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All Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang out with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. He needs help, but whom can he trust?

ALA (American Library Association) Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books – Bulletin Blue Ribbons

“The unusual blend of camp horror and realistic adolescent turmoil and the suspenseful plot affirm a new talent worth watching.” – The Horn Book

“Entertaining, disturbing, memorable, and sophisticated, this mortality tale will continue to haunt after the last pages are turned.” – School Library Journal

“Chris finds his teenage lust becoming the thirst of the undead. Horror fans will find this vampire novel a bloody cut above the usual fare.” – Publishers Weekly

On Thirsty

Thirsty is my first published novel.

When I was twenty-three or so, I had a series of nightmares about vampires. In the most striking of these, I was floating invisibly through a church parish hall. There was a reception or a church dinner. Everyone was eating casseroles. A little girl said to her father, “Can I have some more?” He corrected her: “May I have some more.” And at that moment, I realized that the meat in the casseroles they were eating was human flesh.

When I woke up, I was kind of struck by this dream. Mainly because it proved that I was a grammar snob even when asleep.

For several weeks, I had a lot of these vampire dreams. They all seemed to be about trying to remain moral when one is inducted into a predatory world. I decided to put together a story in which a boy becomes a vampire, stage by stage, and has to fight to retain his humanity.

Unfortunately, I missed the national vampire craze. The book came out ten years too early. And instead of being a passionate tale of vampiric eroticism, it’s about a vampire who’s completely romantically incompetent.

Oh well. They say to write what you know.