard about this one Jennifer Ray’s blog & Wild on books. I will definitely be checking in daily.

  26. BookSpot

    I was just looking for a good vampire book to start today, too :) This sounds like fun!

  27. Karin

    I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the first time the summer after I graduated with my Bachelor’s in English. I love that book. It creeped me out more than any modern vampire tale I’ve read. Dracula himself just seemed so malevolent in comparison to the majority of vampire characters written now. It’s still one of my favorite reads around Halloween.

  28. annalisa

    30 days of vampires!! Sounds like it will be a blast!! I have loved vampires since I was a little kid so I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say about vampires. :D

  29. Stacie McClellan

    I just got a new copy od Dracula. Can’t wait to reread it.

  30. Darby Lohrding

    Sounds like a great fun-filled 30 days!!!
    Congrats on your release!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  31. shari

    vampiric joy :cool:
    thanks for the uber cool contest and interviews.

  32. Carmen R

    Oh the 30 Days of Vampires sounds fun.

  33. Kara

    Congrats on your release!!

    I just read Dracula this past year and absolutely loved it. I don’t think anything can compaire to the original. It is definitely on my reread list – however, I don’t think it will affect me as much as it did the first time I read it – LOL.

  34. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh, I love vampires. How exciting!

    I have NOT read Dracula…yett! I know it’s awful, but I swear i do plan on it. I’ve wanted too for awhile now. :)


  35. Dena

    Congrats Lori on your first Vampire book. I think Vampire books are so different now because of the added paranormal in a lot of the stories. Your cover is really great too.

  36. Debbie

    Hi Lori! 30 days of vampires! Sounds like fun!

  37. Margie

    Hi Lori! Congratulations on your upcoming release! The 30 days of vampires blog bash sounds exciting!

  38. Debby

    Wow, I just found your 30 days. I will be checking back to see allt he great highlights. Thanks so much

  39. Debbie Kaufman

    Wow! Looks like fun. Thanks to paranormalromanceblog at wordpress for the heads up on this site. I’ll be checking in for more later.

  40. Candy Gorcsi

    I love paranormal especially vampire and I’m glad to hear that being Canadian doesn’t mean I’m disqualified from maybe being lucky enough to win something, woohoo!

  41. Danielle

    you have no idea how excited i am for this book!!! yay!!! i love books about vampires… and yes i must confess shapeshifters (like werewolves) too…

  42. Pan Zareta

    Congrats on your upcoming release! Am looking forward to your 30 Days of Vampires!

  43. Brooke

    I’ve read it a few times, and once pretty recently! It’s definitely scarier than more modern vamps! Great contest :)

  44. Kimberly B.

    It’s been awhile since I read Dracula, but I remember being pleasantly surprised. It would be fun to reread it now that I’ve read Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.
    I also would like to read the Polidori story The Vampire, as I’ve heard that he patterned his vampire after Lord Byron, in essence establishing the stereotypical vampire look.


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