Sucking blood.

Scott Haworth has written a very entertaining vampire book. And you have no idea how difficult it was for me to type that last sentence.

Movies, television shows and books about vampires have never much interested me. I’ve never read Dracula. I did read The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, and though I enjoyed it, never felt the need to read any more of her other books. Just not my first choice of reading material, and with so many new and talented mystery writers selling ebooks for $5.00 or less, I’m never without reading material in my genre of choice.

But every now and then a writer friend will send me an e-mail, letting me know their book is available, free, on Smashwords, or on sale at Amazon, and if I’ve enjoyed their previous books,  I’ll download it and step out of my comfort zone for a day or two. I’m certainly glad I did with Dark Moonlighting.

This book is a terrific spoof on vampires. From the humourous dedication to the titillating epilogue, I was smiling throughout. There were parts that made me say, right out loud, “oh, c’mon”, but then I’d realize how well Scott had cemented his tongue to his cheek and I’d laugh, nod, and agree.

Maybe true vampire aficionados will be insulted at Scott poking fun at their vampire heroes. They should take comfort in the fact that vampires are not the only fodder for this author’s latest book. He also pokes fun at some of the more popular television series, such as Bones, House, and Law and Order.

Because I’m not a vampire fan, I found myself queasy at the whole idea of blood sucking…which, of course, happens quite often in vampire books. But what got me past those scenes were Scott’s explanations of the vampire virus. I don’t want to give too much away because I’m hoping the legions of readers following my blog :) will download Dark Moonlighting (free at the moment from Smashwords) and let me know what they think of the book. Scott is making me re-think the whole vampire myth to the point where I found myself wondering if they possibly could be walking amongst us. Really. I’ll never be able to look at pale people the same way. And, come to think of it, why are vampires anemic-looking? You’d think with all that blood in them, they’d be downright rosy.

Scott is on FB at Check him out. And this is the marketing blurb for Dark Moonlighting:

Nick Whittier, having been alive for six centuries, has had plenty of time to master three professions. In a typical week he works as a police officer, lawyer and doctor and still finds time to murder someone and drink their blood. He used to feel guilty about the killings, but now he restricts himself to only eating the worst members of society. Few people in Starside, Illinois seem to care about the untimely deaths of spam e-mailers, pushy Jehovah Witnesses and politicians. However, the barriers between Nick’s three secret lives start to crumble when a mysterious man from his past arrives in town seeking revenge. Nick must move quickly to prevent the three women in his life, and the authorities who are hunting him, from discovering his terrible secret.

Dark Moonlighting is humorous and aimed at the adult market. It explores four of the biggest clichés in popular culture, and it pokes fun at a number of popular television shows including Law & Order, Bones and House. It also takes a more realistic and amusing approach to the vampire cliché. For example, the average human has the equivalent of five Big Gulps worth of blood in their body. Nick takes twenty minutes to kill someone and, like the vampire bat, must immediately urinate afterwards.


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8 Responses to Sucking blood.

  1. S. J. Crown says:

    Interesting. Actually, I thought Dark Moonlighting was about Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd joining forces with Batman. (And if you don’t get that sentence, congratulate yourself, as you must be significantly younger than I am.) Actually, this sounds like a decent read, although, ever since the Twilight hoopla, I’m afraid I hold a similar disdain for vampire stories.

    • ajcap says:

      No congratulations in order, Stan, I remember Moonlighting very well. Loved that show.
      It is a good read, especially since it’s free, but it’s worth the regular price as well. I also read Scott’s Heaven 2.0 and was impressed with his imaginative and intelligent take on things. He has about six books out now, I think. He’s living proof that the more you write, the better you get.

  2. Linda MS says:

    I’m going to give it a try – mainly because I don’t like vampire novels. A novel that makes fun of the format sounds like it might be fun.

    It’s worth reading, if only for the “two Big Gulps” of blood in the typical human and having to urinate immediately afterwards aspect of vampires. LOL

    • ajcap says:

      Linda, Scott has some very interesting takes on vampires, mixed in with historical information and genre lore. What do I know about vampire bats? Not much, but more now than before I read Dark Moonlighting. Love a book that’s educational and entertaining at the same time.
      All new to me because I’m not a vampire fan. I’m looking forward to his next one in this four-part series.
      Let me know what you think when you get around to reading it.

  3. Barb Taub says:

    As suggested, I did download Scott’s book. And I loved it! What a funny, fresh take on the genre. Thanks for the tip.

    • ajcap says:

      So glad you liked it, Barb! And I’m sure Scott will appreciate all his hard-working networking is actually producing results. This is how it’s done when you’re self-publishing. I guess. Not there, or anywhere, yet.

  4. Barb Taub says:

    Congratulations – you’ve been nominated for a Liebster award! To find out more go to

    • ajcap says:

      Oh my. I have nothing to wear.

      Thanks, Barb! Honoured and will devote my next blog to your questions. Love the answer you gave on your blog for your favourite food. Too funny.

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