Ten years ago, in the rural community of Shettle, four men helped to kill a vampire called Karl Mitterhaus. He vowed revenge - “your children will die!” - before his body was consumed by fire. Today, Shettle has fallen into decline, its residents plagued with ill fortune and when the Circus of Nights rolls into town, entrancing the public, those four men - a newspaper editor, a doctor, a teacher and a private investigator - know that they must protect their own children against supernatural forces. Part of the resurgence of the Hammer brand, this novelisation (fearlessly - and cleverly - modernised) works well - the location is clearly defined, the characters are well drawn, the circus is scary, the set pieces are well realised and the climax races along. Also, since Mark Morris wrote this, the writing is as high a calibre as you’d expect, though it is let down by some odd editing choices - the first Circus of Nights is over very quickly, characters remind themselves a lot that they can’t remember the events of the prologue and everyone accepts as granted the ‘sickness barrier’ (didn’t anyone from the outside world notice?). Those quibbles aside, this is good fun and worth a read and it’d be nice to see Morris tackle another Hammer classic in the future.