Covenant With The Vampire - The Diary of the Family Dracul

Rating: 
4
Covenant With The Vampire - The Diary of the Family Dracul
Review by Beverley Richardson, submitted on 30-Apr-1995

This book's vampire villain provided an enjoyable change of pace from the currently popular vampire heroes. Told through the diaries of the three main human protagonists, the story takes place 50 years before the start of Stoker's book. Arkady Tsepesh and his young pregnant wife Mary, have left England and relocated back to the Tsepesh ancestral estate in Transylvania. With the death of Arkady's father, the task of running the estate for Uncle Vlad has fallen on Arkady's shoulders.

From the outset, the reader knows that Prince Vlad is not the kindly uncle Arkady and his sister have believed him to be since childhood. As the story unfolds little things build up, the small family gradually puts the pieces together and realizes that Uncle Vlad is a vampire and they are trapped. Both Arkady and Mary discover different pieces of the puzzle and write them down in their diary. But, in an effort to avoid burdening one another with their worries and problems, they do not confide in one another.

In spite of figuring out that Vlad is a vampire right from the start, I found the book suspensful. Part of this was due to the sinister atmosphere, which is almost palpable right from page 1. Part is due to the sympathy the reader feels for the characters as they gradually learn of the horror around them. Will they learn what they need to know in time to help them? Will each person confide in the others, thereby providing them with necessary information?

I found this a very enjoyable and well written book. Kalogridis has ended it in such a way that a sequel is possible. I truly hope one is forthcoming.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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