Synopsis

Yearning for the lands of the old gods, escaping the pressures of New York, controversial cultural commentator Marisa comes to Amsterdam in search of escape and inspiration. A fiery transsexual cult figure follows her intent on a showdown. A mysterious blonde beauty has waited centuries to be ready for this.

The tenth book in Inez Baranay’s lively and varied career, Always Hungry is an erotic entertainment about ambition, mortality and relationships, a social comedy with a chilling edge, with questions about the rationalisations we all make when our way of life is based on the suffering of others.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD said “… delightfully sophisticated and refreshing … playful, beguiling, horrifying and sexy”

Read “A Kind of Vampire Novel”: author’s afterword to ebook edition of Always Hungry

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A beautiful new paperback edition published by Local Time Publishing, 2014 through lulu.com; designed by Paul Koeleman.

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Published

New edition published by Local Time Publishing  Order at Lulu.com via author’s Lulu page

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Press On Publishing 2011 Original paperback edition

ISBN

Local Time Publishing edition ISBN: 978-1-304-68649-7

Press on Publishing edition ISBN: 9781921875304

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print editions

Local Time Publishing edition is now available from Lulu  here. Also to be found at Amazon and other booksellers. Ask your bookseller to obtain it. Booksellers can contact the author for discount copies.

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ebook editions

NEW ebook edition of Always Hungry at Smashwords and at Amazon’s Kindle Store. Formats for all e-readers. The ebook includes a new Afterword by the author.



Reviews


Always Hungry


…delightfully sophisticated and refreshing … playful, beguiling, horrifying and sexy

-Sydney Morning Herald

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In a reading culture where vampire stories have been commodified for an indiscriminate but devouring audience of teens, here finally is a remodeling of the genre for mature intelligent readers who prefer their vamps similarly mature, intelligent and endowed with the finer luxuries of life. Always Hungry is luscious in its attentiveness to the classic European sensibilities of Bette, one of the Originals, who seduces a willing Australian writer visiting Amsterdam to promote the award-winning translation of her book, Monstrous Women. The text takes pleasure, as will its readers, in such ironies, which are grounded in social commentary about monstrosity and the writing industry, fandom and fame, slippery genders and shifting categories of identity. The counter narrative involves a hermaphrodite antagonist campaigning to be taken seriously as a writer and as a social intervention into the binary categories of gender. The politics of LGBTI are queered further by the possibilities of eternity and feeding a hunger on a lunar cycle. Departing from the current trend of passive girls falling victim to hot teenage vampire boys, this work recasts the vamp tradition as relations between women that are sumptuous and satisfying, loyal and long-lasting.

-Alison Bartlett

http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/alison.bartlett

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I was engaged by this MS and didn’t want to put it down – largely because of its disturbing fascination, but also because of the elegance of the writing. Ms Baranay is known for fiction which pushes boundaries, especially in areas of gender and sexuality. Her fine-grain writing examines the minutiae of female relationships, of female feistiness and vulnerability. Always Hungry advances her exploration of gender contrasts into the domains of monstrous sex and the multiply-sexed. All this is done in a provocatively postmodern style – antiseptic and smart. But also, this MS is a vampire novel for intelligent adults, and herein lies its truly disturbing nature. While the history/mythstory of vampirism is well-researched, and forms part of the discourse of the novel, the vampire-sex scenes are themselves delightfully shocking. The reader keeps wanting the vampire theme to be a metaphor of sorts, an allegory for the nature of relationships, of love, of sex-change, or perhaps of how the publishing industry treats writers, but the taste of real blood seeps in, But also, this MS is a vampire novel for intelligent adults, and herein lies its truly disturbing nature. While the history/mythstory of vampirism is well-researched, and forms part of the discourse of the novel, the vampire-sex scenes are themselves delightfully shocking. The reader keeps wanting the vampire theme to be a metaphor of sorts, an allegory for the nature of relationships, of love, of sex-change, or perhaps of how the publishing industry treats writers, but the taste of real blood seeps in, ineluctably.

-Nigel Krauth

www.nigelkrauth.com

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