About the Novels

This book series is NOT appropriate for children.

Books I and II

Food. Pearl is an irresistible temptress living in Washington, DC and living off of the necromantic energy she can sense in the blood of her meat-eating victims. One night, while looking for her next meal, Pearl meets Salaam, a handsome vegan determined to win her love. Because Salaam lacks necromantic energy, Pearl doesn’t see him as food. As she begins to trade her predatory lifestyle for a chance at happiness with Salaam and his friends Udah and Lynford, Pearl questions the way she has been viewing humans as merely food. But is it already too late? Read more.

Livestock. To pay for her murderous exploits, Pearl is banished to Dementica, a land where vampires known as “The Glorious” have complete control over humans. Corpus Dementica, the mega-corporation that also serves as the government, factory farms humans to be used as food, raw materials, labor, and entertainment. Pearl is mistaken for human and mistreated as livestock in a dairy. With the help of friends old and new, can Pearl escape the dairy, compel The Glorious to stop exploiting humans, and finally experience true love? Read more.

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What Others Are Saying

  • Thought Provoking

    The Vampire and The Vegan is a story you can really sink your teeth into! But beyond the engaging and beautifully written tale is a thought-provoking subtext that could change your life!”

    — Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

  • Unforgettable

    “At last, a fresh, haunting, and unforgettable vampire story for everyone who eats. The Vampire and The Vegan will make you think twice before your next bite.”

    — Tracye McQuirter, MPH, Author, By Any Greens Necessary

  • A Great Read

    “The Vampire and The Vegan is a great read. Merlene Alicia Vassall draws us into the darker side of human nature while cleverly showing us a more compassionate way of living.”

    — Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Author, Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom

  • Changing the Vampire Genre

    “Read this steamy, necromantic tale and believe the ‘true story’ of those at the very apex of the food chain – vampires – and the rest of us mere mortals who behave similarly. Merlene Vassall may fundamentally be changing the vampire genre by employing the essence of the vegan message in a clever and subtle way. Your food will not appear the same.”

    — Saurabh Dalal, President, Vegetarian Society of DC

  • Highly Charged

    “Merlene Vassall has created a troubling world. It is recognizable and horrible. It is the ordinariness of the horror that is instructive and compelling and, in the final analysis, frightening. This is our world. Our policies, our actions, our species-ism is put before us in a compelling, highly-charged narrative.”

    — Breena Clarke, Author of Angels Make Their Hope Here

  • Alluring and Engrossing

    The Vampire and The Vegan tells an alluring and engrossing story while subtly educating and awakening the conscience. It leaves you looking forward to the next book!”

    — Ruby Lathon, Ph.D., Holistic Nutritionist & Health Coach