Raymond A. Villareal

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Author Raymond A. Villareal is our guest this week. His new novel is A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising (Hachette’s Mulholland Books, June 5, 2018)

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Raymond A. Villareal‘s  first novel is  A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising (Hachette’s Mulholland Books, June 5, 2018). The book was chosen as one of “The 20 best reads for your summer break” by New York Post and one of “10 hot books for summer reading” by USA Today. Film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps Entertainment.

Raymond A. Villareal is a practicing attorney in San Antonio, Texas.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law. 

PRAISE FOR  A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising  by Raymond A. Villareal

“Somewhere, Dracula himself is sitting up late into the day enjoying the hell out of this.” —John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise and filmmaker of the web series Parmalee

“Think things are tough now on the national scene? Wait till the vampires arrive, agitating for equal rights, medical treatment, nighttime access to schools and representation in Congress…[a] relentlessly clever first novel. – Washington Post

“Vampire Uprising is well worth a bite: The creature-feature crew will discover that recognizable tropes can feel fresh, and readers who aren’t horror fiends will find a beguiling entry into the thoughts of Dracula and his ilk living among us.” –USA Today

”A wide-angle, wild and weird exploration of politics, pop culture, and a diseased America. This tale of misguided hero worship and encroaching terror may be the perfect analogy for our own strange times.” —Thomas Mullen, author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Darktown

”[T]hat rarest of rare creatures, an absolutely unique work of the writer’s art… Well done, Raymond Villareal. Welcome to the world of writers, and may God save your immortal soul.” —Carsten Stroud, author of Niceville

”Mr. Villareal’s vampires are not the ones we find most comforting. They are not seductive or beautiful or tormented anti-heroes. No, they are more terrifying than anything like that, an infection that will spread throughout our body politic, our institutions, our history, and ourselves.” —Paul Park, author of The White Tyger and All Those Vanished Engines

ABOUT A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising

In this ambitious and wildly original debut–part social-political satire, part international mystery–a new virus turns people into something a bit more than human, upending society as we know it.

This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult with the local police, it’s an impossibility that threatens her understanding of medicine.

Then, more bodies, dead from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood, are brought to the morgue, only to also vanish. Soon, the U.S. government–and eventually biomedical researchers, disgruntled lawmakers, and even an insurgent faction of the Catholic Church–must come to terms with what they’re too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world.

With heightened strength and beauty and a stead diet of fresh blood, these changed people, or “Gloamings,” rapidly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society. Soon people are beginning to be “re-created,” willingly accepting the risk of death if their bodies can’t handle the transformation. As new communities of Gloamings arise, society is divided, and popular Gloaming sites come under threat from a secret terrorist organization. But when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, runs for political office–well, all hell breaks loose.

Told from the perspective of key players, including a cynical FBI agent, an audacious campaign manager, and a war veteran turned nurse turned secret operative, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is an exhilarating, genre-bending debut that is as addictive as the power it describes. —Muholland Books

For more information, please see the author’s website.   You can keep up with Raymond on Instagram and Twitter.