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Empyres Bloodblind (Volume 1) Paperback – March 10, 2013
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About the Author
John Koloski was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, "the most haunted city in America". His inherited psychic sensitivity supplies encounters with ghosts, orbs and shadow-people much like those in his fiction. John holds degrees in English Literature (BA, Binghamton University) and Creative Writing (MA and MFA, Wilkes University.) He has been an editor and writer for national magazines. His stories and poems have appeared in The Endless Mountains Review, Southern Tier Images, and Midwest Poetry Review. He’s presented papers for the National Council of Teachers of English and The John Gardner Society. His scholarly works are included in collections at The University of Rochester. A high school English teacher, John lives with his wife and children in the misty Endless Mountains. EMPYRES: BLOODBLIND, which was an invited public reading at the 2007 AWP Conference in Atlanta, GA, is his first published novel.
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Koloski takes you into a world that's not your Grampa's vampires. These psychic vampires--or Empyres--operate on a whole other level. Koloski ushers you into this dark domain and opens up your senses in a way that can make you experience though touch and taste and sound and scent.
"EMPYRES: Bloodblind" takes the reader on a journey into this world with believable, three-dimensional protagonists (as well as antagonists) and plot points that keep you moving right up to the big finish. His writing is rich and lush, with textured nuances that puts you in the passenger seat. So don't get comfortable... and buckle up. You're in for a hell of a ride.
Not since Zelazny was I pulled into a story where my understanding of the other characters and environment tracked that of the main character. You both start off unclear about what's happening, and what's coming next, or even who the actors are, but bit by bit you are caught up in events. This sort of realism is how I really expect folks would react to paranormal events happening to them - not the "Oh, vampires (yawn), gimme some stakes and another beer, please." I so often encounter. If I were really dealing with vampires - creatures that could glamour my mind - I'd expect reality to be pretty confused, fuzzy around the edges, and a bit surreal. Which is what our main character seems to be dealing with.
This is what Koloski pulls off, and balances this trippy vagueness with some really amazingly gritty and perceptive writing telling the story of a main character who is blind, and allowing us to "see" through his eyes - getting a "glimpse" of the world of our unsighted neighbors.
EMPYRES: Bloodblind is a fine novel, and I'm waiting for the next installment eagerly from John Koloski.