Spotlight: Interview With A Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred

“Interview with a Jewish Vampire turns vampire lore on its head, proving that not all vampires are young and beautiful and it IS possible to be undead and kosher.”

Blurb for Interview With A Jewish Vampire:

The last thing 40ish Rhoda Ginsberg expected when she signed up for Jdate was to fall for a Jewish vampire. But when she meets gorgeous but undead Sheldon, a former Hasidic rabbi, she rationalizes that he may be not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish. In a wild romp that ranges from New York City to Century Village, Florida, they conspire to turn a bunch of little old Jewish ladies into vampires, who then “go rogue” and prey on the young.

About the Author:

Erica Manfred is a freelance journalist, humorous essayist, and author. Her most recent book is the novel, Interview with a Jewish Vampire. She’s also authored two non-fiction self-help books, including most recently He’s History You’re Not; Surviving Divorce After Forty. Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Magazine, Ms., New Age Journal, Village Voice, Woman’s Day, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications. Erica lives in Woodstock, New York with her Chihuahua, Shadow, and her daughter, Freda. Brought up by Jewish parents who spoke Yiddish but avoided religion, she got her Jewish education at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which welcomes Jews from all backgrounds, from atheist to Orthodox, to vampire. Her website is http://www.ericamanfred.com, or visit http://www.jewishvampire.com

Excerpt for Interview With A Jewish Vampire:

“I would like to tell the story of my life.” He leaned forward and gave me such an intense look I had to turn away. “Would you be willing to interview me?”

No, I wasn’t interested in the story of his life. I was interested in getting to know him in a more biblical sense. I figured he was just another narcissistic celebrity wannabe. As a writer I was constantly getting hit on–not by attractive men–but by people who thought their lives were so fascinating they would make surefire bestseller material. All they thought they needed was a writer to tell their story which, of course, I would be thrilled to do on spec because they didn’t have any money. None of them realized that writers are not charitable institutions.

“You will want to write my story,” he said urgently, “You’ve never heard anything like it before. It will make you rich and famous.”

“Sure, sure. So what’s so special about your story?” I asked wearily, disappointed that he was only interested in my writing skills, not my body.

“I’m a vampire,” he said matter-of-factly.

“Sure, and I’m the Queen of the Damned.”

“What will convince you?” he asked.

“Hmm. Hold on a minute,” I said, playing along. I dragged a cross out of my purse, which I happened to have because I’d visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral with my niece earlier that day and got one for free. I held it up in front of him.

“I’m a Jewish vampire. Doesn’t do a thing for me.”

“How about a Jewish star?”

“Don’t be silly, only Christians are afraid of the devil.”

I dragged out a mirror and held it in front of his face. No reflection. He said Ah and the mirror didn’t fog up. When he opened his mouth I saw that his long incisors were, in fact, fangs. I shrank back, not thrilled about the notion of becoming dinner.

Erica, this sounds like a fun read for the Halloween season!

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15 Responses to Spotlight: Interview With A Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred

  1. Ha, I’ve already picked up this book. Can’t wait to read it now. :)

  2. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! sounds fun!

  3. Cera duBois says:

    LOL!!! Love it! Congrats on your release and good luck!

  4. Hi, Erica. I read your book a few weeks ago and loved it. It was really funny and it was obvious that you really thought through your vampire universe carefully. Good work and best wishes!

  5. D'Ann Lindun says:

    Funny stuff. I’m not Jewish, but it sounded hilarious!

  6. Sharon Cullen says:

    This sounds hilarious! And I love this line–> she rationalizes that he may be not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish

  7. Humerous premise, great excerpt. I want to read this.

  8. Lindsay says:

    This sounds like a fun(ny) read.

  9. ‘he may not be alive but at least he’s Jewish’ – ROFL!! Love the premise of this one, good luck with the book, Erica. And, Jenna, thanks for another fun interview!

  10. Cait says:

    Hey Erica, lovely to ‘meet’ you! Interview with a Jewish Vampire sounds like great fun. Good luck with it!

  11. caseamajor says:

    OMG! That is hilarious! Right up my reading alley. Thanks for sharing.

  12. sue says:

    I fell off my chair but I’m ok – I’m Jewish…. Don’t think anyone has done Jewish vampire…tell me how does the kosher bit work??

    • Keri Peardon says:

      Glad to see I’m not the only person playing around with Jewish vampires!

      @Sue: I don’t know how Ms. Manfred deals with blood and kosher (I plan on reading the book, though!), but there’s no alternative to blood for my vampires. Some of them are secular, and some specifically stick to the liberal denominations, which are relaxed when it comes to keeping kosher. One of the main characters, though, considers himself Orthodox, and he and another character get into a deep theological discussion about in the second book. Joshua’s view is that drinking blood is a necessity for their life, and since, legally, preserving life takes precedence over keeping kosher, drinking blood is allowed for them.

      I didn’t intend to, but my vampires ended up becoming a metaphor for the modern struggle to define Jewishness.

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