Theater of Vampiresby Guido Henkel
When stage magic isn't what it seems, Jason Dark turns to an old friend for help. Explore the shadows of the Duke's Theater with London's most famous Geisterjäger as he confronts a horror beyond anything yet confronted. "Theater of Vampires" is a story of betrayal, discovery, and horror in the tradition of the Grand Guignol. The only admission price needed is your… See more details below
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When stage magic isn't what it seems, Jason Dark turns to an old friend for help. Explore the shadows of the Duke's Theater with London's most famous Geisterjäger as he confronts a horror beyond anything yet confronted. "Theater of Vampires" is a story of betrayal, discovery, and horror in the tradition of the Grand Guignol. The only admission price needed is your courage.
This is the second volume in a series of supernatural mysteries where Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter in Victorian Britain, faces off against creatures from other dimensions and the forces of evil that feed on our fears.
This series is filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister, fog-shrouded streets of gaslit London. Your encounter with the extraordinary awaits!
"A cult of sophisticated fiends who like their terror full of elegant dread and Victorian charm."
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I just read this book when I was on a trip so I was on the plane and I was reading it, and I couldn't put it down. Even when I had to I was having a hard time at it. This book is about Jason Dark, Ghost Hunter, it has been a part of his family for years, and he sees his old friend Max who invites him to the Theater of Vampires, everyone in the audience thinks that it's just a play...but is it or no? It is a defenate page turner and the vampires are very interesting. Also Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes also make a Cameo which was just so fun! I loved this book and Highly recommend it!
Guido has written yet another interesting novella involving Jason Dark, ghost hunter, though his profession isn¿t only ghosts. His first battle, in Demon¿s Night, dealt with demons, and now this book deals with vampires. Of course, I found this novella very interesting, especially as these vampires are hiding in plain sight, performing at a theater; and their performance is not for the squeamish. Guido does a superb job tying all loose ends together in this novella while bringing both Jason Dark and Siu Lin back in this enticing story where not everyone is what they seem. I really enjoy that these novellas seem to be stand-alone texts and can be read out of order. Since the texts don¿t necessarily tie in with one another, it does give the reader some say over what they want to read. However, both this novella and Demon¿s Night are superbly written and I suggest reading them both, in order; I am excited to read the next installment and see what new gothic horror Guido comes up with!
If you like pulp horror in a quick and easy, enjoyable read, then this series is for you. Jason Dark is a ghost hunter...and a vampire hunter...and a demon hunter...and a hunter of all things supernatural. He is aided and abetted by his faithful assistant Siu Lin and his housekeeper Lady Wellesley. Our story begins with the advent of Jason's friend Max. Their reunion is a happy one, with a pleasant dinner with Jason's assistant Siu Lin in attendance. Talk is turned to the new play being performed, rumoured to be in the Grand Guignol style, called Theater of Vampires. Max persuades Jason to attend a performance and that's where our story begins to take off. Jason suspects there is more than meets the eye to the performers of this harrowing stage show and sets out to investigate. His suspicions are confirmed when Max is violently, and literally wrenched out of Jason's home by a vampire kidnapping. Written in a pulp fiction style, there are lurid descriptions of blood letting, pale, red-eyed vampires with preternatural abilities, ambushes, confrontations, captures, rescues, action,...it's all here. The story only runs 61 pages. I found it entertaining, both for it's subject matter and the style in which it is written. Some of it seems grand and a tad over the top dramatically speaking, but that's a hall mark of pulp fiction to begin with. I spent an entertaining evening reading this, enjoying a genre I hadn't previously read too much of. Pulp writing is a dying art these days to a degree, but Henkel writes with a sure pen, creating the shadowy streets of London in the winter, the dark and mysterious theater and the threatening vampires with ease. I felt transported to Jason's side, be it as he dined with Max, attended the play, worked in his laboratory, took to the dark street, and entered the theater to engage in a showdown with the vampires. There's a fair amount of blood in this tale, enough to satisfy the gore hound. I liked the lab work Jason employed, a nod to the wit of Sherlock Holmes I suspect. The pacing is sound, and the characters are brought to convincing life. For a quick, atmospheric tale of the supernatural, this series is a winner. There are 10 volumes currently available, with Jason taking on demons, witches, ghostly Kinghts Templar, a real doctor Frankenstein, wraiths, curses, and wrathful goddesses, to name but a few of the terrors he meets. In January of 2011, Henkel was invited by Fangoria magazine to write an exclusive serial novel for their magazine, beginning with issue #302, entitled Food for the Dead. Quite an honor, indeed.
In this day and age, it can sometimes be hard to sit down and read a novel. With kids, work, and other day to day activities I start reading a book, but either never finish it or when I try and pick up where I left off, too much time has passed to remember all of those details that make a good story great. Flipping through a magazine one day (still have time for those...lol) I noticed a review for "Jason Dark: Theater Of Vampires". Besides the glowing review about a vampire hunter named Jason Dark, the idea of a dime novel really appealed to me. Why hadn't I thought of that route? I head to Amazon and read more reviews - all of them are very positive. Given the $2.99 price point (cheaper than the magazines I pick up from time to time) I decided to give this Jason Dark a chance. A quirk of mine has always been to start a series at the beginning. Though "Theater Of Vampires" is the second volume in the Jason Dark series, I found out that you don't need to read the first story ("Demon Knight") to enjoy the second. Each novel seems to stand on its own. I open the book and right off the bat am thrust into a man's living nightmare. The thought of waking up in such a vulnerable way was described to perfection. It was like a great opening scene for a movie and certainly set the tone for this supernatural mystery. The great writing develops Jason Dark into a character I want to follow. I can't wait to get another book in this series.