Vampire Diary: The Embrace

Rating: 
4
Vampire Diary: The Embrace
Review by Beverley Richardson, submitted on 29-Mar-2002

VAMPIRE DIARY: THE EMBRACE: by Robert Weinberg and Mark Rein-Hagen 1995.

Part of this book's charm is its unusual design. Published in a diary, complete with lock and key, the text is in a handwritten, not typewritten format. The pages are filled with the dark and anguished drawings of the protagonist whose diary this is. He is Auston, a bartender in a gothic nightclub who dreams of owning his own bar someday. But Auston has been having disturbing dreams and his girlfriend persuades him that writing a diary will be therapeutic. As the diary proceeds, the dreams and the drawings become more anguished. Auston is spiralling out of control and under the influence of a vampire.

I really enjoyed this book. The drawings and the text combine beautifully to illlustrate a mind under siege and losing the battle. On some pages, there are red splotches that look very much like smeared blood. I can't think of another book which does such a good job of portraying the anguish of a person falling under the influence of a vampire and becoming lost to humanity.

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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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