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The Many Faces of Van Helsing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Excellent antholgy, the way anthologies ought to be!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories in this intriguing book. What a pleasant surprise it should be to many readers to find an anthology like this these days, one that is NOT a shared world series based on a game or TV/Movie media tie-in. As such, this more 'traditional' anthology might at first glance confuse some readers who are not used to having stories in an anthology sometimes contradict one another. But this is just the kind of anthology a great many readers should relish, presenting stories as it does with a variety of viewpoints from a variety of writers, each with a different take on the character created by Bram Stoker in DRACULA over one hundred years ago, Professor Abraham Van Helsing. For example, about all Stoker told us of Van Helsing's private life was that his wife was insane and his son dead. One of the stories in the anthology, 'The Tomb of Fog and Flowers' by C. Dean Andersson, explores that theme and presents Van Helsing's first encounter with a supernatural force, but refreshingly, there are no Vampires and no Dracula present in Andersson's tale, which may surprise some who are aware of his 'first person' Vampire novel, I AM DRACULA. Maybe someone will ask him to now do I AM VAN HELSING! However, other stories in this anthology do deal with events in Dracula, or with different kinds of Vampires. One even presents Van Helsing as a Vampire himself! All in all, I highly recommend this anthology. After all, the editor, Jeanne Cavelos, created and edited the excellent Abyss horror line at Dell Books a few years back, and anyone who read any of the Abyss novels should have a high regard for anything to which the Cavelos name is connected. In other words, I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    A great vampire collection

    Standout stories include Thomas Tessier's 'Infestation at Ralls' Christopher Golden's disturbing 'Venus and Mars', Rita Oaks's 'Poison in the Darkness' and the sci-fi themed 'Origin of the Species' by A.M. Dellamonica. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes visceral, this is a damn good anthology. Vampire fans, and all fans of dark, gothic, and horror fiction, will find something to like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Van Helsing

    I just wanted to say that this book about Van Helsing, is probaly the greatest book i have ever read. So I have three words for everyone, THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    J.A. Konrath is a writer not to be missed!

    The first story by this unknown writer, J.A. Konrath was excellent! I can't stop thinking about how creepy it is. I also understand he'll have his own book out in May or June, Whiskey Sour, and I can assure you I will be purchasing it to see what else this Konrath can do!

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