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A unique look at the vampire legend, with a modern twist.
[Junior - angst] Originally published 2003.
Edited by: Joel Nicholas
I, Vampire traces the story of Jacob Szabo as he attempts to survive as a modern day outcast in an urban jungle. A gritty look at what life would really be like for a modern day vampire.
Robert Shuster was born in Rensselaer, Indiana. After graduating from high school there, he graduated from the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Besides being a writer of several books, including Sevenacide and I, Vampire; Robert has acted in local theater, performed standup comedy, and orated his own poetry. Currently residing in Sarasota, Florida, he is the host of a classic punk/new wave/alternative radio show called Retrograde.
CoolBeat: What made you write "I, Vampire"?
Robert: I wanted to write a vampire story and was tired of all of the same old vampire tales that were out there. There's always this glamor and glitz surrounding it all, but I wondered what problems a vampire would face if they were to exist in real life. So, for my book, I took away a lot of the magical powers that vampires are normally endowed with and kept them as basic as possible: drinking blood and staying out of direct sunlight. In fact, I even took away immortality. Since this is fiction, I don't feel like there should be any rules regarding my characters, other than congruency.
CoolBeat: Were parts of your personality in "I, Vampire"?
Robert: I guess the biggest part is the feeling of isolation. Being an artist, be it a writer, actor, painter, dancer, or whatever, there is a feeling of disconnect between yourself and society at large. Many people have a hard time wrapping their mind around the idea that you define yourself by your art and that you want to make a living at it. Too often you're considered impractical, or worse, a complete joke. This is the same feeling the main character, Jacob Szabo, feels.
CoolBeat: What age group have you targeted?
Robert: I don't target age groups when I write, but it's almost always around age thirteen and up. "I, Vampire" might appeal more to one age as opposed to another, but I don't care who. I simply take a story and put down on paper my best work. The reader can decide for themselves.
CoolBeat: Do you write about people you know?
Robert: There's a little bit of every person I've ever met in everything I write. Occasionally an individual will inspire me for a character, but usually my characters are a combination of a number of different people, with a little bit of "what if" thrown in.
CoolBeat: What other things have you written?
Robert: I have written three other books: "Sevenacide", a collection of seven horror/science fiction/dark fantasy stories with rugby players as the main characters; "The 13 Colonies", thirteen short stories about the colonization of other planets (including our own!); and "Phase II", a novel about an alien invaders fighting Earth's most dangerous beings - the living dead.
CoolBeat: What projects are you currently working on?
Robert: As far as writing is concerned, I am not working on any new projects at this time. I have several that I have started, but none at this point that I am ready to bring to market. However, I have become very busy with my acting. I have been cast as the title character in an independent movie entitled "Baine". Production is scheduled to begin soon and the film will be hitting the film festival circuit late in 2010 or early 2011. In addition, I continue to host my weekly radio show on the Internet. The show, "Retrograde Radio", features the best in classic alternative music from the 70's, 80's, and early 90's.
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Audience = Junior 11-15
Fiction Subject = Angst
BIC = YFD5AM (Horror and ghost stories, chillers)
DDC = 813 (Literature / American literature in English / Fiction)
BISAC = JUV018000 (JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories)
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