Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
A People's History of the Vampire Uprising
A People's History of the Vampire Uprising: A Novel | Raymond A. Villareal
46 posts | 33 read | 108 to read
A virus that turns people into something somehow more than human quickly sweeps the world, upending society as we know it. This panoramic thriller begins with one small mystery. The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, walks out of the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it's a bizarre medical mystery. More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that solidifies their blood, are brought to the morgue, and disappear. In a futile game of catch-up, the CDC, the FBI, and the US government must come to terms with what they're too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world. Impossibly strong, smart, poised, beautiful, and commanding, these vampires reject the term as derogatory, preferring the euphemistic "gloamings." They quickly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society: sports, entertainment, and business. Soon people are begging to be 're-created,' willing to accept the risk of death if their bodies can't handle the transformation. The stakes change yet again when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, decides to do what none of his kind has done before: run for political office. This sweeping yet deeply intimate fictional oral history--told from the perspectives of several players on all sides of the titular vampire uprising--is a genre-bending, shocking, immersive and subversive debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
johncadams
post image

A People‘s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A Villareal is a great postmodern horror novel. To find out more, read my review!

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/a-people-s-history-of-the-vampire-...

#JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #vampire #fridayfrighteners #review #reviews #book #books #bookreviews #bookreview #horror #vampires

review
TrishB
post image
Pickpick

A good read if you like vampire stories! These aren‘t the openly evil we‘ll kill you all vampires. Instead they‘re doing it off page, whilst infiltrating the top tiers of society to try and take control. Really interesting approach.

Centique Sounds like one I should try! 6mo
TrishB @Centique give it a go 😁 6mo
bthegood sound like a different approach to the story - stacked - thx for the review 🙂 6mo
82 likes3 stack adds3 comments
blurb
TrishB
post image

#currentreading
I think it was Scott that mentioned this one and made me buy it! 😉
Took a day‘s leave today because it‘s been one of those weeks (like 4 days =4 weeks) and I needed a break. Hoping to just read.

Cinfhen Enjoy your day!!! A long weekend sounds fantastic 😘 6mo
Cathythoughts Oh brilliant! Enjoy your day off 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
Balibee146 Hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing day and long weekend x 6mo
See All 10 Comments
batsy It's such a great title! Enjoy your time off and hope you get lots of relaxation in! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Enjoy! 6mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Balibee146 @batsy @MicheleinPhilly I‘m definitely having a do nothing day! 6mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely relaxing day! 6mo
vivastory I'll be interested to see what you think. I thought it was an unusual take on vampires. 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain 😘 I did, definitely needed! 6mo
TrishB @vivastory I‘m really enjoying it- nearly finished yesterday but sleep won! 6mo
68 likes10 comments
blurb
TrishB
post image

#bookmail
Top one is for my last one in #booked2021 #frenemies
The bottom 2 I brought with a birthday gift from @eanderson thank you Elisabeth 😘 they‘re very different but both have appealed to me recently!

squirrelbrain Lovely! 💕 1y
Reggie That‘s the second time Ive seen the Vampire uprising mentioned this week. It‘s a sign. Nice haul. 1y
TrishB @Reggie I love a good vampire read and had never heard of this until @vivastory posted about it. 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain like I definitely needed more books! 1y
vivastory I hope that you like People's History! I've been thinking about rereading it 1y
76 likes5 comments
blurb
johncadams
post image
blurb
vivastory
post image

Day 20 of #21DaysofHorror
Today was by far the hardest day yet in terms of choosing what book to post. Since I started my daily posts 3 weeks ago I have known from the beginning what my final post will be, making today the last day that I can improvise if the mood strikes. I have always loved books that work with forms in interesting ways. One form that appeals to me is the oral biography: both fiction & nonfiction. In horror the oral bio is👇

vivastory a bit of an outlier, which is odd considering the success of World War Z. One of my favorites is Villareal's People's History of the Vampire Uprising. I read this shortly after publication 3 years ago & since then have been anticipating another book by Villareal. A CDC investigator is called to Arizona following the disappearance of a body from a morgue. This is the beginning of an epidemic that soon spreads to the rest of the world. (edited) 1y
vivastory This book went in a different direction than I expected & I loved it. A fresh take on vampires & a memorable entry into the slowly growing collection of horror oral biographies. (Image taken from Google Images) (edited) 1y
wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing. 👍🏻 1y
See All 7 Comments
vivastory @wanderinglynn I went into it not expecting a whole lot & was pleasantly surprised. 1y
Reggie Lol, I went to go look it up because I think I bought it after last time you mentioned it and there it is on my kindle….waiting. Hopefully soon. 1y
vivastory @Reggie I'll be curious to see what you think. There's another horror novel in the same format that I've heard great things about & hope to read soon (it's on my Kindle) 1y
Reggie Aww I‘ve only read Waking by the Moon by her and it was wonderful. I just stacked the one you mentioned. 1y
52 likes2 stack adds7 comments
blurb
bibliobard

