A foundation of the horror genre, the vampire story hasn’t been treated with much respect these days. Editors haven’t exactly been inviting them in (unless you count those AWFUL sparkly ones) and readers haven’t succumbed to their cold embrace in years – again, not counting the legions of Twilight fangirls.
As with the zombie, the vampire tale has suffered from a toxic mixture of pop culture overkill, repetition and reader fatigue.
Night’s Harbor, by author and editor W.J. Renehan, is a short novel that serves as a celebration of the vampire story by paying tribute to these legendary creatures of the night, as well as the authors behind the storytelling, most notably Bram Stoker and Stephen King.
I found the story to be an enormous success. The author intended the book to be a tribute to the genre, celebrating the best attributes of the vampire tale, and he pulls off the feat quite well. The first several pages of Night’s Harbor are reminiscent of Mr. Stoker’s work, while the chapters that follow are grounded firmly in Stephen King territory.
The book is beautifully written and edited, and the plot unfolds quickly to a thrilling finish that will be sure to please fans of our fanged friends. Or is it fiends? Again, the prose is stunning and gorgeous, making each page a genuine pleasure to savor, much like the life-giving blood the vamps of Night’s Harbor relish in!
The book is available in both digital and paperback editions. I highly recommend the paperback as it is a beautiful, high-quality product that you’ll be proud to display on your shelf.
If you’re a fan of vampires. Of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, you’ll dig Night’s Harbor.
Invite this one into your collection, Deadies!
Night’s Harbor is available on Amazon from Dark Hall Press.
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