★★★★★ Vlad the Impaler would be proud

Vlad the Impaler would be proud., November 15, 2010
By Diana G. Duran

This review is from: Darkened Hills (Paperback)
Review copied from amazon.com

DO NOT READ THIS BOOK if you thrive on the romanticized version of the vampire because you will not find him here. Gary Vincent here portrays the vampire as the traditional monster grown through the centuries from Vlad the Impaler, the original Master of Darkness–a soul-less, merciless terror. These are the vampires of yesteryear, driven by forces beyond their control to satisfy their bloodlust, and what better place to do so than a small town among the hills of West Virginia? Vincent not only rightly portrays the vampire as the bloodthirsty, cruel monster that he is, the author also totally nails the character and nuance of small town America, which at once can elicit a grimace and a guffaw. Homely little details like “everyone in town had three main phone numbers they kept on hand in case of an emergency–usually on their refrigerator doors or on end tables next to their phones: the sheriff’s department, the volunteer fire department, and the doctor’s office,” to draw you into Melas so that you feel right at home. Do not be fooled; you are not safe.

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