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Shadow of the Vampuss [Paperback]

Karen Mahony , Alex Ukolov
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Book Description

1 Sep 2005
Deep in the mountains of Transylvania, there lives the last representative of a dying breed, Felis catus vampirus, also known as the Vampuss. When young tomcat Jonathan Harker calls upon the reclusive Count Scratchula, he's led to believe it's just another business deal. Little does he realise that the course of his nine lives will be forever altered. Based on Bram Stoker's classic, this is a dazzlingly-illustrated Gothic adventure that's both beautiful and bizarre. Sharp, macabre and darkly humorous, this is an extraordinary re-interpretation of the Dracula myth.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Realist Press (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954500792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954500795
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 21.1 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula like you've never seen 7 Oct 2005
Hurray for independent publishing ! It's still alive, and this is one example of it. Anyone who has ever had a fleeting acquaintance with Bram Stoker's DRACULA, or any of its many re-interpretations and spin-offs, will soon be on familiar ground as far as the plot goes. The twist is that all the characters in this version are cats. Jonathan Harker is a cat trained in law, Mina his devoted cat fiancee, whilst Count Scratchula lives in a castle in Transylvania and is. . . . more than averagely unsettling, with sharp claws and teeth..
Every time you turn the page you are met with gorgeous interiors or wonderful exteriors in which and against which the action is played out. The cats themselves have also been chosen carefully for full effect-Dr. von Helsing is a distinguished Somali, for example, whilst Count Scratchula himself is a Sphynx, one of those cats with no fur and a very wrinkly skin. By the way, none of these cats were dressed up- it is all done with Photoshop. Cats WERE photographed, but in their natural state, so to speak.But they do look very realistic in their various poses.They are weird, and beautiful, and great fun.
SHADOW OF THE VAMPUSS comes from the same talented team who produced BAROQUE BOHEMIAN CATS , a superb offering for anyone enamoured with the feline, and good art, and extravagance, and Prague and . .
Get this as a present for someone special-they'll thank you for it. Or treat yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique mix of horror, puns, and our feline friends 23 Nov 2005
By T. Jonas - Published on Amazon.com
This is the perfect gift for the cat-obsessed, whether that's you or someone else. Guaranteed, your gift won't be run-of-the-mill, no matter what your favorite cat lover has already collected!

SHADOW OF THE VAMPUSS follows, with wit and truly unique artwork, the classic tale of Count Dracula... rewritten to substitute cats for the humans of the original work. As an example, here's an early excerpt: "But Jonathan's ears lowered slightly as he added, `Unfortunately I must leave for Transylvania tomorrow morning.' He took a letter from his jacket. `Mr. Slaughter has asked me to renegotiate a contract on the old Whiskers Manor, right here in Kitby.'"

Some of the artwork is uncanny; for instance, the shrewd expression of Count Scratchula on page 84 is spot-on, and that goes for both human and felines. On page 74, the pose of Van Helsing is just so, from the point of his toe on the stair to the calculated curve of his tail... and page 26 captures perfectly the tilt of a feline head in every wrinkle. This may sound bizarre until you take a look at the artwork yourself--you'll see what I mean.

The publisher didn't stint on quality. Although the cover is a bit glossy, fine details abound: a scored spine prevents cracking, and there's a thick cover stock, a paper bookplate adhered to the inside of the front cover, smooth and substantial interior paper stock, full bleeds, and vivid color throughout.

If you're looking for a gift for your family member or friend who has everything and he/she loves cats, collecting unusual books, or a certain sly sense of humor, you're golden! It would also work marvelously as a book for older children. (And if you're a fan of both cats and the metaphysical, judging from a sample card included with the book, this publisher also produces some exquisitely detailed tarot cards--you guessed it, also featuring cats.)

I feel very confident giving this book five stars for creativity and a high-quality execution. I know my mother-in-law is going to love her gift--and since she's an elementary school schoolteacher, I'm pretty sure her students each year are going to enjoy it as well!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Felis catus vampirus! 31 Oct 2006
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"So this is the infamous Pit Bull Pass, Jonathan thought even as he felt his tail fluffing out in alarm. He dug his claws into the leaves and began to sing in order to ward off his fear. But just as another long howl rang out almost beside him and the last rays of the sun vanished beneath the treetops, there was a loud rattle of chains and an oddly hollow clucking noise. Out of the blackness appeared a dark carriage drawn by two pale chickens and driven by a rat." - From the book

If you're familiar with the work of Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov--the creative force behind Prague's baba studio--you know how expertly these geniuses combine wicked wit, arresting images, and incisive observations (about either cats or humans).

In the macabre but oh so engrossing 92-page book Shadow of the Vampuss, Karen and Alex take us on a wild ride brimming with brooding atmosphere, vampiric sensuality, and gothic madness.

Beautiful costumes, shadowed corridors, gorgeous scenery, lavish illustrations, and anthropomorphic feline expressions make Shadow of the Vampuss a truly special book. Masterfully re-crafting the classic horror tale, Karen's Count Scratchula both intrigues and horrifies. I simply could NOT put this book down!

I'm not one to have nightmares (in fact, I can't think of the last time I had one), but after reading Shadow of the Vampuss--I had a nightmarish dream inhabited by vampiric cats! Ack!

Bloodlust, melodrama, and bizarre goings on--as the book cover says, this tale is not for under-age kittens!

However, fans of baba studio, cats, graphic novels, vampires, or classic horror, Shadow of the Vampuss does not disappoint, providing anxious amusement, a bit of dread, and an utterly fulfilling scary story.

And the story's ending? Purrrfect! (I want a sequel!)

(To visit the Vampuss, visit [...] Check out the cool animated version of this tale!)

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats and vampires unite! 14 Jan 2014
By Lisa M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a clever, but also brilliant, retelling of the classic tale of Dracula. Between the pages of this slender work of art are beautifully rendered images from Baba Studio. I am so glad I got this for my sister sight unseen. She loves it! I will be on the look-out for future creations by these two artists. Grazie tanto!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Prowly Night 14 Feb 2012
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Shadow of the Vampuss is a fairly straightforward, if condensed, catty version of Dracula. Making the Count a Sphynx was brilliant, as he looks much spookier than a white furry cat would. It's very cleverly done, with the intricate costumes and settings that characterize these artists. For lovers of the Purranormal.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of the Vampuss 1 Nov 2011
By Bob Tail - Published on Amazon.com
Way best ever written cat book. Drive all cat lovers into deep and utter intoxication.
Also recommended to preteen children as a better substitute for regular Dracula novels. You will be amazed by the fact that cats are most suited to play the roles in Dracula books. Meow.
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