Five Vampire Books for People Who Are Sick of Vampires

Like many of you, I went through a vampire phase as a young reader. My involvement was deep enough that I can still spout off several titles from my childhood without searching them out: In the Forests of the Night, Sunshine, The Silver Kiss... I even co-wrote a YA novel involving a surfer-girl-turned-vampire and a reluctant vampire hunter with a good friend in middle school before deciding that it was probably better that this particular manuscript never see the light of day.

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"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door."

..."You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to" (Tolkien).

I'm typing this from the airport, where I arrived ridiculously early to avoid various delays. As you read this, I am probably in an airplane. (This is a pretty safe bet, given that my total travel time between here and Melbourne is about 30 hours, including layovers.) It's been a stressful few days what with packing and storing my apartment and running around like a headless chicken trying to remember everything I might have forgotten.

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