Tagged book is my current read going into week 2 of #Scarathlon2021 and now it‘s time to post my totals:
🎃 Week One: 998
🎃Week Two: 267
💀Overall Total: 1265

Trying to power through some audiobooks over the next few weeks which will help. Go #TeamHendrix

StayCurious Excellent job! 1y
10 likes1 comment
blurb
johncadams
post image
blurb
johncadams
post image
blurb
johncadams
post image

“It isn't a surprise that the film rights have already been sold.“

A People‘s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A Villareal is a great postmodern horror novel. To find out more, read my review!

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/a-people-s-history-of-the-vampire-...

blurb
johncadams
post image

“Postmodern vampirism at its best?“

A People‘s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A Villareal is a great postmodern horror novel. To find out more, read my review!

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/a-people-s-history-of-the-vampire-...

#Vampire #Horror #RaymondAVillareal #postmodern #APeoplesHistoryoftheVampireUprising #JohnCAdamsReviews #FridayFrighteners #Novel #Review #Reviews #Bookreview

32 likes2 stack adds
review
MidnightBookGirl
post image
Pickpick

I liked this book, especially the audio performance, but the ending was a let down. So many things that seemed promised never occur. But, I was still drawn to each character's stories. I wish the narrative had also included a gloaming's pov... but obviously the book title would then have been a lie, lol.

47 likes1 stack add
review
Eggbeater
post image
Pickpick

I liked the unique focus on the legal quandaries that integrating vampire and human lives would incur. Some of this book was a little dry and lengthy, but overall, I thought it was an original spin on vampires and I was into it. The author made me care about the characters while keeping me at a distance from them, which I found skillful.

blurb
randalline
post image

So, I‘m brand new to the app and decided it‘s about time I post something! Sorry It‘s not the most aesthetically pleasing picture, lmao. I just got home from my first day at work and had some time to relax and read while it storms outside. I‘m not very far into this read, but I appreciate the quick and casual pace as it doesn‘t feel like there‘s been a sacrifice to the plot to achieve it. Anyway, happy reading!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
randalline @rather_be_reading thank u!!💛☺️ 3y
3 likes2 comments
blurb
Blair_Reads
post image

What better book for this dark and stormy night?? 👁

eri.reads My gosh that sounds fantastic! 🧛🏻‍♀️ 4y
Karkar The eye on this one freaks me out. 4y
48 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
danimgill
post image
Bailedbailed

I gave this a more than fair shot (150 pages) to capture my attention but it just plain didn‘t. A World War Z style history of a vampire outbreak should check a lot of boxes for me but this lacked suspense and felt disappointing.

review
annkuch13
post image
Pickpick

This is an alternate history telling of the vampire uprising reminiscent of World War Z. It mainly follows a CDC doctor who discovered the vampire virus, an FBI agent over vampire crimes, and a priest part of the Catholic resistance to the vamps. There's also fun parts following the political climate and vampire civil rights. Super interesting and really fun!

31 likes2 stack adds
blurb
annkuch13
post image

Does it still count as #litsypartyofone when it's actually me plus the three kitties? (Beru is sitting out of frame.)
#catsoflitsy

Stephaniereads1 I hope so cause mine are with me! 4y
CouronneDhiver What‘s a Litten without a cat? Lol 4y
annkuch13 @CouronneDhiver So true! Cats are a necessity. 😁 4y
61 likes3 comments
blurb
valeriegeary
post image

Started this last night. A random pick from the library's New Book Shelf. A fictional history of a vampire virus spreading across North America, told in a series of first person accounts, interviews, articles, and other documents. A la World War Z though not quite as suspenseful for some reason. 🤔

#24b4Monday clock is at 4 hours and 30 minutes.... And counting. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

BeansPage You're doing great sweetheart! And that book sounds really interesting to me for some reason. 🤔 4y
Andrew65 Well done ,those random books can always be the best.👍 4y
51 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
valeriegeary
post image

I was planning a trip to Seattle this weekend but that fell through. So I started planning my #24b4Monday stack.👆 Then got an invite to a friend's beach house. Not sure whether I'll go but I can at least get some reading in regardless. These books are due back in 10 days & I won't be able to renew but I'd like to flip through them, read as much as I can. Plus I have some unfinished business on my Kindle that needs finishing.

