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Over a month ago we asked for your pitches for supernatural and undead creatures to join our league.

For the next two weeks, we’re putting out a final call before we go to a vote. And because we like us some contests, we’re giving away an amazing collection of books, the likes of which you will probably only ever see on a site such as this. That is how awesome this prize package is. Three lucky winners will walk away with the following titles:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Darklight
by Lesley Livingston
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Fallen 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
How to Speak Zombie by Steve Mockus
Hush Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey
Nightlight
by The Harvard Lampoon
Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Journal

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Postcards

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim
Wings
by Aprilynne Pike
Zombies by Don Roff
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

What do you need to do to enter? Simply leave a comment here or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag and let us know what creature you’d like to see going head-to-head here on the site. If you’ve got a book in mind to go with said creature, all the better.

Remember, you have to login using your e-mail so we can contact you or follow us on Twitter so we can DM you.

Contest closes on Friday April 24 at midnight ET. Winners will be chosen randomly. Then we go to a vote to see who’s up next in our ghoulish throw down.

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Here at (un) Death-Match, we like our contests. Maybe you do, too. If not, suck it up, princess ’cause we’ve got another one starting today. Only this time we’ll be pitting my gorgeous werewolves against Tan’s creepy angels (have you seen the trailer for Legion yet?)

Up for grabs: five prize packages with our two book picks (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and Fallen by Lauren Kate). What do you have to do? Leave a comment here or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag about why your creature of choice should win this battle royale. Remember, we need to be able to contact the winner so that means you have to either sign in when leaving a comment (so we can reach you by e-mail) or follow us on Twitter (so we can DM you). Contest closes midnight ET on Monday, January 18.

Now, what are you waiting for?

[Guess who’s dropped by to say a few words at (un) Death-Match? It’s none-other than Kelley Armstrong herself with a special guest post! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re also holding a contest to win her entire set of The Women of the Otherworld series. What do you have to do? Post a comment below or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag about why werewolves rock. Remember that in order for us to contact the lucky winner, you have to either ensure you log in using a valid e-mail if you’re posting a comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter so we can DM you. Contest closes on Friday December 18 at midnight EST.]

By Kelley Armstrong

Author of the "Otherworld" series

Auther of the "Otherworld" series

I wrote many werewolf stories as a child and teen, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I decided to write a werewolf novel. I’d seen an X-Files episode on them and thought “That’s not how I’d do werewolves.” So I started my story. While I knew all the old legends, writing a book gave me an excuse to do research (which means an excuse to buy more books) so I picked up a new one: The Oxford Book of the Supernatural.

I flipped to the chapter on “Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters.” It was mostly about vampires—typical. The chapter began with a discourse on the erotic appeal of vampires, then in passing, mentioned that “the werewolf legend is low on sex appeal.”

Low on sex appeal? That was a challenge I couldn’t ignore.

Maybe the ape-like wolf-man isn’t exactly hot, but that’s Hollywood’s version. I wanted real wolf-men, the kind who changed into wolves and, even in human form, were wolf-like in nature. There’s a definite appeal to a guy with a bit of the beast inside. And if you want Alpha males, the term originated with animals, so werewolves are a natural fit.

But when we talk about Alpha males in wolf terms, though, we don’t mean the kind of guy who will sling a woman over his shoulder and take her back to his cave. Sure, today we see some of that in fiction, but a true wolf isn’t looking for someone to stay in the cave and raise his pups. He wants a life partner, a true partner, an Alpha female. Yes, he’s territorial and over-protective, but he expects a mate who will protect him and their territory just as fiercely.

To me, that’s the appeal of a werewolf guy. By nature, he’ll be a loyal mate and a good provider, and he’ll be ready to protect you against all comers. Deep-down, though, he’s kinda hoping that when danger comes, you’ll be at his side, ready to fight with him. That’s what I call sexy, no matter what The Oxford Book of the Supernatural might say.

At this point, werewolves are still in the lead so let’s keep the momentum to ensure a victory. From December 1st through 3rd, transformation dates according to the kind folks at The Werewolf’s Guide to Life: A Manual For the Newly Bitten, we’ll be giving away 10 copies of Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. For an opportunity to win all you need to do is put in your vote for a werewolf related song so I can compile a list of the top songs to put on the definitive soundtrack.

