Here is the world's first apocalyptic, comedic, vampire thriller! Filled with romance and set in the modern West, it's The Cowboy and the Vampire by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall.
New York City reporter Lizzie Vaughan doesn't know it, but she has 2,000 years of royal Vampiric blood coursing through her veins. Tucker, her cowboy boyfriend of six months, has a place in Lonepine, Wyoming, where there is little to do besides drink beer and wonder about who's cheating on whom at the Sleep-O-Rama Motel. Lizzie and Tucker don't know it, but their lives are about to take as many twists and turns as a bucking bronco ride.
Julius, the megalomaniac Vampire leader, wants his horde of maniacal followers to vanquish every living being on the planet so he can reign over Darkness for all eternity―with Lizzie at his side. But there are a few little problems he has to iron out first...
Julius' fatally seductive Vampire consort, Elita, is furious. She wants to be the only woman in Julius' undead life. His archenemy Lazarus, once the most powerful Vampire on the planet, is undoubtedly plotting against Julius and his diabolical scheme. But Julius has been living a quiet life, eating HoHos and reading the tabloids―has he lost his taste for bloodshed?
Lizzie herself is being difficult―she doesn't want to be Queen of the Vampires, or as she calls them, "blood-sucking, crazy freaks." Finally, there's Tucker, who is coming for his woman with his dog, his gun, and a couple of ragtag cowhands.
Who will be left when the sun rises?
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A poet and journalist, Clark Hays (Portland, OR) was raised on a 3,000-acre Montana cattle ranch. Hayes’ work has appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers. Most recently, he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for a short story appearing in Opium magazine.
Kathleen McFall (Portland, OR) is a journalist with a master’s degree in filmmaking from The American University. She was awarded a fellowship for fiction writing from Oregon Literary Arts.~ Review:
And now for something completely different-The Cowboy and the Vampire, the most original, humorous and romantic novel I've read in 1999.
Clark Hays was a genuine cowboy and Kathleen McFall grew up on the East Coast. Together, they have crafted a piece of magic. Their version of vampire history and culture is intriguing and creative, as is the relationship vampires share with "Adamites." The vampires, from Julius' seductive consort Elita to his arch enemy Lazarus (yes, the original Lazarus) are complex characters with fascinating quirks.
It's Tucker and his fellow cowboys who make the book. Tucker is my kind of hero. Despite his no-nonsense approach to life, he takes each new shocking revelation in stride, never wavering in his devotion to Lizzie. The contrast between the garish world of the Undead and the simple life of the cowboy is mined for every bit of irony and sly humor. The Cowboy and the Vampire never takes itself too seriously, but it still manages to be extremely romantic and sweet, despite several graphically violent scenes. I read slower and slower as I neared its conclusion because I was reluctant to see it end. -- The Romance Reader--Susan Scribner, 9/8/99
Go ahead. You're trying not to laugh at the title. Let it out! It's funny and so is the book. Get a few pages into The Cowboy And The Vampire and you'll be laughing with them, not at them. This book is the story John Carpenter's Vampires tried to be and failed so miserably. Here are your contemporary vampires and vampire hunters, fighting it out in the wild and woolly West.
Hays and McFall have taken a grave situation and made it more than the standard vampire-worship tale. There is grief, loss, and pain on a human and inhuman scale, but there is so much more. The humor in The Cowboy And The Vampire is far from the slapstick of previous creations; the wit, sly and adult.
And, perhaps best of all, the characters are complex and unpredictable. Each creature is an individual, not a type, not a tin soldier to be moved around without thought.
So, save your video rental dollars. Nothing in the last few years is worth your hard-earned money; The Cowboy And The Vampire is well worth it. -- SF Site Featured Review- Lisa DuMond, June 1999
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Book Description Llewellyn Publications, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111567184510
Book Description Llewellyn Publications. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1567184510 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1603847