Vampires are so far ahead of the competition in my latest poll that it’s ridiculous. Fifty-four per cent of my readers believe there are vastly more bad books about them than anything else on the list. Lagging way behind are faerie and witches at 9%. Daikaiju and ghouls got no votes at all.
On the other hand, my last piece of intensive market research found that faery and vampires were the most popular creatures of the night. What to conclude?
- People love vampires when done well, but hate them done badly.
- There’s a massive opening for novels about giant monsters and/or ghouls.
Therefore, my next novel clearly has to be about a (reimagined) vampire who battles giant monsters with the assistance of an army of ghouls. Practically writes itself, dunnit? Though it does cry out for zombies . . .
Which leads to my next poll, which you will find to your right.