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Robert Lory – Dracula Returns

Posted by demonik on May 18, 2009

Robert Lory – Dracula Returns (NEL, Dec. 1973)

Robert Lory's 'Dracula Returns'

Robert Lory's 'Dracula Returns'

The world thought it was free from the Count’s black shadow ….

The year was 1883. In a south Romanian village, three men and a girl were gathered in an old crypt. They watched fascinated as a wooden stake was driven through the heart of a long-dead corpse. With an inhuman cry, Count Dracula departed this world. But the strange, unwinking eyes of a black cat watched their efforts derisively.

In the year 1938, a young policeman on special duties was clubbed and thrown into the dark waters of New York’s vicious dockland. Miraculously he lived, but was condemned forever to a wheelchair. His twisted thoughts turned to the occult. This man’s name was Damien Harmon. A man selected for a terrible purpose …

To bring the Master to life again, and to unleash his terror on unsuspecting twentieth century America. Could the Professor turn his back on the call? This is the first in a spine chilling series about THE RETURN OF DRACULA.

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Donald Glut – Frankenstein Meets Dracula

Posted by demonik on May 16, 2009

Donald Glut – The New Adventures of Frankenstein #4 Frankenstein Meets Dracula (NEL, 1977)

OUT OF THE SMOULDERING RUINS OF A CASTLE DEEP IN THE HEART OF CROVAKIA ARISE THE BATTERED FORMS OF CAPTAIN JUDSON and his companion, the terrible monster created by Victor Frankenstein a century and a half ago. Together they resume their desperate search for peace, but as always that search is destined for disaster.

Transylvania seems an ideal retreat, but the two wanderers haven’t bargained on the horrible cunning of that diabolical paragon of evil, Count Dracula. And when Captain Judson unwittingly restores him to life a new horror is unleashed on the unsuspecting world.

Dracula’s first thought is for revenge on the people who dared to cross him, and succeeded in confining his powers for more than a hundred years. He evolves a fiendish scheme of reprisal — a scheme which spells, terror for his victims, misery for Captain Judson, and death for his monstrous companion.

This truly is a mental series! Dracula reveals his unspeakable intention – to transplant the brain of a Van Helsing into the skull of the Monster! There is also an ex-mad Professor involved, Burt Winslow, whose gorgeous fiance winds up in her undies very early on and spends the rest of the book as though she were understudying Glynnis Barber in Jane. Subjected to the old Count’s iron will, she is his foolproof means of blackmailing Winslow into performing the vile operation. Ends with a showdown between the two heavyweights. Glut portrays Dracula as an entirely evil megalomaniac, while the Monster has many attractive qualities.

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Etienne Aubin – Dracula And The Virgins Of The Undead

Posted by demonik on May 13, 2009

Etienne Aubin – Dracula And The Virgins Of The Undead (NEL, 1974)

Dracula And The Virgins Of The Undead

Peribury, Wiltshire.

It begins with the staking of local girl Maud Henderson. Before she died, Maud had been seen in the company of a mysterious stranger in a cloak. At night.

After her burial, two sheep are found with their throats torn out. They’ve been completely drained of blood!

The narrator, Adam Cochran, the village squire, decides to take a break from drinking Seagrams 100 Pipers, and sends for his boorish, proto-Hooray Henry friends, Staff and Douglas. They call themselves ‘the Warlocks’ and God, but I so wanted them to hurry up and die horribly. After consuming several more cases of Seagrams 100 Pipers, they decide the recent goings on are in some way connected to a blood cult who’ve been performing satanic rituals at Avebury stones. Cochran enlists a psychic to help him track Dracula and his eight brides to their lair … but can she be trusted?

If you ever wanted to find out what would happen if Richard Allen turned his hand to hacking out a vampire novel, then reading this one will probably be akin to a religious experience for you. Me, I found it hard going (quite an achievement: it’s only 124 pages long) and there definitely should have been more of the brides. I quite liked them. Apart from the cat, they were the most sympathetic characters. And I f**king hated the cat.