BeansPage Very nice. Just post whenever you can sweetheart no worries no stress 🤗 4y
Andrew65 Beach house, Reading - a difficult choice. Have fun with the Readathon. 😊👍 4y
70 likes3 comments
blurb
annkuch13
post image

Leia has been working on her disapproving glare to let me know that reading should not interfere with pets. #catsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱 4y
40 likes1 comment
review
vivastory
post image
Pickpick

I'm a sucker for a good oral history novel. Villarreal doesn't disappoint. His ability to inhabit each character & to present a variety of sources in convincing language is remarkable. Easily one of the smartest & original takes on vampires that I've read in awhile. I need the next one!

vivastory @rohit-sawant & @sprainedbrain I think you'd both love this! 4y
sprainedbrain Definitely adding this to my list. Thanks! 4y
rohit-sawant This sounds so good! Hoping to get to it soon! 4y
69 likes3 comments
blurb
ReadingSpoon

I tried...but after the first few chapters I was absolutely bored to tears.

review
Lauren.Archer
Pickpick

This book is in the same vain as World War Z and Sleeping Giants. Loved the style of this book and the take the author had on vampires. Recommend is you like the above reads.

71 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Lauren.Archer
post image

Catching up on some books where the Author is attending the Texas State Book Festival. I have bunch that I am going to try to get in since they were already on my shelf. Author discussions are so much better when you read the book.

Addison_Reads I'm planning to go to the TX State Book Festival too. 😁 It's 4 hrs for me, but if work doesn't mess with my schedule, I hope to be there. 4y
Bookishlie I‘m going to be there too!! Maybe we can do a meetup? 4y
93 likes6 stack adds2 comments
blurb
The.Intentional.Reader
post image

I‘m really enjoying this one. Basically follows the idea of what would happen if a Vampire virus became a real thing. Rather than everyone turning into blood sucking bats, instead it focuses on what this may look like as people try to live life in this new way and how those who don‘t deal with it. It is told through interviews and personal stories. Very inventive!

review
toofondofbooks
post image
Pickpick

Political and social satire that doesn't bring much new to the vampire genre. This is very World War Z-esque, just not as good. There were good things and bad. The author is a lawyer, so there was a bit of legal stuff I zoned out on, and the plot was lacking. I don't think it reached its potential, but is a good warning of the dangers of giving in politically to the 1%. A solid 3 stars. Good on audio as well.

blurb
Dwayne_Shugert
post image

Currently reading and sitting on my back porch...

3 likes1 stack add
review
brittanythebookdragon
post image
Pickpick

Loved this book so damn much. So well written and researched. If you like alternate history, READ THIS BOOK.

9 likes2 stack adds
blurb
thegirlwiththelibrarybag
post image

I‘ve been interested ever since I saw the cover...

114 likes5 stack adds
review
DGRachel
post image
Bailedbailed

July is off to a bad start. I‘ve given this book 145 pages and I‘m done. It‘s reminiscent of World War Z, but with vampires instead of zombies. The writing is tolerable, but I find myself bored and not really interested in how things played out. I checked other reviews to see if I should force myself to keep going and saw that apparently this is going to be a series. I definitely don‘t have the patience for a sequel. #unpopularopinion

QuietlyLaura Looks like Bailey doesn‘t care for the book either! ☺️ 5y
DGRachel @QuietlyLaura Bailey says “bail”. 😂😂 5y
TrishB 145 pages definitely enough to make your mind up! 5y
DGRachel @TrishB Thanks! I thought that was more than fair. 😊 5y
91 likes4 comments
review
Hooked_on_books
post image
Pickpick

A virus emerges which turns people into vampires, or “gloamings.” With a structure somewhat like World War Z, this book traces the spread of the gloaming virus into the population and the struggles to accept vampire-like people. This is not scary and not meant to be—it‘s more a societal commentary. I really enjoyed it.

Soubhiville What a strange cover! I‘ve seen a few folks post about it and wondered how it is. 5y
58 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Sara_Planz
post image

Beach book, sandy toes.

42 likes1 stack add
blurb
Sara_Planz
post image

Day two at the beach = book two at the beach.

50 likes5 stack adds
blurb
JPeterson
post image

Here we go! 2 hour road trip to a wedding. 🧛‍♀️

BekahB I almost picked that up this weekend but I already had a few books in my arms. I‘m interested to hear what you think of it! It made me think of World War Z. 5y
AmyG I‘m curious to hear how this is, too. 5y
BibliOphelia Also curious, and jealous that you can read in the car!! 5y
JPeterson @BekahB @AmyG @BibliOphelia I‘m about a quarter the way in, but am enjoying it so far! I‘ll keep you all updated. 😊 5y
BibliOphelia 👍😁 5y
86 likes7 stack adds5 comments
blurb
imabusybee
post image

Biting into this one tonight. 😂🤣😂

JoyBlue I see what you did there! 😜 5y
AprilC Ba dum tss!!! I hope it's creepy!! 😜 5y
72 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
JPeterson
post image

Here‘s to a lazy Saturday morning (well, technically afternoon...but when you‘ve only been awake for an hour 🤷‍♀️ 😉)

