Back at It!

The holidays are over – for me, I officially declare an end to the holiday season when I put away all my Christmas decorations, including 14 trees, Christmas dishes, and anything else holiday related. That happened last weekend, and thus reality has returned.

With that, a quick update on my current activities:

Most urgently, we are in the final stages of editing The Vampire’s Quest for publication/re-release in February with NineStar Press. As many of you know, this is the second book in my vampire series, The Realm of the Vampire Council. As with The Vampire’s Angel, this will constitute an updated, streamlined, and I think better overall version. I am excited to share it with you!

I also plan to re-release Secrets in the Attic, a ghost story that eventually merged with the vampire series in book three. This revamp is so radical, I think the name will need to change. My goal is to get something to NineStar later this spring to see if they would like to publish it. So between getting The Vampire’s Quest ready to go and its publicity, this rewrite will get most of my attention.

However, in addition, it’s time to dive into something new and original. My brain is having a major fight between starting the next book by Simon the Elf and the fifth book in the vampire series. We’ll see who wins, because right now it’s a dead heat!

Onward!

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Holiday Reflection 2018

Hi, Everyone,

At this time of year, I like to use my final blog to convey holiday wishes and reflect on the previous year. I’ll avoid a shameless plug or offering of information about my various projects. Instead, I wish you and yours a peaceful time of year.

2018 proved more difficult for me than an average year. It started a year ago, when my father died. While his advanced age and suffering from dementia hardly made it a surprise, it nonetheless carried with it the shock and sadness of losing a wonderful, loving man. The mourning carried throughout the year, and even now I glance around my house at Christmas decorations he crafted for me and tears of love, joy, and loss fill my eyes. The accompanying transition to life without him, especially with helping mom move to her new pension plan, brought A TON more stress than my worst dreams anticipated. As I hope for good things in this blog, at the same time I am reserving a special place in hell for Aon Hewitt and what they did to mom. It was resolved in the end, but not without a serious amount of tumult. Fuckers.

Additionally, work for Paul and me was more trying than usual. Again, nothing too extraordinary, and in the end things smoothed out and appear headed in much better directions. But it was a roller coaster ride, to say the least.

There were other unusual stressors, but I’ll end this misery with saying I wish 2018 farewell, and none too soon.

Yet I find myself at peace as I look outside at the cold and wake to the dark chill of winter mornings. Thankful that The Vampire’s Angel was republished, and that Santa’s Kinky Elf, Simon and Santa is a Vampire came out. Happy that we have good health in my family for now. That we’re surrounded by loving family and friends adds to my joy. Akasha and Chewbacca continue to center me with their living in the moment and unconditional love.

Wherever you are, whatever the travails of your time right now, I send my best wishes and positive energy. With all the hate and anger in the world, I try to contribute my bit of love to all of you. Please do the same for those around you.

Happy Holidays! Damian

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Christmas Reads

Hey, All,

Happy Holidays! I hope the season finds you at peace. I want to focus today on some holidays reads, to help you set the mood, escape from holiday realities, or further escalate your partying through the season!

Of course, SANTA IS A VAMPIRE hit the shelves! I am enjoying the reactions to it. They are very mixed, but I anticipated as much because this is a very dark tale, mingled with a juvenile sense of humor. I love my book, but its “taste” is not for everyone. Which makes me giggle, because Santa and Simon like to stir it up – good, bad, or somewhere between. If you want some horror and humor in your holiday, please read! If you’re easily offended, you may want to skip this one. To get a taste for it, please read an interview I did with Gareth Johnson at MeansHappy.com!

But, either way, please check out my fellow NineStar Press authors who also came out with some holiday fun. NineStar does amazing things, and there are a lot of impressive titles to add to your holiday reading enjoyment. Please read them here: NineStar Press Holiday Reads!  I’d like to highlight a couple, if you’ll indulge me. Kevin Klehr has a New Year’s story coming Dec. 10th: Midnight Angel.  Felicia Doherty Zawadzki comes at you with Sugar Cookies and Mistletoe! Riina Y.T. adds Paradise Lodge for us. And . . . there are a lot more in the link to NineStar seasonal books.

Season’s Greetings! Watch out for Santa and Simon. If you see them, your holidays will take a serious turn for the worse.

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Now Available!

Just a quick note: yeah – Santa is a Vampire hit the shelves, so to speak on Monday. I am super excited to share this twisted tale with you for the holidays.

Warning: it’s not at all like my usual stuff. This has horror – raw and untamed and not okay. And it’s mixed with juvenile and silly humor. A weird combo, but one I enjoy. So when you read it, here’s the number one rule: do NOT take anything seriously here. Nothing!

And join me on Friday, Nov. 30th at 6:30 last City Lit Books in Chicago (2523 N. Kedzie Ave.) for a reading and signing!

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Book Signing and Reading!

In case you missed the announcement!

Please join me on Nov. 30th at 6:30 for a reading and signing celebration! Free and open to the public at City Lit Books in Chicago, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.:

Simon the Elf wants to tell you the true story behind Jolly Ole St. Nick. Yeah, he’s a vampire. But that alleged gift giver and lover of children hides more than that fact from you. And what about Mrs. Claus and Rudolph? Venture into a world of enslaved elves, enchanted animals, and death wrought by Santa himself. With his sharp wit, Simon will lead you into the darkest realms of Christmas in Santa is a Vampire by Simon the Elf, with Damian Serbu. Warning: Simon cusses a lot. But you would, too, if Santa held you captive.

https://www.citylitbooks.com/event/author-event-santa-vampire-damian-serbu

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Simon the Elf Makes My Head Explode!!!

