|Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story|
First edition cover
|Genre||Romance, Comedy, Horror|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Publication date||September 19, 1995|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 20|
|LC Classification||PS3563.O594 B58 1995|
|Preceded by||Coyote Blue|
|Followed by||Island of the Sequined Love Nun|
Jody, a young, single, red-headed woman living in San Francisco, is attacked by a vampire and soon finds that she has become one herself. While attempting to adjust to her new nocturnal lifestyle, she finds the help of Tommy Flood, a wannabe writer who recently moved to the city and works as a night stocking manager (and champion "turkey bowler") at a local Safeway. She has him perform tasks during the day as her vampirism forces her unconscious except after sundown. As Jody and Tommy begin their life together and begin falling in love, they discover that a recent string of mysterious murders may be the work of the vampire who attacked Jody. To get to the bottom of the matter, they recruit "the Animals", Tommy's crew of stockers from the supermarket, as well as an eccentric street person and his faithful dogs known as "The Emperor."
Despite the gruesomeness of the general story, there is a certain vampiric benevolence here in that Jody survives by preying upon people who are already very near death themselves (e.g., AIDS sufferers, etc.). This principle plays into her cameo appearance in the author's later novel A Dirty Job.
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