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Greylancer Winners!

Wow, it’s a great week for Noble V: Greylancer. Lots of new people trying out contest (which we run for every new title we release). So, without further ado, the winners:

First up, Tammy F, who writes that Vampire Hunter D is a “counselor, psychologist, match-maker, doctor, provider, and of course guardian. He is all these but what he’s mostly remembered for is what Kikuchi-san describes him as – ‘a beautiful angel of death.'” I hope she likes Greylancer as much!

Next we have David S, who was inspired to read despite dyslexia by D and Kikuchi-sensei. Clearly he deserves a free book!

I also enjoyed the response by Mubin, who tells the story of how he wasn’t allowed to watch horror films, but cartoons were okay. I wonder if parents still fall for that trick!

Finally, because I love a smartass, we have Richard, who writes simply It’s everything Vampire Hunter C was, and more!

If you didn’t win, check back soon. We’ll be giving away copies of Catherynne Valente’s collection The Melancholy of Mechagirl!

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It’s the Noble V: Greylancer Giveaway Contest

It’s that time again, specifically time for another one of our giveaway contests! This month, we’re giving away four copies of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Noble V: Greylancer. As the title suggests, Greylancer is a Noble—Kikuchi’s term for vampire, and this novel is set in the same world as the cult classic Vampire Hunter D.

So, the essay question this time is simple: What’s so great about Vampire Hunter D? You can talk about the film, the books, the games—whatever it is that made you a fan of D and the setting. Post a brief essay (say, fifty words or more) or a poem, or a joke, or whatever you want, in the comments of this entry. We’ll approve them every day (we got lots of spam) and on Friday at noon we’ll choose the best. Feel free to write in English, Japanese, Spanish, Greek, or German, and we ship anywhere. The most entertaining, or thoughtful, or weird comments win. So let’s get started!

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Noble V: Greylancer

Greylancer’s right arm traced a wicked arc.

It was easy enough to call it a sudden flash of steel. But the tip of the lance exceeded three meters and its grip easily five meters in length.

The blade stopped not on Lanok, who’d scrambled to his feet, but at the throat of his companion, who was left twitching helplessly on the ground.

The Noble cast a smile that might rightly be called benevolent.

With his eyes trained on the boy before him, Greylancer addressed the rebel leader. “Lanok, was it? As overseer, I have governed over this land by example. My regard for you humans is no different than that of other Nobles. But I will not promise your safety and leave you to fend for yourselves in a wasteland not even beasts or monsters dare inhabit. Nor will you be laid to slaughter for my gain. And in return my demand is this—absolute loyalty. It is easily given. Do not cross me, do not talk back in anger, and do not lie. And never raise a sword against me. They are the commandments I have passed down to you at my appointment and have repeated time and again. You have been allowed to live in peace ever since. A peaceful life. Is that not what you humans desire?”

“Ruled by the Nobility, surviving on what rations you toss our way—peaceful? Even if that were true, it’s no way to live. We live and breathe! As long as we are subjugated by your rule, we might as well be dead. What good is living in death? There are enough living dead already! Cursed vampires, cold-blooded bastards! This planet was born for us warm-blooded humans!”

Lanok shouted, “You will die proudly, Hendry!”

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