Re-Vamp! is a horror project that authors Die Booth and LC Hu ran online from Halloween 2010 until Halloween 2011.
We dreamed (or should I say, nightmared?) this project up after one too many conversations lamenting the state of modern horror (our shared pet genre). Our idea was to resurrect the good ol' myths one monster at a time, putting aside all the modern cliches and gratuitous gore and either taking the monsters right back to their traditional beginnings or bringing them bang up to date in ways that had not been done before.
The project launched on Halloween 2010 and our readers followed our horrific progress on this Livejournal as we journeyed from Halloween to Halloween, tackling a different monster each 'round' and posting original material from both of us as well as exciting guest talents. The project featured stories, artwork, articles, links, polls, competitions and even a choose-your-own-adventure story, plus plenty of opportunity for discussion with fellow horror fans. On Halloween 2011 we published a finished anthology of all the stories we produced during the project, including the reader-voted winner of the Monster Makeover short story competition.
The project is now no longer available to view online but the published Re-Vamp anthology is now available to buy from the following places:
But don't just take our word for it that Re-Vamp is an anthology worth reading - read Susan Price's blog review of Re-Vamp here and Clare Dudman's blog writeup of all the Re-Vamp stories here.
Finally - this isn't the last you'll hear from the Mad Doctors of Literature! Visit the official Mad Docs of Lit site here to keep up to date with collboration news. Or, if your appetite has been whetted for DIY collaborative effort, visit theresonlyalice to keep up with Project Alice, a 2012 charity project that involves both Mad Docs as participants.