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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula – first released 1897

What can you say about this book which hasn’t been said already? The character of ‘Count Dracula’ is generally considered the benchmark by which vampire fiction is measured. It is also a prime source for today’s vampire mythology.

Written in a time when human society dearly clung to Christian ideals, it comes as no surprise that Dracula was portrayed as an undead monster. His kiss may not only cause death, but forever put your immortal soul in peril.

Dracula could walk around during daylight hours, however, much weakened and without being able to use his Devilish talents. At night he could take the form of a bat, wolf or even mist. He could command the elements to hasten or hinder a ship’s voyage. He slept in a tomb and when away from home sought refuge in the soil of his homeland. His sanctuaries could be rendered useless to him with the use of communinion wafer or The Host. And of course garlic was abhorrent to Count Dracula.

Bela Lugosi – the original “Count Dracula”

Bela Lugosi – the original “Count Dracula”

This ‘original’ vampire has been the basis for several movie adaptations. And like most things Hollywood gets its hands on, ruined what was a great story. (Notwithstanding the falsehoods told about vampires, well that’s what Bektamun tells me)

Almost ten years after Nosferatu scared movie-goers witless along came Bela Lugosi as the infamous Count Dracula.

Many still argue that Bela Lugosi is ‘THE’ Count Dracula. However, Hollywood always ready to recycle and claim improvement has seen a couple more renditions of this chilling tale.

Again in 1958 starring Christopher Lee and once more in 1992 with Gary Oldman in the lead. I have not seen all of these movies, so forgive me if I forgo the opportunity to critique them.

Reading Dracula in the 21st century it can be hard to understand why this was considered such a horror story. We must remember the time it was written. Christian morals and religious ideals were more or less a ‘must have’ in society. It was unthinkable in that day and age for anyone to admit they weren’t Christian.

And so, full of religious whim and notions, along came Count Dracula; ready not only to take your life but damn your immortal soul to Hell. Creating an undead army to unleash upon an unsuspecting humanity. Unfortunately the idea of vampires being the hero was beyond any writer’s wildest imagination,  our poor Count found himself defeated.

Fans of vampire fiction, certainly any writer who uses vampire characters, owe a debt of gratitude to Mr Stoker. Without him and his ground-breaking work vampire fiction would likely not exist today.

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After sending out countless requests to bloggers and reviewers, the anxious wait is finally over and the first verdict on Desires Revealed is in. Roberto over at Books & Movies Reviews has given Desires Revealed the thumbs up, giving it a 5-star rating on Amazon. You can read his review on his blog.

Review – Desires Revealed

 

An Eternity of Shadow

An Eternity of Shadow (Book 2 of the Dante’s Diary Series) by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

Book two of the exciting DANTE’S DIARY VAMPIRE SERIES, An Eternity of Shadow…

This engaging two-book story encompasses THE LOST MEMORIES OF IVANA MORRIANDER and THE ESTATE OF BARREN HILL.

Journey with Ivana Morriander as she travels to worlds lost, worlds found, heartache, love, life and more adventure…

A MUST READ, this tale is NOT to be missed if you’re a lover of Vampires, romance and otherworldly sojourns.

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Check out Book 1 – Dante’s Diary

The Devil’s Weekend

Jim Bronyaur award-winning author of the Pulsate series brings you his latest novel, ‘The Devil’s Weekend’.  If you’re a fan of Dean Koontz, you won’t be able to put this one down.

The Devil's Weekend by Jim Bronyaur

Meet Oliver Ignis. A man desperate for his mother’s love with the constant urge to kill.

After years of killing, he’s been give the name The Anything Killer. But now the police, led by detective Ralph Samuels, are closing in.

After a fresh body is discovered and the town swells with fear, The Devil comes to make Oliver a deal: in exchange for his soul, Oliver will have the weekend to kill without having to hide. It he’s shot, bullets pass through with no wound. If he’s stabbed, the blade comes out clean. And if he’s cuffed, they slide right off.

It’s a serial killers dream.

It’s our nightmare.

