|The Amulet of Elisabeth Bathory and other Short Stories|
|Friday, October 19, 2012 12:20 PM|
For the month of October, the month of Halloween, I thought I’d review something of a “darker” nature. The Amulet of Elisabeth Bathory and Other Short Stories by Kevin Eads is a collection of vampire tales.
Now, this is definitely not my genre. I didn’t read the Twilight saga or watch the movies, nor do I want to. I’m not a fan of horror movies, either. I read a little Stephen King when I was younger. Now I’m just generally not into any of that. The jacket of this book reads, however, “...“not the Edward Cullens of Twilight, but rather for a bygone era of beautiful stalkers of the night, the Brides of Dracula styled.” This intrigued me. As a literature major, I have read a few books of this kind that I have enjoyed. I would say these books are a bit elevated in terms of theme, meaning, character development, and so on. And that’s what I found when I read Kevin Eads’ book.
This book is written like a play, which might appeal more or less to some people, depending upon familiarity with this style. I enjoyed the format. The cover, by the way, might be all it takes for certain prospective readers to open the book, as it contains a picture of a very blonde, very voluptuous vampire. But moving on.
Eads also really sets the tone for each scene; his description of a castle, grim organ music, dead bodies, and blood in a medieval bathtub took my imagination right there, and I could vividly picture every scenario. The reading goes quickly, as the play format allowed me to zip through, as opposed to getting bogged down by a heavy-handed novel. I can easily see these stories becoming a movie, which is, perhaps, Kevin Eads’ intent.
This is for more mature readers, as some themes are graphic, as well as some of the language. It didn’t bother me; I enjoyed the writing style, but I would caution younger readers. I would say this is best suited for older high school students and above, especially readers who enjoy darker themed stories, and of course, vampires.
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