Is there a title more apropos (or even expected) than I Can Taste The Blood for a book that might feature some sort of blood sucker? That’s for me to know and you to find out (aka: buy the book!).
Sometimes I wonder if the concept of “tasting blood” is taken too literally.
What if “tasting blood” meant tasting the soul? What if it meant destroying all that you know in order to protect it? What if it had nothing to do with “taste” at all?
Vampires, as one might expect (a marketing associates’ DREAM), could be the central creature in a book of horror with the word “blood” in its title. But I say KNOCK KNOCK: ARE THERE ANY VAMPIRES HOME? Because maybe the authors of this book wanted to collectively fool you. Or maybe they didn’t. Or was it that “tasting blood” to them had nothing to do with the myth of the vampire? As we all know, that story has been told and retold, washed, dried, pressed, ironed, tattooed and burned at the stake! And yet, readers eat it up. And authors tend to write what the readers want. Which is fair.
Why am I babbling on about this? One of the first questions readers have been asking me is if there are any vampires in the book. Sometimes I say yes. Sometimes I say no.
In a recent podcast interview with Armand Rosamilia, all of us said–NO–but then we took it all back. Or did we?
What’s really at stake (pun intended) here for me is the surprise factor. I tell anybody interested in the book to just purchase a copy and decide for yourself if vampires are involved or not. I don’t want to take away from the excitement or give any any sort of small detail that will deflect anyone from reading the book. Go find out. That’s part of the joy of reading. For me personally, I want to find out on my own.
Same goes for movies and other forms of entertainment. For example, I remember very clearly when Resident Evil 1 through 4 was released on Playstation and Playstation 2 (back when I spent time on video games). My excitement was dependent upon never rushing to read spoilers on game forums or in magazines. I played RE with the lights out and discovered the lands and characters built within the video games on my own. It was a sort of reward. And so I say, reward yourself with I Can Taste The Blood and find out for yourself if vampires exist in our book.
Peace in Rage,