New Zealand-born writer/actress/ filmmaker Pandie James recently rediscovered a treasure trove of old works she’d written as a teenager and in her early 20s on an old hard drive. One of these treasures was ‘Vampire Summer’, a short vampire story set in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
Deciding to release the short story on Amazon.com for 99c US on November 19, James was astounded by the response. By the next day the short story has sky rocketed up the charts to #26 on the scifi and fantasy short reads bestsellers and #80 on the horror short story bestsellers list, keeping company with the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, and all with zero promotion of any kind.
Seeing that people might actually be interested in reading a scary story about vampires that takes place mostly on Wellington’s Abel Smith Street and Cuba Quarter, James made the further decision to make Vampire Summer free to download for a day. Multitudes of downloads poured in, in part this time James thinks to the fact that this time she took to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the new Periscope app to actively promote it, earning her the #2 spot and number #8 spot in two Amazon Bestseller categories by the end of the day.
Written in 2006 or 2007, James isn’t quite sure, the tale follows one Wellington girl’s descent into the terrifying and lovely world of a creature with obsidian for eyes and porcelain for flesh. Currently living in Los Angeles where she works as a writer, actress and filmmaker, Pandie James recently completed a stint of festivals with her award winning horror short film ‘Massacre’ and released this past week her debut novel ‘Seraphim Song’ an urban fantasy/ paranormal romance story written when she was a teenager.
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