The Blood Witch, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery [NOOK Book]

Overview

An ancient curse resurfaces.
From deep within the English forests, a hideous creature threatens to re-emerge, stronger than ever. Meanwhile, young girls are disappearing from the streets of London, and rumors of heinous rituals abound.
Fearing for her very life, a young actress working at the famed Lyceum Theatre calls desperately on Jason Dark for help. On the eve of ...
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The Blood Witch, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery

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Overview

An ancient curse resurfaces.
From deep within the English forests, a hideous creature threatens to re-emerge, stronger than ever. Meanwhile, young girls are disappearing from the streets of London, and rumors of heinous rituals abound.
Fearing for her very life, a young actress working at the famed Lyceum Theatre calls desperately on Jason Dark for help. On the eve of Walpurgis Night, the Geisterjäger meets another formidable enemy as he comes face to face with the Blood Witch. Who will prevail?

This is the eighth volume in a series of gothic horror adventures where Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter, follows in the mold of a Sherlock Holmes combined with Randall Garrett's Lord D'Arcy. Written by Guido Henkel, the designer who brought Germany's famed "Das Schwarze Auge" series to computer screens, this series is filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister, fogshrouded streets of Victorian England. Your encounter with the extraordinary awaits.
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Editorial Reviews

Joshua Reynolds
"...devilishly entertaining..."
Mirek Lipinski
"What amazed me, as I dug deeper into the series is the sheer, joyous brilliance of the project"
"...only sleep made me put it down."
Mirek Lipinski
"What amazed me, as I dug deeper into the series is the sheer, joyous brilliance of the project"
"...only sleep made me put it down."
Joshua Reynolds
"...devilishly entertaining..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982773079
  • Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Series: Jason Dark: Ghost Hunter , #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

After spending over 25 years writing, designing and producing interactive fiction for numerous award-winning computer games, Guido Henkel has decided to put his storytelling talents to use in linear fiction.
An lifelong fan of gothic horror, selecting a genre to become active in as a writer was an easy and natural choice. Guided by the spirit of classic stories that create atmosphere through their settings as much as the mysterious events unfolding, his adventures incorporate a love and passion for the genre that shines through in every word.
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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    Brilliant novel!!

    Guido Henkel is a talented writer I met in one of my earlier interviews. And am I ever glad I did!!

    The Jason Dark series are dime novels. And if you don't know what those are, they're shorter pieces of fiction with their history originating in the 19th and early 20th century. To quote Wikipedia: "Dime novels are, at least in spirit, the antecedent of today's mass market paperbacks, comic books, and even television shows and movies based on the dime novel genres. In the modern age, "dime novel" has become a term to describe any quickly written, lurid potboiler and as such is generally used as a pejorative to describe a sensationalized yet superficial piece of written work."

    Although I'd heard the term "dime novel" previously, I had never actually read one. And I would hardly call them "superficial".

    Henkel's series harkens back to Victorian England. It is peppered with supernatural elements and fun historical references. (Bram Stoker makes a cameo in this book!). The Blood Witch, Vol 8 in this series, centers on Jason Dark's adventures against a character based on Elizabeth Báthory - the Blood Countess. She was one of the worst serial killers in history, with some references setting her count at over six hundred victims. Some writings even say she bathed in the blood of her victims in order to conserve her youth and beauty. This is the legend that Henkel does a wonderful job of weaving into his tale. And he adds his own supernatural spin on the story that gives a whole new, and hauntingly sad, dimension to it.

    Naturally, Dark is not alone in his battle. He has with him a female counterpart - Siu Lin. She's a martial arts expert that almost acts like his bodyguard. I thought it was a brilliant element that added yet another interesting dimension to this book. And along with this are tantalizing hints at Dark's past. It's enough to whet the appetite and make you want to not only read the earlier books to gather more but also to keep reading the subsequent volumes.

    The writing for this book is fast paced with enough detail to get the point across without all the fluff. The Blood Witch was an intriguing read and I now look forward to reading the earlier books in the series. Yes, I read this out of order, and that's fine. From what I can tell, each story stands on its own.

    Henkel has now converted one more person to appreciating the dime novel, and in particular the Jason Dark series. The next volume I want to read is called Dead by Dawn. I can't wait!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Review of Blood Witch

    Henkel again intertwines his novella with history as Bram Stoker is introduced at his Lyceum theater. I absolutely love the literary references and how Henkel keeps writing these famous writers into his work¿ for H.G. Wells, then Jules Verne, and now Bram Stoker. Although Stoker is only in the novel in passing, with few lines, it makes a literary buff, such as myself, giddy.

    This was a very interesting story about lycanthropes and witches, intertwining them together as an ancient course wreaks havoc on London. It is another very well written, unique tale that I recommend in this gothic, mystery series.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    Entertaining, fast-paced adventure

    Evil stalks young actress, Fiona Cowie. Fearing for her life, she calls on the esteemed Jason Dark for help. Can he save her - and himself - from the Blood Witch? Another entertaining, fast-paced adventure with a few well-timed twists to keep you turning the pages. I like the way Henkel cleverly drops historical figures and facts into his books. Bram Stoker even makes a cameo appearance in this volume. On a deeper level, Jason Dark and Siu Lu's relationship continues to evolve, the catalyst, a glimpse into Dark's private past. Next one, please.

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