Suzy McKee Charnas’ novel The Vampire Tapestry was a formative influence on The Night Inside, though I could certainly never equal the cool, elegant, and fine-honed prose she brought to bear on this brilliant depiction of the vampire as alien creature making its way among humans that were both its prey and an irresistible source of fascination.
I was incredibly honoured when Charnas agreed to write the introduction to the ebook editions of The Night Inside and Blood & Chrysanthemums and thrilled when Centipede Press asked me to return the favour for their limited-edition hardcover reprint. My copy just arrived and it’s gorgeous. It features not only the novel but an additional short story and Charnas’ entertaining tale of trying to turn the book into a play.
Centipede Press produces collectors editions of genre classics, many of them hard to find now, and their books routinely sell out. So if you love vampire novels and beautiful books, get yours while they last.