The Story of the Vampire Blood is a great example of contemporary paranormal genius, combining modern day life with vampires of a much older era who try to keep up with the times. The old vampire mentality that “humans are cattle” resonate in this story with all the gruesome attacks on them and the way they are treated by the vampires. Combining the vampires with wolves is a genius idea and goes along with the theory that vampires can shift into anything they want as one of their powers. The story is a great one, though it starts out slow with a lot of background information.
After being walked out on by the love of her life, marrying a man she didn’t love, a daughter Samantha and grandson David, forty-year-old novelist Jenny Lacey has come home to Summer Haven to live in a trailer after draining her cash on her father’s farm. Her mother is a drunk and left her father to live in a dump but still depends on her broke husband to pay for her stuff. Her father, broke and aging, takes odd jobs with his daughter around town just to keep afloat. Her brother, Joey, owns a restaurant right next to The Grand Rebel which was glorious to her as a child but has been closed for many years. When Jenny meets the people that bought The Grand Rebel, she has a strange feeling about them but agrees to work for them, returning the movie theater to its grand presence before it had been shut down. The eccentric “family” that bought it consists of a mesmerizing Mr. Michelson, Annie his wife, Irene the scary one, and two other siblings. Strange things start happening around town. Animals are found butchered and completely drained of blood. People start going missing ,including Jenny’s family, friends, and current employers, and eventually her own father. Jeff, Jenny’s first husband, shows up on her doorstep one morning and never leaves. He, too, has strange feelings about the new owners of the movie theater. When Sheriff Samuels, the state police and FBI can’t find her father, she and Jeff hire a private investigator to find him, but he doesn’t get any closer than anyone else. When Joey is attacked by a vampire wolf, he warns Jenny she is in danger—a warning she also got from Mr. Michelson before he disappeared, too. Will Jenny and Jeff find her father? Will they pay with their own lives? Will Jeff break Jenny’s heart again now that she’s let him back in? What’s going on with these vampire wolves? Read the book to find out.
Vampire Blood starts out slow but it really builds the characters so you have a real feel for them and what they are going through. Once it picks up, though, it goes overboard in a good way. Things really come together in the end, leaving you satisfied as the reader. Each character has their own part and are integral to the story. Vampire Blood was really great. It played into the typical myths of vampires and didn’t go off the script much but held my interest all the way through. The chapters were fairly short, which just pulled me quickly through the 236 pages. I would recommend Vampire Blood to anyone who likes contemporary paranormal stories as its grade is a solid A!
- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615724265
- ISBN-13: 978-1615724260