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Raymond T. McNally – A Clutch of Vampires

Posted by demonik on September 21, 2007

Raymond T. McNally (ed.) – A Clutch of Vampires (NEL, 1974)

clutch of vampires

Introduction – Raymond T. McNally

Phlegon of Tralles – Philinnion
Philostratus – Menippus And Apollonius
Jan Jacob Maria de Groot – A Chinese Vampire
Walter Map – Vampire In A Knight’s Household
William Of Newburgh – Two Twelfth Century Vampires
Henry More – Sixteenth Century Vampire In Silisia
Erasmus Franciscus – Seventeenth-Century Vampire In An Austrian Province
Augustin Calmet – An Eighteenth-Century Look At Vampires
Letter by an Austrian Imperial Army Officer – Hungarian Antidote Against Vampires
John Polidori – The Vampyre
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Augustus Hare – Croglin Grange Vampire
New york World – Vampires In And Near Newport, Rhode Island
William Seabrook – Vampire From Brooklyn, N.Y.
Montague Summers – Vampires In Modern Greece
W. R. S. Ralston – A Russian Vampire
Madame Blavatsky – Another Russian Vampire
Ion Creanga & The Institute of Folklore, Bucharest – Five Romanian Vampires
Lawrence Durrell – Vampire In Venice
Robert Bloch – The Living Dead
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Drifting Snow
Richard Matheson – Drink My Red Blood
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Montague Summers – are Vampires Less Frequent Today?
Raymond T. McNally – A Contemporary Romanian Vampire

An unusual collection spanning fact, “fact”, folklore and out and out fiction, with many of the stories familiar from Peter Haining’s The Midnight People rubbing shoulders with Henry More, Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Philostratus.

It concludes with McNally telling us of his recent visit to Romania and an episode he witnessed at the funeral of a young girl who’d died by her own hand …

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Peter Haining – The Dracula Scrapbook

Posted by demonik on September 15, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Dracula Scrapbook (Nel, 1976)

Haining Dracula Scrapbook

Tony Masero

Includes:

Peter Haining – Introduction
Christopher Lee – Foreword
Charles Dickens jnr. – Vampires And Ghouls
James Malcolm Rymer – Varney the Vampyre: Chapter 1
Madame Emily de Laszovoska Gerard – Transylvanian Superstitions
Gabriel Ronay – Exploring The Bloody Myth Of Dracula & Vampires
Dr. Franz Hartmaan – An Authentic Vampire Story
Tim Stout – The Vampire In Films
Montague Summers – The Dracu-Spirit That Bit
Kingsley Amis – Dracula, Frankenstein, Sons & Co.
Christopher Lee – Dracula And I
Forrest J. Ackerman – Bela Lugosi: Public Enemy No. 1
Boris Karloff (Michael Avallone) – The Vampire Sleeps
Denis Gifford – The Day The Comics Went Bats
Manly Wade Wellman – The Vampire Of Shiloh
Lee Coye – Weirdisms
S. J. Saunders – The Velden Hunt
Ivor J. Brown – The Unquiet Grave Of The Vampire
Elliott O’Donnell – The Vampire Society
Daniel Farson – The Cult Of Dracula
Bernard Davies – The Dracula Society
Dr. Donald A. Reed – The Count Dracula Society
Les Heinman – Meet The Real Count Dracula

An absolute belter from Peter Haining. The title says it all – this is a compilation of articles, newspaper clippings, movie reviews, short stories, stills and artwork pertaining to the undead. Wildly entertaining from cover to cover, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there’s plenty of (then) new information contained in these hallowed pages, and the exhumation of long-forgotten writings is another definite point in its favour.

Way up there on the demonik shortlist of essential vampire reads (Paul Barber’s Vampires, Burial and Death occupying the top spot), Haining was on a roll during the mid-seventies, and his The Penny Dreadful and other work  for Gollancz are particularly recommended.

Haining attempted to perform the same service for Mary Shelley’s immortal creation with The Frankenstein File, again for NEL, the following year, but to this reader at least, while interesting enough, it isn’t a patch on The Dracula Scrapbook.

NB: The NEL publication is not to be confused with his far later Souvenir Press offering of the same title which is actually the remaindered “The Dracula Centenary Book” given a hasty makeover and bunged back on the shelves.

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