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Dracula’s Demeter uses the log of the Demeter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula as an outline. The logbook in Stoker’s novel gives us the name of many of the ill-fated ship’s crew: Petrofsky, Olgaren, and Abramoff. We know there are two mates and a cook, and the first mate is Romanian, while most of the crew is Russian.
Lamoreaux fills in the back stories of these men. The cook is an old Scotsman on his last sea voyage, looking forward to retirement in Whitby. One of the men has severe back pain and must take laudanum just to function. Lamoreaux adds an undocumented passenger to the mix -- an English scholar who must flee Romania quickly because the daughter of an official claimed she was pregnant with his child. As the story unfolds, we find that not all aboard are who they seem, but the captain has reasons to keep their secrets in his official log. This allows a story to unfold that is at once consistent with Dracula but also offers a few surprises.
Lamoreaux remains true to Stoker and his Dracula is unquestionably a villain. We see him kill in grotesque ways and manipulate people both aboard the ship and in Whitby. Like the story of Demeter’s voyage, Lamoreaux adds to the character of Dracula without contradicting Stoker and we come away with an even more frightening and villainous creature than before.
Fanfiction has gotten a bad rap as a lot of it is badly written garage. But not this book. If you love Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, you will not be disappointed. I was impressed by how well-written the story was, the research involved, and the professional editing and proofreading. Rare commodities in Indie books or small presses. I did feel there was a tad bit too much background and detail. I found myself nodding off a few times with all the nautical terms.
As for the characters, there was a wide range of them, from different backgrounds, that happened to be on that ill-fated trip. It was confusing at first about who was who. Especially when being referred to by their positrons on the crew, such as first or second. But as one by one, they met their horrific fates, I felt for each one of them. And horrific they were. Yes, he threw in spiders. ECK! You can’t help but fell sorry for Harrington, Swales, and Ekaterina. They were just pawns in Dracula’s game. Speaking of pawns, Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Mina, and Renshaw were woven seamlessly into the storyline, anchoring this tale firmly into the legend of Dracula.
If you love reading literary masterpieces written in the vein of true Gothic horror, you really need to buy this book. I give it 4 fangs.
We are drawn quickly into the lives of the unlucky crew and the single passenger fated to die aboard the Demeter. They come across as real people, the descriptions and individual personalities shown in vivid 3D color. The tension level is kept high throughout, which in my opinion is the key to any good horror story. The reader swiftly begins to feel the growing terror of these people, trapped on a ship with a monster out on the open seas. A warning here; you may want to read this novel during the daylight hours because all the senses are brought into play, including fear and disgust. When the storm rages around the ship, we can almost feel the spray of the saltwater on our face, smell the Count's fetid breath brush against the neck, feel the stickiness of blood. For sure it'll bring out a shiver or two. As we delve deeper into the story, one can't help but hope for a miracle to arrive in time to save these doomed people.
If you're like me and always wanted to know what took place at the beginning of the famous Count's journey from Transylvania to England, and you enjoy the scare of a good horror story, then Dracula's Demeter is the novel for you. I'm looking forward to reading the next novel by Doug Lamoreux.
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