Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Interview With a Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred Blog Tour Promo Stop!

Interview with a Jewish Vampire
by Erica Manfred

The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expected when she signed up for JDate was to fall in love with a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish. 

She learns that back in the nineteenth century Sheldon was a rabbi who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula, an anti-Semite who got his kicks from turning Orthodox Jews into vampires because then they’d have to drink blood, which isn’t kosher. 

Soon after she meets Sheldon, she discovers her beloved mother, Fanny, is terminally ill, so she comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn Fanny and her friends, known as “the goils,” into vampires. 

Once she becomes a vampire, Fanny tires of her boring life in Century Village, Florida, and, seeking thrills, she goes clubbing and disappears into the nightlife of South Beach in Miami. When Fanny and her goil posse  “go rogue” and start preying on the young, Rhoda and Sheldon must track them down to keep them from killing again. 

Interview with a Jewish Vampire turns vampire lore on its head, proving that not all vampires are young and beautiful and it IS possible to be undead and kosher.
About The Author:
 Erica Manfred is a freelance journalist, humorous essayist, and author.   Her most recent book is the novel, Interview with a Jewish Vampire. She’s also authored two non-fiction self-help books, including most recently He’s History You’re Not; Surviving Divorce After Forty. Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Magazine, Ms., New Age Journal, Village Voice, Woman’s Day, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications. Erica lives in Woodstock, New York with her Chihuahua, Shadow, and her daughter, Freda. Brought up by Jewish parents who spoke Yiddish but avoided religion, she got her Jewish education at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which welcomes Jews from all backgrounds, from atheist to Orthodox, to vampire. Her website is, or visit


  1. Luv ur blog, this sounds like a fun read :D **New Follower**

  2. OMG, when I was in college, I wrote a short story about a Jewish vampire! His favorite thing was to go after priests in churches so he could watch their faces as they realized holding the cross up to him did nothing. But the Star of David? That would send him hissing into the night.

    I now have to read this book since it brings back pleasant writing memories. (Plus, it sounds great!!)

  3. Thanks Shahnila, I appreciate it!!

    @Vicky, that is too funny!
    I hope you do read this one and like it. :)

  4. I don't normally read about vampires but this sounds hilarious. Maybe I could use it to convince my family that I shouldn't join jdate :/

  5. I haven't had the pleasure of reading it yet Becca but I do plan on it, it does sound like a really fun read!