Darker Passions, The: Dracula

The Darker Passions: Dracula
Review by The Mad Bibliographer, submitted on 18-Oct-1994

Adapted from "Vampires in Print" in The Vampire's Crypt #9 (Spring 1994).

Review by Cathy Krusberg

Amarantha Knight. The Darker Passions: Dracula. Masquerade Books, 1993. (To order, send $4.95 + $1.00 U.S./$2.00 elsewhere shipping to 801 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017, or phone 1-800-458-9640; they ship in a nice, plain envelope).

Maurice Richardson's quote referring to Dracula as an "oral-anal-sadistic all-in wrestling match" appears as an epigraph to Darker Passions. Knight has used this idea and left very little to the imagination, taking characters and some plot elements from Dracula and reworking them into a story of heavy-duty S&M/D&B erotica. Bland Brit Jonathan Harker learns the pleasures of pain at the hands (and whips and so forth) of Dracula and his three brides. With the enthusiastic assistance of her submissive suitors, Lucy administers similar lessons to Jonathan's wife:

Then his tongue entered me. No man had entered me before but Jonathan. I felt indecent. Dirty. Vulgar. Thrilled. I cried, "Lucy, whip me, I beg of you!" She complied....

But at the arrival of a noble from the wilds of Transylvania, the Lucy who wields a paddle so vigorously withers, seemingly lost to the foreigner's exotic techniques of domination. The Van Helsing who acts at her suitors' behest is famed for practices comparable to the Count's: no stranger to birching or boot-licking, he! His attempts to undo effects of the vampire's depredations lead to a contest that will answer the burning question: Is the professor or the Count the greater master of the darker passions?

Definitely for mature bodies (as Jane Oliver labelled her Tales of Jerry comics), The Darker Passions: Dracula serves up everything from spankings to garlic enemas, from bondage to blood-drinking, from domination to dildos, on a Victorian-era platter. If this sort of thing isn't to your taste, consider yourself warned!

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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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