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passonovs-paragraphs  asked:

I trust your judgment, so you have any vampire book recommendations that aren't Anne Rice books? (Not that I dislike Rice's work, it's just that that's everyone's go-to when I ask this.)

Off the top of my head, and in no particular order:

  • Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
  • Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman
  • The Blood Opera trilogy (Dark Dance, Personal Darkness, Darkness I), by Tanith Lee
  • The Blood Wine sequence (A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet, The Dark Blood of Poppies, The Dark Arts of Blood), by Freda Warrington
  • The Delicate Dependency, by Michael Talbot (the recently-published edition from Valancourt Books has a foreword by me!)
  • Fevre Dream, by George R. R. Martin
  • Lost Souls, by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Midnight Blue: the Sonja Blue Collection, by Nancy Collins
  • Still Life, by Michael Montoure

And, if you want super-sweet gothy YA vampires, the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber are adorable. 

Austronesian Roots of the Tagalog Peoples

As with virtually all the lowland peoples of Maritime Southeast Asia, the Tagalog people who settled on Lusong (the Pasig River delta area, including the polities of Tondo and Maynila) were austronesians. (Scott, 1994 p.12;  Alvina,2011 p.9 ) (Osborne, 2004) They had a rich, complex culture, with its own expressions of language and writing, religion, art, and music. (Benitez-Johannot,2011)(Osborne, 2004)

There is some debate (Alvina,2011) about whether the Austronesian culture first came to the Philippines from continental Asia as proposed by Peter Bellwood and later Robert Blust (Alvina,2011), or from Maritime Southeast Asia as proposed by Wilhelm Solheim and  William Meacham (Alvina,2011). But the general consensus among scholars (Alvina,2011) is that the austronesians settled in the Philippines during the earliest stages of their migratory dispersal no later than about 3,500 years ago, (Alvina,2011) and later waves of migration spread from the Philippine Archipelago to reach as far east as Easter Island (Langdon, 2001; Van Tillburg 2004), and as far west as Madagascar. ( Burney, et. al., 2004; Dewar and Wright, 1993)

The cultural heritage uncovered by this recent scholarship explains why Philippine cultures, as pointed out by writers such as Nick Joaquin, seem even more similar to Micronesian and Polynesian cultures than they are to Continental Asian and Maritime Southeast Asian cultures.(Joaquin, 1988)

These Austronesian cultures are defined by their languages, and by a number of key technologies including the prominent use of boats, the construction of thatched houses on piles, the cultivation of tubers and rice, and a characteristic social organization typically led by a “big man” or “man of power.” (Benitez-Johannot,2011)(Osborne, 2004)

Deeply ingrained Austronesian religious beliefs persist to this day (Maggay, 1999; Demetrio, Et. Al, 1991 ), having syncretistically incorporated elements of hinduism and buddhism (Osborne, 2004), and having later adapted the structures of later dominant religeons, (Osborne, 2004;  Benitez-Johannot,2011) creating the syncretistic forms of “folk islam” and “folk catholicism,” (Maggay, 1999) which can still be observed in the Tagalog region and throughout the Philippine archipelago today.(Maggay, 1999)


