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Raised by the 1940's swingkid generation of his maternal grandparents, Eric Muss-Barnes grew up 2500 miles outside of Los Angeles; has spent years working at Walt Disney Studios; piloted hang gliders over 6000 feet above the Earth; dated fashion models, rockstar goddesses and glamazon actresses; been thrown and dragged by horses (arguably similar to his dating experiences); earned a living as an American Greetings toymaker and a Hollywood game designer; ridden motorcycles through mountains and desert sandstorms (make that "over" mountains, he's not Buckaroo Banzai); produced, directed and edited music videos and an award-nominated film; briefly wed a tattooed MENSA astrophysicist chick; crewed on an Academy Award nominated movie; skateboarded in pools all around California with XGames medalists; written an epic series of vampire novels; photographed numerous Playboy models and sold his images in art galleries; been published in multiple fiction/non-fiction anthologies; served 12 years hard time in parochial schools; and created and programmed a blog called InkShard where you can see videos and essays about his life as a writer.
This is the first of two books in the Vampire Noctuaries series. The main character is the only male of a family of vampires with a die hard appreciation for the gothic industrial music scene. Much of the book revolves around this appreciation, to include scenes taking place in the underground club scene, music lyrics from goth bands embedded in the writing, and a playlist at the end of the contents of the book including goth bands. The characters also embraced other features of goth subculture, to include attire, make-up, and hair styles. Some of the characters are also depressed or experiencing a lot of teenage angst, which has been tied to the gothic subculture. I don't know how much truth there was to how accurately the goth subculture was captured in the book, but regardless, the author was able to create an atmosphere for this story from components of this subculture.
As far as the vampires go, they are violent, dark, and incredibly loyal to their family members. This violence lead to some pretty graphic, bloody scenes. It seems nowadays that authors have their own spin on the vampire novel. Therefore, I was expecting more insight into how new vampires are made, how often they have to feed, what kills them, do they have any special features/powers, etc. I didn't really feel like I got much of that with this book.
The writing style was different. The author chose to capitalize all pronouns referring to vampiric characters. This helped in terms of separating the mortals from the immortals. The book contains a lot of characters and it would not have been clear to me if they were a mortal or immortal without this type of writing. I found some parts of the novel a little winded and hard to get through.Read more ›
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Oh, my Goth! This independently-published novel of the Kindred world is absolutely fabulous! A first novel achievement of unbelievably realistic proportions! Okay, so it's not Anne Rice or Clive Barker, but that very noncommercial feel makes it a winner. THE GOTHIC RAINBOW has the feel of an independent horror flick shown at 1am on FRIGHT NIGHT-type horror shows. I was reminded of the indy vampire films of the late '80's, GRAVEYARD SHIFT(not the Stephen King film of same name) and GRAVEYARD SHIFT 2: THE UNDERSTUDY. Can't wait for the sequel!
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