Amish Vampires in Space
Paperback: 490 pages
The book that launched an imprint.
Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.
The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.
But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive...or used to be.
Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.
The history of Amish
Vampires in Space has been as epic as the story itself.
The title started as a joke. It was then-publisher Jeff Gerke’s designation for the only sort of Amish fiction that his speculative fiction company, Marcher Lord Press,
Kerry took that joke title and used it as a starting place, asking himself the question: How would Amish Vampires come to be? And how would they get to Space? A scenario emerged. Ideas began to flow. Characters and motivations emerged.
Before long, he was thirty thousand words in. He shared this with Jeff and was encouraged to continue. The book was complete a hundred thousand words later. Jeff loved it. Accepted it for publication. The normal editing process began. Cover art created.
The book was released to much fanfare. It was mentioned twice by
Publishers Weekly. Twice by the Library Journal.
Many radio and website interviews. Controversy! To
some—those reacting to the title and the cover—AViS
seemed to be mocking the Amish, or berating them, or
attacking their most firmly held beliefs. Yet, the
buzz continued to grow. A mention on syndicated
columnist Dave Barry’s blog, a dedicated article in
the Washington Post..and ultimately, a mention on
The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon. (See
With the start of a new year, Marcher Lord Press was sold. While the new owner lauded the writing of
Amish Vampires in Space he felt it too controversial and divisive for the new direction of the company. He released the rights to Kerry...
The Freeheads imprint was born, and
Amish Vampires in Space became its first novel. Same cover, same title, same great story.