Michelle had very kindly asked Xander Buchan to write this guest post here at Tears of Crimson but he has had a very busy week with his book launch and has been left quite…drained.
Therefore permit me to introduce myself; I am your guest Blogger for today. Perhaps there is a slight chance that you have heard my name before. But I fear it is more than likely drowned out by the names of a thousand others who stand between me and… you. Who are these others you ask? They have many names from the mundane to the extravagant: Lestat de Lioncourt; Blade, Barnabas Collins; Michael; Elizabeth Báthory; Nosferatu; Spike; Kraven; Edward Cullen *retches* and George Bush.
Sweet children, focus your ears. Amongst the mob can you hear it? The lone name whispering to you – you alone!? Whilst the vampire mob clamour for your attention can you hear the sound that acts as the foundation, the sound of a name that began it all? A name that gives birth to those that come after, a name that instils terror among each of them and would see them tear at themselves for fear of meeting me. I am… Dracula.
In 1897, Irish novelist Bram Stoker documented my unsuccessful attempt to... acquire properties and lands outside my beloved Transylvania. Stoker’s manuscript was largely forgotten as, one by one, mankind made up its own vampire stories. Now I’m back, badder than ever… and somewhat bemused to see what the Vampire has become. I shall come to you, and we shall embrace. The obstinate sunlight will cast its rays upon my pallid face and you shall look closely to be sure! You shall see that I do NOT sparkle. The only glimmer you shall find upon me will be your blood as it spills out from my thirsty, wet lips.
My new castle is restored to its former glory and I must have you round as my guest for dinner and drinks. I trust we shall meet soon; your company will be most precious to me.
Michelle, see that your readers are provided with directions to my estate. I answer your zeal with my fortune. D”
Amidst the current popularity for pretty vegetarian vampires, a need has arisen to go back to the basics of horror; Dracula Rekindled does exactly that. Debut author Xander Buchan has written in a refreshing and contemporary style that pays homage to Stoker’s original. This suspenseful follow-up sees the Original Vampire return to unleash his malevolence upon a fresh population. He’s back and badder than ever!
Engaged couple John and Lucy find their plans delayed by unforeseen events. A Goth student’s PhD research digs up more than she bargained for, and a renowned Haematologist discovers his ancestor, Van Helsing, was master of more than just medicine.
Amidst a series of strange events and horrific discoveries, lands are being bought up in Scotland; renovation work begins in a quaint coastal village to restore a medieval castle ruin. Does the prestigious restoration, and its new owner, hold any connection to the dark events unfolding?
As a dark force rises, a secret history is uncovered – but could it even be believed? A desperate hunt for answers leads to the farthest reaches of darkest Europe; has an ancient foe returned to threaten mankind once more?
Dracula Rekindled is available worldwide as both Kindle eBook and traditional 6”x 9” Paperback, exclusively from Amazon.
Full details, and author blog, can be found at www.dracularekindled.com
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