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.
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.