Anyway, it's not as if Stephenie Meyer is the first one to jump on that bandwagon; although she's certainly contributed to its sudden influx of popularity, Jeanne Stein and Mario Acevedo, two vampire-lit authors from our glorious homeland, have been creating vampire sagas populated by memorable characters for years -- and their shit is way awesomer.
Stein, for example, just busted out Chosen, the sixth in her "Anna Strong" series about a bounty hunter who is also a sex-fiend and a vampire. Not a whole lot more badass you can get than that character.
The main attraction, though -- or at least our favorite -- is Acevedo, whose preposterously over-the-top sex-fiend monsters and close Colorado ties are about as pronounced as they come. Don't believe us? Then consider that his first novel was called The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and is about an Iraq-veteran vampire who is also a private detective who must penetrate (yuks) the government conspiracy behind the nymphomania outbreak at the Colorado nuclear waste facility. Like Stein, Acevedo works with a recurring protagonist, Felix Gomez, who is a vampire and crime-fighter.
Stein and Acevedo will be on hand tonight at Highlands Ranch Library (9292 Ridgeline Boulevard, Highlands Ranch) to talk vampires, crime-fighting and deviant sex, as well as sign copies of Chosen and Werewolf Smackdown their fifth and sixth novels, respectively. The appearance is free to attend, but you do have to register -- you can do that here.
And if that doesn't suit you, then enjoy your sad life, Edward Cullen.