About the Book
Talbot Mathias has always felt different. He’s never really been able to connect with his adoptive parents, has had difficulty making friends at school, and has been tormented for his sexuality ever since entering Mariner High School, a place run by a new generation of teenage Golden Gods from South Hill, Edgemoor, and Fairhaven; legacy neighborhoods along the dark waters of Bellingham Bay filled with generational families with dark secrets and ghosts that seem to be in every window or on every street corner.
As dark visions begin to consume Talbot’s nights, his days grow worse and worse because of the vicious treatment at the hands of Thomas Burke, Randy Erickson, and Jared Peters, three stars of the Mariner football team. But what neither Talbot nor his tormentors know is that a haunting transformation is seeping its ways through his veins.
Once pushed to the breaking point, Talbot does something that changes the course of his life forever.
Now a vampire, Talbot learns that he comes from a line of Born vampires – the Mathias – the only humans in the world with the genetic predisposition to vampirism, and Talbot discovers a family he never knew he had. As Talbot navigates his new existence as one of the undead, his horrific dreams of a woman bathing in bloods in the bowels of an ancient castle only get worse, and he begins to feel her calling to him – drawing him to her. As Talbot becomes more and more entrenched in the world of the immortal, the shadow war between the Created vampires and the Mathias-Born is revealed.
A bloodthirsty and infamous Bloody Queen awakens and is hellbent on purifying the vampire world of the Created; leaving only the Mathias to rule. Through this war, Talbot discovers that the only one who has any power to stop her is him, and in the process, Talbot unravels the mystery of himself and the mother he never knew.
Blending myth, history, and science, Instructions in Flesh is a compelling vampire novel that not only bites the jugular but goes straight through the heart, exposing the pains of youth and the courage in confronting your own worst fears.
“Marcus James has a succinct voice for the paranormal. His verbiage draws upon human emotion and sexuality, as you will most certainly read within the pages of Instructions in Flesh. A page-turner that should be celebrated.”
– Joseph A. Federico, Author of Voudou Juice
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I have been writing since the age of five. At the age of 17 I finished my first novel and at the age of 19 I was signed to my first literary agent. From 2005-2009 I was published in a dozen anthologies from Alyson Books. I have published nine novels. All of them varied and wonderful, filled with complex and engrossing people. I host a podcast called Queerly Spoken (on hiatus; thanks Covid), which focuses on curating the individual queer experience of everyday people by having them share their stories on air.
I am the winner of the Festival of Words Book Awards for Best Lierary Fiction in 2017 for the Blackmoore 2nd edition, a 2020 International Book Awards Finalist, and a 2020 Top Shelf Magazine Book Awards Finalist for Ghosts of Blood and Bone. My experience with conversion therapy at the age of 14 led to a lifelong activism for LGBTQ rights and sharing my story to help end clinical conversion therapy in Washington state.
I am a horror FANATIC. I love to cook. my passion for cooking shows and grocery shopping for ingredients and imagining I am Nigella Lawson or Ina Garten pretty much gets me through my day-to-day. I love my pets, history, and music. I LOVE going to live shows, drinking champagne till I can’t take the bubbles anymore! I’m a Leo through and through, and I love it. Fashion as art, as beauty, as a window in time and an exploration of societal movement and change is EVERYTHING! I used to produce runway shows back in the day and my Vogue subscription is a heavy weight in the best way. there is so much art around us and I love to absorb it in all of its forms.
Through my novels I hope to always show that everyone can be a hero, everyone can save the world, even a fem gay boy with a swish in his step!
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