Most people would call Ty Trotter a loser. He lives off his vampire girlfriend, can't hold a job, drinks and smokes the cheapest stuff on the shelves, and is Chairman for Life of his own Pity Committee, spending all his free time getting drunk, watching late-night TV and feeling sorry for himself.
Most people would call Ed Ma a nerd. He lives with his parents and attends school part time. He doesn't have a job, doesn't talk to girls, doesn't know how to network, and doesn't know what he wants to do when he finally grows up. He does what his momma tells him and always tries to be a good son. He spends all his free time either at the gym or on the internet.
But while most people are asleep, Ty and Ed roam the streets of Atlanta, pushing the darkness back an inch at a time by any means necessary. You see, they hunt vampires, the parasitic undead that threaten the good people of the city. Ty snipes them with a big-game rifle, Ed cuts 'em down a sword backed up by kung fu power.
Maybe they really are losers. They sure ain't registered voters, college professors, or members of the Chamber of Commerce. But they are... HARD BOILED VAMPIRE KILLERS
"Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" is a rip-roaring, gun-slinging, ass kicking, Kung Fu, vampire and ghost extravaganza that does not disappoint and is a welcome addition to the genre. If you are tired of romantic, wimpy, depressing sparkly vampires look no further than Jim Gavin's exceptional "Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" to get your fill of vampires that are actually vampires...it might just be the most fun I have had reading a book this year." - Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland
"Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" is about alliances formed under duress, and freaks and geeks uniting for a lofty purpose. Jim Gavin's spin on the material possesses spunk and Stamina in its verbal vigor, and fun fantastical frays... - Sheila Merritt, Hellnotes
"Pulp is alive and well in the heart and fingertips of Jim Gavin, With HBVK, Gavin comes out swinging, delivering a superior first novel. Explosive, demanding, and very rewarding." - Andersen Prunty, author of Morning is Dead
"Jim Gavin's Hard Boiled Vampire Killers is a welcome change from everything I have come to expect from the modern vampire story. It was also a bloody good time!" - Brian Knight from the introduction of Hard Boiled Vampire Killers
"Of all the young writers I've read recently, Jim Gavin has my favorite narrative voice. It's fresh, witty, biting, and moves with a dizzying speed that engage me like few others. His work is gritty and visceral, hearkening back to the detective novels of the 40's and 50's. I highly recommend his work to anyone who loves the power and majesty of well-crafted language." - D.A. Adams, author of The Brotherhood of Dwarves series
Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase: numbered 1-13, 6"x9", bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon, full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.
100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: numbered 1-100, 6"x9", bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and a dust jacket.
Trade Paperback: first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6" x 9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
About the Author
Jim Gavin is a hard-drinking, cigar smoking, unfrozen caveman writer. Working from a wide range of interests and influences like action movies, detective fiction, pulp and pre-war sci-fi and bizarro surrealism, his writing tends to cross genre boundaries. He lives and works at night with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Posted by Jen on 2nd Apr 2011
Two thumbs up.
Posted by Frank on 14th Mar 2011
Damn that was good.
Posted by Stephen on 10th Mar 2011
Hard Boiled Vampire Killers is simply the best novel I've read in the last year. Packed to the margins with page turning action, Gavins debut novel delivers fantastic Dark Fiction story telling. Jim spins an esquisitely skillful tale in HBVK that places him right up there with other Masters of the craft, like Clive Barker, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman, or H.P. Lovecraft.