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Dolly Biters!: The Vampire Girls of Victorian London Paperback – September 26, 2016
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Dolly Biters creates an alternative world in which vampires co-exist with humans. But they are very much confined to the nether regions, popping out to snatch victims and drain their blood. These vampires are all female - for reasons that make sense in the skewed world of Paul Voodini. And most are enthusiastic lesbians.
The book is a mix of novellas and short stories, and the range of styles is broad. Early in the book the stories are raunchy and violent. Later in the book things take a more lyrical turn, and the final story is a very enjoyable parody of Alice Through the Looking Glass, right down to the wonderful nonsense verse.
Voodini is a very good writer, with a lively style that just keeps you turning the pages. The world he creates is entirely original, but he does people that world with characters we are all familiar with. My favourite cameo was Sherlock Holmes. You will never look at him the same way again!
The horror genre is not my thing, so I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters were very well developed and I really cared about their troubles. The plots were imaginative and fun.
I really hope this is the first of many from an exciting new talent.
I enjoyed the book very much. There was something refreshing about reading about sensual anti-heroines that
stepped out of the shadows preying on human blood and indulging their sexual appetites.
I really enjoy reading books in this genre. Some people might say that this genre is overdone, and that there are way
too many vampire books out there to warrant spending your time and money reading another but I strongly disagree.
I think there are still gems out there worth the time and the money to read, such as this one.
This book has well developed characters and it is exciting enough that it just has you on the edge of your seat, turning the
page to find out what happens next. Paul Voodini does an excellent job telling a wide variety of vampire tales that are enjoyable
and it makes you yearn for a volume two. I really hope to see more of this author's work in the future.
All that being said, had I known going into the book how much gore and erotica therein was contained, I might have shied away. And I would've missed a great read. While I love the paranormal/monster genre, I tend to harbor a special place in my heart for the struggling monster hero - a hero determined to suppress his natural inclinations for those he loves. This is not that kind of book. These vampire girls are monsters, and for the most part, they revel in their monsterdom. And yet somehow, I could still find a connection with them that would allow me to sympathize with their plight.
Voodini's writing is superb. I was completely immersed and transported to the East End of London. His characters were equal portions creepy, perverse, and entertaining. Excellent read.
In a time when both the television series and games and movies and operas and plays and novels seem to be obsessed with the undead stories, along comes Paul with an entirely different take on the subject of the undead – the Vampire Girls of Victorian London. Shrewd, inventive, clever and addicting, these four stories bring a fresh light to the genre.
Paul opens the door to his parlor of horror in a fine Prologue – ‘That vampires once existed in the London of the 18th and 19th Centuries is not in question. After all, it is this knowledge that has brought you here, to these streets, filled with fog and gas-lamps and alluring women with teeth too sharp and manners too coarse to belong anywhere else but in the old East End of London. The streets that you are about to walk are streets that you will not recognise. They are not the Victorian streets of Christmas cards and biscuit tins and cosy televisual costume dramas. These streets are dangerous and dirty; they are filled with s**t and shadows and at any moment, out of these shadows, death could appear in the guise of a thug's bludgeon or a prostitute's syphilis or a vampire's teeth. The truth of the matter, and it's a truth that you may already suspect, is that the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields were far more dangerous than you will ever truly comprehend. The average life expectancy in the East End of London was the mid-twenties (it was an extravagant mid-forties in wealthier areas such as Chelsea), with half of all children dying before they reached their tenth birthday. It was in this atmosphere that the vampires of Victorian London operated with all-but impunity. Death surrounded the mortals, and if it wasn't one thing that got you, well, it would be the other. To the vampire girls of Victorian London, we soft, weak humans were nothing but food, to be preyed upon and taken at leisure. We may thank our Gods (should we have cause to believe in such fancies) that we live now in the 21st Century, and not in the 1800s. For if this were the 1800s we would by now, undoubtedly, be dead. So enjoy these tales, these macabre tales of death and murder and lesbian sex. Slaver over them, let them haunt your sleep and benumb your waking day. Laugh and curse and thrill along with our dark heroines, safe and secure in the knowledge that if these girls still lived, if our paths should ever cross, they would despise us, spit in our face, and then feast upon our blood.’ That, fellow readers, is the tenor of the tales. You’ll never associate these famous parodies of Brit Lit the same again!
The synopsis comments by Paul shares a broader view of the actual content – ‘Four saucy tales from the legendary vampire girls of Victorian London, bound up in one alluring volume. These are tales to quicken the pulse, thrill the mind, and excite parts of the body that other, lesser books fail to reach. Novellas and short stories featured in this sweet confection of blood, sex and gothic melodrama include the Holmes of the Baskervilles, Miss Katie Bell - Victorian Vampire, Joan Dark is Lost, and The Vampire Alice Through the Looking Glass. Welcome to the gothic London of the 1800s, where vampires walk the streets and some of your favorite characters from Victorian literature have been taken and twisted until they snap.’
Follow Paul into this netherworld – it is some of the best entertainment out there – even if you are not a fan of the undead. Lighten up and have fun. Grady Harp, October 16