Sunday, November 7, 2010

NOLA book signing events : Dracula and history explored in round of new books

** Love Bites is written by Adrienne Barbeau, Yes that, Adrienne ! The actress you know from many movies and asBea Arthur's daughter, Carol, in the hit series "Maude".

** Dacre Stoker is the  great-grandnephew of Bram Stocker the original " Dracula" author.

Love Bites: Vampyres of Hollywood II, Vol. 2
By Adrienne Barbeau
St. Martin's, $24.99w
Screen scream queen (and, yes, erstwhile "Maude" co-star) Barbeau's second biting satire skewers Hollywood and vamp lit with a tale of a 450-year-old vampire/horror film legend/cutthroat producer who falls for a Beverly Hills detective. The cast includes a bunch of relentlessly job-seeking undead friends, slithering "weregators" and exceedingly strange paparazzi. Barbeau signs the book Nov. 1, 5:30-7 p.m., Garden District Book Shop.

Dracula the Un-Dead
By Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Penguin, $15
Providing a transfusion of fresh blood to the saga, this new paperback version of the "authoritative sequel" to Bram Stoker's classic, by his great-great-nephew, tracks Stoker's work in 1912 to adapt "Dracula" for the stage -- only its "characters" keep dying gruesomely all over London. Could it be that the count survived and is now seeking revenge? Or is there another, far more hideous force at work? Stoker signs the book Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Garden District Book Shop.