About the Tour
For today’s stop on the fantastic Tommy Vs Cancer blog tour I’m going to be taking a look at the first book in the brilliant Scream Street series, Fang of the Vampire. As you all know I’m a big fan of horror so I was excited to dip into this one. Stay tuned for my thoughts…
First, though, I want to take a minute to highlight why this blog tour is taking place and let you know what you can do to help. Earlier this year Tommy was diagnosed with cancer and has been chronicling his life post-diagnosis on the Tommy Vs Cancer website. This blog tour has been organised by three amazing bloggers (Viv, Laura and Faye) to shine a spotlight on Tommy’s awesome books and hopefully raise funds and awareness along the way. Here are the links you’ll need if you’re looking for more info about how you can help:
Patreon Link: http://www.tommyvcancer.com/support/
Paypal Link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=Nl-IE_9Fhy7jbNI-H8DqkoBnmUwmOAA9TnlRAPyO8oZz6VpeywfwY3hWxai&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8dcce3e160f5b9538489e17951d2c62172
And now, the review!
What’s the story?
Luke and his parents have found Scream Street to be a nightmarish world of the undead. Collecting six relics left behind by the founding fathers of the community is the only hope of opening a doorway out of the street, so with the help of his friends Resus and Cleo Luke sets out to retrieve the first item.
What did I think?
From the opening pages of Fang of the Vampire I knew I was onto something fun. I got the same feeling I had when I read my first Goosebumps and Point Horror books: that I was about to discover a creepy, entertaining series that introduces memorable character, engaging story lines and twists and turns at breakneck speed.
In this first instalment we meet Luke, our werewolf hero, who is on a quest to collect six relics from the founding members of Scream Street. Joining him are his pals Resus the vampire and Cleo the mummy, who make up an excellent supporting cast, along with Sir Sneer – the resident evil villain.
Packed with laughs, action and plenty of hints about where the story can go in the consequent books, I absolutely loved reading Fang of the Vampire and am excited to work my way through the rest of the series!
Who would I recommend it to?
With shades of Darren Shan and R L Stine, Fang of the Vampire is a fantastic way to introduce younger readers to horror and any fan of creepy stories will love sinking their teeth into this one.
About the Author
Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).
In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).
As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.
Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.
Tommy Vs Cancer Twitter Chat
To end this month’s awesome blog tour, the very lovely Viv and Chelley are hosting a Twitter chat on the 30th June from 8-9pm so please join in with #tommyvcancer if you can!