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THE VAMPIRE'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER

Somtow, S. P.

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ISBN 10: 0689319681 / ISBN 13: 9780689319686
Published by Atheneum., NY:, 1997
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Illustrated by Gary A. Lippincott. This copy signed by Somtow. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with remainder dot. Bookseller Inventory # 8531

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Title: THE VAMPIRE'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER

Publisher: Atheneum., NY:

Publication Date: 1997

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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When Johnny's family moves to California, he finds it hard to fit in at his new school until Rebecca, the half-human daughter of a vampire, begins to attend Johnny's school and the two of them become close friends, each facing their own personal demons.

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Once referred to by the International Herald Tribune as 'the most well-known expatriate Thai in the world,' Somtow Sucharitkul is no longer an expatriate, since he has returned to Thailand after five decades of wandering the world. He is best known as an award-winning novelist and a composer of operas. Born in Bangkok, Somtow grew up in Europe and was educated at Eton and Cambridge. His first career was in music and in the 1970s, his first return to Asia, he acquired a reputation as a revolutionary composer, the first to combine Thai and Western instruments in radical new sonorities. Conditions in the arts in the region at the time proved so traumatic for the young composer that he suffered a major burnout, emigrated to the United States, and reinvented himself as a novelist. His earliest novels were in the science fiction field and he soon won the John W. Campbell for Best New Writer as well as being nominated for and winning numerous other awards in the field. But science fiction was not able to contain him and he began to cross into other genres. In his 1984 novel Vampire Junction, he injected a new literary inventiveness into the horror genre, in the words of Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, 'skillfully combining the styles of Stephen King, William Burroughs, and the author of the Revelation to John.' Vampire Junction was voted one of the forty all-time greatest horror books by the Horror Writers' Association, joining established classics like Frankenstein and Dracula. In the 1990s Somtow became increasingly identified as a uniquely Asian writer with novels such as the semi-autobiographical Jasmine Nights and a series of stories noted for a peculiarly Asian brand of magic realism. He won the World Fantasy Award for his novella The Bird Catcher. His forty-seven books have sold about two million copies world-wide. After becoming a Buddhist monk for a period in 2001, Somtow founded Bangkok's first international opera company and returned to music. According to London's Opera magazine, 'in just five years, Somtow has made Bangkok into the operatic hub of Southeast Asia.' His operas on Thai themes, Madana and Mae Naak, have been well received by international critics. Somtow has recently been awarded the 2017 Europa Cultural Achievement Award. To support S.P. Somtow's work, visit his patreon account at patreon.com/spsomtow.

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