Yesterday, Andy Boylan, who writes vampire film and book review blog, Taliesin Meets the Vampires, agreed to become an official reviewer for Vamped. Boylan has previously written several articles for Vamped, including reviews for Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat (2014) and Lisa Dominique Machat’s A Walk in the Sun (2013).
Reviews aside, he has also written a novella Behind the Masque (2007), novel Concilium Sanguinarius (2008) and his short story, “Setting the Record Straight,” was published in Dracula’s Midnight Snacks (2013), edited by David Saunderson.
In 2012, he self-published a reference book called The Media Vampire: A Study of Vampires in Fictional Media (2012) and provided the preface for David MacDowell Blue’s The Annotated Carmilla (2011) and the foreword to After Ninety Years: The Story of Serbian Vampire Sava Savanovic (2015), James Lyon’s English translation of Milovan Glišić’s short story, “Posle devedeset godina” (1880).
Boylan will continue to writing reviews for Taliesin Meets the Vampires, but content he hasn’t reviewed on his blog can be reviewed here. If writers, publishers and publicists wish to have reviews of books or films on Vamped, we advise them to double-check Andy hasn’t already reviewed their work on his blog.
In the meantime, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Andy and to thank him for joining our close-knit team of vampire lovers. We’re truly honoured to have him aboard and look forward to his future contributions. We hope you will too.
Andy’s Vamped Reviews:
- “Book Review—Prince Lestat” (Oct. 27, 2014). Review of Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice (2014).
- “Like Vampire Wine: Lisa Dominique Machat’s Foray Into Fiction” (June 1, 2015). Review of Lisa Dominique Machat’s A Walk in the Sun (2013).
Andy’s Vamped Articles:
- “Stoker and the Bat” (April 5, 2014). Discussion of a source connecting bats to vampires, published more than thirty years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897).
- “Reflecting on Vampires: Why Don’t They Appear in Mirrors” (Sept. 15, 2014). Examining the origins of the vampire’s lack of reflection in mirrors.
- “Defending Abby: Nothing Wrong with ‘Let the Right One In’ Remakes” (March 30, 2015). An argument in favour of further adaptations of John Ajvide Lindqvist well-known vampire novel.
- “Rest in Peace, Prince of Darkness: A Tribute to Christopher Lee” (June 12, 2015). An obituary for a horror genre great, Christopher Lee (1922–2015), best-known for playing Count Dracula.
Erin interviewed Andy last year: “Interview with Andy Boylan, Vampire Film Critic” (Sept. 3, 2014). Sample quote: “In honesty, I think of the reviews as less reviews and more an archive of vampire movies/TV/books etc. I also like playing with the boundaries of what is and isn’t vampire.”
I’ve enjoyed reading Andy’s blog for some time now (I subscribe already) and it has delighted me that no matter how obscure I feel some of my favorite vampire films might be (Blood and Donuts, Bitten, Vampire Journals, Nadja) Andy has reviewed them. I couldn’t be more chuffed to have Andy take a look at my vampire novel, but I just lacked the courage to ask. I’d be glad to send him a copy. Even if he didn’t like it his opinion would be welcome given the vast framework of his experience. My novel is The Vampire by Sandrine Genier.
Sandra, it might shock you to hear that your novel is actually on my Amazon wishlist. Send me a message and we’ll see if it can’t be my first Vamped review after becoming the official reviewer
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