Stoker's Wilde West
by Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi
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Pub Date 11 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2022
Flame Tree Press, FLAME TREE PRESS
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The sequel to Stoker's Wilde, praised by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal and more!
Thinking they have put their monster-hunting days behind them, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker return to their normal lives. But when their old ally Robert Roosevelt and his nephew Teddy find a new nest of vampires, they are once again pulled into the world of the supernatural, this time in the American West. A train robbery by a band of vampire gunslingers sets off a series of events that puts Bram on the run, Oscar leading a rescue party and our heroes being pursued by an unstoppable vampire bounty hunter who rides a dead, reanimated horse.
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A Note From the Publisher
Steven Hopstaken was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spent his formative years watching and reading science fiction and horror. He has a degree in journalism from Northern Michigan University and spends his free time traveling; writing screenplays, short stories and novels; and practicing photography.
Melissa Prusi was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (often mistaken for Canada), and studied video and film production at Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. She’s been a video editor, a semi-professional film reviewer, a three-time champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!, and a Guinness World Record holder (1990 edition, for directing the longest live television show).
Melissa and Steven met in a college screenwriting class and married three years later. They spent a brief time in Los Angeles, where they both worked for Warner Bros. television. They eventually ended up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they love the arts scene but dread the winters. While they both currently make a living as website content managers, they have sold two screenplays, which have been lost to development hell.
They've indulged their fascination with Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde through trips to Dublin and London to research their lives and visit sites mentioned in Stoker's Wilde.
They live in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with their two cats. If they're not writing, you can usually find them at a movie, local theater production, improv show or pub quiz.
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Average rating from 39 members
Vicariously living the wild adventures of the illustrious Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde, interwoven with that educated but pesky White Worm Society (collector of magical wisdom and possibilities) is always a sure delight, full of terror, adventure, danger, romance, and humor. I truly hope this series will continue. STOKER'S WILDE WEST is the second installment, and finds Bram and Florence Stoker and their son Noel, and Oscar Wilde, in America, specifically in the still untamed West. Vampires, a concealed village, rampant Necromancy, and a mining baron on the far side of Sanity, determined to access the Realm and profit profusely from its timber, minerals, and land. More fool he, indeed, but he has a pet sorcerer. Who can stop him, but Stoker, Wilde, and vampire friend Henry Irving? Read and discover!
This is the second instalment in a series and I hope there will be more to come.
The mix of historical facts, horror and humour is excellent and I found it gripping and entertaIning.
The characters are interesting and well written, the world building is excellent and the plot kept me hooked till the end.
The author delivers a great story and it was a lot of fun to read it.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
I was provided with an advance copy of this graphic novel through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a huge fan of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer and its sequel, The Last American Vampire. Stoker’s Wilde West offers readers a similar premise – it is a sequel to Stoker’s Wilde, which I have not read yet. Instead of a traditional narrator, it uses journal entries, reports, and letters as devices to move the plot forward.
This book details the adventures of Bram Stoker (Dracula) and Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) in the American west in 1882. They share the world they live in with vampires and other supernatural beings. Stoker and Wilde battle against the mostly-evil vampires while trying to avoid entanglements with agents of the White Worm Society – a Britain-based group tasked with monitoring and controlling supernatural elements. Several other historical characters make appearances, including Teddy Roosevelt and Calamity Jane. I also like how they gave one of the major villains the surname “Drumpf” – the original German name of the current president’s family before altering it to “Trump.”
I gave Stoker’s Wilde West five stars. While I’m not sure whether it can be termed part of the ‘weird west’ genre, it does have similarities to R.S. Belcher’s Golgotha series, which started with The Six Gun Tarot.
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