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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Zebra (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821737716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821737712
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Story of The Last Vampire
Author's Revised Edition byKathryn Meyer Griffith
A rerelease of my 1992 Zebra end-of-the-world vampire novel
for horror

YOU TUBE BOOK TRAILER: youtube.com/watch?v=5ZU77j_q4S8

The story of how I came to write, publish and rerelease my end-of-the-world vampire love story The Last Vampire-Revised Author's Edition again twenty years after its initial release is a long strange tale. What's new, though? Looking back over my forty year writing career most of the origins and journeys of my fourteen published novels are allpretty strange. Ask any author who published in the 1980's to now and you'd get a lot of the same bizarre accounts. Publishing back then-and now-was not for the faint of heart.
In the beginning, as all authors had to do before the ebook publishers and the Internet, I dealt with the old legacy (traditional publishers) the slow-frustrating-time consuming old-fashioned way through snail mail, editors and agents. Sometimes between the writing, scouring for a publisher, getting a contract with that publisher, getting the manuscript ready to go on the book shelves and what you had to put up with during and afterwards could be enough to drive any sane writer crazy. I mean...it alltook so long. So tedious and soul-killing at times. Oh, the stories I could tell. Well, but not here anyway. This is the story of one book.
I started writing The Last Vampire, oh, I guess, around 1990 or so. With the help of Dean Koontz (I sent him a letter asking for advice on how to get a better publishing company and deal and he and his wife, who did the actual talking though Dean must have been nearby by the way the conversation went, answered by kindly telephoning me one rainy fall night) I'd gotten my first agent in 1990. She'd already sold my fourth book, Vampire Blood, to my new publisher Zebra and I had begun work on my fifth novel, The Last Vampire. I know, I know. Another vampire novel?
But as I began writing it I realized it wasn't going to be just another vampire novel. This book would be a saga about the end-of-the-world, about personal courage, the destruction and fall of society and about what humans-and vampires-would have to do to survive in the new merciless world after earthquakes and anarchy had taken their tolls. I wanted to transcend the vampire novel genre. Or, at least, try to.
I even threw in a little inside joke on the other top horror writers of the day by using their names for the other bloodsuckers in the ruthless vampire gang my main character goes to war against. Stephen. Dean. Anne. Chelsea. Peter. And so on. Hmm, though, no one ever got the joke...or never told me if they did. Oh, well.
I'll admit it now because it's so many years later, I'd also used the book as a sort of therapy to deal with an increasingly frustrating situation I was experiencing in my real life at work. Age discrimination. My new art director thought I was too old, I was forty-two at the time, to be a senior graphic artist, didn't have but a two year college degree instead of four (but I'd been doing the actual job 13 years!), and had been making my life on the job miserable. He'd openly demoted me; was overworking me. Besides my regular workload, he put a couple younger artists over me who bossed me around. I spent half my day doing their copying duties and being their gofer. One of the artists, a woman, was openly condescending and cruel to me. So humiliating. I guess I got even by writing about it (imagine, my main character was a graphic artist, or used to be before the world fell apart) and killing the art director off in the book; then, for good measure, destroying the whole city of St. Louis (where I worked), the Arch, splitting the Mississippi River and decimating the Poplar Street Bridge as well. What fun I had! It was great therapy.
Well, between working full time as a graphic designer, raising a son, keeping a husband happy, and being there for my large family I struggled to finish writing The Last Vampire. Got it done and Zebra paperbacks brought it out in 1992 with little fanfare. I'd had the usual over-worked disinterested editor. I had to fight hard for the integrity of every word. And I hated the cover. A kneeling woman (supposedly my main character vampiress) in a blindingly white snowy background. So bland.
I thought it was the best thing I'd ever written. I truly believed in it and its story. It was my baby and I hopefully shoved it out into the world and...nothing.
It was long before the Internet, emails, blogs, web review sites, and editing on the computer. I didn't know how to promote. Was too busy living my life. I left that up to my publisher. That's what an author did in those days. Apparently, they didn't know how to either. I never got one review that I knew of and neverany feedback besides the dismal royalty statements...which never made any sense to me anyway. What in the heck were those huge amounts taken out for returns anyway? The book didn't sell well, they said. Too bad. So sad. Go on and write another one.
Which I did. Witches. Came out in 1993 and did very well.
Over the next twenty years I went on to write and publish nine more books, seven short stories and a novella. The seven oldest of them went out of print. Then in 2010 Kim Richards at Damnation Books/Eternal Press contracted two of my newest horror novels and asked if she could reprint, with new covers and all in ebooks for the first time ever, revised editions of all my older novels. I said a resounding yes! and now all of them will be out again for a new generation to read and hopefully enjoy by June 2012.
AndThe Last Vampire-Revised Author's Edition? It's finally come into its own after all these long years. Most of the reviews have been glowing. People seem to get it, love it and it was even a FINALIST for a 2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARD in the horror category. I didn't win the final award, but being nominated one of the top three was honor enough for me. I'm humbled, vindicated, thrilled.
And so plays out the rollercoaster life of a writer. Never lose hope. Never give up. And never stop writing.
Written this day of April 20, 2012 by author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

About the Author

About Kathryn Meyer Griffith...
Since childhood I've been an artist and worked as a corporate graphic designer and for newspapers for 23 years before I quit to write full time. I began writing novels at 21, forty years ago, and have sixteen (eleven romantic horror, one historical romance, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel and two murder mysteries) previous novels and twelve short stories from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books and Eternal Press.
I've been married to Russell for thirty-four years; have a son, James, and grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha and live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I've been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I'll probably write stories until the day I die.

