The Inimitable Lois Gresh

Blood and Ice, the novel from bestselling author Lois Gresh launched this past January and since then the book has received strong praise. Although enjoying the enthusiasm of its reception, Lois has continued to show her industry by overseeing the launch of a collection of her short fiction from Chaosium and is in the process of editing an anthology for Arkham House.
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ESP cornered her to discuss Blood and Ice and to give readers some insight into this amazing woman.
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Stewart Sternberg: Blood and Ice is a vampire novel, sort of, but you tend to find ways to freshen fading tropes. Why is this novel different? This isn’t the sort of vampire one finds running around paranormal romance or urban fantasy novels, is it?

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Lois Gresh-Blood and Ice combines weird science fiction and vampires. The actual vampires are microscopic bits of ice that can assemble into shapes, but only after they’ve learned that blood provides the required sustenance.  At first, they exist as ice in Antarctica, and they don’t drink blood at all. They learn this practice from early explorers such as Wilson and Scott.  The book gives new ice-vampiric interpretations to early Antarctic expeditions.
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A secondary plot involves a young girl, Chloe Desmerais, from a small village in the Pyrenees.  She escapes from an abusive home and finds herself in the clutches of something that may be worse than what she left behind.
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SS- These are compelling characters. The science if a nice twist, but the characters make the novel.  Blood and Ice. That wasn’t the original title, was it? What’s the story behind that?
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LG– You would ask that question, Stewart! I originally called the book Icy Pricks. William Jones said we couldn’t call it that because of the connotation. Well, I hadn’t thought of that!  I was just thinking that my vampires were icy pricks because (a) they were made of ice, and (b) they were real jerks!  To get my title Icy Pricks in there anyway, I sprinkled the phrase throughout the book — not too much, but enough to make sure William would pick up on it and have a good laugh. (And now, thanks to you, Stewart, I get to use the phrase Icy Pricks again.)
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SS-You’ve just had this novel launch, you have a short story collection coming out through Chaosium, and for you’re editing an anthology for Arkham House. Busy woman. Are you intending a sequel to Blood and Ice? What kind of other projects are we expecting from you?
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LG-At this time, I’m proofreading Eldritch Evolutions, the collection from Chaosium – look for it in March, 2011.  And yes, I’m editing an anthology for Arkham House.  (Guidelines are on my blog – http://loisgresh.blogspot.com)  I’m also writing the novel Deadly Dimensions, which should be released by Arkham at the end of 2011.  In addition, I’m writing an untitled book for St. Martin’s Press that will be released either late in 2011 or very early in 2012.
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SS– When do you sleep? That’s a lot of work. If they were going to do a film entitled The Lois Gresh Story what actress would have the lead role? And could I do a cameo?
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LG– A film about my life could permanently mangle people’s minds.  You may want to do some test showings in select theaters – do they have a theater in Arkham Asylum?
.Stewart Sternberg ("The Ravening") and Lois Gresh ("Blood and Ice") at a recent book signing
[pictured Stewart Sternberg(The Ravening) and Lois Gresh(Blood and Ice) at a recent book signing]
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SS-Forget your usual modesty, why should someone run out now and pick up Blood and Ice? Sell it in a Haiku.
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LG-This isn’t a Haiku, but how about this one?
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Icy Pricks
call them Blood and Ice
but they’re
really
Icy Pricks
or
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Icy Pricks descend
and thrust nip and dip blood is
a lost snow angel
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I mean…
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Blood and Ice a great
book that you must read now and
Frost on lime-lit pane

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