Freda WarringtonAuthor of A Taste of Blood Wine, Grail of the Summer Stars, Elfland, The Court of the Midnight King, Dracula the Undead, A Blackbird in Silver Darkness... and many more fantasy novels and stories.
The Blood Wine Sequence
BRAND NEW FOR MAY 2015From Titan Books - Book Four of the Blood Wine Sequence
If INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE met DOWNTON ABBEY... it would be absolutely nothing like this...
Titan Books, April 2013, paperback and ebook. US - Oct 2013.
Previously published by Pan Macmillan 1992 and Meisha Merlin 2002 (earlier covers below)
"Not merely one of the finest fantasy novels of recent years, but one of the finest ever. Should not be missed" - Brian Stableford
1918. A First
World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires,
as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to escape his tyrannical
He's sure to come a-calling
When the shades of night are drawn
A twisted blackthorn in his hand
He'll linger until dawn.
You wish to stay forever young
But only he knows how;
It's his blessing, it's his curse
And it's your decision now ...
- Horslips, Ride to Hell
Author's comment... I've always been intrigued by vampires, but frustrated by the fact that, in novels from JS LeFanu's Carmilla to Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, human-vampire relationships were shown to be impossible. (I'm talking about the late seventies, early eighties - clearly it's become rather more commonplace since then!)
So I began to write a story about a shy heroine (Charlotte) falling for the most devastatingly gorgeous vampire I could devise (Karl), without it turning into a tale of victimhood and vampire-hunting. I began an early version of ToBW back in about 1983, as a form of escapism during a rather difficult period of my life. Much revised, it was published in hardback in 1992, long before the latest explosion of vampire popularity!
Later, a face came into my mind; a icily beautiful woman with ivory skin and jet black hair. I knew she was a dancer and that her name was Violette, and that she was somehow connected to the goddess Lilith. From that single image grew the two sequels "Velvet" and "Poppies" (see below).
A Taste of Blood Wine and its sequels are among my most successful and best-loved books, prompting The Times to comment that my writing 'throbs with lush romanticism'! I can't write without passion, and a huge amount of passion certainly went into these novels. I found vampires the ideal characters to explore questions of love, fear, death, religion, sex, psychology... all the stuff of life, in fact.
The series remained out of print for many years and extremely hard to come by, as I learned from endless emails that I still receive every week from frustrated readers. I was on the verge of republishing the books myself when at last I had good news - Titan Books made an offer to reissue the first three and commission a brand new fourth one. To my delight, their cover designs are gorgeous - the sort of luscious, sensuous covers I always dreamed of.
The Horslips lyrics are used by permission. Many of Stevie Nicks' dark, mystical songs also formed a 'soundtrack' to the series, but alas, I couldn't easily get permission to quote from them. Listen to Sisters of the Moon or Outside the Rain and you'll get the idea.
If THE VAMPIRE DIARIES met BLACK SWAN... you can be sure that this would not be the result...
Titan Books, Oct 2013, paperback and ebook. US - May 2014.
Previously published by Pan Macmillan 1994. (Ealier cover is shown below).
"No finer vampire novel has been published in any century. The true Queen of the vampire novel." - Black Tears magazine.
For the love of
her vampire suitor, Karl, Charlotte has forsaken her human life. Now
her only contact with people is when she hunts them down to feed. Her
thirst for blood repulses her but its fulfilment brings ecstasy.
In my dreams I see a carnival of ice
You're wearing white and pirouette so nice
When I stop to ask the nature of surprise
A veil of contradictions is slipped before my eyes ...
Death is a ring-a-ring-a-rosey
You never reach the end
I'll pray for you, my friend
- Horslips, Ring-a-Rosey
|Read an extract of THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES >|
"Draws the reader into a twilight world of mystic fantasy which is as irresistible as a pulse beat" - North Eastern Evening Gazette
grave-throbber" - Time
The ballerina Violette Lenoir has fallen victim to the bite of the vampire Charlotte. Her fire and energy have fuelled a terrifying change and a dreadful realisation; that Violette has become Lilith, the demon mother of all vampires.
Haunted both by what she has done and by Violette's dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn towards the dancer and the terrible destiny that has fallen on her shoulders.
But other, far more dangerous shadows are gathering around Violette. To the vampire Sebastian and to the dark heirs of Kristian, she threatens to wreak havoc with their plans to bring all of mankind under their dark wings.
Innocently embroiled in the endgame, courtesan extraordinaire Robyn Stafford finally meets her match as she is torn between the two ultimate lovers: Sebastian, and Violette ...
|Read an extract from THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD >|
"Dark and sensual and atmospheric, this stunning book continues the story of Karl, Charlotte and their friends, deftly expanding the mythos of vampires and introducing new characters that are sure to become favourites" – Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award Winner, author of House of Shattered WingsTitan Books, May 2015 paperback and ebook, UK and USA. First publication.
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