It only hurts a LITTLE. Just a tiny little prick when the needle enters the vein. If you’re bothered by the sight, just don’t look at it. Then you get juice and a cookie afterwards, and the knowledge that you’ve done a good deed. I’m talking about giving blood. I myself can’t do it, as I’m a regular percolator of prescription chemicals that might kill any recipient of my blood possessing an allergy to any of them, however unlikely that might be. If you can, though, I encourage you to give blood. You could help save a life. Oh, and in addition to the juice and cookies, you can now get a book! It’s not a FREE book, but still.
Here’s how it works. For every ounce or pint or whatever of blood that is donated, publishers of vampire-related books will make a donation—of money, not blood—to the American Red Cross or the Canadian Blood Services. Their books then get listed on the event website (available at the source link below) so the discerning, socially conscious, and now ever so slightly low on blood donor can order a book or ten, knowing that his money, like his blood, is going to help out a worthy cause. The event will be running the entire month of October, so if you’re a prospective donor start rolling up your sleeve, and if you’re the author of a vampire-themed book, consider joining up. And readers, peruse the site for a listing of some cool vampire books. We need to help keep this thing going.