The Morganville Vampires

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The Morganville Vampires
AuthorRachel Caine
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Morganville Vampires
SubjectVampires
GenreUrban Fantasy / Vampire
PublisherNew American Library
Publication date
October 2006–2014
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
 
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The Morganville Vampires
AuthorRachel Caine
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Morganville Vampires
SubjectVampires
GenreUrban Fantasy / Vampire
PublisherNew American Library
Publication date
October 2006–2014
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

The Morganville Vampires is a series of young adult urban fantasy/vampire novels written by Rachel Caine. The novels feature Claire Danvers, a student at Texas Prairie University, and her housemates in the vampire-controlled city of Morganville, Texas.[1] While the mayor of Morganville is human, unbeknownst to most of the population the town is actually run in cooperation with a group of vampires.[2] Morganville is also home to an unusually large number of second-hand thrift stores.[3]

Several of the novels have made the New York Times bestseller list.[4] In September 2009, Caine announced that she had signed a contract with Signet to write books 10, 11, and 12 in the series. In September 2011 three more books were contracted for the series bringing the total to 15. In January 2010, she revealed that beginning with book 9, Ghost Town, novels in this series will first be released in hardback.[2]

Series[edit]

Novels[edit]

  1. Glass Houses (October 2006, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-21994-5)[5]
  2. The Dead Girls' Dance (April 2007, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22089-7)
  3. Midnight Alley (October 2007, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22238-5)
  4. Feast of Fools (June 2008, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22463-9)
  5. Lord of Misrule (January 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22572-4)
  6. Carpe Corpus (June 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22719-0)[4]
  7. Fade Out (November 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22866-9)
  8. Kiss of Death (April 27, 2010, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22973-8)
  9. Ghost Town (October 26, 2010, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23161-9)
  10. Bite Club (May 3, 2011, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23318-2)
  11. Last Breath (November 1, 2011, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23487-1)
  12. Black Dawn (May 1, 2012, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23671-8)
  13. Bitter Blood (November 6, 2012, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23811-7)
  14. Fall Of Night (May 7, 2013, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-41425-X)
  15. Daylighters (November 5, 2013, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-41427-6)

Short stories[edit]

Characters[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

Glass Houses
This is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series. Morganville is a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows, one that will spill out into the bright light of day. Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections to the undead who run the town. When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates, Michael, Eve, and Shane, don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Dead Girls' Dance
The second book in the series continues from the cliffhanger ending of the first book. The book starts with the arrival of Shane's anti-vampire father, who tries to murder Michael and cause havoc in Morganville. His killing spree starts with Brandon, an evil troller. Shane gets blamed for Brandon's murder and is caged as a result. (Caged is the punishment for murderers, where the guilty person is locked in a cage and publicly burned to death.) Soon after that, Claire sees Oliver holding a friendly conversation with Shane's father and starts to get suspicious. While trying to free Shane, Eve gets out an arsenal of vampire-killing equipment and Michael locks her away in her room after mesmerizing her. Eve takes Claire on a search for help the next morning, but Claire gets kidnapped by Monica and her pet Monickettes. They are intercepted by Shane's father, who holds Monica hostage. To get help from Sam the vampire (Michael's grandfather), Claire and Eve go to the Dead Girls' Dance to meet him. While there, Claire meets a boy named Ian, who offers her a drink. Ian turns out to be an amateur rapist. Eve finds Sam just in time and they leave the party unharmed. When they return to the house, they find that Michael has begged Amelie to turn him into a vampire. He is turned and soon after that, they find that Shane has been freed by his father. After a period of fighting, Shane's father leaves town, and Claire strikes a contract with Amelie.
Midnight Alley
In the third book of the series, Claire makes an important decision that determines the rest of her life. This leads her to finding out the deepest, darkest secret in Morganville, enough to destroy the city – if it falls into the wrong hands. She must learn all she can to save her best friend, patron, and those she tolerates. With Monica kicking up and Shane in more trouble than ever, Claire must work to protect her friends and herself.
Feast of Fools
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace together. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though — especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.
Lord Of Misrule
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil undead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat. Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to be in for a whole lot if trouble.
Carpe Corpus
To protect her friends (as much as possible), Claire has been forced to side with Bishop as the battle for Morganville rages on. Somehow, Claire manages to save Shane, reconcile with Michael, and make up with Eve. Claire and Myrnin also may have discovered a cure to the vampire disease. Now they still have the problem of Bishop controlling the city. To save Morganville, someone unexpected has to pay the ultimate price that leaves the entire town in mourning.
Fade Out
Morganville has stabilized into a kind of peace (although it may only be skin deep), but new players are entering the scene, and the course of true love never does run smoothly, especially when an old girlfriend drops in for a visit. And the phrase “hidden camera” takes on entirely new and significant meaning for our heroes in the Glass House.
Kiss of Death
Claire Danvers and her friends have been given an offer they can't refuse – time away from Morganville, with an escort of course. But when they encounter trouble of both the human and vampire varieties they begin to realize life outside Morganville isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Ghost Town
The fragile peace between humans and vampires in Morganville is in trouble, and when Claire takes drastic action, she's put under serious pressure to re-establish the barriers that keep the town residents inside, and wipe the memories of those who leave. But working with her half-crazy vampire boss Myrnin means that things don't always turn out as planned...and as the people of Morganville begin acting strangely, Claire and her friends must solve the mystery and try to put things right. But one by one, her allies are turning on her... even the ones she trusts most.
Bite Club
After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble. There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville
Last Breath
There is a question Claire has long been asking: why do vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they're sensitive to sunlight? The reason doesn't have to do with sunlight but water - and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires' landlocked community. Vampires aren't the top predator on earth. There's something worse that preys on them ...something much worse. Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath. With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, Claire is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?
Black Dawn
When a tide of ferocious draug, the vampire's deadliest enemy, floods Morganville, its eclectic mix of residents must fight to save their town from devastation. Chaos has taken over the quiet college town of Morganville as the threat of the draug rapidly spreads with the help of the city's water system. Whilst most of the locals have already fled, student Claire Danvers and her friends Shane, Eve and Michael choose to stay and fight. Things take a turn for the worse when vampire Amelie, the town's founder, is infected by the master draug's bite. Unless Claire and her friends can find an antidote to save Amelie and overcome the draug, Morganville's future looks bleak...
Bitter Blood
Thanks to the eradication of the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold onto their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t taking sides, considering she has ties to both humans and vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.
Fall Of Night
Thanks to its unique mix of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. But it isn't the only town with vampire trouble ...Claire never thought she'd leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate course at MIT, she can't pass up the opportunity. Saying goodbye to her friends, especially her boyfriend Shane, is bittersweet, and her new life at MIT is both scary and exciting. Enrolled in a special advanced study programme with Professor Irene Anderson, former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on VLAD, her machine designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires. But Morganville and its inhabitants are never really far from Claire's mind. When she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire begins to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she'll ever make ...
Daylighters
Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realise that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organisation called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation - even for the vampires themselves - the truth is far more sinister and deadly. Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end ...

