a [very brief] history of Slavic vampire lore

I promised to write a blog post on vampires and while this might not be the post everyone was expecting, it's the post that was written. The reason for this is two fold: 1) I simply didn't find a lot of evidence for the erotic nature of vampirism in folklore; and 2) I didn't want to talk about the vampire in popular literature or movies because, quite frankly, the material on these subjects is voluminous. Most of the imagery regarding the erotic vampire originated in nineteenth century Gothic literature.

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on hell, demonology, and language

In college, I found there were scholars who took demons and demonology seriously. This was all much more to my liking even though these scholars left out all of the flash and glamour and the spitting of pea soup utilized by Hollywood. Scholars tend to focus on texts, and that was essentially what I was after--textual expositions on demonology.

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Women in SF&F at Fantasy Cafe

I have a guest post up today over at the book blog Fantasy Cafe. Kristen has made the entire month of April Women in SF&F month and today is my turn. I talk about honoring your demons and why dark sides are important.

Check out Women in SF&F Month at Fantasy Cafe.

There are Tootsie Rolls ...

to celebrate the arrival of autumn--a giveaway

Cool weather has finally arrived here in North Carolina, and it has been a long time coming. Fall and winter are my favorite writing months. Nothing I love more than curling up under a blanket to write a tale while the chill winds blow.

When I first envisioned the Katharoi series, I wanted to write one novel for each season. I began with autumn because it is my favorite.

So in celebration of the very first autumn that my debut novel is floating around in the world, I thought I would do a giveaway on Goodreads. From now through October 31, 2011, I am giving away two autographed copies of Miserere: An Autumn Tale, and I might just throw in some swag to the lucky winners.


What are you waiting for? 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Miserere by Teresa Frohock


by Teresa Frohock

Giveaway ends October 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win


heaven, hell, and research in MISERERE

Today I'm hanging out with John over at Dreaming in Books. I loved John's question, because he asked me about one of my favorite topics: research.

I did a lot of research regarding heaven and hell while I wrote MISERERE. Of course, I’ve been fascinated with hell ever since I was a child. I was raised as a Southern Baptist, and when I was young, I thought heaven sounded a bit dull. Hell, on the other hand, seemed like a really happening place.

Believe it or not, hell is mentioned very rarely in the Bible, so I turned to the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha for my angelology and demonology. When early Jews and Christians were compiling the libraries for their religious treatises ... [READ MORE]

And don't forget! You've got three different places where you can put your name (or flash fiction) in the hat to win a copy of MISERERE:
  1. At Brenda Drake's blog where you can win a copy of MISERERE by commenting;
  2. At the Night-Bazaar this week, you can comment for a chance to win; and
  3. RIGHT HERE, where your super writing skills can win all kinds of cool prizes including a query critique or a 25 or 50 page critique from my rock-star agent Weronika Janczuk!

sources on exorcism and demons

I've just compiled a nice bibliography for my agent on exorcism. Just in case you're interested, here are a few books that I consulted (and enjoyed reading) while I worked on Rachael's possession and subsequent exorcism. I'm not going to talk a lot about it here, because of some upcoming blog interviews, but maybe later.

If you're interested, that is.

Here are a few of the books I used:

Armando Maggi, Satan’s Rhetoric: A Study of Renaissance Demonology (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Charles Stewart, Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991).

Graham H. Twelftree, In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism Among Early Christians (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).

Graham H. Twelftree, Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature & Testaments (New York: Doubleday, 1983).

James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Expansions of the “Old Testament” and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works (New York: Doubleday, 1983).

Jeffrey Burton Russell, The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977).

William Whiston, trans., The Works of Josephus (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1987).