Hello there.

I’m Melaina Blanc, artist starving in jungles, urban and otherwise.

Meet me in Manhattan, down by the abandoned hospital.

There’s a vampire fight about to go down.

Someone’s going to die.


Meet the vampire: Keen looking only mildly wicked

When daydreamer Jared Stern becomes chance witness to a vampire’s murderous meal, he takes it upon himself to rid his city of the monster. But the vampire, Keen, not so easily defeated, takes an interest of his own in his would-be slayer.

Jared’s soon in up to his neck balancing his home, work, and love lives against the quest that threatens to consume them all. Stakes are raised in ensuing bloody battles, tricks and traps, and about turns of turns of mind, as Jared fights for his life against the cordial killer determined to take it, and growing increasingly keen on him…

And that’s only the beginning.

So join me for a lively horror story with a deadpan penchant for puns. This is Star–Cross, Book I: Keen’s Turn.

Meet the hunter: Jared looking stern


What is this?

It’s a vampire novel and podcast. Keen’s Turn can be listened to from the comfort of your own web browser, no signup required, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or most wherever podcasts are found.

Click on one of the buttons or links on the homepage to be taken to a lovely platform with lots of play buttons, and find the one next to “Welcome to Keen’s Turn” to get started. It’s not too hard, I promise.

If you’d prefer reading, you can find transcripts free on Wattpad.


Is this for me?

This story identifies as urban-fantasy action-horror with light and dark humor, violence, profanity, and adult themes. It does not identify as mystery, historical fiction, comedy, tragedy, romance, swashbuckler, or space opera, though it may contain trace amounts of these substances.

If you like some combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fright Night (original or remake), Penny Dreadful, Supernatural, Good Omens, Airplane!, Constantine, Sherlock, True Blood, or vampire fiction in general, you may like this show. But really, there’s nothing quite like Keen’s Turn, which is why I’m having to write it.

And if you’re jumping on this carnival ride, fair warning—you’d best have the stomach for some offal puns.


Is this for kids?

No? How kids are we talking? See above. But I hear the kids are watching American Horror Story these days, so what do I know.

Podcast art for Star–Cross: Keen's Turn, featuring a vampire with a fanged grin and subtitle "Don't Die in Vein"