The works of Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton to become graphic novels

On October 2nd, Penguin’s Berkley/NAL division will launch a graphic novel line called InkLit. The line will kick off with Patricia Brigg’s Alpha and Omega: Volume 1, an adapation of CRY WOLF, the first in the Alpha and Omega series. Future works will be from Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton and Karin Slaughter.

Great news for urban fantasy fans!

(source: Publisher’s Weekly)

Briefs 2008.11.21

* Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier square-off inside an anthology in Zombies vs Unicorns. Larbalestier hates unicorns. Black defends. The result: half the stories will be about zombies, and the other half about unicorns. Coming to a bookshelf near you in 2010 from Simon & Schuster.

* Laurell K Hamilton’s Swallowing Darkness is #3 on the NYT Bestsellers List, but the author is disappointed.

* Jocelynn Drake inked a deal with EOS/HarperCollins for 3 more books in the Dark Days series.

* Speaking of EOS, the giving is still going.

* This vampire staking kit sold at auction for $14,850.

“made around 1800 and complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all housed in a American walnut case with a carved cross on top”

Over at Smart Bitches, Sarah wondered how the garlic stayed so fresh.

It is interesting to note the date this box was made precedes both The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), the two books said to popularize vampires. It is most likely this kit was put together not by a fan of bloodsuckers, but by someone who actually intended to fight or defend against humans purported to be vampires.

Twilight, Fringe, Armstrong, Butcher, Hamilton and more in the news

Robert Pattinson, who plays teenage vampire Edward Cullen in the upcoming film Twilight, was group interviewed by and others at Comic Con.

“[It’s] very difficult to see, really, what he’s thinking.” Pattinson said. “Because he’s always hiding things from Bella all the time. And especially when I read the unfinished [book,] Midnight Sun, which is from Edward’s … perspective, that kind of changed, because it helped things a bit.”

New blog, has posted video footage of Kelley Armstrong signing for fans at Comicon.

Another new blog,, was also at Comicon and nabbed Dresden Files author Jim Butcher for an interview in a storage room (plus bonus video material).

Laurell K Hamilton has posted a new episode of her podcast via her blog and is hoping to make it a monthly event.

From the Washington Post, Young Adult novels about life on the fringes, a look at Ivy by Julie Hearn, Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt.

Just when you thought there was nothing left to be told of Batman’s story… Neil Gaiman will be writing Batman.

According to the trailer for the comic version of The Stand, Stephen King is “the greatest science fiction, fantasy and horror writer of our generation.” Hmmm. Horror maybe, but  SF and fantasy? I’d put Neil Gaiman over King for fantasy. Not sure about SF. Who do you think reigns supreme in horror, SF and fantasy?

JJ Abrams leaked info about his new TV series Fringe. It’s typical Abrams, mytho-scientific, and inspired by 1970s movie Altered States. But I’ll be giving it a try because it’s got Pacey:


This Week on the USA Today Top 150 Best Sellers

4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: First in vampire love saga: Isabella falls for a vampire

5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: Second in the vampire love saga

7. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: Third in vampire love saga

25. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
The further adventures of fry cook Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead

37. Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
Sixth installment of the the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series

56. Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
Latest in vampire/werewolf series featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake

This Week on the NYT Bestsellers Lists

8. ODD HOURS by Dean R. Koontz.
Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, confronts evil forces in a California coastal town.

12. BLOOD NOIR by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The vampire hunter Anita Blake is involved in a scandal that threatens the master vampire Jean-Claude’s power.

A vampire warrior must decide between duty and love; Book 6 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

14. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Christine Warren.
A woman gets in touch with her were-lion side; an Others supernatural romance.

23. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC by Simon R. Green (Roc)