How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead


Welcome to the world of the undead! A comprehensive guide to the vampire lifestyle quenches newcomers’ thirst for lore — and tasteful tips.

For those who join the decadent realm of the vampire, eternal life holds juicy perks — charm and strength, shape-shifting and flying, telepathy and super-powered senses. But then again, one becomes . . . so terribly hungry. Is there an etiquette for feeding without causing a scene? How do you set up your crypt? What supernatural foes will ...

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Welcome to the world of the undead! A comprehensive guide to the vampire lifestyle quenches newcomers’ thirst for lore — and tasteful tips.

For those who join the decadent realm of the vampire, eternal life holds juicy perks — charm and strength, shape-shifting and flying, telepathy and super-powered senses. But then again, one becomes . . . so terribly hungry. Is there an etiquette for feeding without causing a scene? How do you set up your crypt? What supernatural foes will make your blood run co lder? In this elegant, edgy resource, the newly immortal will find everything they need to know, including:

- a quiz to determine your true vampire persona

- ways to turn into a vampire — or when a kiss is not just a kiss; and why you should take a look at your family tree

- a transformation checklist, including canine teeth and UV sen sitivity

- a makeup and fashion guide to looking damned good (or just damn ed)

- knowing your weaknesses, from garlic, stakes, and sunlight to a n obsession with counting

- 10 signs that your boyfriend is a vampire, including super coo lness (body temperature-wise) and a habit of sleeping in

- a field guide to vampiric variations around the world and throu gh history

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Riding the crest of the vampire mania wave, this book is a special treat that fans of the undead can really sink their teeth—or fangs—into. From the arresting cover art to the marbled end pages, this guide never strays from its dark supernatural theme, yet it manages to be both serious and lighthearted. Gray provides readers with copious information about vampires both ancient and modern, and delves into details such as what vampires wear, where they live, and what (or who) they eat. Quizzes such as "What's Your Vampire Persona?" fashion layouts, and beauty tips will especially appeal to young adult readers. Lavish full-color illustrations and photos enhance the text and often provoke a smile; Buffy appears opposite the page of "mortal foes," while a photo of Bella and Edward from the Twilight movie illustrate "Should You Date a Vampire?" Lush page layouts, artistic fonts, and creative illustrations enhance the stunning visuals. The book's composition artfully creates a suitably eerie atmosphere that envelopes the reader in its subject matter. For readers interested in the topic, the author's lengthy lists of vampire books, movies, television shows, role-playing games, and graphic novels are invaluable. The glossary and "For Further Education" sections at the back of the book provide even more information; an index makes everything readily accessible. Great for both browsing and pleasure reading, this book should appeal to vampire fans in junior high and older. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz
Publishers Weekly
This lighthearted but informative handbook for the fledgling bloodsucker explores the romance and the pitfalls of vampiredom. Glossy digital images of teens in gothic attire are featured throughout three sections: “Leaving the Mortal Realm,” “Living the Undead Lifestyle,” and “The Armchair Vampire.” There’s abundant humor (paleness is one warning sign that you could be dating a vampire—“What’s he afraid of? Premature aging or premature bursting into flames?”), pop culture references from Buffy to Bella, quizzes, as well as roundups of vampire types and vampiric reading, viewing, and listening. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
The secrets of the undead are revealed in this unique and captivating vampire guide. How To Be A Vampire directs the newly bitten on how to depart from the mortal realm, ways to live the undead lifestyle, and provides a vast amount of knowledge about vampires through the ages. Learn the many ways to become a vampire, how to feed once you have been turned, and most importantly the extraordinary powers that will be imbued upon you as a new bloodsucker. Will you be a shape-shifter? How does night vision work? What will it be like to communicate telepathically? It will also spark the senses of any history buff or those with an interest in archeology. See how vampires are seen through film, poetry or even used as a muse for many artists. Uncover the physical evidence of vampires in history and read the thrilling testimonies to support the existence of vampires. The incorporation of several realistic illustrations and a wide array of photographs enhance the guide, provoke excitement, and entice the reader further into the world of vampires. Embrace the immortal world and the darkness as you explore the romance and danger of being a vampire. With the subtitle A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead, one can hope that readers will take this for the tongue-in-cheek farce that it is. Reviewer: Lisette Baez
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In this visually appealing guide, readers learn the secrets of the world of vampires, their behavior, necessary etiquette, and the possible hazards facing them. The table of contents breaks the information into three distinct segments: "Leaving the Mortal Realm," "Living the Undead Lifestyle," and "Armchair Vampire." Each segment begins with a quiz to test readers' persona, style, and knowledge of the undead. The book then discusses types of vampires, with each one illustrated, how to be turned, how to feed, forming covens, dressing the part, travel hot spots, famous real-life vampires, and the vampire in film and literature. The striking art, including many full-page, full-color photos, along with the captivating layout and design, sets an eerie tone. A true temptation for all who love vampires and the supernatural.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649159
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Gray is a writer, photographer, and amateur vampirologist who has been fascinated with vampires, spooky art and literature, and the supernatural since early childhood. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her daughter, and can be counted on to be on the scene if anything goes bump in the night or sparkles mysteriously.

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