Night Inside, The

The Night Inside
Review by Beverley Richardson, submitted on 27-Jan-1994

"The Night Inside" by Nancy Baker was well written with interesting plot and characters. But for me two things about this book really stood out. The first was the reason the central character becomes a vampire and the second was where and how she hid out afterwards.

The central character gets kidnapped by some men and taken to an old deserted psychiatric hospital where she is held captive in a cell adjacent to another cell holding a captive vampire. Her captors plan to feed her to the vampire for as many nights as she can survive by forcing her to stick her arm through the bars of her cell into that of the vampire so he can feed from her wrist. She realizes that her only hope is to enlist the vampire's aid - when he finally kills her, he must stop their captors from staking her body afterwards. When she rises from the dead, she will return and free the vampire.

I really liked this idea - so different from the usual person-murdered-by-vampire or vampire-makes-his/her-lover-a-vampire-so-they -can-be-together-forever, or accident-victim-saved-by-vampire reasons that characters usually become vampires. In this book, she doesn't want to become a vampire but it is her only way out. Plus the vampire is seriously depressed and doesn't want anything to do with her.

The other thing I really liked about this book is how and where they hide after their escape. The people who captured the vampire are actively hunting for them so they decide to split up. He becomes a street bum staying in decaying buildings during the day and mingling with the other bums at night.

In life the girl was a stodgy bookish student. She cuts her hair short, dyes it black turns in her schoolteacherish clothes for black gothic clothes and blends in with the human gothic scene. Really a neat twist in an interesting book.

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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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