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The Vampire and the Bard

Gilbert Reid
The year is 1592. Disguised as an Italian nobleman and accompanied by her page boy, Cesario, really a girl, V, the stunning vampire is sent by the Pope to England to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. V falls in love with the wrong people, duels the man she loves, tumbles into a dizzying whirlpool of plots and is forced onto stage, en travesti, by a neurotic novice playwright, Will Shakespeare.

About the Author

Gilbert Reid is the co-author with the late Jacquline Park of “Son of Two Fathers,” (House of Anansi Press, 2019) a rollicking romantic historical adventure novel set in the Italian Renaissance. He is a Canadian writer and TV and radio broadcaster, who has covered war, war and weapons technology, utopian beliefs, France and Italy, eroticism and sexuality, and world economics and politics. He worked for 30 years in Europe – mostly Italy, France, and the UK – as a journalist, diplomat, economist, university lecturer, script doctor, and adventure travel guide. He is the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories, “So This Is Love: Lollipop and Other Stories” (St Martins) and “Lava and Other Stories” (Twin Rivers) as well as the eight-volume “Adventures of V” (Twin Rivers) an ambitious literary sci-fi fantasy series, which takes humankind from the present to its doom and then its – possible - rebirth, through volumes such as “Vampire Vs Vatican,” “Vampire Clone,” “Pandemic Book 1 Party Balloons,” “Pandemic Book 2 The Gateway,” “Extinction Book 1 Girl with the Golden Eyes,” “Extinction Book 2 Revolt of the Angels,” “Extinction Book 3 Elysium.” Gilbert is fluent in French and Italian and has broadcast in those languages. His favorite activities – long-distant walks, reading, watching movies and drama, and, when he gets the opportunity, lecturing and teaching. An upcoming novel is set in Rome, Italy, where Gilbert lived for 18 years.
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