Author: Robert Ryan
Published: May 30th, 2016
Age Recommendation: 12+
Where is the line between movies and real life? Perhaps there isn’t one.
In Dracula Lives, Amazon bestselling author Robert Ryan once again takes us where no one should ever go.
Deep in the wilds of New England, a man who worked on the 1931 Dracula still lives. Haunted by the experience ever since, he has built an exact replica of Castle Dracula and become obsessed with bringing the movie vampire to life. But when one sets out to make monsters, there are risks—as Adam Quinn is about to find out. A lifelong fan of Dracula and the classic horror films from Universal Studios, he is invited to the castle. It’s a horror lover’s dream: the chance to find out what it was like to work with Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, director Tod Browning, and all the others. But dreams can turn into nightmares…
The castle awaits. Enter freely and of your own free will.
The writing was good, with smooth descriptions, and a vast knowledge of old movies and their productions. I admit that at times this drug on a bit too long for me, and I began to lose interest, but I did glean one or two facts that were interesting. There were moments I began to wonder where the plot was. Sure, there was the visit, but then it quickly melted into the obsession over these old movies. It took a bit of time before it became clear that Markov's latest attempt at the perfect horror movie involved more than just Quinn's knowledge or acting skills. To get the perfect shots, Markov would have to strive for real terror. There was also a twist with the supernatural, and as I suggested above, it was a nice blend between the technology of today and the classic monsters of yesterday. It also made the idea of "Dracula Lives" a cool idea. Instead of just Vlad the Impaler popping back up from the grave, there was a unique idea that I think readers may enjoy.
The characters, though useful, weren't as interesting as I'd hoped. The only one that stood out, to me, was Markov as we watched his unhealthy obsession tear up his real life. Quinn and Johnny, both, seemed flat to me; though they served their purpose in bringing the epic movie, that Markov slaved over, to a conclusion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
He lived directly behind the neighborhood movie theater, and his mother took him to everything from the time he was barely out of diapers. When he reached the ripe old age of about six, he couldn’t wait for the Saturday creature features. Atomic mutants running amok, the monsters of Ray Harryhausen, Roger Corman’s Poe films, and the unabashed frightfests of William Castle were among the early influences that warped his writer’s muse into a breeding ground for—to borrow a line from Morbius in Forbidden Planet—his “Monsters from the Id.” In Castle’s The Tingler, when Vincent Price told us all to scream because the Tingler was loose in the theater, you better believe he screamed. On the literary front he soon discovered Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, among others, and followed the trail they blazed into the “ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.”
It seems he has always been drawn to scary stories.
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