How do you enter?

Post a comment below or tweet using #undeathmatch hashtag. Either way we need to be able to contact you so if you’re posting a comment on the blog please ensure you log in using a valid e-mail and on Twitter you have to follow us so we can DM you.

To get you warmed up, here are some examples of classic hits:
Of Wolf and Man by Metallica
Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Keep in mind the song doesn’t have to explicitly be about werewolves but should at least be a open to interpretation.

Meanwhile, for your viewing pleasure, dance ’til you’re (un) dead:

[UPDATE: Full moon frenzy contest #2 is now closed. Please keep posted for the official werewolf playlist as selected by you. More contests coming soon.]

Thanks to everyone who entered our Ultimate Undeath Match contest, and serious props to those of you trying to score brownie points by mentioning The Strain as one of the scariest books you’ve ever read. Take heed both zombie and werewolf defenders: neither Pride + Prejudice + Zombies nor Bitten were books that make people shake and shiver as they read. Vampires. Rule.

Here are the winners:

Gabriella Schmidt
Burnaby, BC

Lisa Penney
Toronto, ON

Sarah Campoli
Brampton, ON

Susan Francis
Brantford, ON

Mary Danieli
Burnaby, BC

Congratulations all!

Round 1 we saw a throw-down between vampire vs. zombie. Vampire won.

Big freaking surprise.

Seriously though, those zombies didn’t have a chance.

By the time zombies amassed their shuffling army of grey-matter gourmets to get organized, a single vampire could have glamoured his/her way to victory and we’d all be happier, if not completely unaware, of what had just happened.

The zombies had a strong defender to speak on behalf of their incomprehensible, groaning masses. Dan tried to pull at heartstrings with talk of killing kittens with every vote for vampire. He waved the patriotic flag and called out vampires as distinctly un-Canadian. But, alas, the allure of the vampire was too strong.

Until now.

I’ll admit to being in the vampire camp. But that was given the choice at the moment. Given another, much cooler alternative one might consider switching one’s allegiance. Because, let’s face it: vampires are, as Christopher Moore so eloquently put it, Bloodsucking Fiends.

You know what else falls into that category?

This:

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Leech

Sure, like leeches, vampires were à la mode back in the 1800s. So was rib removal for the sake of fashion. Frankly, they’re becoming a little passé, don’t you think?

You know what “undead” creature hasn’t though?

The werewolf.

I’m going to pull a Dan here and go so far as to say that a vote for vampire in this case literally kills puppies.

Look at this young werewolf and tell me you could vote against it.

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Werewolf "puppy"

Round 2. Vampire vs. werewolf.

Bring it.

Full moon frenzy! We all know werewolves are going to kill this round. Leave a comment here or tweet using the #undeathmatch hashtag, listing reasons why and you’ll be entered to win one of 10 copies of Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten.

[UPDATE: Full moon frenzy contest is now closed. Please keep posted for more contests coming soon.]

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We had planned to do a contest a week but that didn’t work out. Not only did the only person to enter the first weekly contest actually end up ineligble to win (they weren’t Canadian), no one entered. So we’re trying again. We’ve got five prize packs to give away, each containing the following:

  1. One copy each of The Strain and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  2. Fantastic Undeath Match movies that could be any of the following: Near Dark, Dead Alive, Undead, Underworld, Blade II, and 28 Days Later.
  3. One poster from the upcoming Cirque du Freak film.

Email me (deanna.mcfadden@harpercollins.com) with your full name and mailing address, along with the name of scariest book you’ve ever read by the end of the month (October 31st) for a chance to win.

Before we restart our trash talking, our vampire loving or our zombie defending, let’s get down to the business of giving away great stuff. This week’s contest will run until NEXT Thursday (September 10th) and all you have to do to enter is vote for vampires. Kidding. Send me (deanna.mcfadden@harpercollins.com) your full name, mailing address and favourite scary book of all time for the chance to win the following:

One copy of The Strain and one copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Two great films from Maple Pictures: Near Dark and Dead-Alive.

One copy of Blade II (Blu-Ray) from Alliance Films.

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