Review by The Princess of Cups, submitted on 16-Sep-1991

Mastery by Kelley Wilde. PB $4.50450 pages September 1991, Dell Horror ISBN 0-440-20727-4

Give it a try. I'm not going to attempt to describe the plot, since I couldn't do it justice. I will say that it involves a train, Halley's comet, San Francisco, the earthquake of 1906, several characters dislocated in time, and one arrogant, heartless vampire who has a little difficulty digesting the local red stuff.

This novel portrays graphic violence and sadistic sexual acts, but they are an integral part of the plot and characterization. The vampire is a vile creation, but he is a well developed character rather than a mindless and fanged monster.

The focus of this book does not rest on the vampire, but rather swings between several diverse characters. Wilde's style of writing is a little different, and not always easy to follow, but well worth the effort of a little thought from the reader.

Fanged Films

Italy, 1972
Night of the Devils / La Noche de los Diablos
France, 1973

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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