The vampire genre, like vampires themselves, refuses to die…. but the vampire satire genre may be ready to take on a life of its own. That’s probably the only way to describe Fred Barnett’s novel Bats: Return to Damnalot, in which Vlad the Impaler struggles with the encroachment of tour buses on his centuries-old castle and plans to turn his beloved Transylvania into a theme park. Is his chamber of horrors destined to be turned into a tourist trap? Fred joined the show to sort it all out for us.
- “Fred Barnett (a.k.a. Infinity Upton-Downes) started his writing career at age 840, established a world-wide following after penning twenty-seven books of his Tragic Lust series, which he had started in 1687. The main body of his “bodice-ripping” TL romances were completed during his thirteen years at Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Insanitarium.