August 27, 2015

THE SHADOW LORD

by Tony-Paul de Vissage

 

In de Vissage's universe, vampires (he calls them aventurieri) eat food and drink wine, they marry, have children, the children grow up, and they squabble.  He makes it clear they're mortal humans who've evolved wings.  Blood's ni...

August 26, 2015

"THE BEAST" The Decker/Lazarus Series

by Faye Kellerman, 2013

 

I almost didn't finish this book.  About a fifth of the way in, I was utterly convinced I knew who the killer was and the motive.  But I was a little vague on the exact means so I decided to finish reading th...

August 23, 2015

“THE BIG RED DEVIL”

by John Huber, 2015

 

This story follows two men.  John Harker is a psychopath, tortured by demons all his life.  When he falls into a coma, he's tortured by them for five long years.  They change him, making them the instrument of their desires.  But...

August 22, 2015

"THE RED BRIDE"

by Jeremy D. Hill , 2014

What horror story would be complete without the heroes doing something stupid? In Jeremy Hill's long short story, "The Red Bride", when the heroes realize something fishy is going on at the vampire's mansion, they wait until night...

August 19, 2015

“THE LAST VAMPIRE STANDING”

by Tony-Paul de Vissage, 2012

 

De Vissage and I employ a similar theme in our books, that of vampires warring against one another in hopes of achieving supremacy.  So yeah, I'm down with the plot.

 

But instead of following the victor, de Vissag...

August 16, 2015

"BLOOD FEUD"
by Steven A. Roman, 2011

 

I've read several things by Steve Roman in the past, both novels and comics. His "Blood Feud" is practically a novelization of a comic book, so here the reader can get the best of both worlds.

 

In the past, I've chided Roman—a littl...

August 15, 2015

"ICE COLD" (Rizzoli & Isles #8)

by Tess Gerritsen, 2010

 

Before reading this book, my only familiarity with the Rizzoli & Isles series was seeing commercials for the TV show, set in Boston. So I wasn't expecting a story set in a ghost town in a frozen wilderness.

I real...

August 13, 2015

"THE HISTORIAN"

by Elizabeth Kostova, 2005

 

This is more like it...

 

"The Historian" is the tale of a father and daughter drawn together, not so much by love but by fear. It's the tale of a hidden secret, not one but two secret societies, and the danger that comes from le...

August 13, 2015

"DRACULA THE UNDEAD"

by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, 2009

 

First, how dare Dacre Stoker imply that he is the descendant of Bram Stoker?  He isn't, either biologically or literally.  Screenwriter Ian Holt wrote virtually the entire thing, then hit up Dacre to put his name o...

August 9, 2015

"THE NIGHT MAN COMETH”

by Tony-Paul de Vissage, 2011

 

The first half of “Night-Man” is a vampire novel spanning the centuries.  Beginning during the Plague the book then jumps to the reign of Vlad the Impaler, then the French Revolution, and Charleston in the days before...

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