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The Lonely Vampire

by Ann Greyson

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The Lonely Vampire is as mesmerizing as Ileana's eyes. Starting with a witch hunt to wipe out vampires, before coming into the 21st century, this is a story with grudges, love, friendship, and a twenty-something just trying to find her way in life. Myrna isn't really sure where her life is going, and while she loves living with her best friend, she knows something is missing. Ileana has lived alone for so long, and Myrna may just be the cure for that. Dodging Claymor the werewolf and a nosey neighbor provides plenty of tension. The pacing is even, and you can't help but feel sorry for Ileana and hope that she and Myrna find their happy endings. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Jan 10, 2021 |
So, you like vampires? Good news! The Lonely Vampire by Ann Greyson moves with commercial appeal paying homage to the literary vampire standard and standing singularly within it. It’s very much its own thing and satisfies the itch for a new vampire novel obsession full of angst, dark imagery and a mash-up of slapstick comedy.

The Prologue is set in 1578 with the region of Transylvania holding a vampire witch hunt with assistance coming from Claymor, a grudge-bearing werewolf, that is little more than a plot device to explain the history of Ileana Vladislava’s vampire origins. If you know your history of vampires, you’re in for a treat with The Lonely Vampire which features historical information about Transylvania, Romania, referencing Hungarian rulers to Vlad III, the ruler of Wallachia and a member of the Draculesti, which adds a perfect blend in the story.

Flash forward to 2017, the book begins with the introduction of the character Myrna Ivester and how the twenty-something nursing assistant is uncertain about her direction in life.
On the way to the Newcastle City Library, Myrna experiences unexplainable, even eerie, coincidental occurrences that eventually lead to her seeing Ileana Vladislava.

The mysterious and alluring Ileana manages to keep her vampire identity a secret in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, but everything changes in her humdrum eternal existence once she sees Myrna at the public library. She senses Myrna’s longings for a different way of life. Ileana ends up making Myrna a vampire, hoping the two will become immortal vampire companions. Can these two people from seemingly different worlds form an eternal relationship? You bet they can! And it may be a bit risqué, this enigmatic bond between the women vampires, that transcends such trivial distinctions as compatible personalities and interests, centering instead on a common desire for a supernatural existence.

When Myrna breaks away from her past to follow her true calling in life is where Ann Greyson captures the struggle between going against your instincts and satisfying your desires.

The Lonely Vampire is tight, suspenseful, and funny thanks to the hilarious antics of the character of Lorraine Krag, who at times can be brusque to the point of rude. When Lorraine isn’t sizing people up, looking them from top to bottom, she’s getting in her last word which is usually something sarcastic. The character of Viktor Pavlovic, a former circus magician and now street performer, also adds spice to the novel.

In the end, Ann Greyson delivers a struggle of good versus evil with the impending return of Claymor, the werewolf, that is the kind of unpredictable conclusion that all horror readers crave — utterly shocking yet craftily forecast, and sentimental to say the least. These good vampires, Ileana and Myrna, grow on you with every passing page, so much so, you find yourself hoping that the vampires will prevail.

Without a doubt, The Lonely Vampire is a true work of art that die-hard vampire enthusiasts everywhere must read. ( )
  Candice.Jenkins | Sep 3, 2020 |
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In 1578, vampire Ileana Vladislava flees Transylvania in the midst of a vampire witch hunt and reestablishes herself in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city in Tyne and Wear, England. Hundreds of years later, in 2017, we find Ileana living out a lonely existence in Wightwick Hall, a castle within the Jesmond Dene woodland valley. When Ileana sees the young and beautiful Myrna Ivester at a public library, there is something about her that sets her apart from anyone else. She decides to take a risk and transform Myrna into a vampire believing it is her destiny. With the impending threat against the vampires by Claymor, a vampire hunter in the form of a grudge bearing werewolf, the war between good and evil finds a new battlefield in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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