Hey, Folks,

Here come the holidays, and with them the introduction of Simon the Elf!!  And he is not fucking around with his launch onto the scene. So much so, that I am breaking a rule here. I usually want each blog entry to focus on one thing, but Santa is making Simon do so much, I have multiple announcements for you all in one post.

First, mark your calendars! City Lit Books in Chicago will once again host my release party! Join us to meet Simon the Elf, and hear an excerpt from his tell all story about Santa: Santa is a Vampire! The details: Friday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kenzie Blvd. Free and open to the public!

Second, and related but I like to make it a special announcement, here is the cover art reveal! I know I gush every time, but Natasha Snow does such an outstanding job:

Third, Simon teased his story about Santa in a novella, Santa’s Kinky Elf, Simon. Here come some reviews, for your enjoyment:

From Amos Lassen, who tells you “to think twice before you sit on Santa’s lap this year.”

From E.M. Hamill: “Simon’s sarcastic voice is funny and acerbic.”

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SANTA’S KINKY ELF, SIMON

Released today!!!  Come learn about Simon the Elf, and get a teaser about what he knows about Santa!!

Buy Here Now!

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Santa and Simon Book Blurbs!

We’re revving up and getting close to Simon the Elf’s introduction as an author, where he teaches us the true story about Santa! Today, I want to release the official blurbs for his two books!!!

Coming November 5th: Santa has big plans to release a story about himself right before Christmas, revealing his true nature as a vampire. He decides the best advanced publicity comes from reality stories and enlists Simon the Elf, a captive former human, to hit Chicago for the holidays and strike up a romance. Santa wants Simon to document the whole thing, so they can give people a taste for life under Santa’s enslavement before the main story hits. Forced to the Second City against his will, Simon at first resists Santa’s orders, knowing a romance would be short lived at best, and at worst bring some innocent victim into Santa’s evil orbit. But Simon failed to reckon with the charm and wit of Jonah, a hot guy he meets his first night on the town. Falling hard, Simon takes up with his new love despite knowing the awful choice ahead of him. Santa’s Kinky Elf, Simon, tells you this tragic love story in the elf’s own words.

Coming November 26th: Simon the Elf wants to tell you the true story behind Jolly Ole St. Nick. Yeah, he’s a vampire. But that alleged gift giver and lover of children hides more than that fact from you. And what about Mrs. Claus and Rudolph? Venture into a world of enslaved elves, enchanted animals, and death wrought by Santa himself. With his sharp wit, Simon will lead you into the darkest realms of Christmas in Santa is a Vampire by Simon the Elf, with Damian Serbu. Warning: Simon cusses a lot. But you would, too, if Santa held you captive.

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October’s Arrival!

I am busy finishing up the preparations for my upcoming novella and novel release!  Santa’s Kiny Elf, Simon, a novella about Simon the Elf and a romantic fling, and Santa Is a Vampire, in which Simon the Elf explains the true story about Santa, will be released by NineStar Press on time for the holidays! A little humor and horror all mixed together with some history and the stunningly horrific true story about Santa. Each are in copyediting and moving toward proofreading.  With those tasks in hand, as well as advanced preparation for publicity and such, October will keep me busy.

But not too busy to enjoy one of this horror writer’s favorite times of year! Why is it so fabulous?! Well, Halloween, of course, helps out, plus the arrival of fall here in the Midwest. So here’s a list of why October is so fabulous for a writer of gay spooky things!

Trick or Treating: from memories of my childhood fun to handing out candy today!

Pumpkin Coffee! (Note: I don’t start drinking it until now and find it sacrilegious that some people drink it year round.)

Decorating my house! I especially love my Halloween tree with its scary ornaments.

The fall trees turning colors.

As the days grow shorter, weird thought to write about pop more frequently into my head.

Okay, I just thought of twenty other things to add, but I seriously have to get more work done and soon. Happy October everyone!!

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SIMON THE ELF and Editing

Hi, All,

To remind everyone, in November and December this year I have a novella and novel coming your way, scheduled specifically to help you usher in the Holiday Season! First comes Santa’s Kinky Elf, Simon, a brief taste for Simon and his story in the context of an almost love affair. Then comes the whole tale, about Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even Rudolph, in Santa Is a Vampire.

Simon the Elf narrates both of them for you, and he has a profound and terrifying story to tell you about Santa Claus. That lovable, children’s story character really exists, and hides a horrific secret: he is a vampire of the worst sort. From his enslaved position at the North Pole, Simon delivers a tell-all narrative guaranteed to spoil your holidays.

A departure in terms of content and style from anything I previously released, this combination satire/horror story will delight some people, offend people, and leave my friends and family thinking that I’ve gone mental. I can’t wait to get it out to all of you!!!

NineStar Press and I are in the midst of editing away as I type. I still believe firmly in editing, in the traditional process of writing and then getting others involved in the endeavor to help you refine your work, check for mistakes, and make it even better. Simon is helping out, too, with Santa watching over his shoulder.

Happy Holidays.  Damian

 

Damian

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