The strange thing about being ahead of the curve is that sometimes pop culture catches up with you. My particular curse is to be unable to get anyone to listen to me before my “avant-garde” work becomes mainstream. Oh, well.
This tale, Die with Me, was written in late 1996—well before there was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show or a vampire named “Angel.”
My Angel, if I recall correctly, was named for the sociopath character on the Rockford Files TV show. There are plenty of name homages in the Frost stories—both in characters and places—and this is just one. One that, as it happens, now shares a name with a vastly more famous vampire character.
However, despite the new popularity of the name Angel, I’m stubborn enough to want to keep the name Angel for this particular vampire. The characters are obviously very different from each other, anyway.
I’m sure there will be more coincidences in the future.
Of course, if there is to be a future for this series, I need readers. Tell your friends. Get them to buy the books, too.
And, if you feel like dropping me a note about this, or any of the other Frost books, please check out my literary web site:
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Thanks again for your support.
—Steve Sullivan, Halloween 1999
Book Revised 10/28/99
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
More than twenty years after I wrote the previous notes (and this book, for that matter), I’m not sure how many people today remember the TV vampire Angel, though I know that comic books have kept that series (and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) alive, to some extent.
But because of the passage of time, I’m far less concerned with people mistaking my character for the TV one. Though, who knows? By the time this sees publication, maybe another character with the name Angel will be dominating the public imagination.
I can tell you one thing, though, it ain’t gonna be twenty years from the time I write this until I get it out to the public again!
With any luck, this tale of art, love, and vampirism will be available for purchase well before Halloween, 2020. Assuming the pandemic doesn’t somehow spoil the best laid plans of authors and artists. (I’ve got my fingers crossed, and probably you do, too.)
Anyway, reading and doing slight edits and revisions on this book was fun for me.
Like the first Frost Harrow novel, this is one I started to rewrite, to bring it into the modern era. But, happily, just like Tony in the story, I came to my senses and decided to let the past be the past and the future be the future.
Which means that with any luck, I’ll be moving on to a similar edit/polish of Frost Harrow 3, and then 4, and on through 6, when—if I’m even luckier—I may be able to get back to writing new Frost stories, and maybe wrapping up some of the planned three-year continuity that I dreamed up so many years ago.
Wish me luck.
And be true to yourselves.
— Steve Sullivan
End of May 2020