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s the epitome of a lazy morning! Sounds wonderful! 5y
Jess I just picked this up today. What do you think so far? 5y
JPeterson @Clare-Dragonfly It was exactly what was needed, and I plan on doing a repeat this morning. 😊 5y
JPeterson @Jess I started it without an expectations, and I am really enjoying it so far! 5y
76 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
toofondofbooks
post image

Anyone read this? I saw it at BAM tonight but didn't want to fork over 27 bucks for the hardback. Sounded interesting so maybe will pick it up from the library. Maybe a bit like World War Z?

blurb
McGonagall
post image

Super engaging so far, and I‘m only on pg 30! #arc

9 likes1 stack add
blurb
Zelma
post image

Here‘s the hallway I mentioned in my last post. So much fun browsing there! Mr. Z even enjoyed hanging out there for an hour.

51 likes1 comment
blurb
Zelma
post image

We went to Charleston last Fri. on a spur-of-the-moment trip. Only enough time for a few good meals and browsing at Blue Bicycle Books. What a cool store! This is the main room in front, but there is a lined hallway, a few rooms off the hallway, and a back storeroom full of cool books. Great collection of used and rare in great condition and fun organization interspersed with photos. I only got one book (tagged) but was super excited to find it.

cathysaid Heading there in July! Is this the one on Meeting Street? 5y
ValerieAndBooks I visited that bookstore too when we were in Charleston about 4 years ago 👍! I‘m sure you had a fun trip 😊 5y
Zelma @cathysaid yes, that‘s the one. Enjoy! 5y
Zelma @ValerieAndBooks too short a stay but fun. We were only there overnight and definitely want to go back. 5y
46 likes4 comments
review
Debiw781
post image
Pickpick

Yes, yes, and yes! This is the book as a vampire fan I‘ve been waiting for! Told in an #epistolary format similar to World War Z, this book describes the rise to power of the Gloaming (aka vampires). It‘s been a while since a vampire book hooked me (not counting rereads of classics like ‘Salem‘s Lot) and this one succeeded.

51 likes5 stack adds
blurb
McGonagall
post image

review
brittanythebookdragon
Pickpick

I loved this book so damn much! It was so well researched and thought out. I love how the plot lines came together. It was so easy to lose myself in this book and feel like it could so easily be part of history. Fucking fantastic!

4 likes1 stack add
review
FountainBookstore
post image
Pickpick

I will say that this book needs to state CLEARLY on the cover that it is the first of a series, because it does leave you completely hanging. Which is cool, because it's a great start to a new imagined world and I look forward to seeing where the next installment goes. I do hope it is not a year between books though.

This is kind of a cross between World War Z and True Blood but the humor is decidedly gallows (think tv's Gotham).

alanacristin Oh, nice! Sounds like my cup of tea! 5y
22 likes14 stack adds1 comment
blurb
FountainBookstore
post image

LOVING this so far! Most I've read in one sitting in ages! Yum! 💉

Mightayz Hey, can you give me a brief review on what to expect...? 5y
FountainBookstore Hey @Mightayz I did a review on it. Click on the title. See if my review is enough info. If not, ping me back. It comes out in June 2018. I don‘t think I put that in the review. 5y
Mightayz Ooo, just saw. Sounds different. Definetely giving it a look when its released in aus 5y
See All 14 Comments
FountainBookstore @Mightayz They change the names a lot when sold to other countries, I'm sure you know. I'd search by author. Hope you like it! 5y
Mightayz Im from Aus so they might keep it the same; however, thats always a good idea! Thanks 5y
FountainBookstore @Mightayz I remember recommending a Rick Bragg book years ago to a U.K. friend who said they couldn't find it at home. There it was called "Redbirds". Here it is called 5y
FountainBookstore @Mightayz of course, that was in the dark ages before the internet. 5y
Mightayz @FountainBookstore ahaha true. I mean, in some countries it's harry potter and the sorcerer's stone, rather than philosophers stone...where are you from? 5y
FountainBookstore @Mightayz I should put that in my profile, right? I'm in Richmond, Virginia USA 5y
Mightayz Hahaha probs, im on the same boat 5y
Mightayz @FountainBookstore cool, does it have a "country" feel down there? 5y
FountainBookstore Not really. It's a medium sized very Southern city with about 1.2 million in the metro region. https://www.google.com/search?q=metro+richmond+population&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=e... Diverse population. Great food scene. Relaxed pace of living, but still a city. 5y
FountainBookstore @Mightayz ugh. Broken link. This one is shorter and more for visitors. http://www.venturerichmond.com/ 5y
Mightayz @FountainBookstore nice, seems pleasent. Im from Sydney so thats pretty different from the relaxed pace you speak of :L 5y
23 likes2 stack adds14 comments