THE CRYPT OF DRACULA
07/07/2013 reviewed by Rachelle Bronson
In 1899, when stone-mason Andreas Wagner travels to the rural mountains of Hungary to start work on rebuilding a crumbling castle, his mind is not only on pleasing his new employer Count Dracula, but on the fresh start it’ll provide him and his mute wife after the loss of their young daughter.
He travels ahead, through harsh landscapes, meeting strange and secretive townsfolk, in order to plan the workload for his friend and wife who are to join him later. But as soon as they all arrive to the castle, they are plagued by many strange occurrences. A crypt like wine cellar, fleeting shadows, falling boulders and an angry bat, are just the beginning and if they aren’t vigilant, their end.
I was skeptical when asked to review The Crypt of Dracula, as so many vampire stories now are distasteful derivatives that simply waste my time and make me roll my eyes back in my head. But I have to say, why should I be surprised that Kane Gilmour would deliver.
This story is completely what all us old-school (monster) horror geeks love. To dive into a dark tale of creepy bloodlust and mayhem. It’s being compared to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and I must agree that it is the closest thing I’ve read that pays homage to such a powerful classic.
There’s nothing about the this book I didn’t like. The slow build, the fast paced action and even the amazing illustrations by Scott P Vaughn. You can tell that Gilmour loves his monsters. And we love his monsters too.
If you’re looking for a creepshow, with a wicked twist at the end, which will make you say, “as if,” here it is.