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The Black Castle Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441065155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441065158
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Les Daniels is a cultural historian, having written books on Comics and Horror in the Mass Media. He is also an anthologist. Most importantly he has written five fine horror novels and several short stories. He has been nominated for several World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards and currently lives in Providence, RI. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. White on January 28, 2010
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My father is a huge comic book collector and actually owns two books from this series in addition to his collection: The Black Castle and Citizen Vampire.
I read them both when I was about fifteen and loved them. Unfortunately I didn't realize there was more to the series than just the two until recently and am certainly working to rectify the problem :)
This book is excellent! It's so dark and to the point that you can't help but be intrigued. It's based during the Spanish Inquisition and is the story of a soldier named Don Sebastian De Villanueva who was killed in battle and "sold his soul" to cheat death and become a vampire. Don Sebastian relies on his brother, a key player in the town's local Inquisition who uses his brother in several ways in his power-hungry attempts to climb the ladder, to survive - but the the power struggle between them is intense. The story that unfolds is a nonstop read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Williamson VINE VOICE on August 16, 2013
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Read THE BLACK CASTLE for the first time since I oginally read it years ago, and it reaffirms my original feeling that Les Daniels' Don Sebastian saga is, hands-down, the best historical vampire fiction ever written. Keep your sparkly trendy vampires -- I'll take the real thing. Not to mention that Daniels could write rings around most people writing horror fiction today. A masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OGO on July 8, 2013
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I read this years ago and I've kept hold of this little paperback through thick and thin. Daniels has potent descriptive prowess, this story drew me totally in. When I migrated to the USA, I had two airport bags and a carry on, this was one of the books I couldn't pass on to someone, I just HAD to keep it with me. :-) My version has a different cover to that displayed here. It has a black castle being struck by lightening and an endorsement from the Yorkshire Post under the title.
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By Julia L. Woodward on July 12, 2014
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By Hwang on February 16, 2014
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There is nothing spectacular about this novel and while it's an okay way to pass time, it does not strike me as an especially great piece of vampire fiction despite the recommendation by Stephen King.

Vampire lore and fiction has been a staple of the West beginning with the early Hammer films featuring Christopher Lee, playing the part of the ever popular character in vampire fiction created by British writer, Bram Stoker, in his classic novel, Dracula, which is highly regarded within the horror genre as constituting one of the three greatest classics ever written alongside Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, all of which have given rise to the three most popular subgenres within the horror industry, namely the vampire, werewolf and Frankenstein; with Anne Rice's classic novel, Interview with the Vampire, spawning a franchise and propelling the vampire subgenre to even great heights, given the fact that she is one of the two writers in America to have been recognized for her contribution to the field by the Horror and Mystery Writers' Association - which has given birth to numerous imitators that witnessed the romanticisation of the vampire both within the medium of print as well as that of film, such as the Twilight Franchise and True Blood.

Les Daniels is one of the few who have joined the band wagon. However, rather than providing us with satisfactory vampire fiction, he totally botches his job through a novel that does not inspire nor contribute to the genre nor vampire lore; one that is uninteresting, run off the mill, contains less than satisfactory characters, is poorly written, and leaves the reader begging for more with a rather disappointing ending.
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