Alban Lake Publishing is getting ready to publish a new edition of the little book Blood Sampler that I compiled with Lee Clark Zumpe. This book collects several of our very short vampire tales, many of which ran in the magazine Blood Samples around 2002 and 2003.
According to the Alban Lake Newsletter for April, cover art is in development, but Marge Simon gave me a pleasant Cinco de Mayo surprise and shared some of her interior art for the new edition. Here’s a look at her rendering of the vampires Wolf and Draco from the short story “Dragon Reborn”:
This is the first time I’ve seen an illustration of the vampire Wolf, and I think Marge did a fantastic job. He reminds me quite a bit of Dracula from the classic 1922 Nosferatu. This is a sensitive and worried looking Draco, which fits the story. His hair is longer than I pictured, but I don’t think that contradicts the story as it appears in this volume.
Caroline O’Neal illustrated the first edition. I thought she brought a creepy fairy tale-like vibe to the stories. In fact, one of the things I love about illustrated stories is seeing how different artists envision different characters and what they choose to illustrate.
You can learn more about Blood Sampler and read some sample stories by visiting the link for the book on the right-hand side of the page. Draco and Wolf also appear in Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order. Be sure to learn about that novel as well!