It started a couple of months ago, a Literary Vampire Remix Writing Contest created by GalleyCat. Writers had the opportunity to participate in this “cooperative” effort to put a new twist on an old vampire classic, being assigned a page of the book to rewrite in whatever style they wished: poetry, a song lyric, freeform, whatever.
The end product has now been compiled, edited, and is free for download on Smashwords. My page was 156. Download the original, and then try the remix!
We are proud to unveil Varney the Vampire: A Literary Remix, a free digital book featuring the work of GalleyCat readers. We used Smashwords to publish the final product, and you can download a free copy in all major eBook formats.
Here’s more about the book: “A crew of dedicated GalleyCat readers remixed a single page from Varney the Vampire-a bestselling vampire novel from the 19th Century filled with enough star-crossed romance, vampire action and purple prose to inspire another Twilight trilogy.”
At Smashwords: “In the fall of 2012, GalleyCat hosted a writing contest to celebrate Mediabistro’s Media App Summit.
Illustrating the Media App Summit’s spirit of digital innovation, a crew of dedicated writers remixed a single page from Varney the Vampire-a bestselling vampire novel from the 19th Century filled with enough star-crossed romance, vampire action and purple prose to inspire another Twilight trilogy.
More than one hundred and sixty years after the novel was published, these readers found new ways to tell the melodramatic vampire story. They rewrote the pages in their unique style, from poetry to Twitter updates to illustrations to Facebook accounts to imitations of great writers.”