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How I Learned to Stop Grumbling and Love Vampires Mercury, Leeches, and Cutting Holes in People’s Heads 2013 - The Year of the Virus The Rithmatist Sweepstakes More Stories...

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More Stories Rest in peace, James Herbert. You will be missed. Brandon Sanderson is going on tour for his book, The Rithmatist! Speaking of Sanderson, the Way of Kings reread has begun on! Check out a new Talking with Tom, in which Tom Doherty talks to Harriet McDougal.
How I Learned to Stop Grumbling and Love Vampires
by Carrie Vaughn

I’m best known for writing about werewolves. I started writing about werewolves—made the main character of my series a werewolf—because I was far more interested in them than the other usual supernatural critters. They simply hadn’t had a lot of attention paid to them in supernatural fiction, and when I was starting out, few people were writing books that featured werewolves as main characters. Plenty of people were writing about vampires; I didn’t feel a need to throw my hat into that ring. I didn’t have anything to say about vampires that hadn’t already been said. They were, in a word, kinda boring.

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Mercury, Leeches, and Cutting Holes in People’s Heads
by David Walton

If you ever ride a time machine back to sixteenth century Europe, the first rule to keep in mind is this: Don’t get sick.

You won’t want to visit a doctor, no matter what your complaint. At the very least, he’ll cut you open and drain out some of your blood (or else attach some leeches to do the job more efficiently). He might prescribe a healthy dose of mercury to be rubbed on the offending wound or simply swallowed (they didn’t know it was toxic), or he might give you an emetic to flush out the sickness in an even more unpleasant way.

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2013 - The Year of the Virus
by Joshua Alan Parry

Pandemics have always captured our imagination and rightfully so. From the Spanish Flu to Small Pox, plagues have ravaged our populations on a consistent basis since we came into existence. Viruses are one of the last great natural predators of man.

And now they are getting a helping hand.

In Virus Thirteen, humanity is once again set upon by worldwide pandemic, but this time the blame lies with a group of bioterrorists.

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The Rithmatist Sweepstakes
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, releases May 14 but we have a chance for you to win one of six advance reading copies now. And that’s not all, winners will also get a Rithmatist goody bag filled with chalk and a Memory of Light backpack! Comment on the blog post to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins April 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. ET. and ends April 5, 2013, 12:00 p.m. ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. For Official Rules and to enter, go here. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
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