Alvina, Corazon S. (September 16, 2011). Benitez-Johannot, Purissima, ed. Foreword. Paths Of Origins: The Austronesian Heritage In The Collections Of The National Museum Of The Philippines, The Museum Nasional Of Indonesia, And The Netherlands Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde. Makati City, Philippines: Artpostasia Pte Ltd. p. 9. ISBN 9789719429203. {{cite book
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Benitez-Johannot, Purissima, ed. (September 16, 2011). Paths Of Origins: The Austronesian Heritage In The Collections Of The National Museum Of The Philippines, The Museum Nasional Of Indonesia, And The Netherlands Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde. Makati City, Philippines: Artpostasia Pte Ltd. ISBN 9789719429203.  {{cite book |url= |title=Paths Of Origins: The Austronesian Heritage In The Collections Of The National Museum Of The Philippines, The Museum Nasional Of Indonesia, And The Netherlands Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde |last= |first= |date=September 16, 2011  |publisher=Artpostasia Pte Ltd |year= |isbn=9789719429203 |editor-last=Benitez-Johannot |editor-first=Purissima |edition= |volume=
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Burney DA, Burney LP, Godfrey LR, Jungers WL, Goodman SM, Wright HT, Jull AJ (2004). “A chronology for late prehistoric Madagascar”. Journal of Human Evolution. 47 (1–2): 25–63. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2004.05.005. PMID 15288523.<ref name=“Burney2004”>{{cite journal | doi = 10.1016/j.jhevol.2004.05.005 | last1 = Burney | first1 = DA |name-list-format=vanc| last2 = Burney| year = 2004 | first2 = LP | last3 = Godfrey | first3 = LR | last4 = Jungers | first4 = WL | last5 = Goodman | first5 = SM | last6 = Wright | first6 = HT | last7 = Jull | first7 = AJ | title = A chronology for late prehistoric Madagascar | journal = Journal of Human Evolution | volume = 47 | issue = 1–2| pages = 25–63 | pmid = 15288523 }}</ref>

Demetrio, Et. Al, 1991 {{cite book |url= |title=The Soul Book: Introduction to Philippine Pagan Religion | last1 =  Demetrio | first1 = Francisco R. | last2 =  Cordero-Fernando | first2 = Gilda | last3 =  Nakpil-Zialcita | first4 = Fernando
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Dewar, RE; Wright, HT (1993). “The culture history of Madagascar”. Journal of World Prehistory. 7 (4): 417–466. doi:10.1007/BF00997802.<ref name=“Dewar1993”>{{cite journal | doi = 10.1007/BF00997802 | last1 = Dewar | first1 = RE | last2 = Wright | first2 = HT |  year = 1993 | title = The culture history of Madagascar | journal = Journal of World Prehistory | volume = 7 | issue = 4| pages = 417–466 }}</ref>

Joaqiun, Nick (1988). Culture and History. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc. p. 411. ISBN 971-27-1300-8. {{cite book | last = Joaqiun | first = Nick | authorlink = Nick Joaqiun | coauthors =  | title =Culture and History | publisher = Anvil Publishing, Inc. | date = 1988 | location = Pasig City | pages = 411 | volume = | edition =  | url = | doi = | id =   | isbn = 971-27-1300-8 }}

Langdon, Robert. The Bamboo Raft as a Key to the Introduction of the Sweet Potato in Prehistoric Polynesia, The Journal of Pacific History’, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2001<ref>Langdon, Robert. The Bamboo Raft as a Key to the Introduction of the Sweet Potato in Prehistoric Polynesia, “The Journal of Pacific History’, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2001</ref>

Maggay, Melba Padilla (1999). Filipino Religious Consciousness. Quezon City: Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture. ISBN 971-8743-07-3.{{cite book  | last = Maggay  | first = Melba Padilla  | authorlink = Melba Padilla Maggay  | coauthors =  | title = Filipino Religious Consciousness | publisher = Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture | date = 1999  | location = Quezon City  | pages =  | volume =  | edition =   | url =  | doi =  | id =    | isbn = 971-8743-07-3  }}

Osborne, Milton (2004). Southeast Asia: An Introductory History (Ninth Edition ed.). Australia: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-448-5. {{cite book | last = Osborne | first = Milton | authorlink = Milton Osborne | coauthors = | title = Southeast Asia: An Introductory History | publisher = Allen & Unwin | date = 2004 | location = Australia | pages = | volume = | edition = Ninth Edition | url = | doi = | id =  | isbn = 1-74114-448-5 }}

Van Tilburg, Jo Anne. 1994. Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology and Culture. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press
<ref>Van Tilburg, Jo Anne. 1994. ’‘Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology and Culture.” Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press</ref>

anonymous asked:

Just out of curiosity, is there any books you recommend that have a similar humorous/ dark tone as VC?

Hey! Book reccs! Always a good topic.

