Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga Series #1)

Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga Series #1)

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<%=fontruletext%>Christopher Golden Talks Vampires and Fiction
by Douglas Clegg

<%=xfontruletext%> <%=fontbulktext%>Christopher Golden may just be one of the most prolific authors around. He's sold more than 23 novels, the bestselling X-Men trilogy Mutant Empire, as well as a bestselling

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<%=fontruletext%>Christopher Golden Talks Vampires and Fiction
by Douglas Clegg

<%=xfontruletext%> <%=fontbulktext%>Christopher Golden may just be one of the most prolific authors around. He's sold more than 23 novels, the bestselling X-Men trilogy Mutant Empire, as well as a bestselling series of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" novels, which he cowro te with Nancy Holder. His recent projects include X-MEN: CODENAME WOLVERINE and the popular BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE WATCHER'S GUIDE. Also, in May, Pocket Books will launch a quarterly series of young adult books, the first entitled BODY BAGS. In comics, Golden has signed to do a Batman: Elseworlds project for DC Comics, novels, novelizations, nonfiction -- is there anything the guy can't do? Still, first and foremost, he's an imaginative and prodigious talent who never lets genre boundaries hold him back, and his new novel, OF MASQUES AND MA RTYRS, is no exception.

Tired of the same old vampire stories, the voluptuous tales of heaving bosoms, sexy, homoerotic undead, and purple prose? Look no further -- Christopher Golden has reinvented the vampire myth into nonstop action, suspense, and fascinating dark fan tasy. Meet Peter Octavian, leader of the coven of Shadows, part of a group of renegade vampires who attempt to keep the vampire world from spinning out of balance. They protect human life as much as is possible from the darker vampires, who enjoy carnage and chaos. Although the Shadows can shapeshift, they're not above using modern ammunition and hand-to-hand fighting to keep their bad-boy vampire cousins in line. This, the third in The Shadow Saga, which began with OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS, is Golden's best yet. I had a few minutes with Christopher Golden and learned more about his approach to writing, imagination, and vampires.

<%=xfontbulktext%> <%=fonttexthead%>Douglas Clegg<%=xfonttexthead%>:  <%=fontbulktext%>What drew you to vampires? What about them intrigues you? Do you think it's a subgenre of fantasy and horror that can be exhausted, or is it an endless source of ideas?<%=xfontbulktext%>

<%=fonttexthead%>Christopher Golden<%=xfonttexthead%>:  <%=fontbulktext%>I've always loved vampire stories, but that isn't why I wrote this series. Its creation was prompted, actually, by one of the fundamental questions of the mythological world I've created. If vampires could transform themselves, on a molecular level, into mist or a wolf or a bat, isn't it silly that they would have to stop there? From that, I began to craft a reason why vampires would believe such things to be true, and the story grew in both directions. As to the latt er question, I truly believe that as long as there are imaginative writers, there will be new twists on the subgenre. It's all about the careful choosing of story elements, and how those elements are then structured.<%=xfontbulktex%>

<%=fonttexthead%>DC<%=xfonttexthead%>:  <%=fontbulktext%> Where do the ideas come from? I'm being a bit arch, since this is a typical interviewer question, but you seem to have an especially rich treasure trove of ideas, and the energy to put them down on paper in imaginative ways.<%=xfontbulktext%>

<%=fonttexthead%>CG<%=xfonttexthead%>:  <%=fontbulktext%>The publishing world moves a bit too slow, actually. And that's an understatement. The three Shadow Saga books, of which OF MASQUES AND MARTYRS is the latest, are really one major idea with several hundred little ideas thrown in. I 'm fortunate enough to have ideas coming at me from several different angles. From dreams, of course. From spur-of-the-moment inspiration, which no one can really explain. For instance, my son watching "Winnie-the-Pooh" videos over and over, creati ng within me a certain perverse hostility toward those characters, even though I love them, was the inspiration for my upcoming Signet novel, STRANGEWOOD [due in September 1999.] And then there are economic motivators, of course. For instance, Hey, this is suddenly hot, but it bores me...on the other hand, if you twisted it around and did something similar, but nasty...hmmm. Some of my best ideas for work-for-hire projects have come about in that way. Or the "How come they've never don e this?" angle. That's common as well.

