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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (August 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600617727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600617720
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic story is told through the eyes of a newly turned vampire in sweet haiku verse and every passage is as cool as they come... One haiku will make your belly jiggle with laughter, the next will make your skin shiver, and sometimes both occur at once." -- Mark L. Miller, Ain't It Cool News

"One of the best books of 2009. Not only does Mecum follow the traditional pattern of haiku poetry to the syllable (go ahead and count -- they're all there!), but his writing also conveys a very clear, narrative, logical story while adhering to this strict structure." -- Kelly Melcher, Fandomania

About the Author

Ryan Mecum is the author of the adorably disgusting Horror Haiku series that includes Zombie Haiku, Vampire Haiku, Werewolf Haiku, and Dawn Of Zombie Haiku. He can be found on Twitter at @MecumHaiku. He lives in Cincinnati, OH, and is constantly thinking in a 5-7-5 haiku syllable structure.

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Ryan Mecum (www.ryanmecum.com) is the author of the adorably disgusting Horror Haiku series that includes Zombie Haiku, Vampire Haiku, Werewolf Haiku, and Dawn Of Zombie Haiku. He can be found on Twitter at @MecumHaiku. He lives in Cincinnati, OH, and is constantly thinking in a 5-7-5 haiku syllable structure.

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Vampire Haiku is a book to enjoy more than once and a book to share.
Spudman
In the beginning of Vampire Haiku, a man named William Butten falls in love with a beautiful vampire woman named Katherine Carver.
Nandini Dev
For a quick read (and I do mean quick - my only complaint), this one will have you giggling shamelessly with every page.
Mirage

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Agusto-Cox on December 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ryan Mecum's Vampire Haiku mixes humor and poetry in diary form for vampire William Butten, who was turned in 1620. He falls in love with a beautiful woman on the Mayflower named Katherine, who turned him into a vampire. Soon he's parted from his love to roam America on his own and make his own friends. There are tales of some well known historic figures from Davy Crockett to Amelia Earhart and famous events in history like the Civil War and Woodstock.

Readers may initialy be attracted to the cover haiku, which also appears on page 37:

"You know that your drink
is down to the last few sips
once the toes curl up."

Butten has a twisted sense of humor, but readers will enjoy is little anecdotes about becoming a vampire and bumbling around learning how to feed, etc. Mecum uses his linguistic and historic knowledge to create fun and witty haiku. Although they are not precisely haiku in the traditional sense, they mostly adhere to the form's syllable count. It is fun to see Butten reveal insider knowledge about the deaths of Davy Crockett and other major historical figures. In some cases, the poems will have readers cringing in disgust.

"Discarded band-aids
are rare unexpected treats.
My version of gum." (page 113)

There are even moments in the book where the vampire makes fun of the modern vampire crazes from the goth kids to the latest vampire movies. One of the best haiku in the book is about the Twilight movie:

"Those were not vampires.
If sunlight makes you sparkle,
you're a unicorn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mirage on January 2, 2010
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I was fascinated with the idea of a vampire documenting bits of his prolonged life using Haiku, but I was truly awestruck with how well it was done after I had finished it. For a quick read (and I do mean quick - my only complaint), this one will have you giggling shamelessly with every page. I bought this book thinking it would be kind of a documentary-type read ("My Life As A Pilgrim Vampire" or something) with little shards of wit and humor to keep you interested; Mostly a new and creative version of how adjusting to a vampire's life (or..death? un-life?) is hard. I just didn't know you could turn all that into a comedy. This book should be on every reader's shelf. Even if you don't like vampires, if you know just one or two of the many common vampire stereotypes and/or ever heard the name Stephenie Meyer, you'll be in stitches.

Who would have guessed used Band-Aids would be the best vampire inside-joke of the year?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip A. Bernhardt-House on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
There's a lot of vampire dreck being produced in the world today, a great deal of which has taken its cue from certain very popular juvenile fiction products and films. It's hard to do vampires these days without attempting to redefine the parameters in either implausible non-traditional ways, or to simply produce something overly clichéd and hackneyed.

This book manages to stay within the pretty standard expectations of the vampire genre, and yet the most unique thing about it is not the treatment of vampires, nor even the story (despite its ingeniousness at many points), but instead the medium itself.

It might be a stretch to imagine that an early seventeenth century Pilgrim would be writing a journal in haiku (since wide Western familiarity with that poetic form wouldn't have been a reality until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries), and yet the charm to this poetic form as a narrative vehicle is intrinsically appealing. Traditionally, individual haiku often have a sense of timelessness in their capturing of a single moment, transitory and yet eternal. What better medium, then, to narrate the life of a vampire, a being who lives through many ages and the changes they inevitably bring, and yet remains essentially beyond change himself? While the occasional haiku in the book is hypermetrical, this can be easily forgiven, particularly in one case, when onomatopoeia is involved.

The opportunities for humor in this book were endless, and yet tastefully exploited. Much fun is had at the expense of vampire fiction and film of the past, including using two syllables with the word "sparkle" in one particular jab at the recent Twilight franchise, and a masterful incorporation of Joss Whedon into the storyline. Wonderful stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
They're simple - five syllables, seven syllabes, five syllables - like this one from the book:

Though I don't eat it
I often display a box
of Count Chocula

Try writing one, and then try writing enough haikus to fill a book, a string of haikus that tell a story and are simultaneously clever and witty. It isn't easy, but Ryan Mecum has done it and hit a vampire home run. I bought this book on impulse after seeing it in a local bargain store. The haiku are entertaining and fun, while the illustrations and page "decorations" just add to the fun and the mood.

Cheapskate that I am, I liked this book so much that I even ordered Mecum's Zombie Haiku book from Amazon. Vampire Haiku is a book to enjoy more than once and a book to share. I close with a couplet of homemade haiku inspired by the author.

Vampire haiku book
Incredibly creative
I thought it would suck

Critics criticize
Don't appreciate talent
What do they want? Blood?
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