June 27, 2011 10:54 ET

Vampires Top Kindle Singles

Frank Delaney Deconstructs the Myth of the Modern Vampire in His First Kindle Single, UNDEAD. The Birth of Dracula

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - In his first Amazon Kindle Single, UNDEAD, Irish author, broadcaster and literary historian, Frank Delaney, reveals the relationship between blood, sex and everlasting life, and revisits the 19th century birth of Dracula at the hands of his countryman, Bram Stoker. Released on Friday, June 24, by Saturday at midnight it had shot to #1 on the Kindle Single bestseller list, knocking David Baldacci off the top spot.

Poised to meet the timing and interest of HBO's thirsty True Blood fans, Delaney acknowledges the quality of the writing and production values in the ground-breaking Alan Ball series, and uses it to guide his full-bodied literary foray into all things vampire.

From his eye-witness account of a castle that inspired Stoker, to his re-telling of myths from the Bible, to the gothic Victorians, to the modern screen, Delaney weaves a visceral and compelling thesis, contending that the vampire story has been a part of the human narrative from the time stories were first shared.

Delaney, here in America after 35 years in the UK, where he was a well-respected BBC television and radio broadcaster and author of more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, is best known in the U.S. as the NY Times best-selling author of Ireland, a Novel, and the subsequent series of acclaimed historical "Novels of Ireland," that trace the 20th century development of his country decade by decade.

Dracula is not his first 'deconstruction.' Delaney's podcast, Re:Joyce, offered free on his own website each week, decodes James Joyce's Ulysses, line by line, in five-minute doses, and has attracted more than 170,000 downloads in its first year of play. The project is anticipated to take approximately 25 years.

UNDEAD, published by RosettaBooks, is available for sale for $0.99 as a Kindle Single in the Amazon Kindle Store. Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single powerful idea -- well researched, well argued and well illustrated -- to be expressed at its natural length. Like all Kindle books, Kindle Singles are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere."

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