Holly Black Inks Vampire Book Deal
Posted on October 7, 2011Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, announced on her blog that she just inked a book deal for a vampire novel. So why a vampire book? Here's what she said:
From almost the beginning of my career and especially in the last five years, people have been asking/telling me the same thing:The book is called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and it will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The premise is quite interesting. Here's how the release describes the book:
Will you ever write a vampire book? C'mon.
You know who you are. And mostly I said no, because even though I love vampires (and I have loved vampires a looooong time - I wore a vampire cape to middle school just for the heck of it; I reread INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE about a million times in high school; I did my eighth grade research paper on vampire folklore; hell, I begged my way into writing the introduction to a Puffin Classics edition of DRACULA not that long ago)* it always seemed like the wrong time. Vampires were either so hot that there seemed to be no room in the market or so over that there seemed to be no room in the market either.
But then, a couple of years ago, while I was waiting to get back my editor's edits on WHITE CAT, I wrote the short story, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" for THE ETERNAL KISS, a vampire anthology. And it was incredibly strange, because I started it thinking I had nothing to say about vampires and I wound up having a lot to say after all.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is set in the not-so-distant future, where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry. These isolated meccas of debauchery are the pillars of pop culture, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions. Drawn into this bizarre and dangerous world is Tana, who willingly enters Coldtown with an infected ex-boyfriend on the brink of turning and a mysterious vampire with a tortured past intent on seeking revenge. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original vampire story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing.Holly Black does vampires? Yes, please.
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