Dynamite Launches New Prose Book Line With Vampirella & Shaft
by James Ferguson
Dynamite is expanding into more than just comics, coins, and cards. The publisher has announced a new imprint, Dynamite Books, with prose novels based on its characters. The first book announced as part of this is Vampirella: Blood Invasion, written by Nancy A. Collins. You don’t have to wait for this as the book is available right now in print, e-book, and audiobook.
It’s nice returning to Vampi. The book is my own take on the 1950s invaders from outer space trope. To paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘Those reading this book and expecting hard science fiction shall be shot with a ray gun.
Vampirella: Blood Invasion follows the title character as she’s left her planet of Drakulon in search of another source of blood for her people to survive. Years later, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. At first she’s thrilled to see her people, but then Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for Earth. She must choose between her own kind and her adopted home. She’s joined by her partner Pantha and a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch, and Doctor Frankenstein.
Joining Vampirella: Blood Invasion is an audiobook version of Shaft: The Original Novel. Dynamite had reprinted this back in 2016 and now Will Dixon lends his voice to the character of John Shaft, bringing this story to life.
Dynamite Books Editor Dan Wickline says:
Dynamite has so many amazing characters that lend themselves perfectly to prose novels and we have a ton of great stories in the works that should get readers really excited for the new line. We’re fortunate to launch with the work of the incredible Nancy Collins and two of the most iconic figures of the last half-century.
Both Vampirella: Blood Invasion and Shaft: The Original Novel are available now. More Dynamite Books announcements are expected in the near future.