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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 all authors had to do before the eBook publishers, Amazon and the Internet, I dealt with the old legacy (traditional) publishers and the slow-frustratingly-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 that took forever, 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 all took 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. Iwanted to transcend the vampire novel genre. Or, at least, try to. Make it a thriller, an adventure and a mystery as well as horror.
I even threw in a little inside joke on the other top horror writers of the day by using their first names for the other bloodsuckers in the ruthless vampire gang my main character goes to war against. Stephen (King). Dean (Koontz). Anne (Rice). Chelsea (Quin Yarbo). Peter (Straub). Etc. 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 13years!), and he had been making my life on the job miserable. He'd openly demoted, humiliated me; was overworking me. Besides my regular workload, he put a couple of 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, which I hated crossing twice a day to go to work, 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, housework, 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 original 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. I 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 promote it either. I only received a small number of reviews, that I knew of, and very little feedback besides the dismal royalty statements, which never made any sense to me anyway. What in the heck were those 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. It originally came out in 1993 and it did, and always has done, really well. So well I eventually wrote a second one: Witches II: Apocalypse.
Over the next twenty-six years I went on to write and publish many more books, novellas and short stories -twenty-eight novels and thirteen short stories in all. In 2012 I came completely and fully into the twenty-first century by going into self-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 28 novels self-published because I have gotten all my books' rights back from my last publisher. Being an Indie is a new world and I am so thrilled to have lived to see it, even if it is at the tale end of my career.
And The Last Vampire? It's finally come into its own after all these long years. After wrestling it away from my last publisher, I self-published it in 2015 with an amazing new cover by 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 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. Now that I have all my books under my control, life is good. And I am almost done with my 29th novel, a 6th Spookie Town Murder Mystery.
And so plays out the roller coaster life of a writer who has been writing now for OVER 48 years. Advice for a beginning writer? I'd say never lose hope, never give up and never stop writing. AND SELF-PUBLISH! Learn how to format, do eBooks, paperbacks on KDP, audio books through ACX - and do it all yourself. Updated this day of December 14, 2019 by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of 28 novels, 13 short stories and a 2012 & 2014 Epic EBook Awards Finalist for The Last Vampire and Dinosaur Lake.
- ASIN : B0163P4EWU
- Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith (October 2, 2015)
- Publication date : October 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 422 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1517651786
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #692,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Several points of grammar irked also,
These things were enough to spoil the story for me.
This is an exceptional read as apocalyptic and vampires combined.
With the rapid decline of humans the last vampire realizes it is more humane than most of the few humans remaining.
It is an easy read suitable for young adults and older.