A “Requiem” for an Author – Times News Online
He’s still a vampire in the world, and he’s coming to Lehigh Valley.
At least that’s the case in Larry L. Deibert’s book, “Requiem for a Vampire” (290 pp.; $ 15, print; $ 3.99, digital; 2021).
Deibert signed a book for “Requiem for a Vampire,” July 3, 1 pm to 3 pm, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
“Requiem for a Vampire” begins with a trip to New York City in the 1840s and ends in the Lehigh Valley.
The horror novel, which contains gothic, erotic and romantic elements, is full of action and many characters are victims and fighters of evil.
Deibert has visited the genre before in his “The Christmas City Vampire”, “Werewolves In The Christmas City” and “Witches, Werewolves and Walter”.
As you can see from the titles, his monsters know the Lehigh Valley well.
The Christmas City series includes a short story, “The Christmas City Angel”, giving the other side some equal time.
“Vampires come and go,” Deibert says.
Vampires have had varying levels of popularity at different times. Although they never die, of course.
Vampires were energized by the Hollywood monster movies of the 1903s; TV shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dark Shadows” and the “Twilight” novel series.
Deibert, an Army Military Police Vietnam War veteran, was a fan of “Dark Shadows,” which gained popularity after vampire Barnabas Collins became a character.
“I was upset when I was in the service because I couldn’t see it.
“My sister wrote letters to me, giving a capsule version of the episodes,” Deibert said in a telephone interview.
In “Requiem”, the vampire is a woman.
“I have strong female characters,” he says. ” I do not know why. My feminine side comes out when I write, where my muse is a woman. I just write down whatever my brain tells me to write.
“Requiem for a Vampire” was originally published by Mundania Press in 2007 at the start of Deibert’s writing career. He came to think that the book could have been better, so he rewrote it.
He changed the name of his main vampire, claiming that the original, Lani Jorgenson, “looked like a Hawaiian-German bartender.”
“I got the publishing rights back, except for the cover. But I couldn’t find the original manuscript disk, and the publisher didn’t have one. I got it from my daughter.
He dictated the manuscript on his computer using word recognition software, although it didn’t work perfectly.
“The Dutch in Pennsylvania talk a lot,” he says. “I read a few pages and edited them. It took May through September to dictate the entire manuscript.
Deibert, who retired from the United States Postal Service and previously worked for Mack Trucks, Inc., lives with his wife, Peggy, in Hellertown.
He has written 15 books in the horror, paranormal, fantasy, military romance, children’s Christmas, and time travel genres.
His first novel, “95 Bravo”, incorporated memories of his experience as a soldier in Vietnam. He also rewrote this novel, changing the title to “Combat Boots Dainty Feet”.
Deibert says he tends to write in spurts, sometimes quickly. At one point, it faced a drought lasting several years. “Nothing came to me,” he says. His generational novel, “Family”, took him five years to write.
The sets of his fiction are often in fields that he knows well. On one of their annual trips to North Carolina, he and his wife visited a battleship at a reportedly haunted North Carolina museum. He then found out that the place they were staying was also believed to have ghosts. This inspired his “Fathoms: A Novel of the Paranormal”.
Once, in her old part-time delivery job, a little girl looked up at bearded Deibert and exclaimed, “Santa! “This little girl planted the seed for my book, ‘Santa’s Day Jobs’,” he said. It is an illustrated book of stories and coloring for children.
Deibert is anxiously awaiting the signing of his book at the Moravian bookstore. He enjoys meeting his readers and says, “I hope I made all these people happy”.
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