It’s A Bit Of A Tough Sell, Grayson….

A teacher-turned-author from Bexleyheath has said he wants to tackle the issue of prejudice with his new children’s novel about

Oh, let me guess, an adorable moppet who is smuggled into the UK by…


a vampire.


Grayson Grave, 27, has penned and self-published his first novel, Etty Steele Vampire Hunter, out now.

The novel is about a young girl called Etty who gets to know a new boy in her class who is a vampire.

Although at first the children shun the new pupil for being different, they learn to get to know more about him.

Like his habit of eating people?

Speaking about the moral of the tale, Grayson told News Shopper he hopes it will teach children about acceptance, referring to a turbulent political climate.

Well, it’s a little on the nose, but a kid’s story about how that normal looking kid will actually be a danger to all those around him when he grows up is certainly accurate!

“It plays on current themes and warns not to judge people by what they look like,” he said.

We don’t. We judge them on what they do. Like drinking people dry, or shooting up the streets….

5 comments for “It’s A Bit Of A Tough Sell, Grayson….

  1. rapscallion
    August 1, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Is this vampire a real vampire or did it just identify as one. FFS!

  2. August 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Lionel Shriver will have a word with him about ‘appropriating’ other creatures’ cultures. The Literatti Lovvies don’t like it. Only a vampire can write about vampires.

  3. Errol
    August 1, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Having taught I sort of understand this.

    The teacher *cannot* reference a race so is using a vampire as the ‘different’. It’s a stand in. Thus the teacher is being very PC (to protect their job) while also addressing an issue of how to accept that which is different amongst us.

    How else can we say to five year olds ‘This is Abdul, he and his brother Mohammed are Muslims and like killing you and your parents because his god told him to. I excuse this by saying it’s our fault for invading his country a hundred years ago and because it’s his culture that he has a right to practice here, such as killing anyone different to him while also fervently believing we should gve him a free house and money paid for by your parents that he wants to kill instead of earning it.’

  4. FrankH
    August 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Sir Pterry did it better. So much better that you hardly notice it.

  5. Stonyground
    August 2, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Vampires, that’s original, I don’t think that there have been many novels about vampires for quite a while. I have a brilliant idea for a novel about a little old lady who solves murder mysteries.

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