Authors put clever spins on vampire story


Sookie Stackhouse, Edward and Jacob, those crazy kids from “True Blood” — urban vampires are all the rage these days, evident by the popularity of the “Twilight” movies and the vast quantity of books that cater to the fictional subject. Some books in this genre tend to lean toward the no-nonsense side, with their authors writing with great seriousness on the background and history of the vampire.

Then there are the slightly irreverent books that include a healthy dose of humor in their stories of the undead. Two of the latest in this sassy vein are “Bite Me: A Love Story” by Christopher Moore and “Werewolf Smackdown” by Mario Acevedo.

Jody, the red-headed countess of the night; Tommy, her 19-year old consort; their loyal minion, Goth girl Abby; and Abby’s nerd-genius and bio-chemistry Ph.D. candidate boyfriend Foo Dog join together to battle a huge vampire cat named Chet in the alleys and back ways of San Francisco in “Bite Me: A Love Story.”

The third and final story that began with “You Suck: A Love Story” and continued in “Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story,” Moore once again entertains his fans with a hilarious romp through the streets of the city by the bay, where kitties turn into vampires, Safeway stockboys are armed with anti-vampire Kool-Aid, and the homeless and hookers are disappearing by the hundreds.

It’s up to Abby and her pals to convince SFPD Detectives Rivera and Cavuto that there is a very real danger lurking around every corner, and without the help of the hapless foursome, San Francisco could turn into an entire vampire state in the course of a few days. Oh, and there is a lot of gnarly bloodsucking sex and fun along the way.

Moore has a gift when it comes to writing entertaining fiction with biting humor (excuse the pun!), and “Bite Me” is just one more example of how he manages to keep his readers laughing and captivated with his unique storytelling skills.

“Werewolf Smackdown” is the fifth installment in Acevedo’s series featuring Latino vampire Felix Gomez, and Acevedo continues the thrilling adventures of the private detective/vampire whose goal is to keep the peace among the supernatural folks of Denver.

A civil war is threatening to breakout among the werewolf clans, and it’s up to Felix to try to broker a compromise that will satisfy both the werewolves and vampires of his city. But, as always, Felix must dodge some obstacles, including old enemies and old girlfriends, before his work is done.

Acevedo’s fiery, passionate characters and suspenseful adventures give “Werewolf Smackdown” the thrilling story line that vampire aficionados adore. Add in the clever humor and the result is a fun read that will entertain and captivate.