Last February, L.A. Banks’ bestselling “Vampire Huntress Legend” series concluded with its twelfth and final book, “The Thirteenth.” Fans looking for more are in luck, however, because this July, heroine Damali Richards is back to continue her fight as The Neteru against the evil spawn of The Dark Realms. Focusing on the neverending struggle between good and evil, the “Vampire Huntress Legend” series follows the novels’ spoken word artist/supernatural heroine on her quest to protect the Earth from the evil of The Dark Realms. Her most dangerous and deadly enemy from those realms being, of course, vampires. “The Hidden Darkness” continues where the final book left off in a brand new adventure.
This illustrated installment of “Vampire Huntress Legends” has been in the works for some time, well before Dynamite Entertainment’s acquisition of Dabel Brothers in December. “It began with a collaboration between me, the Dabel Brothers and [‘Vampire Huntress’ publisher] St. Martin’s Press,” Banks told CBR. “I had extra overflowing content, St. Martin’s loved the idea of combining images with prose – so much so that they began adding images to the last few novels in that series – and the Dabel Brothers were looking for kick-ass multicultural characters. From there, the Dabels merged with Dynamite Entertainment, and voila! A project was born.”
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GREATEST SCI-FI NOVEL EVER* TO FINALLY BE FILMED
* Some people consider William Gibson’s Neuromancer—about a hacker going on missions in cyberspace and dealing with artificial intelligence—the greatest science fiction novel ever. In 1984, that was groundbreaking stuff. The novel inspired movies like Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix, and it won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.
Now that it’s 2010, you might think that online hacking and AI are old news, but one filmmaker thinks it’s finally time to bring Neuromancer to the big screen. Vincenzo Natali, writer-director of Splice, has written a screenplay.
“I think now is the right time for Neuromancer,” Natali said in a group interview on May 22 in Hollywood, where he was promoting Splice. “Some people say that you can’t do Neuromancer now because The Matrix and other films borrowed so heavily from that book. My argument is no, that’s a good thing, because the book has so many ideas that are so abstract that it’s only after those films that you could really get into the meat of it.”
The Matrix explained how a computer world could appear like our everyday life, and how skilled hackers could download kung fu. If you like that, Neuromancer goes even further.
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HOW FOUR PARANORMAL AUTHORS FOUND INSPIRATION: BEA 2010 DISPATCH
Where do you get your ideas? The question can drive an established author bonkers, but for aspiring writers, it can make all the difference in the world.
At the BEA panel Paranormal Fiction for Teens: From Vampires to Werewolves to Zombies and Shape Shifters, three writers shared their other-worldly influences.
Urban fantasy author Richelle Mead (pictured) explained: “I looked at a snippet of Romanian folklore. It was enough for me to start building a world [for Vampire Academy series].”
“I hadn’t read the kind of paranormal fiction I wanted to read,” said Ivy Devlin. “So I said, ‘What the heck? I’ll write it.'”
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