Written by: J.F. Lewis
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
The premise: Eric is a vampire with a memory the consistency of Swiss cheese, which is a problem: when he gets mad, he blacks out and can't remember who he's killed or why, and this time, it's gonna cost him: one of his murders has the werewolves on his tail, and they won't let up until Eric is dead-dead. And if Eric doesn't have enough problems, his human girlfriend Tabitha won't leave him alone until he changes her to a vampire, and then he meets Tabitha's little sister Rachel, he finds her much more appealing (which would make sense, since she's not a vampire and Tabitha is). The problem is, he isn't convinced the women in his life don't have something up their sleeves, and it's all he can do just to stay alive right now. Well, as alive as a vampire can be, that is.
A head's up: this is the author whose church shunned him for the content of his book, which I guess would be rather horrific and shocking if you don't read this kind of thing on a regular basis and/or don't understand that authors ARE NOT what they write.
Worth the Cash: if you're looking for vampires that are not the tragic, long-suffering, romantic hero types, you're going to like Eric. He enjoys what he is and makes no apologies for what he does, even when he SHOULD be making apologies. There's some typical vampire conventions used, but I think Lewis also introduces quite a number of interesting riffs on the genre. The world-building is also pretty interesting, because Lewis dumps all manner of things on the reader (werewolves, magicians, demons) without it getting overwhelming, and the humor in this book, sadistic as it sometimes is, is quite enjoyable. The one warning I would give to readers is that while this book does END with some kind of resolution, there's a lot left hanging and we get only hints to the answers that I really, really, REALLY hope are in the second book, ReVamped, which I do plan on getting my hands on. But for its flaws, Staked is an enjoyable, fast read that's solidly written and one I'm glad I got my hands on it.
The full review, with plenty of spoilers and cover art commentary, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: J.F. Lewis's STAKED
Happy Reading! :)