It’s tough for me to answer bc I think it depends on every individual reader’s sense of humor,… even within “humorous/ dark tone as VC” there is a range*. So I can’t say definitively that these reccs are in line with what you’re looking for necessarily, but you can use this list as a starting point.

*Lestat dancing w/ Claudia’s mom’s corpse: Some ppl find this moment dark and hilarious and other ppl think it’s just disgusting, so… there is a range. Personally I find it pretty amusing.

(There are some duplicates on this list, sorry about that, but I wanted to list them by recc’er.) (And I added ** next to those that @gothiccharmschool​ just recc’d in two recent posts which I will reblog momentarily for you.)

In no special order:

  • (Okay this is the first one bc it IS special, and the closest to the humor of VC I’ve seen in awhile) This is a mockumentary/movie but it sneaks onto the top of the list bc it is just SO good, courtesy of @theamazingdrunk for reminding me in a comment on an older rec post:​ WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
  • **Salem’s Lot - Stephen King, personally, I find several Stephen King books to be darkly humorous, this one is a good one. I find humor in the Shining and Firestarter, too, but less so. 
  • Vittorio - don’t forget Vittorio. Not sure if you read this one. It’s also by Anne Rice and technically not a VC book, he has a different origin story and is not part of the VC vampire group.
  • Some short stories - @soyonscruels​ posted: those who dream only by night: the gothic short stories rec list - Not full-length books but still, short stories are good! There are 20 short stories listed, writers include @neil-gaiman​, Roald Dahl, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, each of whom I’ve found to have some level of humor along w/ dark tones.
  • More E. A. Poe is offered up here, from @keep-calm-and-heta-oni​, which includes little capsules about each.
  • @consultingcupcake​ said: “I really love the Cirque du Freak series, and **Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite. Both have teenage protagonists
  • @fantasticfelicityfox​ said: The Historian is very good
  • @stitcheskitty​ said: Sookie Stackhouse novels
  • Movie and book (and a few anime) Recommendations here.
  • @riverofwhispers said: Carmilla is good
    Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse books, but only the early ones.
    the Rachel Morgan series but again starts out good gets weird later and it’s not about vampires so much as there are vampires in it.
  • @bluestockingcouture said: ‘The Angel’s Cut’, sequel to ‘The Vintner’s Luck’, is very atmospheric and well worth reading. Not quite as moving and intense, but there are some excellent new characters.
  • @sanguinivora said: Also, as to voice: IWTV opens in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s. Don’t know about either a southern American or French hinterlands-with-a-gloss-of-Parisian dialect, but for the grammar and vocabulary, one cannot go too far wrong looking to the novels of Jane Austen and Patrick O'Brian.
  • @dragontrainerdaenerys said: I just read Fevre Dream, George R.R Martin’s own vampire novel, and while I didn’t liked much his vampire mythology the main characters are charming! Besides, it’s set on the late 18XX and goes on the Mississipi River, so it has similar scenarios to IWTV!
  • @baroquebat said: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, while futuristic, has a loooot of lovely gothic set pieces in the anime movie, plus its just gorgeous and has the rare treat of having a dhampir lead!

@annabellioncourt’s Recs, and these are mostly her descriptions, too, compiled from other recc posts:

  • The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories - Angela Carter
  • Carmilla - Bunch of adaptations of this.
  • A Taste of Blood Wine -  Freda Warrinton, for romance and decadence.
  • **Blood Opera Sequence (or “Trilogy”?) -  Tanith Lee’s vampire series was out when Lestat was playing rockstar
  • Historian - Elizabeth Kostova, for its worldliness
  • **Fevre Dream (yes its spelled fevre) by George R. R. Martin (yes, its THAT Martin, and his take on vampires is Very Good.)
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • **The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot, also for romance and decadence. (the recently-published edition from Valancourt Books has a foreword by @gothiccharmschool!)
  • The Hunger by Whitley Scriber
  • **Dracula - Bram Stoker, for its stereotype-setting content
  • Lord Ruthven - Byronic vampire, Lestat doesn’t catch the irony of John Polidori’s mockery of the foppish, arrogant, and well…Lord-Byron-y vampire

>>>>Moar recs from @annabellioncourt​ under Spooky Book Recommendations

>>>>Moar recs from @gothiccharmschool: herehere, and in her #vampire books and #vampire novels tags. 

