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Friday, November 6, 2009

Another Vampire Family Giveaway!

Arise Nocturnal November, uh, Nocturnes!

Part of the Vampire Bash 2009 is still happening at Vamp chix, and Saturday November 7 the fang gals are offering another chance for you to win an Autographed paperback copy of The Vampire Family!

Just visit and comment to be entered into their latest drawing. After that, stop by the Eternal Press website for our new releases chat extravaganza! Fellow NJ author Leigh Wood will be welcoming her science fiction erotica baby On the Way to New Isosceles into the world! Lengthy excerpts and R posts will also be simulcast to the Eternal Press Readers Group and the Eternal Press Fever Loop, respectively!

Leigh also has FREE Chapters for preview at our collaborative livejournal page, aptly named Scars and Spices!

I hope to see you this weekend! Well, virtually, at least! Remember you can stay up to date with our calendar at the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Vampire Family Playlist

Now that the writing and editing of The Vampire Family’s sequels is in full swing, I thought I could keep November spooky by sharing my unofficially official playlist of vampy inspiring music. Sometimes I listen to this music while writing, other times I fall asleep with the headphones on for nighttime creativity. Several of the bands and titles are referred to in The Vampire Family text, so there’s a little hint of what’s in store for Tales from The Vampire Family and Requiem for The Vampire Family. Requiem is turning out to be kid of huge, so if it has to be split in two, I figured The Vampire Family Forever is a fitting name. Woohaaa!

The Vampire Family Playlist

O Fortuna: The Empress of the World – Carl Orff

Funeral March – Frederic Chopin

Montaques and Capulets – Sergei Prokofiev

Night on Bald Mountain – Modest Mussorgsky

In the Hall of the Mountain King – Edvard Grieg

Swan LakePeter Tchaikovsky

Legends – Nox Arcana

Darklore Manor – Nox Arcana

Phantom Procession – Nox Arcana

The Forgotten – Nox Arcana

Farmer Ferdinand Hudson – Robin Gibb

Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Time is on My Side – The Rolling Stones

Monday’s Rain – The Bee Gees

Bury Me Down by the River – The Bee Gees

Desperado – The Eagles

I Put a Spell on You - Credence Clearwater Revival

Run Through the Jungle - Credence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival

Sweet Song of Summer – The Bee Gees

Voices – The Bee Gees

Witchy Woman – The Eagles

One of These Nights – The Eagles

Long as I Can See the Light - Credence Clearwater Revival

Take it to the Limit – The Eagles

Live and Let Die – Guns n Roses

White Wedding - Billy Idol

This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore – Elton John

I Surrender – The Bee Gees

Gone with the Wind – Robin Gibb

Love Bites – Def Leppard

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

Hot Summer Night – Meatloaf

Black Magic Woman – Santana

Haunted House – The Bee Gees

She’s a Mystery to Me – Roy Orbinson

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas

California Blue – Roy Orbinson

My Immortal – Evanescence

Never Tear Us Apart – Inxs

Haunted – Evanescence

Flesh and Blood – The Bee Gees

I Alone – Live

Plush – Stone Temple Pilots

Taking Over Me - Evanescence

Whisper - Evanescence

Going Under - Evanescence

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Guns n Roses

I also use several Halloween sound effects sets mixed in between the songs just for mood and atmosphere. Some of them include:

Bells tolling, Hounds of Hell, Breathing, Thunder, Dogs Barking, Thunder and Rain, Wind and Rain, Fire Burning, Women Falling, Monster roars, Wolves, Transylvania Owls, Wind, Lightning, Door Creaks, Footsteps

(I shouldn’t admit that I can fall asleep while listening to howling and thunderstorms, but there it is, and I imagine it says a lot about my mental writing state!)

Most of the Halloween albums are pretty random and either obscure or cheap to find. I tend to find them at Dollar stores, November clearance sales, or second hand shops. Nevertheless, here are the titles I have that I could find online:

Haunted Mansion House

Vampire’s Lair: Blood Thirsty Beats for Halloween

Very Scary Night

A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock Movie Themes

Scary Sounds

Halloween Horrors

Scary Sounds of Halloween

I’ve no affiliation or officiality from any of the big music band wigs listed, of course- just some spooky writing fun and me. All this is subject to change, naturally, as my moods, inspirations, and obscurities change. Enjoy!