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An Interview with BLOOD KISS Writer Michael Reaves and Stars Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson

Michael Reaves is the author of over 25 novels, numerous short stories, and has also written extensively for animated and live action television. Michael was kind enough to join us to answer a few questions about his new project, a film called Blood Kiss, along with its stars, Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson!

The Kickstarter for Blood Kiss just met their first goal yesterday! Says Co-Producer Leah Cevoli:

We’ve had such an amazing amount of support from the fans of not just Michael, Amber, and Neil, but fans of Film Noir and Vampires as well! We hit our goal of $50,000, with 16 days left on the clock, and are now excitedly going for our stretch goals. $100,000 is our next goal, and our backers are just as excited about this as we are!

More info can be found at the Blood Kiss Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as the The Blood Kiss Kickstarter page.

And now…the interview with Michael, Neil and Amber!

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Kickstarter Preview: “Blood Kiss” by Michael Reaves, Starring Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson

Launching on Kickstarter on May 15th is a new project by Emmy Award winning writer Michael Reaves (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Next Generation). It’s a new “Vamp Noir” film, called Blood Kiss.

[UPDATE: Kickstarter page is up!]

Genre fans may be surprised to learn that the stars of this project are none other than Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural).

From the press release:

Blood Kiss revolves around detective Joe Belicek, who must solve the murder of a vampire before a deranged killermurders them all. Inspired by Film Noir, this supernatural thriller is set in 1940s Hollywood with famous haunts like the Brown Derby.

“Michael sent me the script.I told him,”it’s a terrific script.” and he said,”I want you toact in it.”I replied “There’s nobody else I would act for.” – Neil Gaiman

BLOOD KISS will bypass the Studios, going straight to the fans for funding to greenlight the film. Fans who contribute to BLOOD KISS’ Kickstarter campaign are eligible to receive exclusive rewards in exchange for individual pledges ranging from $5 to $10,000.

Because of Michael’s personal struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Blood Kiss is proud to be associated with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association to promote awareness of the disease.

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see all the surprises we have for Blood Kiss’ ever-growingfan base!

[GUEST INTERVIEW] : Bradley Beaulieu asks Amber Benson Five Questions

Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated webseries Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. She has written five novels about Calliope Reaper-Jones, beginning with Death’s Daughter, which were published by Penguin Books. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch.

Photo by Luigi Novi.

Bradley Beaulieu:  1. The tone of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series is light and fun with a touch of gallows humor (how can there not be with books about Death, Inc.?), and it seems to me that it matches your personality. But as writers there are any number of places where we’re pushed out of our comfort zones. Where in the writing of The Golden Age of Death were you pushed out of your comfort zone?

Amber Benson:  I’m always accused of being earnest, but secretly I’m a total nut ball – so I’m glad you picked up on that! Well, if we’re talking ‘out of my comfort zone’ here then I should tell you that I actually imposed a whole bunch of that on myself when I conceived The Golden Age Of Death. The first four Death’s Daughter books were written entirely in first person – which was really starting to get boring for me – so I decided to mix it up a little. You still get Callie’s POV, but since I knew this was going to be the last book in the series, I wanted to give the fans some insight into the supporting characters. So Callie’s Executive Assistant, Jarvis, gets some play, as well as Callie’s little sister, Clio. It was scary to write that way, but I enjoyed the challenge. Hopefully it works out – that’s always the rub of experimenting.

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MIND MELD: SF/F Books That Would Make A Great TV Series

SF/F fans love to talk about their favorite books being adapted for film. But what about television? Are there books better suited for a television series? We asked this week’s panelists (inspired by a suggestion from James Wallace Harris)…

Q: What SF/F book would make a great television series? How would you adapt it for the small screen?

Here’s what they said…

Nancy Kress
Nancy Kress is the author of over 20 books of SF, fantasy, and writing advice. Her latest is Steal Across the Sky. Her fiction has won three Nebulas, a Hugo, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

My choice for a TV miniseries would be More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. Since the book is already divided into three distinct sections, it could be presented as three two-hour episodes. It focuses on character rather than on special effects, which is good for the small screen. Finally — it’s a wonderful story.

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