>>>>My #VC adjacent recs tag

Anyone is welcome to reblog/comment on this with other VC-adjacent book recs! 

@hyperbeeb (<– is very well-read and took one for the team to read Blood Vivicanti!), @gothiccharmschool, @fyeahgothicromance, @thebibliosphere, (@annabellioncourt, too, but you are technically off the hook as I’ve already posted your recs!), got any recs for books w/ similar humorous/ dark tone as VC? 

River was aptly named; he was a gusher of talent, of curiosity and wonder. His temperament was to go to the very edges of life, and with his humanness and the tentacles of his talent, to feel around, and to probe with that mischievous, cat-like smile on his face, extending himself in empathy and generosity.
—  William Richert (foreword ‘In Search of River Phoenix.’)
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I met Maya in 1998 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She joined the film degree program late, with no interview. She just blagged her way in on the phone and turned up halfway through the term.

We all dressed in dark colors and talked serious art theory. Maya wore skintight pink jeans and stilettos, she had pink lipstick and fingernails, and she couldn’t spell. Her accent was South London, but her grammar was always kind of off and she wasn’t very articulate, didn’t talk much in class (and 90 percent of the degree was talking because we didn’t have much equipment)

She wasn’t a stand-out student.

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Hello wonderful lovely friends!

This is a preview of the cover for my next book, The Christianese Dating Culture: On Courtship, Purity Rings, Prayer-Sex, and Other Weird Things We Do In Church.

I talk about the bizarre subculture of Christian dating within our churches, including an honest response to Joshua Harris (who wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and an examination of our reactionary church tactics.  I also get personal, about overcoming my fifteen year porn addiction and the time I tried to take my life over a girl.

I also have awesome news.  Lauren Britt of yesdarlingido and asklaurenbritt is writing the Foreword to the book!  Please follow her, she is quite amazing and I’m still starstruck that she’s actually writing the Foreword.

The book will be released in the last week of October on Amazon!

You can get my current book What The Church Won’t Talk About on Amazon here. Love y'all!

– J.S.


Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates
by Susan Middleton
2014, 256 pages, 10.3 x 12.2 x 1.1 inches
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Combining art with science, Spineless is a collection of over 250 brilliant photographs of marine invertebrates, which make up 98 percent of the living creatures in our oceans. The stunningly clear and vivid images by scientist and photographer Susan Middleton, who spent seven years in the South Pacific to capture these fragile sea creatures, look as if they are jewels shot in HD. The book begins with a foreword by marine biologist Sylvia A. Earle about the importance of taking care of our fragile and damaged ocean, which we cannot survive without. Each photo is worth taking the time to admire. This book reveals the wonders of sea life in a simple yet deeply captivating way. – Sarina Frauenfelder

December 25, 2014
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Interlude Press authors Charlotte Ashe and Courtney Lux, and the writing team spearheaded by Managing Editor Annie Harper were recognized today as finalists in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

Interlude Press titles were singled out in three separate categories:

Fantasy: Charlotte Ashe’s epic novel of political intrigue, escape and romance, The Heart of All Worlds, Book One: The Sidhe.

LGBT: Courtney Lux’s acclaimed debut novel, Small Wonders, a delicate tale of a runaway’s unexpected discovery of love in the big city.

Anthology: Summer Love, a collection of nine short stories about young love, from Duet Books, the Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press.

“We’re honored to again be singled out by Foreword Reviews in multiple IndieFab categories.  Interlude Press takes great pride in publishing exceptional LGBT fiction and introducing readers to extraordinary writers,” said Harper, the company’s founding partner. 

“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

About Interlude Press: Launched in summer 2014, Interlude Press is a boutique publisher of exceptional LGBTQ fiction.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors.