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Ghost Drums: A Dark Supernatural Fantasy (Immortal Nights Book 2) by [Cole, Matt]
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In "Ghost Drums" Cole uses vivid imagery and descriptive language reminiscent of pulp greats Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. The clever story here involves centuries-old Lazarus Kalon, a vampire antihero, in his bid to enhance his stagnated powers by imbibing the blood of a shapeshifter. But not all oes as planned, of course, as his search brings him up against a demon haunting a Native American community. Cole creates a strong, moody atmosphere, and the brisk story is really quite engrossing.Give it a shot!  -RNz

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Ghost Drums is to be part of a series of short stories entitled Immortal Nights.  The vampire Lazarus Kalon and those sharing his universe have more adventures to come.

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  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Publisher: Matt Cole; 1st edition (June 24, 2003)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JR04EO
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Matt Cole's "Ghost Drums" is that perfect short story for a dark fall evening when the wind is moaning while the rain is beating against the roof like "Ghost Drums," and a branch's brown dead finger scraps across the window's glass. Oh well, in general, I don't really like to read short stories, but there is always an exception to the rule and Cole's story is one. "Ghost Drums" is the story of Lazarus Kalon, who seeks to increase his already substantial powers by drinking the blood of a powerful shape shifter.

Set in 1878 in British Columbia, the antihero is Lazarus, a very old and very powerful and power hungry vampire. He is almost obsessed with stealing the power of a shape shifter, a shaman of the Kwakiutl people, who he encountered a month before. But he senses that there is another supernatural being, one that haunts the Kwakiutl people, and one who has become very aware of Lazarus' presence just as Lazarus is aware of him. The situation's tension mounts; things are never quite as easy as they seem. As the tension between the vampire and the demon builds, the question becomes: "Who is the hunter and who is the prey"?

Matt Cole's "Ghost Drums" is a beautifully descriptive work with strong diction that makes the reader want more. Cole creates a compelling story with interesting characters and plenty of strong sense imagery which creates a strong mood and suspense for the reader. His plot is solid and moves quickly which helps make an excellent night of reading in the "dark and sinister" fantasy genre. I wished the story had been longer and fleshed out even more. Additionally, the ending was a little confusing; I found myself especially wondering about the young savage girl: "What every happened to her?" Regardless of my minor complaints, Matt Cole's "Ghost Drums" is an intriguing story and well worth the time to read.
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This is the perfect short story on a stormy afternoon for those of us that like traditional vampire myths with a bit of a twist.

Originally published in 2003, I had discovered it while sitting in some office or bar, or coffee shop while leafing through some esoteric magazine. Quickly jotting down his name in my moleskin. A few years later I ran across his name again,same story. I just really dug the vampire, Lazarus.

Matt Cole writes shorts with a very non-sparkling vampire named Lazarus. His writing has strong, dark and solid allegory, balancing the traditional vampire myth with Native British Columbian myths. Having grown up a bit south of there in the Pacific Northwest, I appreciated it even more. Totem poles are more than a think of wonder and beauty in the middle of the park, they have huge symbolic meaning within the Native religion.

In the perfect length of a short, in my opinion, he is able to throw at you such strength and power blending both, I even wonder if it can successfully be a novel. Maybe I do not want it to be, since I love good solid short stories. When I discovered it for my Kindle I quickly gobbled it up and discovered there are two more with Lazarus. This is a vampire that I can "sink" my teeth in
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In "Ghost Drums" Cole uses vivid imagery and descriptive language reminiscent of pulp greats Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. The clever story here involves centuries-old Lazarus Kalon, a vampire antihero, in his bid to enhance his stagnated powers by imbibing the blood of a shapeshifter. But not all goes as planned, of course, as his search brings him up against a demon haunting a Native American community. Cole creates a strong, moody atmosphere, and the brisk story is really quite engrossing. Give it a shot!
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I'm not a huge fan of vampire books, but I love dark, atmospheric stories, and I'm also enthralled with tribal cultures, so Ghost Drums hit the sweet spot for me. My only complaint is that it's too short- there's plenty of material in here that could be expanded into a novel. The hunter-prey tension between the vampire and the demon is rich with potential, and Matt Cole's writing style hearkens to the Victorian Gothic wordsmiths. The average teenage Vampire Diaries fan might not find it appealing, but for those of us looking for something meatier to sink our teeth into, Ghost Drums is a hearty snack.
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Vampire, demon, savages, and beasts.... This book has interesting characters that make up a good read in the dark fantasy genre. The story underlines a common struggle among vampires, the desire to feed for survival or in the case of Lazarus, a consuming desire for power. The author's style is not lacking in vividness, each sentence conjures up the imagination so well that one can't help but see the story as it unfolds in Lazarus' eyes.
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Yet another wonderful story by Matt Cole. Lazarus on another journey to harness powers of a shaman. I found it to be compelling for a short story. To turn the story of Lazarus into a full novel would be great. He's been around for many millennia. His journeys will have you so engrossed that you wouldn't want to put it down. Well done Matt Cole!
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This was my first book by Matt Cole and it definitely will not be my last. I am a lover of all things paranormal/paranormal romance and figured this book would be a nice short read. "Short" it was, "Nice" it was not! This short story about a millennium vampire is not anything I would consider nice, and I do not mean that in a bad way. This story was dark, dangerous, mythical, with a touch of tribal thrown in to pull it all together.

This story takes place in 1878 British Columbia with "Lazarus" a very old and very powerful power hungery vampire who is out to steal the power of a Shaman shapeshifter he encountered a month before. But, as with most things, it is not easy as he thinks especially when he encounters a demon haunting the native village.

Matt's use of description is beautifully done giving us so much vivid detail without the reader feeling overwhelmed with too much information. I could actually picture in my mind the scences Cole was painting. In my opinion, the only thing I would change is for this to be expanded to a full length novel. There is so much Mr. Cole could do with this book and Lazarus's charachter. And what about the savage girl? What happens to her? Is she the key to helping awaken the Lazarus of old or just another meal? If Cole does expand it to a book I for one would definitely purchase it! 4 1/2 stars!

{I received a copy of this title from the author for an honest review and no other compensation was given}
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