Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rick Gualtieri Author of Bill The Vampire (The Tome of Bill)

    I recently had the pleasure of reading Bill The Vampire (The Tome of Bill).  I'm sure most of you have heard of Rick Gualtieri.  It seems like every time I go to twitter, someone has written a tweet about his fantastic writing.  Now I'm going to join them because he is AMAZING!  
    I LOVE his blog: The Poptart Manifesto and highly recommend that you visit him there.  But what this post is about is Bill The Vampire

     I'm not much of a horror kind of girl.  I enjoy a mix of fantasy and the classics.  In fact, since our house has been broken into--multiple times--I've avoided scary books altogether.  This isn't scary though and that's one of the many reasons I'm glad I gave it a chance.  You'll be delighted and surprised to find out . . .  this is a comedy.
    Right from the start, I knew this book would be unforgettably hilarious!
    Take a peek:
    There’s an old saying, "death is easy, comedy is hard". Personally I don’t buy it. I don’t think comedy is particularly hard at all. Why? It’s not because I think I’m some kind of comic genius. Trust me, I’m not that delusional. It’s because no matter how lame of a joke you make or how badly you deliver it, someone somewhere will laugh at it. There, comedy! Horror, on the other hand, is hard. Now, I’m not talking about the ‘Jason jumps out of the bushes and you scream like a little girl’ type of horror. That’s fairly easy to do. My four year old could jump out of the shadows and get that result if he timed it right. I’m talking about true horror, the type of horror that makes you afraid to turn off the lights at night. The type of horror that makes you think, and not about good things. 

. . .
If that’s the type of book you’re looking for, then I shall save you the trouble, my friend.
    This book falls into one of my favorite horror sub-genres: the horror comedy. No, I’m not talking about dopey slapstick like Scary Movie or its legion of increasingly unfunny sequels. 

    We're talking about guys who are too busy spouting one-liners or hitting on babes to notice that the world has literally gone to hell around them.
    This is that type of story. So strap yourself in and prepare for the ride. And feel free to leave most of the lights off while you do so. Sure there may very well be creatures writhing in the darkness waiting for you, but sometimes the thing they expect least is to be met not with screams but with attitude.

   This book is currently available through Amazon HERE.

    Now, on a side note, if you're one of my relatives who doesn't even like me using the word "fart," this book might not be the one for you.  There is strong language in this book and it is definitely geared toward adults.

    But, if you don't mind strong language and people telling it how it is--if you like to laugh and read cutting-edge story lines--then I think you'll love this one.   


  1. Thank you so much, Elisa! I am super glad you enjoyed it.

    My blog is a little sparse right now too. Been working on some guest blogs and also knee deep in the latest WIP.

    And I will repeat what you said. There's is a TON of bad language in this book (think Quentin Tarantino levels). It is definitely not kid friendly. (the excerpt above is from the intro...pretty much the only safe part of the book :) .

  2. I just popped over to Amazon, read the 1st 2 chapters & bought the book. I like your writing style, Rick. Looks like fun & easy to read!

    1. I shall not mince words: you rock, Fishducky! Although I suspect you already know that. :)

  3. Horror and comedy two favorites.. all rolled in to one? Yep, gonna have to check it out!

  4. But can we combine two entries & get a Bunny Vampire?

  5. I will also check this out... right after I check out Poptart.... seriously, how could I not?

  6. Thanks for the introduction. I will be checking out Amazon right away. Love that type of book.

  7. MY relatives love naughty language -- the filthier the better.


  8. I just finished reading the first chapter of Hunger Games. I do not want to put the book down but at the same time I do not feel like eating.

  9. Sounds like a good read indeed, will hop on over to amazon for a look.

  10. Bill the Vampire? LOL, I have heard of him before. He is in a TV series called True Blood...LOL. I would have never figured you for a funny vampire kind a girl. Hunger games was fantastic and the movie not bad either.

  11. I've heard of him, but have yet to read anything of his...nice to know that you approve! I will have to check him out!

  12. I am typically very brave but hate stuff jumping out at me. I once punched a guy who jumped on the back of haunted house ride.

  13. I'm not so brave but reading things doesn't bother me. No bad dreams or anything. This book sounds intereting. May give it a try.