Aycliffe, Jonathan The Lost

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The Lost

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From the author of The Matrix, a dark and absorbing tale of ancient evil in the modern age.

Jonathan Aycliffe's hardcover debut features prep school teacher, Michael Feraru, tired of his life, tired of his job, tired of dreary England. And though he doesn't know it yettired of his fiancee and her safe, undemanding love. When Michael takes a sabbatical and travels to Romania, he finds he is a titled lord, and morethe owner of an ancient stronghold in the Transylvanian Alps.

At Castel Vliacu, Michael becomes Count Mihai Vlahuta . . and discovers an evil far worse than mere vampires. And far, far more seductive.

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Jonathan Aycliffe draws on the first part of Bram Stoker's Dracula for the bones of his story--a naive Englishman travels to a remote, forbidding castle in the mountains of Transylvania (postcommunist Romania)--and then fleshes it out with appealing characters and a different (but unabashedly gothic) plot. Aycliffe's writing is simple and fluid, concisely developing the shifting emotions and relationships as the dark underbelly of the story slowly reveals itself. The evil beings in The Lost are not vampires, but strigoï--free-floating shades of an ancient family of lords. They die and yet don't decay. Their appetites are even more unspeakable than bloodsucking. As Gahan Wilson writes in Realms of Fantasy, "If you enjoy this sort of thing at all, you will have a fine, frightening time as Aycliffe hints at and then delivers nasty surprises, ghastly revelations, and increasingly appalling villainies."

From AudioFile:

A British professor visits the ancestral home in Transylvania, now part of post-Communist Romania, with eerie consequences. Written in an epistolary style purposely harkening back to Stoker's DRACULA, this spookfest adds modern riffs, dimensional characters and a sense of humor to the Gothic tradition. Narrator Kay nicely orchestrates tension and vivifies the characters. Though never sluggish, he is particularly measured, sometimes infuriatingly so. However, that is a minor flaw in an otherwise entirely satisfactory thriller. Y.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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