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Verland: The Transformation [Kindle Edition]

B.E. Scully
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Book Description

True crime writer Elle Bramasol is drawn into a macabre mystery when incarcerated Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman asks her to write a book about his case. As she delves deeper into Kingman’s murder conviction, she discovers that he possesses a centuries old diary written by an elusive vampire named Verland. Uncovering the transformative secrets held within the diary’s pages, Elle is drawn deeper into both Kingman’s deadly schemes and Verland’s dark world of shadows. When the two finally collide, the stage is set for a climactic battle over mankind’s ultimate prize: eternal triumph over death. But will the Holy Grail of immortality turn out to be the cruelest curse of all?

Exploring the allure of the shadowy places between life and death, between fantasy and reality, and the ultimate power of belief, Verland: The Transformation is a gothic-inspired tour de force, a brooding return to the roots of the vampire genre that goes for the throat from page one until the final, bone-chilling climax.

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ForeWord Clarion Review

Following the death of her beloved mother, author Elle Bramasol struggles to make meaning of her life. Instead, she gets pulled into a deadly web when Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman calls upon her from prison to pen a manuscript about his murder conviction. She soon discovers that the story Kingman wants her to write intertwines with the diary of an ancient vampire named Verland. Upon reading Verland’s diary, she goes from skeptic to believer, but she’ll be lucky to uncover the truth and stay alive at the same time.

Verland’s diary entries let the reader into the evolving soul of a brooding bloodsucker. The author departs from the current trend of sexy vampires, instead using old lore to create a unique brand of monster all her own. Scully asks readers to ponder if vampires are indeed villains, and why humans are both fascinated by and fearful of death.

Verland: The Transformation is a meditation upon mortality: a thinking reader’s vampire novel. Even so, there exists enough creepiness to satisfy people who just love a good scare. The author excels at describing settings, and the vivid details about the otherworldly locations add to the overall spookiness of the book. Scully breathes life into places as diverse as bloody Prussian battlefields, 1930s Mayan villages, and present-day Los Angeles.

B.E. Scully deftly mixes philosophy, suspense, and humor to create a juicy new twist on the vampire legend. Verland: The Transformation will forever transform your view of vampires

--Jill Allen

Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Willy

--- A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes

--- Couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans

--- A rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels

--- Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately

About the Author

B.E. Scully lives in the woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions.

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  • File Size: 874 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460907000
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00551ZOVY
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite. December 19, 2012
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While visiting the finer antique stores, most of us can't help but eventually run our fingers along the beautifully honed furniture, the intricate inlays and carvings, and wonder, "Why has such craftsmanship gone the way of the dinosaurs?" Thankfully, after reading B.E. Scully's "Verland: The Transformation," I was reminded that such skills aren't extinct; that there do indeed still exist artisans who triumph in their trade, and settle for nothing less than excellence. I was especially impressed upon learning that Verland is the author's debut novel, and this bit of trivia still intrigues me. The prose here is nothing short of brilliant; the characters and their relative dialogue all so effortlessly authentic, some of them distanced by more than a century. And the storyline itself veers off into a weighty excursion; that is, B.E. Scully's masterfully slow descent into the deeper significances of death. And, consequently, life. It is there where she weaves the philosophical into an underlying tapestry, not to really show itself until much later. And then it just wavers there, customarily indistinct, never completely whole. After all, the answer to that question remains doggedly elusive. But the author has most cleverly, and most satisfyingly, given us something to at least glimpse. And to ponder. Verland is, in a word, exquisite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More! January 14, 2013
The vampire subgenre has always been prone to blockbusters: Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, `Salem's Lot, the Twilight chronicles. But there are other works, obscure some of them, perhaps, but hallowed by discriminating readers. Novels like The Vampire Tapestry and Fevre Dream or They Thirst - all titles to conjure with. The true aficionado of the genre will speak of them with a catch in the voice and an uncanny glow in the eye. B.E. Scully's "VERLAND: The Transformation" has unquestionably stormed their battlements and in record time. A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes, all couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans. (There's even a Blair Witch aspect. Is it fiction? Is it?) This is a rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels. I can't wait. Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verland the Transformation August 20, 2012
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B.E. Scully is a wonderful story teller; "Verland the Transformation" is beautifully crafted, full of delicious prose and laced with wisdom about the inner workings of people like you and me.
The author takes us on a voyage exploring human relational values. The journey embarks inside our own souls by opening an unused doorway down a darkened hallway in the back of our minds. B. E. Scully shines a revealing light on our complex human condition. That light is filtered through the long flowing hair of our worse and our better angels.
Masterfully written, a story told within a story, with an inspirational sense of history and an irresistible tug on the credulity lobes of our brains ......... While I was reading, I was believing .......... and I believe now, with absolute certainty, that I am waiting in anticipation of buying the next B. E. Scully book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging January 8, 2013
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In found myself unable to put this book down. The vivid portrayal of Verland's existence is a welcomed change from the current tales laced with teen fantasy and sensationalism. The story is dark yet tender just the same, revealing the author's true respect for life and what lies beyond. The locations and characters are described in such detail that I feel as though I was more of a spectator than a reader. A profoundly heart wrenching and gothic read. Excellent!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the basics July 7, 2011
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With so much of our modern take on vampires being in the "paranormal romance" vein, it's nice to see current authors who make it a point to present vampires in a different light. In the case of B.E. Scully's "Verland: The Transformation", "different" is back to basics, and in a good way.

