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Dracula's Apprentice: Mike Zimmerman

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    Posted: 04 Jan 2014 at 10:29pm
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Something wonderful happens when classic and modern viewpoints blend with gritty realism and historical tradition. Although Stoker's original and best vampire, Dracula, is only mentioned here and there, his presence is palpable in the often visceral and compelling dramatic action sequences of this new offering. The vampire hunter's pariah path is also well-explored, as is the gnawing thread of revenge and obsession, where the deeply-rooted evil 'prey' have plausible and tragic mitigation mingled into their bloodlust and betrayal.

No vampire is all black and white and Zimmerman's atmospheric writing adds subtler shades of colour and tone to the action, in addition to the inevitable splashes of arterial red, to convey a sense of time and place in the dark forests and mountains of Eastern Europe, and the even murkier legacies of medieval wars with Islam and ghoulish superstitions surrounding the afterlife.

Highly recommended for fans of the classic gothic horror genre.
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