Book Review: COUNTESS DRACULA

PrintE-mail Written by Julian White

Review: Countess Dracula / Author: Guy Adams / Publisher: Hammer / Release Date: Out Now

Recently Hammer have been reinventing themselves as a publisher of original fiction and novels inspired by their back catalogue of movie classics. This time it's the turn of Countess Dracula (the one where Ingrid Pitt bathes in the blood of virgins), and they've found just the man for the job in Guy Adams, a slick and proficient toiler in the tie-in/spin-off fields.

Adams has updated the story to 1930s Hollywood. Elizabeth Sadsy, a fading star of the silent era, stumbles upon the rejuvenating properties of blood when she accidentally injures a maid during a domestic squabble. From there, there's no stopping her, and, good looks restored, she's soon back making a splash in A-list society, while also making splashes of a grislier kind in a deserted farmhouse where she slaughters waifs and prostitutes with gusto.

Retooling the Bathory legend as a tale of Hollywood excess works very well. It's a Hollywood story par excellence – after all, this is a milieu where no-one is at all disconcerted when an ageing actress suddenly looks twenty years younger, they just want to know what clinic she's been going to. There's a seedy Black Dahlia ambience to the murders, and an engaging central character in the shape of Sadsy's doggedly loyal husband Frank, who gets roped into the intrigue against his will. The whole thing feels a bit frothy and lightweight, but it's certainly fun, and Adams' prose flashes like a cut-throat razor.


Suggested Articles:
Part of Star Wars’ sense of wonder has always been the minor details behind the galaxy. As often
Test pilot Mike Melvill wrestles with the controls of SpaceShipOne, as its liquid nitrous oxide rock
George A. Romero has long regarded his 1977 film Martin, the story of a shy, alienated young man’s
Launching at this year’s FantasyCon alongside Jez Winship’s Martin is Theatre of Blood, the seco
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner