My vampire novel was inspired by a scene in a meditation book.
October 30th, 2022
An engineer attempts to write a sex scene. Hilarity ensues.
May 1st, 2021
Death threats from offended Buddhists
Buddhists who issue death threats, when they feel that their religion is insulted, don't seem very Buddhist. Imitating Islamic fundamentalists?
May 3rd, 2015
The Secular Buddhist: Halloween podcast
Ted Meissner of The Secular Buddhist and I discuss Buddhism for Vampires in an audio podcast recording.
October 30th, 2011
Disgust and horror are part of the appeal of vampire fiction. But some readers like more than others.
May 28th, 2011
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September 18th, 2010
A worthwhile story produces a shudder, or visceral feeling-reaction; these are valuable ethical resources, according to Will Buckingham.
September 17th, 2010
Parts of The Vetali's Gift are told as stories nested within stories. This is a timed-honored fictional technique.
September 12th, 2010
The Vetali's Gift is a stream in the Sea of Stories -- which began with the Twenty-Five Vampire Tales.
September 10th, 2010
Stories of the vampire, stories of the sea
The 25 Tales of the Vampire is the earliest known vampire story, the earliest known story-within-a-story, and the basis for key works of Western literature.
September 9th, 2010
Buddhism, fictional and historical
Various sorts of "Buddhism" appear in The Vetali's Gift. None corresponds exactly to any historical Buddhism, but they are based on actual Buddhist traditions.
August 1st, 2010
According to folk Buddhism, karma is enforced by an incompetent police-state bureaucracy headed by Lord Yama, judge of the dead.
May 27th, 2010
The "Buddhism for Vampires" metablog comments on the site itself -- especially the novel "The Vetali's Gift".
May 8th, 2010