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Serpentine is a historical horror novel with plenty of erotic suspense. It chronicles the existence of a monster from myth called the Lamia. She is Sophia Rousseau, a sensual woman with eyes of serpent green. She has survived for thousands of years - and has never met a mortal immune to her power... until now.
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Thomas F. Monteleone has been a heavy-hitter within the horror genre for over a decade with award winning novels such as The Blood Of The Lamb and The Resurrectionist, and has been the driving force behind the groundbreaking Borderlands anthology series. With numerous short stories flooding the market and his "The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association" column appearing within the pages of Cemetery Dance magazine, Monteleone has more than proven himself as an author well deserving of his place in the literary community. With the retouched re-release of his popular 1986 novel Lyrica, Serpentine by Thomas F. Monteleone is a novel that is sure to find its way into any horror lover's library. In Serpentine, the nightmare begins in a small Italian town as a large snake emerges from beneath an altar of a church slated for demolition. At the same time, a mysterious and exotic woman named Sophia appears and begins to work her way across Europe leaving a trail of unexplained deaths in her wake. Matthew, a paranormal investigator and writer, believes he is on the trail of an ancient demon with an irresistible form that drains the life force from anyone she comes in contact with. One of the brilliant aspects of this novel is how Monteleone puts a human face and richly developed personality on his supernatural evil. His creation is not just a mindless demon stalking through the pages of his novel racking up a body count but a feeling thinking being that has beliefs and personal reasoning behind its actions. You spend a vast majority of the novel deep inside the mind of the demon being able to view the events through its eyes giving a personal aspect that few horror novels touch on.
Monteleone also expertly breaks up the story with brief flashes in the past, touching on great historical figures as their lives become intertwined with this all-consuming demon. These snapshots only add to the complexity and nature of his perfectly realized demon giving the readers a more fulfilling and entertaining reading experience. On top of all this, Serpentine is an amazing story written with intensity and passion leading the reader through the pages with a white-knuckled concentration until the final page is quickly turned. Just when you think you know where the story is heading, Monteleone will leave you breathlessly scratching your head wondering how he managed to flawlessly pull the rug out from underneath you. All in all, Serpentine by Thomas F. Monteleone is an expertly written horror novel that begs to be consumed by the most avid fan of the horror genre. I was extremely pleased that Monteleone decided to revamp and release this novel for a whole new generation of horror fans to savor and would recommend Serpentine to anyone out there. -- Joe Kroeger, Horror World magazineFrom Publishers Weekly:
Sophia Rousseau, a lamia (or snake-woman) who feeds on the creative energies of brilliant artists, plays the formidable femme fatale in this tepid revamp of Monteleone's 1986 horror novel, Lyrica. When workmen in Sicily accidentally release her from beneath the altar stone that's imprisoned her for centuries, Sophia trades her snake skin for alluring human form and works her way to America, where she takes the modeling and theater worlds by storm and prepares an assault on Hollywood. Sophia's supernatural seductions intertwine with accounts of her historical conquests (including Mozart, van Gogh, Keats and other doomed artists) and the research of Matthew Cavendish, a paranormal investigator who's caught her scent and is determined to end her unholy life. Though Monteleone gives some depth to Sophia, virtually all of the book's other characters are two-dimensional lamia fodder, especially Cavendish, who seems to exist largely to dispense information about Sophia's nature and vulnerabilities. A jury-rigged finale and anticlimactic epilogue end the novel without really concluding it. (July)
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Book Description Borderlands Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1880325764