Vampires are hard pressed to be new and exciting. Where Dracula is outdated, Stainless is cutting edge. Where Todd Grimson is subtle and poetic, Anne Rice would be overtly heavy handed. Where this book shines, so would characters from Poppy Z Brite’s “Exquisite Corpse”. This book is not for all readers, it is dark. sexual (often disturbingly), and not handed to readers on a platter.
This book is not so much a Vampire novel as it is a highly readable analysis of human tragedy. Originally published in 1996, Grimson’s Stainless is a jewel in the vamp genre that appears to have been overlooked as a just another piece of pretty glass. It seems to have aged perfectly, coming back into print with a fist-full of mid-1990′s authenticity; Where characters still listen to tape cassettes along side compact discs, and Godflesh is still an industrial/metal band whose name is recognized. Because of the time-capsule effect and the concise wording, this book really shines as something different than the norm on the market today. The same authenticity lended to it by age differentiates it from modern works trying to ride a hipster trend of anachronistic verbiage.. You read this book and it IS 1996 again.
The story itself is nothing new. What is different here is the writing style and the approach.
Vampire, vamp thrall, insert some conflict here, but instead of inflated undead ego or a sparkly love story, you have something a bit unusual. Stainless follows (in most areas) Justine and Keith. Justine is a vampire of unknown age. She is essentially illiterate, immigrated to the US from France, and has a tough time remembering the details of her life, whether by age or the trauma of non-life it is unclear.. She is stuck in survival mode, moving day to day and attempting to remain detached from what she has become.
Keith is a broken man, alive in Los Angeles, guitarist from a now defunct band, his ex-girlfriend dead in South America by suicide. Gangsters have broken all his finger bones, destroying his career. Keith is not a standard Thrall. He helps here even when she is not lording over his consciousness with a hypnotic leash. He has no desire to become immortal, he does not want money or power, all he wants to do is learn more about this undead woman that pays him attention.
Justine, likewise is not the standard vamp. Sure, she has all the conscience issues associated with modern vampire “soul investigation”, but it is not all encompassing. She is written in a manner that makes her shuffle between hot and cold personalities, sometimes caring for others, and often full predatory disregard. She refuses to kill or turn Keith, fascinated by his seemingly suicidal relationship with an arbitrary bearer of death.
The novel is primarily from the perspective of non-vampire humans who are involved, though some chapters focus from an undead POV. In all cases, the text can vary from beautifully descriptive to stuttering and disjointed. This stylization depends entirely on the character and his/her/it’s mindset or occasionally tenuous grasp on reality.
Other characters exist as well, but will not be mentioned here except that one or two of then are just damned evil..
Certain sections of this book were highly quotable
Excerpt, Keith on the topic of his venomous black congealed blood filled killing machine of a girlfriend’s possibility of having a soul:
It is not a modern question, this consideration of soul. He leaves behind in an instant the nervous irreverence with which one might ordinarily banter about such an unknowable, metaphysical concept– he finds within himself an uneasy but hard-core reverence that he can connect to Justine like a sticky tentacle answering her need.
New paperback edition of this book goes on sale in February, distributed by Schaffner Press.
If you prefer the original cover, or would like it sooner/cheaper, copies from the 1990′s can still be found via Amazon “On-The-Cheap”. It’s worth the cost of a new book however, and you would be supporting a?small publishing* (edit- correction) house, so get the nice and shiny new version. They use such high quality materials that the ink is incredibly bold, the page incredibly white, and the lettering is able to be felt by bare fingers on each page.. Pretty awesome all in all from a reading aesthetic ?perspective.
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I gained access to an amazing Graphic Novel recently. Europe Comics and Vanna Vinci released a biography about Marchesa Casati. Casati was not a person I was familiar with before reading this work. I was mainly drawn to the artwork seen on the cover and the general premise. As the pages unfolded, I was astounded by how fascinating her story was.
This graphic novel is perfect for those as clueless as me on the subject- Marchesa Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress who squandered her fortune in a whirlwind lifetime of debauchery, extravagance, and artistry that set the stage for modern show women like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Casati was a muse for 100+ painters and artists with a desire to live opulently and without reserve. Live exotic animals, crazy technological and electrified dresses plugged into the main power grid, expensive and vast housing. It should be noted that this is probably not the best choice for children as it is filled with lots of nudity.
I grew up eating a lot of cheesy macaroni and hanging around women who obsessed over Anne of Green Gables. They watched the films, read the books, pretended to be the characters. I understood macaroni but failed to understand the pull people had for Avonlea.
As I got older, I gained an appreciation. My reading branched out to more than just Stephen King and Hardy Boys. I read the first book in the series and evolved into a big bearded dude who doesn't change the channel when some variation comes on the Hallmark channel. Netflix launched 'Anne with an E' and I holed up in the bedroom with my wife to consume it.
I nearly peed myself when I found out a new Graphic Novel was slated for release.
PREORDER! October 24th Release date. Buying a copy through this link supports this site but cost you no extra money. Put it in the closet for an awesome x-mas gift.
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel (Brenna Thummler, Mariah Marsden)
Andrews McMeel Publishing