Fiction Archive | 6/4/2010
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How to Host a Vampire Party
A Nocturne Bonus

Do you know someone who can’t get enough of vampires, especially moody teenaged vampires? Perhaps you can’t get enough of them yourself?

Then you and your friends and family aren’t going to want to miss our latest novel for young readers, Nocturne by L.D. Harkrader. Nocturne tells the story of Flannery Lane, niece to Wicker Street’s most powerful wizard. When her uncle falls ill with a strange curse, Flan finds herself drawn into an alliance with a handsome young vampire hunter and along the way discovers a secret that turns everything she thought she knew about herself upside down. One part adventurous mystery, one part charming romance, we guarantee this book will suck you in from the very first page!

In honor of Nocturne's release this June, we’re throwing a vampire party. And you’re invited . . . to throw a party too! Here’s everything you need to get started.

The Invitation

Vampires don’t ask for RSVPs. They simply assume their invited guests would never be foolish enough to turn down an invitation to their lair. You should expect no less of your guests. Feel free to demand hostess gifts. After all, that’s just what a vampire would do.

You Are Commanded to Attend
A Celebration of the Novel Nocturne
Tomorrow Evening, WotC Castle
Arrive Promptly at Sundown
Gifts Required
No Excuses

The Menu

Blood red’s the theme for this dinner menu. If you prefer to serve only drinks and snacks, offer pitchers of vampire kiss cocktails (cranberry juice mixed with seltzer), trays of chocolate covered strawberries, baskets of chips with red hot salsa, and red velvet cupcakes for dessert.

First Course
Chilled Blood Red Confit
A tart and sweet tomato soup served extremely cold.

Second Course
Filet Mignon Strahd
“Selected” by your host, this tender cut of beef is served lightly braised, with the juices flowing.

Roasted Beets, Red Pepper Sauce

Bat Bundt Cake
A red velvet cake baked in the shape of a bat, and slathered with creamy chocolate frosting.


Vampires hate bright lights! Keep the lights dim and the curtains drawn. String Christmas tree lights around the room for a moody ambiance. And of course, cover the mirrors, just in case a real vampire shows up to your soiree. Cover your tables in blood red linen tablecloths and serve your food in your finest of china and crystal, because vampires insist on the finest in everything.


If your guests fail to arrive dressed in appropriately vampiric attire, set up a makeover station near the entrance of your party. Give them vampire makeovers using pale face powder, red lipstick, and fake fangs.


Recruit a crew of especially vampire-like guests to serve as your literary hosts for the evening. Set them up in a corner and command them to read aloud the best passages from your favorite vampire novels, including Nocturne by L.D. Harkrader of course! Or try any of these ideas, based on the age of your party guests: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, or Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley for adults and teens; My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer, or Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer for middle-grade readers, and A Practical Guide to Vampires by Lisa Trumbauer for all ages.

Play Vampire Kisses. When your guests enter, whisper in the ear of one of them that they will be the vampire for a game you’re playing later in the evening. When it’s time to play the game, turn out the lights. The vampire then should touch someone on the neck. This person falls to the ground. The vampire subtly moves three steps away from its victim. When the lights turn back on, everyone must guess who was the vampire. If no one guesses right, turn the lights out again, and continue playing until the vampire is caught. For more great vampire games, check out A Practical Guide to Vampires.