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Blood HungerCelebrating 5 years of my top ranking novel Blood Hunger, the anniversary of my deadly enigmatic vampires. Get your free copy of Blood Hunger HERE on Kindle Unlimited. You can also watch the slow burning prelude film Terminus free.

Terminus from A. M. Esmonde on Vimeo.

Patti Roberts – Book Blog: Up Close & Personal with Author – A. M. Esmonde

Click the link to read the interview I did with Patti Roberts. Covers some personal stuff, unscrupulous ‘publishers’, cover designs, characters and book changes.

And so it begins…
Baron Wilton, Iliana and Lucia and array of other Blood Hunger characters have been let loose on the world, not just as a novel but as audiobook (on iTunes); a downloadable e-book and there’s also prelude film Terminus directed by Sean Parsons. There’s no lunch box just yet.

What’s different about Blood Hunger? 
Gathering dust amongst the thousand of vampires books lay a treasure. It’s a definitive vampire story that chronicles their ancient origins and follows the fall of the vampires in the 15th Century to their return and plight to gain control in the present day.
Blood Hunger brings vampires back to basics, striping out the pop culture and watered down characters that they have so often been portrayed as. Blood Hunger returns to the tales, folklore and traditional vampire ‘rules’ but injects new lease of life into the dead. They’re are enigmatic, raw and dangerous killers that made the vampire legend infamous.


It follows Lucia Ferrara’s discovery of a body in Romania, dubbed the ‘Ice Prince’ which is significant enough to put her and her boyfriend Max Lowe in the media spotlight. Iliana and her sister’s journey to the United Kingdom after self-imposed isolation in the United States. News that the ‘Ice Prince’ has been discovered ceases their many years of blood abstinence and they unleash a bloodthirsty terror on humankind leaving a trail of death from Mississippi to London and the crimson stained Welsh countryside.
Prepare yourself, their first bite will be your last!
Blood Hunger the vampire horror is out now from a variety of online books stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store.
Do I believe Blood Hunger is cursed? Well it certainly has seen it’s fair share of misfortune.
I wrote Blood Hunger hot on the heels of The Breathing Dead a pulply novelette. True to form it gives the reader plenty of bite and fuel for their imagination with a narrative packed with hidden gems.

In 2009 I directed a photo shoot, which depicted a ‘glossy’ version of the characters from Blood Hunger. With a BBC make-up artist and an array of great actresses and models it turned out really well. It was great for vampire and horrors fans and good for the anticipation of the books release.

Then the ‘curse’ began, all the photo’s were accidentally compressed and the originals that were destined for enhancements were deleted, the photographer believing that they had been backed up on disc. This prevented any digital post editing being carried out on the photos due to the resolution. Nevertheless, I continued shaping Blood Hunger, writing a definitive vampire tale true to the original origins but an injecting a modern spin and twist.

Blood Hunger was due for publication by the original publisher, but a publisher that dealt specifically with horror approached me and I signed a three book deal, with the understanding that the story would not be edited. Everything was going fine and the publisher appeared happy.
The curse then struck again, there were issues with the editor wanting to change the vampires into something else. I explained “look vampires are vampires and every story will always be derivative of vampire folklore, Brams ‘Dracula’ and/or Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic novella ‘Carmilla.’’
I should say some of the edits were useful and I took them on board. Then came more edit hits, and any ambiguity was required to be explained and ‘Americanised’. Now I don’t want to insult my readers intelligence by explaining everything, especially when all the answers were there and some ambiguity was required in any case.

Then the curse stuck hard. A sudden death, seriously. Sadly, Z. A Recht, a zombie author passed away. I corresponded with him about my own zombie book and mentioned Blood Hunger, he struck me as a fiery nice guy. So after Morningstar Saga writer died I was truly shocked.
I cracked on and I must admit I learned a lot for this editing process, as I was very old school and out of touch. However, as the editing process continued relations became strained with unnecessary changes to the story being requested and so on and I also felt there was lack of support from the publisher. Finally our agreement was terminated.
The curse gave one last blow, when the Blood Hunger master for the audiobook was corrupted. Thankfully, it was recovered and reader Sarah Leigh’s efforts were not lost.
Yeap, there’s no supernatural power, witchcraft, magic or causative force to this curse, just plain bad luck.
I had two spin off films of Blood Hunger made, ‘Terminus’ and ‘Revamped’ both filmed in the US, however, I was without a publisher. PS Publishing, Pan, Orion to name a few all showed promising interest. And while Blood Hunger has not been rejected, it hasn’t been snapped up either. Maybe it’s due to the saturated vampire market? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, Blood Hunger is very different to anything that is doing the rounds right now.

So that’s it. With a feature film in the works, curse or not in the face of adversity Blood Hunger will be released July 2010 after a years delay by Saturn. That is, unless the curse strikes again!

In 2007 the Breathing Dead zombie novella was first published and in the last three years there has been a boom of Zombie movies and books. Some good, some bad and some just ugly.

Coincidentally idea’s from the short story have ended up on the screen, most recently Collin & Zombie Land. In any case no harm done. Author A.M. Esmonde says,”it’s typical you think of an original idea and some else on the other side world comes up with a similar thing around the same time. It’s like it’s in the air. It’s annoying but it’s impossible, I hope, that my story was plagiarised.”The novella was clearly inspired by George A. Romero and follows his film ‘rules’.

However, like most cult, popular culture thingsThe Breathing Dead is now out of print and hard to find. Nevertheless it can be heard via an Audio-book version from various download Internet sites including, iTunes and Audible.In this tough economy it appears the Audio-book about the dead published by Listen and Live has life. Maybe it’s the subject matter of hope in harrowing times, who knows but the audio-book has hit a nerve.The audio-book features the voice talent of Welsh born Paul Rees of the volts artz show who’s Richard Burton sounding tones gives weight to the simple story of survival and little of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

Although it’s not a musical it does feature a great soundtrack by Kevin MacLeod.Will The Breathing Dead ever be reprinted? The answer from The Breathing Dead Ltd was this, “The Breathing Dead will not have another print run, however, after follow up vampire book Blood Hunger, A.M. Esmonde’s next novel will be a re-imagined expanded version of The Breathing Dead called Deathwatch. So fans of the Breathing Dead will be taken back to Farmore and introduced to characters, old and new.”

Whether or not Deathwatch will have the the horror following of The Breathing Dead remains to be seen, one thing is for sure if you want the creepy Halloween atmosphere this year download The Breathing Dead, you wont be disappointed.

Happy Halloween!

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