Jews and vampires, both vehicles of the Other. (Illustrative photo credit: Nati Shohat /Flash90)
He may be undead, but at least he’s Jewish.
That’s the premise behind one of the more hilarious-looking books we’ve encountered lately, a recently published e-tome entitled “Interview With a Jewish Vampire.”
Borrowing a page, so to speak, from Anne Rice and the “Twilight” series, the book focuses on a “zaftig middle-aged journalist” (our favorite kind) named Rhoda Ginsburg, and follows her JDate-arranged love affair with a bloodsucker named . . . Sheldon.
Not only is he the first “drop-dead gorgeous” person in history named Sheldon, he also turns out to be — this is so good! — a former Hasidic rabbi. (Here’s a question for anyone who’s read the book: Is the whole Sheldon thing a riff on that great scene in “When Harry Met Sally”?)
As a description of the book explains, Rhoda’s immortal amour was once the victim of Count Dracula, “an anti-Semite who got his kicks from turning Orthodox Jews into vampires because then they’d have to drink blood, which isn’t kosher.”
The author, Erica Manfred, is described on the book’s Amazon page as the daughter of “Jewish parents who spoke Yiddish but avoided religion.”
“Interview” is billed as a “chic lit/paranormal novel,” but we also like it as an explanation for those nasty old lies now known as a blood libel.