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Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead answers your questions

The Lesser Dead

You might have some preconceived notions about another vampire novel, but the author of The Lesser Dead is ready to clear some things up about his characters...

Dear Reader,

I thought long and hard before I decided to write a book about one of my favorite monsters–I only went forward when I felt confident that I had some fun new planks to add to the myth. My approach to horror is very naturalistic and sensory; I ground the reader as solidly as possible in the real world and then introduce horrific elements that challenge your suspension of disbelief as little as the supernatural will allow. Joey Peacock and his tribe have bad breath because air goes stale in lungs that don’t breathe. They wear sunglasses not just because light hurts them, but because they don’t blink automatically anymore. They sleep in old refrigerators or swaddled up in blankets because bugs crawl in them if they don’t. They’re liars and hypnotists and you can’t see their teeth because they’re using their minds or magic or wherever charming comes from to hide them. If they feed from you, they make you forget. Hell, it could have happened to either one of us last night. How are you feeling today? Any weird dreams? Stains or soapy wet spots on the couch? Was the television on when you woke up in the morning?

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