Walk in the sun for author of ‘the dark side’

Musician turned author Lisa Machat at the Vampire Lounge.
Musician turned author Lisa Machat at the Vampire Lounge.

An author originally from South Cave who has written a Dracula-themed novel has plans to open a vampire wine bar in Yorkshire.

Beverley Hills-based Lisa Machat has included York and Whitby as a possible location for the wine bar, which would be similar to her Vampire Lounge Wine Bar and Tasting Room that she set up with her husband at Santa Monica Boulevard four years ago.

She has just published her first novel A Walk In The Sun, which a reviewer said was reminiscent of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and was nominated for best horror novel in the Indie Book of the Year awards for independent writers.

Lisa grew up in South Cave and was a rock star in the 1980s before marrying a New York trademark and music lawyer in 1990 and moving to Los Angeles.

The couple run Vampire Vineyards, and their gold and scarlet-decorated bar with blood-red furnishings that sells their wines such as a Vampire Merlot, has featured in the US TV programme Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

She said: “I have been to Whitby many times. It’s such a hauntingly beautiful place, and I would love to open a Vampire Lounge in Whitby.

“It seems like a perfect spot given the historical connections with Dracula. I’ve also considered York, given its haunted history.”

Her book, which has been released by Vampire a Vineyards Publishing, is available on Amazon and on Kindle, was described by one reviewer as “dark and delicious” and by another reviewer as a “fast-moving, romantic vampire story that convincingly harks back to Gothic conventions”.

The 186-page novel is set in the late 1800s in England and France, and relates how a lonely son is turned into a vampire as he yearns for the woman he adores.

It takes the reader on a gallop of romance laced with darker forces, moving Lisa from rock to writer.