What I’ll Be Watching: BBC America’s Demons



A contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Demons witnesses the rise of the dark underworld of half-lives, monsters and in-humans that lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London. From the writers of Hex and Merlin, Demons stars Philip Glenister as the straight-talking American Rupert Galvin mandated to inspire the last descendent of Van Helsing to join forces and commit to living a double life – before he is assassinated. Demons premieres Saturday, January 2, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on BBC AMERICA. The following episodes will premiere Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

On the surface Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) is every bit the average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father’s best friend Rupert Galvin (Glenister), Luke’s life is about to change. Galvin has come to inform Luke that his father’s death fifteen years ago wasn’t an accident and he holds a secret destiny as the real-life great-great grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Now Luke must lift the family mantle as a warrior against the supernatural entities behind every myth and legend from vampires to werewolves while maintaining an ordinary life of school exams, parties, driving tests and keeping it all from his mother.

To train Luke in his quest, Galvin calls on the beautiful but icy cold Mina Harker (Zoe Tapper), a blind concert pianist with a history – who is also the foremost authority on the undesirable entities preying on humanity. The sinister and mouldering Father Simeon (Richard Wilson) is Luke’s other counsellor on the lore and myth behind the creatures he faces.


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For London Fans: Being Human Screening Giveaway

BBC3 is offering a ticket giveaway to an exclusive screening of episode one of the new series of Being Human!

An exclusive screening of episode one of the new series of Being Human is being organized… and YOU could be there!

Aidan Turner who plays Mitchell (the vampire) has recorded a special video message about it for the Being Human blog (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blog/beinghuman) which you can check out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpyPGUdur-k

The screening will take place at a London cinema on the evening of January 7th, 2010 and BBC Three is giving away free tickets to the fans, to claim on a first-come-first-served basis.

The tickets will be available from 10am on Thursday 10th December – just head to www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

This will be, without doubt, the hottest Being Human event of the year. Those who manage to get their hands on a pair of tickets (yes, you even get to bring a friend) will get to see episode one of the new series before it’s released on TV. And there might even be a few ‘special guests’ to surprise you on the evening.

But hold your horses because they’re not letting go of these tickets just yet… you’ll have to wait until Thursday 10am to get them.

Get excited BH fans, because it doesn’t get much better than this…

Join the official fan page for the latest news and updates!

This American, Being Human fan is jealous that she can’t be there!

Book Giveaway: Werewolf Smackdown

Courtesy of Eos Books, I have an extra ARC of Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 1. I’ll draw names on January 2, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book Giveaway: Malice

On behalf of Scholastic, I have a giveaway copy of the new graphic novel Malice by Chris Wooding for five (5) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US residents only (no PO Boxes, please). To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends December 26. I’ll draw names and notify winners via email.

Good luck!


Everyone’s heard the rumors. Call on Tall Jake and he’ll take you to Malice, a world that exists inside a terrifying comic book. A place most kids never leave.

Seth and Kady think it’s all a silly myth. But then their friend disappears, and suddenly the rumors don’t seem so silly anymore…

Part thriller, part ground-breaking graphic novel … get into this story, and you may never get out!

Chris Wooding is a British writer born in Leicester, England and now living in London. His first book, Crashing, which he wrote at the age of nineteen, was published in 1998 when he was twenty-one. Since then he has written many more, including The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Silver Award, and Poison, which won the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year. He is also the author of two different series: Broken Sky, an anime-influenced fantasy serial for children, and Braided Path, a fantasy trilogy for adults.

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Book Review: Torn


Torn, by Julie Kenner, is the second novel in the Blood Lily Chronicles.

Lily has been betrayed by her mentor and has been working for evil instead of good. Now, she knows the truth and decides to team up with Deacon, a fallen angel trying to redeem himself. In order to stop evil forces from opening up more doors to the underworld, Lily must find the keys and destroy them.

Lily is faced with even harder decisions this time around. Her sister has been possessed by the demon she hates most in the world. And the only way to rid of him is to give him the artifacts. But if she does that, she’s endangering the entire world. And when paired with a demon-hunting partner, Lily is unsure which side the young woman has chosen.

With more surprises in store and so many enemies, I’m not sure how the next book will be able to wrap up everything by the end. Fast-paced and just as suspenseful as the previous, Torn is a fantastic adventure with a big ending. Many “middle” books in trilogies are just fillers and leave something to be desired. But I was pleasantly surprised that Torn is a strong and solid story in its own right. The final book in the trilogy, Turned, will be released this December.

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