If you split my work between original and work-for-hire, I guess I would break it down this way: In work-for-hire, I want to get the characters I'm doing down on paper exactly right. I want to re-crea te them at their fundamental level. If I can do that, I feel like I've succeeded. In my original work, however, the motivations are completely different. I don't mind using an element of this or that, but whatever I choose to do, I want to do in a way that I've never seen before.<%=xfontbulktext%>

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this present-day vampire novel, the vampires, or ``Defiant Ones,'' are being hunted by an ancient Vatican group trained in sorcery who carry out their extermination with sadistic pleasure. Peter Octavian is a Defiant One who has sworn off the ``blood song,'' drinking only hospital discards. For his belief that humans are not cattle, he has been ostracized by his own vampire family, but when he sees the pattern of vampire deaths he tries to gather his erstwhile fellows into a resistance movement. As the Vatican cabal begins its sorcerous attack, most of the Defiant Ones join Octavian in fighting off demons and banshees in a huge clash amid Venice's yearly carnival. The Defiant Ones win the battle, and the novel ends with the beginning of a new era in which vampires and humans will try to coexist in peace. Unfortunately, with the exception of Octavian and a few of his friends (e.g., a charmingly feisty undead Buffalo Bill Cody), the vampires are as unappealing a group of sadists as the cabal. Reasonably entertaining for vampire fans, but perhaps too big a story for one volume; the author might have done better with a continuing series.-A.M.B. Amantia, Population Action International, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441005703
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Shadow Saga Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Golden is the author of more than twenty novels, including the critically-acclaimed Strangewood, and six nonfiction projects. He has worked in the comic book field for both Marvel and Dark Horse, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He received the Bram Stoker Award for his nonfiction work, Cut: Horror Writers on Horror Film. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at www.christophergolden.com

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SteveDeg More than 1 year ago
Another fine read by Christopher Golden. A thrill ride into the secrets of the Vatican and the society hidden within. The shady priests involved with murder and mayhem, in their search and destruction of vampires known as the Defiant Ones. Delving into history of this group and the Vaticans obscure society of sorcerers, bent on retrieving an historical The Book of Shadows. Containing super spells to inflict upon the Defiant Ones. This is the first of a series in The Shadow Saga. Highly recommended stories as are all Christopher Goldens books. He weaves tales of magic.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my fellow booksellers dropped this book in my hand and insisted I read it. I am very grateful for that command. I did see some slight similarities in this to the old TV series 'Forever Knight' in that the main character is in law enforcement and since I loved that series, I figured I would like this book. WOW. This is not your typical gothic vampire story. The church has kept secret the origin of the vampire race and it is about to be revealed. You will meet news reporters, historical figures and witness THE battle of the ages. Very enjoyable... can someone PLEASE pick up the next two in the trilogy for a reprinting??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really expecting just another 'good' vampire novel but was amazed by the writing and the plot twists. I came to care about the characters since they were so well developed. The story was fantastic. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing I think I must have read it like 5 times already. The story and the characters are so well written that you almost think its real. When I read this book I absolutely fell in love with Peter Octavian; he's wity, charming, playful, and an all around dreamy vampire guy. All the characters in this story were amazing I never wanted to put the book down. Christopher Golden is a really awesome writer I love reading his books they always keep you sucked in until the very last page and then when the book is done you just want it to keep going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a vampire book/movie fanatic. This book should be a movie as soon as possible. Tell Mr. Golden to keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saints the title given to the priests in the novel, and Shadows the vampiric term in this novel are very uniquelly used in this novel. The plot always keeps you on your toes, and very little is constant throughout the novel. The author uses very descriptive wording giving the reader a clear picture to follow. In my opinion this is an outstanding book and I would recommend it to my friends and others, but not the weak of heart. A book that you will never put down once you start reading, until reading this novel I never enjoyed reading for recreation....
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has it all.action love demons and parties it a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Golden blends horror, sex, and humor together and captivates the reader to just simply keep reading. It was one of the best books I have read. It only took me one sitting to finish this masterpeice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I've read Anne Rice, and I'm a fan of her work and what she does but that is different.I think she was just trying to do something new and original, not necessarily say to the reader, 'wouldn't it be cool to be a vampire!'. Over the past twenty years the idea that a vampire is 'an evil thing', that 'it has no soul' or that 'it is a demon' has been chalenged. Vampires are killing machines. They have no souls, and a reanimated by demonic entities or evil spirits. Therefore, they are evil. I'm sick of the idea of feeling sorry for them. It's not that I hate them, no, not at all! I love 'em! I guess the major reason why I am so fascinated with vampires is because and why they make a good story because they are the ultimate villians. I guess i'm sort of a sucker for the the old classics, but I like stories about vampire hunters, and feel that there should be more of them. The problem is is that there are not many strong vampire killing heroe characters (with the exception of Blade, Buffy, and Anita Blake) in fiction. In reference to the author's comment; 'If vampires could transform themselves, on a molecular level, into mist or a wolf or a bat, isn't it silly that they would have to stop there?'. Not exactley. That idea comes mainly from Bram Stoker's imagination, even though there is the legend of the stregoi in Eastern Europe that can transform into certain animals. Vampires transform into bats and wolves because they can only control certain nocturnal creatures such as themselves. All that set aside, the idea of a story about a war between vampires and humans is a great idea.