Vampire Blood by Kathryn Meyer Griffith ~ My review of small town evil with a bite

Posted: January 23, 2014 in horror, Paranormal or fantasy, reviews, Vampires
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For today I’ll be telling you about Vampire Blood

by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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My Review

When I read Human No Longer, I knew I’d be reading more of Kathryn’s books. When she told me there was another book that was a prequel written before it, I had to read it.

They say nothing ever happens in a small town.

Jenny and her brother Joey are going to wish that were true.

A family of vampires are on the run after one of them made a mess of things. The leader, Michelson, decides it’s time to return to Summer Haven, Florida.

Michelson struggles to control the younger vampires, but it’s hopeless. They feed on anything and anyone and the heck with the consequences. The old town theatre seems like a good place to maintain their cover, but with the indiscriminate killings, trouble has followed them.

The poor town is losing citizens at an alarming rate and the murders are vicious and bloody. Soon Jenny and Joey will be drawn into the horrific events, caught between the feuding vampires.

No one is safe and the bodies keep piling up.

The author really had me squirming. I know I shouldn’t have cared about the vampires, but their leader almost had me on his side. I got where he was coming from. He had a family to feed and protect.

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Michelson had a good idea when he bought the old theatre and started getting it ready to reopen. He could make a living and the hours would be convenient. Too bad the brat, Irene, couldn’t keep her fangs to herself. A small town probably wasn’t the best choice when you’re trying to survive and stay undiscovered.

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Jenny is my favorite character. She’s a horror writer and just moved back home after a bad divorce. She’s having to start over and find herself again. Imagine her surprise when the creatures she wrote in her fiction books turn out to be real.

Joey, her younger brother, owns the local diner. With his personality and his amazing cooking, the diner becomes the town hub and gossip central. In a small town there are no secrets.  I live in one and someone is always coming up to me and asking, did you hear about or guess what so and so did.

Together, these two siblings make a lethal combination. They both have people they care about, and the vampires chose the wrong town.

I couldn’t believe I was feeling sorry for some of the vampires. For the most part they’re cruel and toy with us like a cat with a mouse. We being the mice.

I’ve read several of Kathryn’s books and one thing she’s consistent with is her ability to spin an in-depth plot. Another is her abundance of characters, each with their own voice, easy to tell apart.

The beginning is bloody, then there’s the calm before the storm. Once the action starts it’s  hang onto your butt until you reach the end.

5 Stars

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Other books I’ve read by Kathryn

Click on the covers to read my reviews.

Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, SF horror novel

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Human No Longer by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Reviewing soon.

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Reading now.

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About Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-two years ago now, and have had eighteen (ten romantic horror, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and three murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press and Amazon Kindle Direct.

I’ve been married to Russell for over thirty-five years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is right across the JB Bridge from St.   Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha, live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.

2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for her Horror novel The Last VampireRevised Author’s Edition

2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* for her Suspense/Thriller novel Dinosaur Lake

*All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s books can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kathryn%20Meyer%20Griffith

*All her Audible.com audio books here:

http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mn_at_ano_tseft__galileo?advsearchKeywords=Kathryn+Meyer+Griffith&x=17&y=16

Novels and short stories from Kathryn Meyer Griffith:

Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One (short story), The Calling, Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes novella & bonus short story, A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Vol. 1 (Introduction), 4 Spooky Short Stories, Telling Tales of Terror Chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction), Dinosaur Lake, Human No Longer, Scraps of Paper–Revised Author’s Edition, All Things Slip Away.

My Websites:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1019954486

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/889499.Kathryn_Meyer_Griffith

http://www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG

http://tinyurl.com/ma58spm

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Comments
  1. Emma says:

    I like the fact that a brother and sister are two of the main characters and make a good team. This vampire story sounds very different. Thanks for the heads up about it.

  2. Taylor Dean says:

    Since I write romance, I guess I wouldn’t mind if the characters I write about suddenly became real!!!
    All of Ms. Griffith’s books look amazing! She is quite prolific!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I wouldn’t mind meeting them Taylor!
      My work is cut out for me this year. I’m trying to review each authors complete selections of books. That’s going to be interesting!
      Sherry and I are coordinating a tag team event for Joshua’s Folly and then For NIck. Will be in touch soon!

  3. I loved this book. I couldn’t help but care about some of the blood suckers too. I love Kathryn’s writing and can hardly wait to dig into her next book. Another great review, Laura. And Taylor, I wouldn’t mind if some of your characters came to life. ^_^