Synopses & Reviews
Ever since Bram Stokers perennial best-seller Dracula, vampires have been one of the key inspirations to film-makers and authors alike. The latest installment in the Twilight series is one of this years biggest blockbusters, and modern takes on the classic themes of blood, immortality, fear and desire are never far from the best-seller lists. Yet vampires are a source of rich inspiration to visual artists as well, and this collection reveals their work in all its gruesome glory.
From the elegant beauties of Victoria Frances to the decaying savages of Anne Stokes, from the more whimsical caricatures of Delphine Levesqe Demers to Jo Chens renditions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Art Now showcases the varying representations of this legendary figure. The book illustrates the vampire in his or her many moods: either wooing lovers with a hypnotic stare, biting long necks (willing and unwilling), or staring straight at the viewer as if ready to bound off the page in a nocturnal frenzy. By presenting multiple artists takes on what it means to be a vampire, this collection illustrates how one cultural icon can vary so greatly across different cultures, classes, media, and artistic aesthetics.
No other supernatural creature has captured our collective imagination quite like the vampire and Vampire Art Now is the perfect compendium to pay homage to that tradition. After perusing these pages, these illustrations are sure to haunt readers nightmares and tantalize their fantasies, as they have for generations.
The secretive Princes of Twilight and Marquises of Midnight will be thrust intothe light when the cover of Vampire Art Now opens like a coffin'slid, awakening an arresting and seductive journey through contemporaryillustrations most provocative, alluring, and unforgettable vampire visuals.Neither Sookie Stackhouse nor Bram Stokers Draculahimself could ever have envisioned the sultry magnetism and pulse-stoppingpower rendered in these dynamic illustrations from todays top paranormalartists. With information from the artists themselves on their techniques andinspirations and a foreword by Rachel Caine, the bestselling author of theMorganville Vampires and Weather Warden series, these supernatural scenes areenough to chill your blood—but Vampire Art Now is sure to sendthe hearts of vampire lovers racing.