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Based upon the premise that there have never been vampires--only terrible, tortured human beings--this stunning reinvention of the Dracula myth is a superb novel of evil, madness, and twisted sexuality. Psychiatrist Anscombe creates the mind and "memoirs" of Count Dracula: aristocrat, doctor, killer. National print adverstising.
Posted October 25, 2008
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1866 Hungarian medical student Laszlo studies under Dr. Charcot in Paris at the Salpetriere hospital. However, his studies are interrupted when he obsesses over a female patient Stacia. Soon the Hungarian student and Stacia have a tryst that ultimately ends in ugliness with Laszlo in a rage killing her. Knowing he could be in trouble with the law if he remains in France, Laszlo flees for Hungary using the excuse of the death of his older brother George which makes him Count Dracula. ---- In Hungary the Count marries his late sibling's widow and though it is not easy lives a somewhat abstemious sedate lifestyle though he finally succumbs to the passion of a beautiful young woman who he ultimately kills as he did in Paris. When typhoid threatens the villagers, Count Dracula serves as medical savior dispensing healing to one and all even as he takes and kills young ladies. ---- This is a terrific version of Count Dracula who instead of being a vampire suffers from a psychotic disorder. Laszlo keeps the exhilarating story line focused as the audience follows his misadventures and ugly deeds as he sees them as euphoric. Fans of Dracula and those who appreciate a dark psychological suspense thriller will want to read the ¿humanizing¿ of the infamous count as Roderick Anscombe provides a powerfully tense one sitting tale. ---- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2001
The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula is, and will always be, one of my top books in my library of all horrors! This book was outstanding and is highly recommended on my list for the breathtaking storyline. It may not keep you up from falling asleep or make you search the shadows for unspeakable terrors, but it will keep you reading, wondering what will happen next! Laszlo is a truly exceptional character and once you start reading this book, you will see why!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2001
I thought this book was excellent--wonderfully written! It couples lyrical, poetic prose with a psychological profile of a deeply troubled man. If you are looking for a stereotypical 'vampire' novel, this is not it--if you are looking for a great book, get this!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2000
I have to strongly disagree with all who claim that this book is not scary. While the book takes a (welcome) turn from the mythical and supernatural vampire lore, it is anything but tame. The beauty and horror of Laslow is that it could actually have happened. Roderick Anscombe takes you inside the mind of the famous Translyvanian serial killer allowing you to glimpse what drives him to his deeds and also the disgust he feels for his own actions. He fights his dark desires while he can, but his 'hunger' for blood always wins in the end. His pyschological obsession for it overcomes even the physical need portrayed in classical Vampire legend. All in all and excellent read, mind expanding and thought provoking. Silence of the Lambs meets Hamlet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2000
This novel, as instinctvely animal as it may seem, is so human we don't even realize it. Laszlo shows us a hidden self underneath sanity, or regularity, whichever you prefer. I would not recommend this book for someone who thought the cover looked cool on the bargain shelf at barnes and noble, but if you have twisted thoughts (relative to whatever the norm is) and are interested in what is unseen, then read this book. With intriguing layers of science, the mind, and sexuality, this will keep many reading. You can't put it down, unless you want to go to the mirror and check for elongated canine teeth. This book can scare, enhance, and grab your mind, and it will too, no matter how old you are. I was twelve when I read this, and I felt a connection to every word written, which proves that all you need to read this book is the will to explore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2000
Very well written. I found myself having a hard time putting it down. I noticed some other readers not liking the story and commenting on it not having anything to do with Dracula. This book is not about Vampires, nevertheless, it is quite captivating. And quoting another reader, 'it has a Jeckyl And Hyde' touch to it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2011
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