Dracula the Undead: A Chilling Sequel to Dracula

Dracula the Undead: A Chilling Sequel to Dracula

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

“Dracula the Undead is a rich sequel, the best out there... capturing the romantic and gothic spirit of the Victorian era... with great pacing and a creative plot.” – Darkcornerbooks .com A chilling sequel to DRACULA by Bram Stoker that recaptures that atmospheric mystery and horror of the original. Winner of the Dracula Society's BEST GOTHIC NOVEL Award. In 1997, to celebrate 100 years since the first publication of DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Penguin Books asked Freda Warrington - on the strength of her "A Taste of Blood Wine" vampire series - to write a sequel in celebration of the original Dracula. "Seven years ago we all went through the flames... In the summer of this year we made a journey to Transylvania, and went over the old ground which was, and is, to us so full of vivid memories... The castle stood as before, reared high above a waste of desolation." - from Dracula by Bram Stoker Dracula the Undead takes up the story where Bram Stoker left off - with the return of Mina, Jonathan, Dr van Helsing and their friends to the setting of their horrific final encounter with Count Dracula. There they meet the scholar Professor Kovacs and his niece Elena. But their visit causes something Undead to stir. Deep beneath the earth, Dracula's fierce soul lies in limbo, disembodied and desperate to regain his lifeblood. Elena begins to be haunted by a mysterious wolf... and thus the vampire Count's devilish plan is set in motion, with some shocking twists along the way. “Dracula the Undead by Freda Warrington is a true rarity – a sequel to a literary classic that doesn’t pale in comparison... She does Stoker proud in her deft handing of horror and suspense.” – Setisays .blogspot **From Publishers Weekly Warrington's so-so sequel to Bram Stoker's classic has the misfortune to follow on the heels of a superior sequel with a nearly identical title, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt's Dracula: The Un-Dead (Reviews, Aug. 24). Seven years after Van Helsing and the rest of the vampire hunters ended Dracula's existence, the survivors return to Transylvania to perform a Christian cleansing ritual and to reassure themselves the evil is truly destroyed. No one will be surprised when their journey ends up triggering the monster's resurrection. Once again, the count threatens the body and soul of Mina Harker, whom he pursued in Stoker's Dracula. Amid less than compelling variations on the original plot, Warrington (Elfland) throws in a subplot about the search undertaken by a professor friend of Van Helsing's for an academy run by the devil, whose students included Dracula, but its resolution will satisfy few. (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review Originally published (as a mass-market title) in the UK in 1997, this is a direct sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel. It's set seven years after the end of Dracula. The vampire is dead, supposedly, and Jonathan and Mina Harker are still haunted by the memories of that terrible time. Although it seems a bit improbable, the Harkers, along with the vampire hunter Van Helsing, decide that the best way to unclutter their minds is to go back to Transylvania; they join up with Emil and Elena Kovacs, bound for Transylvania to paint landscapes. Skipping to the meat of the story, it turns out Dracula isn't dead after all (there's a reason they call vampires the "undead," after all), and soon he's terrorizing Jonathan, Mina, and Van Helsing. The author sticks closely to Stoker's original format, telling the story through letters and journal entries, and the prose, while a bit purple at times, evokes the creeping dread of Stoker's own style. A worthy sequel to Dracula, though not destined to become a classic in its own right. --Booklist, 15th October 2009 
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Elfland

Elfland

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

From Publishers WeeklyProlific British author Warrington (the Jewelfire Trilogy), mostly unknown in the U.S., puts a distinctive spin on human/nonhuman relations in this sensuous, relationship-driven story, the first of the Books of the Silver Wheel. The feylike Vaethyr regularly travel between the Spiral and our world until the gates are summarily and permanently closed by Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper. He warns of danger, but the Vaethyr on Earth need to return to the Spiral to survive. Much of the book is devoted to describing the turbulent life of Rosie, daughter of Vaethyr king Auberon, and her love triangle with Sam and Jon, Wilder's troubled sons, as long years without reconnecting to their aetherial selves slowly drive the Vaethyr mad. Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review"Her writing is supple, and her characters have that annoying edge, so difficult to do, that really makes them (you should pardon the expression) human. Sensuous and intense--buy it, read it, love it!"—MELANIE RAWN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF _SPELLBINDER _“Anyone who has ever felt the real world might suddenly waver—to reveal a glimpse of Otherness—will find the reason why in this erotic and colorfully evoked mix of glamorous gothic Faerie and modern values. A glittering treasure-trove and a stunning read for Warrington’s multitude of fans. —TANITH LEE,WORLD FANTASY AWARD–WINNING AUTHOR “An absorbing and gripping journey into a world where the otherworldly shivers alongside us, unseen. Sensitive characterization and evocative scene-setting draw you into the tale; you won’t want to leave it.”—STORM CONSTANTINE, AUTHOR OF THE WRAETHTHU HISTORIES
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The Dark Blood of Poppies

The Dark Blood of Poppies

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

The ballerina Violette Lenoir has fallen victim to the bite of the vampire Charlotte. Her fire and energy have fuelled a terrifying change and a dreadful realisation; that Violette has become Lilith, the demon mother of all vampires. Haunted by Violette's dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn towards the dancer and the terrible destiny that has fallen on her shoulders.
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The Dark Arts of Blood

The Dark Arts of Blood

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

In 1920s Switzerland, vampire lovers Charlotte and Karl are drawn into turmoil as Godric Reiniger, a local filmmaker and activist with sinister ambitions, begins his rise to power.Meanwhile, fiery dancer Emil achieves his dream to partner the legendary ballerina and vampire Violette Lenoir -- until his forbidden desire for her becomes an obsession. Rejected, spiralling towards madness, he seeks solace with a mysterious beauty, Fadiya. But she too is a vampire, with a hidden agenda.When Karl and Charlotte undertake the perilous journey to rescue Emil, they unearth secrets that threaten the very existence of vampire-kind.
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A Dance in Blood Velvet

A Dance in Blood Velvet

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

For the love of her vampire suitor, Karl, Charlotte has forsaken her human life. Now her only contact with humans is when she hunts them down to feed. Her thirst for blood repulses her but its fulfilment brings ecstasy.The one light in the shadows is the passion that burns between her and Karl. A love that it seems will last for eternity - until Karl's former lover, the seductively beautiful Katerina, is rescued from the Crystal Ring. For nearly fifty years she has lain, as dead, in the icy depths of the Weisskalt. Now she wants to reclaim her life ... and Karl. In despair, Charlotte turns to the prima ballerina Violette Lenoir, an ice maiden who only thaws when she dances. Charlotte is fascinated as she has been by no other human, longing to bring joy to the dancer. But her obsession opens the flood-gates to a far darker threat than the vampires could ever have imagined. For Violette is more than human and if she succumbs to the vampire's kiss it could unleash a new...
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