This is very much a traditionalist take on the vampire saga; indeed, this is a work Bram Stoker would be proud of. There are shades of Stoker here, as well as J. Sheridan LeFanu and Anne Rice. Fans of old school vampire tales are going to enjoy what they read here.

First, the good. Scully's writing style is crisp, clear and direct, and her sense of pacing and narrative flow are top-notch. It's very easy to get sucked into "Verland" from the first page, and it can be just as difficult to put it down. Scully's characters are for the most part also very nicely developed, especially our heroine, Ellie, who is as close to a flesh and blood invididual as I've read in a work of fiction in a long time. The dialogue and first-person narrative provided in Verland's diary are also exceptionally well written.

Keeping in mind that reading and reviewing are always subjective, my only issue with "Verland" was that, after Ellie begins to actually read the diary, very little of what transpired from that point took my by surprise. I may be jaded, I may read too many books, or B.E. and I may simply have the same thought patterns, but after a point most everything that took place in the novel transpired as I guessed it would, which took a bit of the suspense out the novel for me. Luckily, the strength of the overall writing was more than enough to allow me to enjoy the rest of B.E.'s work even when I had a good idea of where everything was going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An instant modern classic
There are times when a story speaks to me from the first paragraph, calls out in the middle of the night, demanding to be peeled open and heard. VERLAND is one of those. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David M. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Vampire Novel
It was truly captivating. Absolutely amazing. I love books about vampires and the supernatural and this was very different but the same. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brandon Crouse
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Verland: The Transformation is a fantastic vampire story and more. It is thought provoking from cover to cover, impossible to put down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This was a really good vampire story. Enjoyed reading a book that didn't try to gross me out... I will be trying out more of the author's work.
Published 20 months ago by Dean Gammell
4.0 out of 5 stars The writing is wonderful
B E Scully is a talented writer. Her style is quite literary. Her words flow and ebb and just carry you away. However, the story needs to be a bit tighter. Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by Pulpman
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
I liked this book; but didn't love it. It was nice to get a 'feeling' of Dracula (using diary entries to move the story along); a nice, nostalgic read. Read more
Published on November 26, 2012 by Colin D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good luck putting this one down
What a great read! Long before I knew it I was taking breaks at work to go to my car and read a few pages. Scully has you counting pages wishing there was another 500 more to go. Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by Arman
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut
With the notable exception of 30 Days of Night, the vampire sub-genre has been stuck in a "sexy-vampire" groove for the last three decades. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Brett J. Talley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
I don't want to give away any details in this review. I just want to express how I think Verland The Transformation is indeed an excellent read. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Bella
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More About the Author

B.E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions. Scully is the author of the critically acclaimed gothic thriller Verland: the Transformation, the short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals, and numerous short stories, poems, and articles. Her latest novella, The Eye That Blinds, with be released by DarkFuse Publishing in 2015. In addition, her young adult novel The Tower of Together will also be released in 2015 by Eldritch Press. Published work, interviews, and odd scribblings can be found at


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