It’s release day for The Girls with Games of Blood, the follow-up to my first Memphis vampire book, Blood Groove.
When Blood Groove came out last year, I of course checked at my local Barnes and Noble to see if they carried it. I was disappointed at first not to see it among the other vampire novels in the Sci Fi/Horror section, so I asked if they planned to stock it. The clerk said it was in stock, shelved in the Literature Section.
Okay, first let me say, that’s flattering. Certainly I’d like to think I write literature. Still, Blood Groove is about vampires: hard core, drink-your-blood-and-toss-your-wasted-carcass-aside undead. It’s not romance, it’s not light, and it’s certainly not heartwarming. The audience for the average literary novel would be blindsided, I fear, by its contents (see this recent review).
I asked how this classification was determined, and was told it was done at the corporate level. So apparently someone at Barnes and Noble HQ thinks I belong just before Lucy Jane Bledsoe (The Big Bang Symphony: a novel of Antarctica). Which, again, is flattering. Publisher’s Weekly says about her book, “Bledsoe finds the spark of life amid the ice and desolation.” Heck, that could almost work for mine as well.
The point to this little post is, if you go to Barnes and Noble to find The Girls with Games of Blood (and you should; you know you want to), don’t look with the other vampire books. Check in literature, under “B,” next to Lucy Jane.