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Five members of the cast of HBO’s hit television series True Blood signed a copy of the Michael West-edited SSP anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle! to be auctioned with 100% of proceeds from this event going to support cancer research. The auction will be conducted through eBay starting the second week of October and ending on Halloween, October 31st.


“It is a very personal cause for me, ” says Michael West, the author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon’s ChildrenCinema of ShadowsThe Wide Game and Spook House. “One year ago, I lost one of my closest friends, author Sara J. Larson, to cancer, and then my wife was diagnosed with the disease last fall. I hope that, with this anthology, we can help win the fight against this real-life horror.”

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Signing the copy of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! were:
Editor Michael West
Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thorton 
Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte 
Jim Parrack, who played Hoyt Fortenberry 
Janina Gavankar, who played Luna Garza  
Jessica Clark, who plays vampire god Lilith

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This will be a great opportunity for True Blood fans to get a one-of-a-kind collectible!  Even better, Vampires Don’t Sparkle! honors the true spirit of vampire storytelling, making for a perfect match!


What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Vampires Don’t Sparkle! are donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.

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