Oh, my, another vampire novel? You might find comfort in The Lonely Vampire which has a ground-breaking take on the vampire as a creature rooted in folklore. A stand-alone heart-warming, intimate story with short (five-or-six-page) chapters, Ann Greyson explores the inexplicable bond between the vampires showing readers just how broad a range her imagination can encompass.
In 1578, Gheorgheni, Romania, vampires were almost all but eliminated by cutting off their heads or driving a wooden stake through their hearts, leaving behind a werewolf determined to go after missing vampires. Present day, Newcastle Upon Tyne city in Northumberland, England, Ileana Vladislava is perpetually tormented, a lonely vampire in her countryside castle. Ileana doesn’t like the thought of killing other people in order to survive, rather she feeds on the blood of wild animals or helps herself to pints of blood from hospital reserves. Watching the film Nosferatu on television, Ileana is amused by the inaccurate depiction of vampires when the character portrayed by Max Schreck disintegrates from exposure to sunlight. Most true that Ileana thrives in darkness and is sensitive to sunlight, but only long-term exposure would cause severe burns to her body. Longing for a vampire family again, when Ileana encounters Myrna Ivester at a library, she emerges from sadness and loneliness to make an eternal connection by appearing as a bat in Myrna’s dream. In all actual, Myrna had been hypnotized into a state of sleepwalking into the woods for a rendezvous with Ileana who turns her into a vampire without her consent. An astonishing attraction that teases her at just the right time in her life, Myrna embraces her endless immortality without giving a second thought about her bloodlust. What fairy tales were and should be again, this tale of a good vampire should hold up on its own, right up to the conflict with the werewolf, who at long last finds Ileana.
Placed in the midst of a life-shaping event, the reader will feel Myrna Ivester’s joys and pains, and should appreciate how her relationship with Ileana develops. Leaving her old life and friend Siobhan behind is heart-wrenchingly sad enough to make you cry, but Myrna found what she had always been looking for in the vampire’s life, and it doesn’t get much better than this. Who Myrna is at the beginning of the book is not the same person she is at its end. Join Myrna as she truly discovers who she is and the truth of her destiny.
It goes without saying that vampire-novels are not all the same and never quite that simple as The Lonely Vampire moves in an unexpected direction. Ann Greyson ups her writing game, digging deep into the quirks of her characters. You can connect to a vampire’s world filled with characters whose strength comes from being different, outcasts that reclaim the concept of weird, wearing it on their sleeve like a badge of honor.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dark, engrossing story filled with passion, humor, and a fairy tale ending with such a twist that once done reading The Lonely Vampire you’ll want to read it again to make sure you really got it. Because in the end none of it is the way you thought it was going to be, is this story’s most non-conformist aspect of all.
After the release of The Lonely Vampire, other books planned for release of Ann Greyson’s manuscripts and novelizations of TV programs by 2025 are: Gotham Kitty, Birdwatcher, The Out World, SpaceWoman, Cowgirls & Indians, The Distressed Damsel, Atlanta Penitentiary Hostage Crisis, and O Christmas Tree children’s book.