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Theater of Vampires (Jason Dark - Ghost Hunter) [Kindle Edition]

Guido Henkel
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When stage magic isn't what it seems, Jason Dark turns to an old friend for help. Explore the shadows of the Victorian Theater with London's most famous Geisterjäger as he confronts a horror beyond anything yet confronted.

"Theater of Vampires" is a story of betrayal, discovery, and horror in the tradition of the Grand Guignol. The only admission price needed is your courage.

This is the second volume in a series of gothic horror adventures where Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter, follows in the mold of a Sherlock Holmes combined with Randall Garrett's Lord D'Arcy. Written by Guido Henkel, the designer who brought Germany's famed "Das Schwarze Auge" series to computer screens, this series is filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister, fog-shrouded streets of Victorian England.

Your encounter with the extraordinary awaits.


Editorial Reviews

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"A briskly paced pulp fiction throwback full of gothic dread and shivery intrigue." "A cult of sophisticated fiends who like their terror full of elegant dread and Victorian charm." --Chris Alexander, FANGORIA

"What amazed me, as I dug deeper into the series is the sheer, joyous brilliance of the project" --Mirek Lipinski, FANTATERROR

About the Author

After spending over 25 years writing, designing and producing interactive fiction for numerous award-winning computer games, Guido Henkel has decided to put his storytelling talents to use in linear fiction.
An lifelong fan of gothic horror, selecting a genre to become active in as a writer was an easy and natural choice. Guided by the spirit of classic stories that create atmosphere through their settings as much as the mysterious events unfolding, his adventures incorporate a love and passion for the genre that shines through in every word.

Product Details

  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing (December 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031568D4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Theater of Vampires June 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Jason Dark and his friends Max and Siu Lin come face to face with a coven of bloodthirsty vampires posing as an innocent theater group. Dark must use his keen wit and resourcefulness to destroy the creatures before they bleed London dry! Theater of Vampires marks the second volume in the JASON DARK: GHOST HUNTER series by Independent Horror writer Guido Henkel. The story picks up shortly following the events of the previous adventure, with Siu Lin now living and training under Dark's household. Henkel has created his own larger than life hero in Jason Dark, a Sherlock Holmes of sorts that must use his smarts over his brawn to defeat his enemies. His writing style is fast-paced and clearly directed, maintaining a steady stream of action and suspense as the three characters attempt to oust their undead adversaries. Avid readers will catch the quick cameos by familiar characters from outside of the Dark universe, and each of the groups are given a rich history in the short amount of pages. Theater of Vampires is a brisk but satisfying read that leaves the reader begging for more. Luckily, it is just one in an ever-expanding series, with new volumes due out shortly!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark has returned! April 23, 2012
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This is the second Jason Dark book I've read and I gotta say, they're both awesome!

Great characters, very descriptive and great fun to read.

I love the nod to characters from other literary masterpieces.

Guido if you read these, keep 'em coming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Vampires? Check this out! December 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Guido has written yet another interesting novella involving Jason Dark, ghost hunter, though his profession isn't only ghosts. His first battle, in Demon's Night, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery, dealt with demons, and now this book deals with vampires. Of course, I found this novella very interesting, especially as these vampires are hiding in plain sight, performing at a theater; and their performance is not for the squeamish.

Guido does a superb job tying all loose ends together in this novella while bringing both Jason Dark and Siu Lin back in this enticing story where not everyone is what they seem. I really enjoy that these novellas seem to be stand-alone texts and can be read out of order. Since the texts don't necessarily tie in with one another, it does give the reader some say over what they want to read. However, both this novella and Demon's Night are superbly written and I suggest reading them both, in order; I am excited to read the next installment and see what new gothic horror Guido comes up with!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Pulp Fiction Lives, and Oh What Fun It Is! October 28, 2011
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If you like pulp horror in a quick and easy, enjoyable read, then this series is for you.

Jason Dark is a ghost hunter...and a vampire hunter...and a demon hunter...and a hunter of all things supernatural. He is aided and abetted by his faithful assistant Siu Lin and his housekeeper Lady Wellesley.

Our story begins with the advent of Jason's friend Max. Their reunion is a happy one, with a pleasant dinner with Jason's assistant Siu Lin in attendance. Talk is turned to the new play being performed, rumoured to be in the Grand Guignol style, called Theater of Vampires. Max persuades Jason to attend a performance and that's where our story begins to take off. Jason suspects there is more than meets the eye to the performers of this harrowing stage show and sets out to investigate. His suspicions are confirmed when Max is violently, and literally wrenched out of Jason's home by a vampire kidnapping.

Written in a pulp fiction style, there are lurid descriptions of blood letting, pale, red-eyed vampires with preternatural abilities, ambushes, confrontations, captures, rescues, action,...it's all here.
The story only runs 61 pages. I found it entertaining, both for it's subject matter and the style in which it is written. Some of it seems grand and a tad over the top dramatically speaking, but that's a hall mark of pulp fiction to begin with. I spent an entertaining evening reading this, enjoying a genre I hadn't previously read too much of. Pulp writing is a dying art these days to a degree, but Henkel writes with a sure pen, creating the shadowy streets of London in the winter, the dark and mysterious theater and the threatening vampires with ease.
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