Sunday, 25 November 2012

Please visit Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights where you will find all sorts of fascinating things to read curtesy of award winning horror writer Judy Comeau INCLUDING a review of Worth Their Weight in Blood.........



WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN BLOOD by Carole Jahme

The author, who holds a Master’s Degree in Evolutionary Psychology (in addition to being a journalist, broadcaster, film actor and program producer), has put a scientific spin on the hoary and venerable vampire trope in her novel, WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN BLOOD. Scarlet Fox is woman of her times: the year is 1990, which finds Scarlet a lonely, unemployed young woman who is desperate for job and some kind of stability. She takes the first job she can get—a night-shift worker at a new laboratory that specializes in blood disease research where she is put to work studying a chimpanzee with a rare blood disorder. It’s not long before love-starved Scarlet begins a sexual relationship with a co-worker, but Scarlet has other concerns as well—she is preoccupied by the memory of a family found burned to death within a circle of standing Neolithic stones reminiscent of Stonehenge. What could it mean? As her job at the blood lab proceeds, Scarlet is horrified to discover that her fellow employees are actually vampires. Scarlet is forced join their species, a species that has evolved as a result of natural selection. Fascinating discussions as to whether or not vampires have souls, and whether their species is superior to humans ensue, but there is plenty of action as well, because the vampires have split ranks and are at war with one another. A troubled young boy whom Scarlet has taken under her wing and a renegade vampire provide thrills and scares when they begin to unravel the society of vampires who have made Radfield their home. Ms Jahme’s novel is shot through with interesting ideas and concepts far removed from typical vampire fare. For more about the author, please visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/carole-jahme.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Horror Writers


October 2012 and the build up to spooky Halloween is underway. Check out this link to the Horror Writer's Association (HWA) Halloween blog. During October daily posts from 30 different horror writers will shiver your timbers.

Make sure to check out the HWA Halloween blog on 15th October 2012 as a fascinating exchange between yours truely and award winning wildlife expert Paul D Stewart takes place on the subject of nature's vampires...

There is also a facebook page supporting this event:


Horror writer Ben Ethridge author of the acclaimed Bottled Abyss dropped me an email


From: Benjamin Ethridge
Sent: 05 October 2012 22:28

To: carole jahme
Subject: Re: Novel

Carole,

Just wanted to let you know that I've finished WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN BLOOD. I very much enjoyed it. Being a fan of Richard Matheson's science + vampires concept and also being a fan of evolutionary theory in general, I found the novel captivating-- especially since the premises made sense to me. I wasn't certain where the story was going at first, because the build up is considerable, but I enjoyed the progression of Scarlet's story until the conclusion. Well done and thank you for the free copy.

Take care,
--Ben
 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Kind words from Sidney Du Broth's Shooting and Fishing Journal - bet I'm the first Vampire writer to get a review from a fishing and shooting journal - big thanks Sid!



Sidney Du Broth describes a day at the London Book Fair 2012...

As I moved along, two young men in the twelve year old category, wearing white tee shirts, with what appeared to be a book-cover reproduction emblazoned upon them, approached. Seeing my press badge they stopped and explained their mission. They were seeking out appropriate members of the press who might be prepared to review a book. It was the work of the mother of the young man on the right in the photo (the chap on the left is a friend). And it was a book about Vampires. We don't usually review books about vampires, it/they being somewhat remote from the usual shooting, fishing and gun scene that is our more or less normal domain. The young man was an absolute charmer, and it would be impossible to say No. The young man explained that he would be writing his own book in due course, probably a work of non-fiction.

