Abigail Rath Versus Blood Sucking Fiends

This is what I’ve been doing, and will continue doing until I am done with the first floppy unwieldy first draft, and consequently NaNoWriMo. I hope to get another entry in of The Standard Bearer this week, as well as a comparison of the worst of DC’s new 52, with a better DC new 52. But this must come first.

Anyway, to show you I haven’t been asleep at the wheel, in spite of the magic of Lortab, I give you a little of Abigail Rath Versus Blood Sucking Fiends.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


“He’s sparkling,” said Marty. Her eyes were wide, like an anime girl’s, or a bad puppy painting.

“Yeah, he is,” I said.

“Just like Angus Von Trapp,” Marty sighed.

Angus Von Trapp, for those of you who aren’t a girl, and are not aware of the middle school sweeping phenomena, is the hero of a popular series of novels, Dusk. Dusk is the captivating, yet mushy story of a girl who is caught in a love triangle between Angus Von Trapp, a sexy stalkery vampire who breaks every rule of vampire behavior. He’s out in the daylight, and he doesn’t turn all corpsy under the right circumstances. For all intents and purposes, he could be a superhero or an elf or something.

The other part of the triangle is Duke No Last Name, who is a native-American type werewolf ironically named after John Wayne, whoever he was. Duke never eats raw meat and doesn’t get blood on his maw. He’s never out of control. And he always runs around with his shirt off.

This kind of fiction is entirely irresponsible. It gives girls absolutely the wrong view of what monsters are like. They are scary, horrible, nasty creatures who would rather eat you than date you. I sometimes wonder if monsters are putting out these books to get a free meal. Because frankly, that’s what’s happening.

Although I don’t think too much of the intelligence level of the average kid my age if they buy this. I mean, the information to counter it is out there. Anyone can watch my dad’s movies, or anyone can read back issues of Fangoria or Famous Monsters of Film Land, which are two of the finest magazines for people who want to be alert to the supernatural world.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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