My books Revised and all out again from Damnation Books (damnationbooks.com/people.php?author=79)and Eternal Press. (eternalpress.biz/people.php?author=422): Evil Stalks the Night-Revised Author's Edition; The Heart of the Rose-Revised Author's Edition; Blood Forge-Revised Author's Edition; Vampire Blood-Revised Author's Edition; The Last Vampire -Revised Author's Edition; Witches-Revised Author's Edition; The Nameless One short story; The Calling-Revised Author's Edition; Scraps of Paper; All Things Slip Away; Egyptian Heart; Winter's Journey; The Ice Bridge; Don't Look Back, Agnes, novella; In This House short story; The Nameless One, erotic short story; Always & Forever, erotic contemporary novella; BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons; The Woman in Crimson; The Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction);Dinosaur Lake; and four 99 cent each SPOOKY SHORT STORIES on Kindle. ***

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DINOSAUR LAKE was a 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their Suspense/Thriller category! AND NOW THE SEQUEL, DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising, TO IT IS OUT!
I've been writing for 43 years, published 30 of them since 1984; have TWENTY novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories to my name...and (first time ever!) I SELF-PUBLISHED MY 16, 17th,18th, 19th and 20th NOVEL *DINOSAUR LAKE* *Human No Longer* *SCRAPS OF PAPER* and a collection: *FOUR SPOOKY SHORT STORIES* DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising TO AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT. I'm now working on having all 20 of my novels produced as audio books at ACX (Audible, iTunes and Amazon.com). Most are already available, and the last few will be audio books by September 2014. Take a look/listen at Audible.com!

I write traditional supernatural horror, SF horror, ghost stories, romantic time-travel, murder mysteries and paranormal romance. I've been writing about ghosts, ancient Egyptian spirits, haunted places and evil vampires since I was 21. And ALL 15 of my older Zebra, Leisure paperbacks, Avalon Books murder mysteries and my Wild Rose Press books have been revised, reprinted and rereleased for the first time in many years (and in e-books for the first time ever) from DAMNATION BOOKS www.damnationbooks.com and ETERNAL PRESS www.eternalpress.biz and AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT. Yippie! So please look for them.

I'm a wife of almost 36 years (husband, Russell), mother (one son, James) and grandmother (two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Joshua). I was a graphic designer in the corporate world for 23 years; and have published with Dorchester, Kensington, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle Direct, Damnation Books and Eternal Press, and Amazon Publishing. Six years ago I crossed over into e-books as well as paperbacks and now ALL my old/new books are in ebooks...and soon to be in AUDIO BOOKS from ACX. I love cats and nature, classic rock and country music (my brother, JS Meyer www.jsmeyermusic.com, is a singer/songwriter and does the songs for all my self-made book trailers that are on my websites). VISIT me at www.myspace.com/kathrynmeyergriffith or www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG or www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith to see all my book covers and trailers.

My published books: Human No Longer (2013),Dinosaur Lake (Thriller/Horror), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising(Thriller/Horror), Scraps of paper-Revised Author's Edition, Evil Stalks the Night (supernatural horror), Leisure 1984; The Heart of the Rose (historical romance) Leisure 1985; Blood Forge (supernatural horror), Leisure 1989; Vampire Blood (romantic supernatural horror), Zebra 1991; The Last Vampire (supernatural horror), Zebra 1992; Witches (romantic horror), Zebra 1993 & Pinnacle 2000; a novella called The Nameless One in Dark Seductions, an erotic horror anthology, Kensington, 1993; The Calling (supernatural horror), Zebra 1994. The Nameless One, a short erotic novella in the 1994 Zebra Anthology Dark Seductions. And Scraps of Paper (hardcover mystery) Avalon Books, 2003; All Things Slip Away, the second mystery in the series came out also from Avalon Books in February 2006 and now both are out again from Amazon and both in ebooks for the first time ever. And my three novels and two short stories from The Wild Rose Press are out again from ETERNAL PRESS: Egyptian Heart(ancient Egyptian time travel romance); Winter's Journey(a romantic suspense novel); The Ice Bridge, (a contemporary romance e-novel with a dose of murder mystery) and two ghostly short stories, Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House. BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic saga from Damnation Books, June 2010. THE WOMAN IN CRIMSON, a vampire eternal love story, ETERNAL PRESS www.eternalpress.biz. The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction) 2011 and Telling Tales of Horror 2012(I did the chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction).***

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this is my favorite book and seeing it in this condition I loved it for this price awesome this book got to me fast.
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