Today, we either have the old horrific vampires with blood and gore or the new romantic versions. Now we have The Last Vampire. B & N Bert Nel
This is without a doubt the best end of world novel I have ever read, and I don't honestly feel anyone could write a better one. Blaze McRob's Tales of Horror 5 stars
I will never forget the incredible story of devastation and the last gasping breath of humanity. Coffee Time Romance & More
I truly enjoyed this story and give it an A! I would definitely recommend Ms. Griffith's books. EmeraldFire's Bookmark
I was so drawn into this story, I found myself oddly disoriented once the tale was over. A great story, 5 Angels! Fallen Angel Reviews
The unique approach to the apocalypse and vampire mythology allowed for a compelling relationship to form between 2 great characters. Fantasy Book Review Ryan Lawler
Let's call it 4.5 for being ballsy, well written, and having that feel of authenticity we're all looking for in our books. Jennifer James Blog
Kathryn Meyer Griffith gives us a wonderful look at vampires and how they would react to the end of the world. Night Owl Reviews Zollyanna
This epic tale of horror, fantasy, paranormal and should be on everyone's top 10 list to read. Sweeping Me Blog Tour Review Mary 5 stars
This book comes highly recommended for Dystopian and vampire genre fans. I would love to read more of Kathryn's work in the future! This is From My Heart Janiera
The Last Vampire is a super stay-up-till-dawn story, the mysticism in Matthew's dream visions...Two Lips Reviews Merrylee 5 stars
From the Author
In the beginning, as allauthors had to do before the eBook publishers, Amazon and the Internet, I dealtwith the old legacy (traditional publishers) the slow-frustrating-timeconsuming old-fashioned way through snail mail, editors and agents. Sometimesbetween the writing, scouring for a publisher, getting a contract with thatpublisher, getting the manuscript ready to go on the book shelves and what youhad to put up with during and afterwards could be enough to drive any sanewriter crazy. I mean...it all tookso 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 LastVampire, oh, I guess, around 1990 or so. With the help of Dean Koontz (I senthim a letter asking for advice on how to get a better publishing company anddeal and he and his wife, who did the actual talking though Dean must have beennearby by the way the conversation went, answered by kindly telephoning me onerainy fall night) I'd gotten my first agent in 1990. She'd already sold myfourth book, Vampire Blood, to my new publisher Zebra and I had begun work onmy 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 anothervampire novel. This book would be a sagaabout the end-of-the-world, about personal courage, the destruction and fall ofsociety and about what humans-and vampires-would have to do to survive in thenew merciless world after earthquakes and anarchy had taken their tolls. Iwanted to transcend the vampire novel genre. Or, at least, try to.
I even threw in a littleinside joke on the other top horror writers of the day by using their names forthe other bloodsuckers in the ruthless vampire gang my main character goes towar against. Stephen. Dean. Anne. Chelsea. Peter. And so on. Hmm, though, noone ever got the joke...or never told me if they did. Oh, well.
I'll admit it now becauseit's so many years later, I'd also used the book as a sort of therapy to dealwith an increasingly frustrating situation I was experiencing in my real lifeat work. Age discrimination. My new art director thought I was too old, I wasforty-two at the time, to be a senior graphic artist, didn't have but a twoyear college degree instead of four (but I'd been doing the actual job 13years!), and had been making my life on the job miserable. He'd openly demotedme; was overworking me. Besides my regular workload, he put a couple youngerartists over me who bossed me around. I spent half my day doing their copyingduties and being their gofer. One of the artists, a woman, was openlycondescending and cruel to me. So humiliating. I guess I got even by writingabout it (imagine, my main character was a graphic artist, or used to be beforethe world fell apart) and killing the art director off in the book; then, forgood measure, destroying the whole city of St. Louis (where I worked), theArch, splitting the Mississippi River and decimating the Poplar Street Bridgeas well. What fun I had! It was great therapy.
Well, between working fulltime as a graphic designer, raising a son, keeping a husband happy, and beingthere for my large family I struggled to finish writing The Last Vampire. Gotit done and Zebra paperbacks brought it out in 1992 with little fanfare. I'dhad the usual over-worked disinterested editor. I had to fight hard for theintegrity of every word. And I hated the cover. A kneeling woman (supposedly mymain character vampiress) in a blindingly white snowy background. So bland.
I thought it was the bestthing I'd ever written. I truly believed in it and its story. It was my baby and I hopefully shoved it outinto the world and...nothing.
It was long before theInternet, emails, blogs, web review sites, and editing on the computer. Ididn't know how to promote. I was too busy living my life. I left that up to mypublisher. That's what an author did in those days. Apparently, they didn'tknow how to promote either. I never got one review that I knew of and never any feedback besides the dismalroyalty statements, which never made any sense to me anyway. What in the heckwere those huge amounts taken out for returns anyway? The book didn't sellwell, they said. Too bad. So sad. Go on and write another one.
Which I did. Witches. Itoriginally came out in 1993 and did very well.
Over the next twenty-threeyears I went on to write and publish many more books, novellas and shortstories-twenty-three novels, two novellas and twelve short stories in all. In2012 I came completely and fully into the twenty-first century by going intoself-publishing. Since 2012 I am my own publisher (I never have to put up witha publisher's whims and foibles ever again and I am so happy!) and will soon have all my 22 novels self-published because I have gotten all my books backfrom my last publisher. It's a new world and Iam so thrilled to have lived to see it, even if it is at the end of my career.
And The Last Vampire? It'sfinally come into its own after all these long years. After wrestling it awayfrom my last publisher, I self-published it in 2015 with an amazing new coverby Dawne Dominique and put it into eBook, paperback and Audible audio book. People seem to get it, love it and it was even a FINALIST for a 2012 EPIC EBOOKAWARD in the horror category. I didn't win the final award, but being nominatedone of the top three was honor enough for me. I'm humbled, vindicated,thrilled. Now that I will soon have all my books under my control, life is good.
And so plays out the roller coasterlife of a writer. Advice for a beginning writer? I'd say never lose hope, nevergive up and never stop writing. AND SELF-PUBLISH! Learn how and do it yourself
Writtenthis day of November 11, 2015 by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of 22 novels and a 2012 & 2014 Epic EBook Awards Finalist forThe Last Vampire and Dinosaur Lake.