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Author publishes second book in local vampire series

Among the people Charles O’Keefe would like to thank for their assistance in the writing of his newest book: his wife, his publisher, and The Doors, for their song “Riders on the Storm.”

Author Charles O’Keefe has just published “The Newfoundland Vampire Book II: Killer on the Road,” his second locally set vampire novel. — Telegram file photo

“It was an inspiration for this book and for a particular nasty character,” O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe has just published “The Newfoundland Vampire Book II: Killer on the Road,” referencing a line from the song. It’s the sequel to “The Newfoundland Vampire,” published by Penumbra Publishing of Tennessee last April.

The book’s protagonist is Joseph O’Reily — based on O’Keefe — a self-acknowledged geek from

St. John’s with a fascination with vampires, and one in particular: gorgeous redhead Cassandra Snow.

In the first book, Joseph becomes a vampire after an encounter with Cassandra. In the newest instalment, he’s adjusting to vampire life and dealing with Cassandra’s estranged husband, a rogue vampire, and a misogynistic killer with Cassandra at the top of his list.

This book gives readers more insight into the power of ancient vampires in the form of the “vampire council,” O’Keefe has said.

O’Keefe first came up with the idea of a local vampire novel, only the second of its kind after Douglas Gosse’s “The Celtic Cross: A Vampire Journal,” about 10 or 12 years ago, while studying English at MUN. He doesn’t believe vampires really exist and enjoys putting his own spin on the myths about them.

He’s already begun writing the third book in “The Newfoundland Vampire” series.

After a successful launch at The Ship pub in St. John’s Sunday evening, “The Newfoundland Vampire Book II: Killer on the Road” is now available in paperback and kindle form on More information on O’Keefe and his book can be found at

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