Mar 2, 2007

Fangland by John Marks

Marks, John. Fangland. Penguin Press, January 15, 2007

This is a book not to be missed by any vampire aficionado. I started this book and really had a hard time putting it down. It is one scary thriller.

Below is a copy of the review I recently wrote for Library Journal.

New York TV producer, Evangeline Harker, travels to Transylvania to interview reputed Eastern European crime boss, Ion Torgu, for a segment on The Hour. They meet one evening in the small town of Brasov where Torgu strongly suggests that they will be more comfortable at his own hotel only a short distance away. Although wary of this sinister man Evangeline reluctantly agrees. The building is in a desolate area. There are no other guests and no staff visible, and that night he locks her in her room. Her attempt to escape takes her down an unlit, fetid stairwell where she encounters Torgu at his most monstrous, chanting words of death and feasting on blood. Back at the New York studio, Evangeline’s family and coworkers realize that she has disappeared and no one can locate her. John Marks has written an electrifying, 21st century tale of horror which pays homage Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Marks, however, goes much further and creates a hideous vampire more frightening and horrifying than anything that ever came from Stoker’s imagination. This review is reprinted by permission of Library Journal. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.


Jeff said...

A book scarier than Dracula??? I didn't think that was possible, but I was WRONG!

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Jeff

Glad we agree.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your reviews--AND I do actually read Library Journal (that in itself could be scary...)


Patricia Altner said...


Thanks for the kind words! One of the rewards of reviewing is coming across interesting books like Fangland.

Since you "actually" read Library Journal I am going to go out on a limb and guess that you are a LIBRARIAN!

I was one in a former life, but once a librarian always a librarian

Caresse said...

Good post.