'Carole Jahme's son, right promotes his mother's book, with help from colleague'
Carole Jahme is no doubt very proud of her young son, as well she should be. Ms Jahme is a science writer on the Guardian newspaper, so she should know something about Vampires. She is a psychologist whose previous work , Beauty and the Beasts, Women Ape and Evolution, was published by Virago in 2000.
WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN BLOOD by Carol Jahme. Published by Mira Publishing House ISBN 978-1-908509-01-7
This is a book of 343 pages so you come to know vampires quite well, and become aware that there are different kinds of vampires. Scarlet tells her story in the first person, a single mother with a six year old daughter, and a man responsible for the child whom she hates. She doesn't like her mother much either, nor does her mother like her. Scarlet is vulnerable; vampires would seek her out. She is given a stark choice: become a vampire or die. As Ms Jahme, who would know, puts it: "…bit by bit the beautiful face, another, otherworldly, version of myself, pixilated away into little pieces until the mirror was empty of life and I was no longer there." So you can see what can happen, and does.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Worth Their Weight in Blood link to Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00702Z3IA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thwoofwa-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00702Z3IA

Worth Their Weight in Blood links to Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1908509015/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thwoofwa-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1908509015

ScifiWard reviews Worth Their Weight in Blood



Worth Their Weight in Blood by Carole Jahme
Posted on 19/05/2012 by ward………………….


I’ll level with you. Like most of the world over 30 I’m a bit bored with vampires and their stupid goth pallor and teenage girl appeal. Thanks Twilight. Consequently I wasn’t 100% eager to read Worth Their Weight in Blood by Carole Jahme. But read it I did and I was suddenly reminded that vampire novels and films can be pretty cool and can be found outside the Young Adult section and don’t always contain awkward teen romance.


In my youth I loved the movies/books Near Dark, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, Blade, Salem’s Lot and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then there are books like I am Legend by Richard Mattheson – a vampire tale told from a different angle that is both awesome and kind of sad. And who can forget Buffy who was both a teenager and fell in love but was pretty cool to watch.


The vampire genre is actually pretty versatile and I was pleased that Carole Jahme has tried something a bit different. She has a master’s degree in evolutionary psychology and generally knows about all that evolution stuff. Her angle on the genre is to treat vampires as just another humanoid offshoot along with Neanderthals, the Indonesian pygmy and us homo sapiens.



The story revolves around a lady called Scarlett Fox, who is a single mum that lives in a village in Oxfordshire. She’s unemployed and understandably bored with life. Then a mysterious blood research facility called the Zomnifers Institute opens up nearby. Around this time a family of four are found burnt to death near some ancient stones. Scarlett gets a job at the institute looking after a chimpanzee they have but she starts to notice that things are a bit strange with her fellow astoundingly attractive workmates. I won’t give any more away but there are vampires involved.


I really enjoyed Worth Their Weight in Blood and liked the angle and direction that Jahme takes the story. There are some fascinating sections on evolution and evolutionary psychology weaved into the tale. There was only one section about the ability to self reflect that I felt went on a bit but that could have been because I had recently watched a documentary on that subject a week before at work. Otherwise the science stuff is well integrated and very readable.


The story is well paced and got me in. I found the very beginning a tiny bit slow but when things start to happen the scene is well set and the claustrophobia is in place so maybe I just have a short attention span. Looking back, I realise it was handled pretty well and it makes the events that follow that much more absorbing. Scarlett in particular is well fleshed out by the time weirdness starts to occur.


The vampires themselves are pretty cool. Jahme explains the evolution that led to them losing their empathy, so when things start get bloody it’s pretty understandable. Another nice touch is how Scarlett evolves throughout the story and how her development and thought processes are juxtaposed with the ape she is studying and the vampires she finds surrounding her.


In fact the only thing that bugged me about Worth Their Weight in Blood was the names. The vampires you can understand, as vampires tend to have odd names. They are the celebrity children of the undead. It was just that alongside the weirdly named vampires, you have Scarlett Fox’s family – her mum Red, and her daughter Ruby. It’s possible this is a coincidentally blood-coloured family tradition or destiny/vampire related and will be discussed in a later book but it felt weird. It’s a very mionr niggle though.


Worth Their Weight in Blood is definitely worth a read. Especially if you fancy a new twist on the genre. Carole Jahme is a Guardian journalist and science author and there is no doubt that she can write. If you like vampires and feel like a new take, check it out. Enjoy.