Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Dozen Black Roses, by Nancy A. Collins

(hb; 1996: fourth novel in the Sonja Blue series)

From the back cover:

"An urban quagmire greedily devouring lost souls, its bloodstained streets haunted by the living dead. In an ancient war between two gluttonous vampires, Deadtown is both battleground and buffet table.

"But all that's about to change. Into the carnage walks Sonja Blue, vampire and vampire hunter, hell-bent on sending Deadtown's ruling fiends to the graves they've eluded for centuries. And if the rest of Deadtown gets in her way, well. . . she'll make damn sure the place lives up to its name. . ."


Entertaining crossover novel that brings together the worlds of Sonja Blue and White Wolf's World of Darkness - Dozen's plot is a blend of those series, structured by a template that explicitly mixes Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher".

Dozen feels like a write-for-paycheck assignment, but that's not necessarily a demerit, reading-wise: aside from its predictable plot (for those familiar with A Fistful of Dollars), Dozen is an engaging, bloody and violent vampire-adapted romp from the mind of one of my all-time favorite horror writers.

This is best read as a homage side tale within the Sonja Blue series. Like the first three Sonja Blue novels, it is worth owning.

Followed by Darkest Heart.

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