Key locations[edit]

The Glass House[edit]

The protagonists of the novels are the four young adults who live in The Glass House. The house has a mind of its own and often does things for the young heroes. It is also a safe haven for those in need. It is kept safe by "founder's protection". The house is also what saved Michael Glass when Oliver attacked him a few years back. So Michael is now trapped to house for the rest of his life but can never die, because he is already dead. However in The Dead Girl's Dance Michael, in order to help Shane, who is sentenced to death and to be able to get out of the house, asks Amelie to turn him into a vampire. As he said "I'm half-alive, Claire. There's no going back, i can only go forwards". After this he is a full fledged vampire.

Myrnin's Lab[edit]

Myrnin's Lab was the place that Claire worked from Midnight Alley, it was also home to her boss Myrnin or in other words 'Trapdoor Spider'. It was located next to the day house, secretly hidden from everyone but those Amelie wishes to share this information, in the dark Alley next down. If you happen to walk down there Myrnin will feast on the unprotected which he can tell if your not without looking for a bracelet. Myrnin's Lab was a place of work for sciences.

Texas Prairie University[edit]

A third-tier state university, often used as a starter school by students unable to get into challenging institutions of higher education. Most of the students there are apparently unaware of the strange things that happen in Morganville. Monica's abuse of Claire here is what drove Claire to seek out the Glass House in the first place.

Common Grounds[edit]

A coffee shop located just off the TPU campus, Common Grounds acts as neutral territory for meetings between the human and vampire population. This was the place Eve Rosser worked until she found out her hippie boss was actually a powerful vampire who tried to turn Michael into a vampire. This place plays great importance throughout the entire series. It is owned by vampire mafia boss Oliver.

Founder's Houses[edit]

Houses similar to Claire's own, these houses are located throughout Morganville. They are connected to each other through Ada, Myrnin's invention that keeps up memory barriers in town (later replaced by Frank collins, Shane's father). Amelie often makes her appearances in these houses in the early novels. Houses referred to in the novels include the Glass house, the Day house, and Claire's parents house.

Adaptations[edit]

It has been announced on the author's website that the rights to a Morganville Vampire film/TV series and any other multimedia production have been sold to the people behind the popular series Red Dwarf.[citation needed]

Morganville: The Series[edit]

In June 2013, a Kickstarter campaign was launched[6] to help adapt The Morganville Vampires into a web TV series with Amber Benson attached to star as Amelie, the founder of Morganville and Blake Calhoun signed on as director and producer. Rachel Caine has also come on board as writer and producer. On July 11, 2013, the Kickstarter campaign was successful, raising a total of $81,752.

On July 26, 2013, Rachel announced that the scripts for the first season were completed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Cynthia Leitich (October 9, 2006). "Author Interview: Rachel Caine on Glass Houses". Cynsations. 
  2. ^ a b Fowler, Jimmy (January 26, 2011). "Making a Killing: A Fort Worth author turns a mythical, bloodsucking Texas town into big-time success". Fort Worth Weekly. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ London, Vicky (September 12, 2006). "Rachel Caine: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, Book One)". Vampire Genre. 
  4. ^ a b Martindale, David (July 9, 2009). "Third name is the charm for woman who was leery of being author". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  5. ^ Halvorsen, Barry (July 22, 2007). "Recommended books in young adult series". Victoria Advocate. 
  6. ^ Caine, Rachel (11 June 2013). "Morganville: The Web TV Series". Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Caine, Rachel (26 July 2013). "@rachelcaine: MVTS scripts are done!". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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