Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath is a fast-paced and supernaturally-charged action horror-thriller that introduces us to government vampire Nathaniel Cade, and his ongoing duty to protect the people and interests of the United States. There are powerful forces of evil at work around the globe, and it’s Cade’s duty to take care of things too dangerous, or secret, for mere mortals to become embroiled in.
The book opens in a remote, ex-East European Bloc state where we’re soon introduced to Cade and his powers. We’re also given a hint of even greater things afoot, but not full disclosure, at this junction. As throughout the book, secrets lurk at the periphery. Some of these are revealed gradually, others remain buried in enigma. Click here to read more.. »
Anno Dracula’s author Kim Newman is somewhat responsible for my love of horror fiction. He and Stephen Jones fostered my curiosity for the genre via their Horror: 100 Best Books review anthology. As you can tell from this site, that interest has evolved somewhat over time.
I picked up that book when I was thirteen, and for many years it was my guiding light in navigating the world of the dread literature. I still turn to it nowadays, twenty years later, for guidance and reflection upon various things. It is still now, as it was for many years as I wandered in the web-free-wilderness, a definitive horror-book guide. Click here to read more.. »
Written over a century ago, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is epic both in stature and its game-changing nature. It’s a book that’s hugely influential not only upon the world of literature, but on popular culture too. Sometimes its success makes it feel as though it has been pushed into the shadows by the very beacon of horror which it created. That being, of course, the vampire Dracula.
Don’t get me wrong; Stoker didn’t invent the vampire. In novella and novel format respectively, Polidori’s The Vampyre and Le Fanu’s Carmilla both preceded it, and before those works the vampire had existed in poetry and fragmentary lore for a long time. Click here to read more.. »
Twilight left a mostly a positive impression upon me. I found room for general praise in my review of that book, for taking classic gothic elements and fusing them into modern fiction in a manner appealing to many, and not just to Stephenie Meyer’s agent. Enter then its sequel.
New Moon opens with Bella dreaming. She dreams of doomed love with her boyfriend Edward Cullen; but is there any other type betwixt vampire and mortal human woman, in popular fiction anyhow, anywhere in the known universe? The obvious questions regarding such a tie-up that are lingering on readers’ minds clearly aren’t exclusive to them alone. Click here to read more.. »
I think that it’s important when reviewing this title not to underplay its influence on subsequent vampire, apocalyptic and zombie genres, and not just in the novel format. Horror-meister George Romero cites I am Legend as the main influence for his seminal Night of the Living Dead movie.
That’s no small beer: from that classic an entire sub-genre was born, so it’s interesting to think then that the vampire technically gave birth (or had a huge part to play) in the creation of the zombie genre as we know it today. Click here to read more.. »