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The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula [Paperback]

Roderick Anscombe
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7 Jun 1995
There have never been any vampires, only terrible, tortured human beings. This is the premise of this erotic novel which creates the memoirs of Laszlo, Count Dracula - aristocrat, doctor, and helpless killer of young women. This is a tale of evil, madness and twisted sexuality.

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  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (7 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747521980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747521983
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunning reconfiguration of the psychic and sexual terrain broached by Bram Stoker in his classic "Dracula"...."---"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Think Hannibal Lecter by way of Anne Rice."---"Baltimore Sun""""Feverishly entertaining"."""---The Boston Globe" "Compelling. Dr. Anscombe can certainly write.""---The New York Times" "A solid, frightening read.""---Entertainment Weekly"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, questions your own ideas of morality. 2 April 2001
Format:Paperback
Easily the best book I have read, Anscombe writes with a style that the reader finds hard to escape. The characters are sympathetic and loathsome at the same time. It is not every persons idea of a classic but it transported me to Vienna on a whim and made me plead in my own subconcious to spare the next victim.Please write another book Mr Anscombe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disturbing, but fantastic! 8 April 2005
Format:Paperback
An absolute page turner, I was completely engrossed by this book. I've never felt the need to review a book before now, but this was so human. Clearly the author knows a great deal about the mind of a killer, and he describes his demise in such a way that you can begin to understand what killers nowadays might go through. During his downfall you find yourself helpless like him, in that you cant save him from what he's going to do- and he cant save himself either. A few times I felt myself thinking 'Oh no Lazslo, youre going to do it again aren't you!' Read this book anyway, it will definately make an impression.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 9 Oct 2007
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up in a tiny airport in desperation: there was little else on sale, and not being a die hard-fan of the vampire-genre I feared the worst. However, my fears proved unnecessary. This is actually quite a good book, and Ascombe does a thoroughly good job in his re-invention of the Dracula story. The gloomy atmosphere throughout the book is very well done, the plot expertly crafted, and Laszlo is much more than a cardboard character.

All in all, an unexpected and therefore all the nicer suprise!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst vampire book I have ever read. 21 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
I actually read this book more than 10 years ago so cannot remember details. Thank goodness for that, I can only remember my impression of this book, it was one of the most dire vampire novels I have ever read. Indeed one of the pulp fiction best forgotten, I agree totally with the other bed reviewer from 2008. Bad with capital B.
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By lurgee
Format:Paperback
I don't mind `bad' as in lurid, disgusting and vile. Wicked has its appeal. In my teenage years I read dozens of books where hapless wenches unwittingly unleashed dark forces that ravished them in a most graphic manner, until said forces were banished back from whence they came by some wholesome hunk who then ravished the wench in a wholesome, hunky manner, and where people had their heads ripped off and used as lavatories by eldritch things. I'm not overly squeamish, is what I am trying to say.

Books like that might be trash but if they had no merit other than of their lack of pretension, well, there is something to be said for that. The Secret Life Of Lazlo, Count Dracula, by Roderick Anscombe is bad because it thinks it is something good.

"Re-invention" is a dirty word to my mind. It usually entails someone who isn't as clever as they think making a grab for someone else's laurels and trying to make off with them. This is a re-invention of the Dracula story. Dracula is perfect as it was. You could talk for days about the imagery and subtext, the fear of contamination, the allure of the other, Dracula as a supreme Oedipal figure who can only be killed by driving a phallus, sorry, stake through his heart. What we don't need is a psychiatrist turned writer to do it for us.

In a nutshell: Drac isn't a vampire, he's an ordinary aristocrat with a fondness for rough sex, so rough that his amours don't always survive. He dabbles in the infant science of psychiatry which allows him to ponder on his condition in a tedious manner.

I'm not one to rush to judge too quickly.
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