“I want you to believe...to believe in things that you cannot.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
Jennifer the Damned
When a sixteen-year-old orphan vampire adopted by an order of nuns matures into her immortal, blood-sucking glory, all hell literally breaks loose. Yet with every rapturous taste of blood, Jennifer Carshaw cannot help but long for something even more exquisite: the capacity to experience true love. As she struggles to balance her murderous secret life with homework, cross-country practice, and a new boyfriend, Jennifer delves into the terrifying questions surrounding her inhuman existence, driven by the unexpectedly human need to understand why she is doomed to a life she never chose.
Bridging the gap between the literary tradition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the modern teen vampire romance made popular by the Twilight series, Jennifer the Damned reexamines the legendary monster as a conflicted and complex being. Jennifer is at once the quintessential vampire, embodying an unholy union of life and death; yet she is also a sympathetic young woman full of spiritual anxieties, gifted with a limitless sense of ironic humor, and possessed of a beautifully persistent hope in the love she yearns for.
"...a gripping read that reminds us why the preternatural is a dramatic field for our enjoyment and (dare we say it!) moral growth." -Eleanor Nicholson, St. Austin Review
“Art -- the fresh feeling, new harmony, the transforming magic which by means of myth brings back the scattered distracted soul from its modern chaos -- art, not politics, is the remedy.”
― Saul Bellow
“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
"Ullo shoves her readers into the deep end of a bloody pool of eternally-important questions to sink or swim, but not without tossing in the life ring. If Saint Thomas Aquinas or Dante had written a vampire novel, it would be this one." -Jeffrey Pearce
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"A fast-paced horror novel which is also funny, intelligent, and spiritually deep... It is rare to find a book of this calibre." -Julie Davis, Happy Catholic
Conference: Trying to Say God at Notre Dame University. I've been invited to serve on a panel about “The Marian Effect: Building Strong Women in Writing and Life." My fellow panelists will be Angela Carson, Suzanne Wolf, Karen Beattie, Caroline Langston Jarobe, and Kaye Park Hinckley, with moderator Angela Cybulski.