Mastery

Rating: 
3
Mastery
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.

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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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