Monday, September 28, 2009

Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum

Vampire Haiku
by Ryan Mecum

Published: August 2009
Genre: Vampires
Paperback: 144 pages
Rating: 5

Inspiration: my R.I.P. challenge and Helluva Halloween challenge

Description from amazon:
You hold in your hands a recently discovered poetry journal - the poetry journal of a vampire. William Butten was en route to a new land on the Mayflower when he was turned into a vampire by a fellow passenger, a beautiful woman named Katherine. 

These pages contain his heartbreaking story - the story of a vampire who has lived through (and perhaps caused) some of America’s defining events. As he travels the country and as centuries pass, he searches for his lost love and records his adventures and misadventures using the form of poetry known as haiku. 

As Butten documents bloody wars, a certain tea party in Boston, living the high life during the Great Depression, two Woodstock festivals, the corruption of Emily Dickinson, and hanging out with Davy Crockett, he keeps to the classic 5-7-5 syllable structure of haiku. The resulting poems are hilarious, repulsive, oddly romantic, and bizarre.

Read along, and you just may find a new appreciation for - and insight into - various events in American history. And blood.

My thoughts:
In-a-word: everlasting love

I enjoyed this one as much as Zombie Haiku (my review). However, I found it to be more on a serious note with more drama and vampire romance.

It is impressive to see a bunch of haiku pulled together to create a full-length story. The American historical event tie-ins were fun - kinda Forest Gumpy.

In the glassy sea,
she, I, and the moon reflect.
Hers is a bit... off.
- page 5


  1. I've always enjoyed this medium of story-telling, there are a lot of Japanese books out there that are formed by connecting haiku and tanka verses together into one narrative.

    That said--this looked so cool in the bookstore!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this book as much as the one dedicated to zombies...I have a friend from church bringing me that one next week. Should be amazing. Oh, and I'm also going to see Zombieland on Friday. The obsession continues...

  3. Wow! Sounds interesting. I love haiku (though I suck at it). I love vampires. I love zombies. Mixing one with the other? Brilliant!

  4. Wow! Sounds awesome! I loved the sound of Zombie Haiku, and this one sounds equally as good! Great review!

  5. I saw this at Barnes and Noble and was so tempted to pick it up! I think I will now!

  6. I was wondering if I should read this one, because the haiku just seemed so perfectly suited to the zombies (short, stilted), and I wasn't sure how it would work with vamps, or if it would just seem gimicky.
    I think I'm going to give it a try, though, if I can get my hands on a copy.
    Nice review.


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