St. Louis is the home to two New York Times Best Selling authors…who both write about vampires.
Laurell K. Hamilton, who calls South County home, is probably St. Louis’ most famous contemporary author. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series of novels have been dominating the bookshelves since 1993 when her first novel in the series, “Guilty Pleasures” came out.
Hamilton’s books are a fun romp for St. Louis fans because she has based Anita Blake in an alternate version of St. Louis—one where vampires and werewolf type creatures are very real people. Hamilton once said in a Riverfront Times interview that she decided to use St. Louis as a backdrop for her books because she’s not the kind of writer who can “read a guide book and write a city.” Since she lives in St. Louis, it was natural for her character to live here, too.
Heather Brewer is another St. Louis vampire writer. Her books, “The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod,” are aimed at teen readers and follows a half-vampire character through his school years. The first book, “Eighth Grade Bites” debuted in 2007. Brewer’s books may sound similar to the Twilight series of vampire books to an outsider, but she says that if you hate Twilight, you’ll like Vladimir, because they have less romance and more action.
Both writers have based elements of their novels from their real life. Anita Blake and Laurell K. Hamilton are both short, dark haired women who lost their mothers at a young age. Brewer says that her character Vladimir suffers from high school bullies—just like she did.
And both authors also enjoy meeting their fans and make many public appearances–though Brewer’s are often at schools around the country. You can meet Heather Brewer at the Fairview Heights Borders at 2pm on Halloween. Check out Brewer’s website for more info. Laurell K. Hamilton doesn’t have any upcoming appearances listed, but visit her website to stay up to date.
- Ghoulish pleasures (boston.com)