When Ralph Samuels apprehends a teenager who claims to have shot Oliver multiple times, he begins to wonder what’s happening to the small town of Damon, Pennsvylania.

It was everything Oliver ever wanted, but what happens when Oliver kills the wrong person?

With The Devil in the background and the police surrounding him, Oliver makes his last stand and gives The Devil everything he wants, and more.

This is The Devil’s Weekend.

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Flidderbugs by Jonathan Gould

Flidderbugs by Jonathan Gould

As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.

Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions.

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Dawn of War

Dawn of War (Blood War #1) by Tim Marquitz

For hundreds of years, the bestial Grol have clawed at the walls of Lathah without success. Now armed with O’hra, mystical weapons of great power, they have returned, to conquer.

Witness to the Grol advance, Arrin can abide his exile no longer. He returns to Lathah, in defiance of death, with hopes to save his beloved princess and the child born of their illicit affair. He finds her unwilling to abandon her people. At her behest, Arrin searches for a sanctuary for them only to be confronted by the Sha’ree, a powerful race long thought gone from the world. Through them, he learns it is not just the Grol that threaten the land.

Empowered by a magic never before seen, the savage nations spread chaos and ruin across the realm. With Lathah under siege, and the world on the brink of cataclysmic war, Arrin must strike a deal with the Sha’ree to take the fight to the Grol, or forever lose his one true love: his family.

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The Watchtower

The Watchtower by Lee Carroll

Picking up where Black Swan Rising left off, Garet has received a sign from Will Hughes, the 400-year-old vampire who once helped her defeat the evil threatening to destroy New York City. Hughes, tortured by his own violent history which is vividly reenacted here, has asked her to join him on a quest to rid himself of his curse of vampirism. While looking for Will in Paris, Garet encounters a number of mysterious figures-an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the oldest tree in Paris, a gnome who lives under the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a librarian at the Institut Oceanographique, and a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens. Each encounter leads Garet closer to finding Will Hughes, but she realizes that she’s not the only one who’s trying to find the way to the magical world called the Summer Country.

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Doodling by Jonathan Gould

Doodling by Jonathan Gould

Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.

Actually he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.

Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver’s Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.

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SAGE: Dead Gorgeous

SAGE: Dead Gorgeous by Jeff Wright

She was born into a prominent Kentucky family in 1868, along with her two brothers, Frank and Andrew, and raised on a sprawling, 25,000 acre, cattle ranch by their parents, Stanton and Maria Grey. Stanton, who was a man cut from granite, tempered by the blade of a bayonet during the Civil War, built the Ashley Ranch with the help of his partner, William Logan, who some say was born from a she bear, a giant of a man, who could shoot and ride like an Indian and Earl Warren, the trading post proprietor. Stanton’s wealth was a deep, dark secret- it came by thievery which each man swore to never tell. It wasn’t until Stanton, to further build his cattle empire, threw in with the Trans Pacific Railroad Co., busting through the Rockies to San Francisco; that the dogs of hell came a gunning, stealing the bounty he had transported out west. Sage Grey and her brothers were called upon to save their father’s ranch. With true grit and valor, Sage shows just what she is made of to those who wanted to put an end to her family. It is now present day – The Sheriff of Cedar Valley, Jeff Warren, Great Grandson to Earl Warren, has only one dream – to restore the run down, decrepit mansion and turn it into a grand hotel. With the scent of old money and gold, one rides in seeking revenge. But, to everyone’s surprise so does Sage… this time however…. she is dead.

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The Maelstrom

The Maelstrom by Matthew Barnes

After being involved in a major traffic accident, Nick Howell wakes from a five month coma broken and suffering from hellish nightmares and hallucinations. Collins is the doctor who must try to save Nick from toppling over the brink of insanity. But the more aware Nick becomes the more he starts to question whether the demons plaguing his dreams are real or fantasy. He soon discovers that there are greater things to fear than death when he uncovers a terrible secret from the beginning of time, a secret which not only threatens his own existence but the fabric of reality itself..

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