Quincey Morris, Vampire Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2001
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The quest also killed Quincey. Or so he, and everyone else, thought.
Quincey woke to the night, surrounded by hungary wolves. One of them, the leader, was Dracula ... quite alive, figuratively speaking.
Quincey had become vampire. However, he was a different breed than Dracula. Quincey still had his soul. To survive Quincey must quickly adapt to his new type of life. Once done, he planned to return to his group of friends who still grieved over Quincey's death. But he was not sure they would accept him in his new state. And Professor Van Helsing believed the only good vampire was a dead vampire!
***** This book ROCKS! P.N. Elrod has done an excellent job continuing the story. I fully expect this book to win awards. Highly recommended reading! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Morris, you may remember, died in the process of destroying Dracula, who had fled back to Transylvania when his plans for establishing a British homestead failed. To Morris' great dismay he awakens in the night to discover that, as the result of an old affair, he has become a vampire. Worse, Dracula was there to welcome him into the club. After considerable discussion and argument, Quincey returns to the castle with Dracula, for introductory and advanced vampire classes.
It turns out that Quincey is a different breed of vampire than Dracula was. Dracula was the soulless, evil, turn into animals, bite people on the neck and damn their souls to hell breed. Quincey was the mild mannered, sleeps by day, drinks blood from animals sort of vampire. Quincey's soul was still intact, and he had no problem with crosses, garlic and other anti-vampire paraphernalia. Both can disappear at will and hypnotize people. In short, Quincey is the classic Elrod vampire.
Having graduated from vampire school, Quincey heads off, first to Paris and then on to London. In Paris Quincey discovers that sex and neck nibbling go well together. With a little hypnosis, the young lady is none the wiser, but suitably impressed. It's quite clear that, if Quincey is going to hell, it won't be because he had to sleep during the day. Once back in London Quincey meets Bertice Godalming, the sister of Quincey's best friend Arthur, Lord Godalming, and by far the most interesting character in the book.
Bertrice is the scandal of the Godalming clan, an actress, a painter, bohemian and wearer of bloomers. To which may be added intelligent, capable and very good looking. Quincey, vampire powers and all, is totally overwhemed. The rest of the book is occupied with this explosive relationship and Quincey's efforts to let Arthur and his other friends in on the secret of his return from the grave. Quincey find's himself in a struggle with Dr. Van Helsing for his very survival as Elrod develops all these threads into a tremendous climax.
Quincey and Bertrice offset each other very well, so hopefully Elrod will be inspired to continue the series. Victorian England is a more diverse setting than Gangland Chicago, that should provide material for many plots to come. I do have to wonder why Elrod's lead roles are always held by male vampires. In any case, Bertrice is not the kind of woman who will take second place to any man, immortal or not. We shall have to see.
But...what if Dracula didn't actually die? (After all, it takes a lot more than a knife wound to kill a vampire!)
And...what if Quincey didn't die of his wounds either, but merely changed, instead?
This is the premise of P.N. Elrod's excellent novel, Quincey Morris, Vampire. Quincey awakens after his supposed death to find himself in Dracula's castle, where he learns, over time, How To Be A Vampire. There are some important differences between Quincey and Dracula, however. The most fundamental difference is that Quincey's change to vampire actually came about by an affair years earlier with one Nora Jones, the same vampire who is responsible for changing Elrod's other vampire character, Jonathan Barrett. Therefore Dracula and Quincey are different breeds of vampire. Although they do have many things in common (both drink blood to survive, both have great physical strength, and neither will ever age) they also have some major differences. For example, Dracula can transform into a wolf, a bat, or into mist, but Quincey cannot. He can, however disappear or become transparent and "ghostlike." Dracula requires an invitation to enter someone's dwelling; Quincey needs no such thing. But the biggest difference is simply in their respective temperaments and personalities: Vampire Dracula is as big a creep as mortal Dracula was; mortal Quincey was a decent person, and becoming vampire hasn't changed that.
After leaving Transylvania, Quincey eventually returns to England to reassure his friends and fellow vampire-hunters that he is still the same Quincey, even if he is a little different. He also becomes involved with Bertrice Holmwood, Arthur Holmwood's sister. She is an actor, painter, and generally lives a bohemian lifestyle. She is smart, honest, and speaks her mind, and she and Quincey begin a marvelous friendship!
Much of the dialog in this book is about events that occurred in Stoker's book, so if you haven't read it before, or if it's been awhile, you might want to read or re-read it.
Elrod leaves the door wide-open for several sequels, and I hope that someday this will turn into the first book of a Quincey Morris series. Quincey still has loads of stories to tell, and I am eager to read them all!
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