#Bookreview of DRACULA’S DEMETER: The Vampire King’s Stunning Sea Voyage By Doug Lamoreux @dracsdemeter

Dracula's Demeter: The Vampire King's Stunning Sea Voyage by [Lamoreux, Doug]

#Bookreview of DRACULA’S DEMETER

by Doug Lamoreux


In his classic ‘Dracula’, Bram Stoker, with a few cryptic entries in an unnamed captain’s journal, offered hints of the voyage that brought the vampire king from his homeland to a blood-rich London. Now, the whole mind-rending tale is told.

July, 1897. The Demeter sets sail from Varna, carrying fifty oblong boxes filled with earth. A month later in the middle of a raging storm, the derelict schooner runs aground in Whitby. The only living thing aboard is a huge dog that vanishes into the night.

Join Doug Lamoreux, 2010 Rondo Award nominee and author of The Devil’s Bed, for a rousing sea adventure, for romance, and for terror. Come aboard Dracula’s Demeter.


I’ve been a fan of Doug Lamareux’s writing since I read The Devil’s Bed.  I had a blast reading that book, so I was looking forward to this one.  As I got into the first chapter I stopped and went, Oh, one of those.  I’m not a fan of literary writing like Moby Dick, Grapes of Wrath, etc.  To me, it’s like reading technical manuals.  But I was intrigued by the story matter and I knew if Doug wrote it, it had to be an awesome tale.  I was not disappointed.  There are no surprise endings here, as we know what happened after Dracula arrived in England.  This is Doug’s version of what happened to the sailing ship Demeter and her unlucky crew.  Better known as Fanfiction.

Fanfiction has gotten a bad rap as a lot of it is badly written garage.  But not this book.  If you love Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, you will not be disappointed.  I was impressed by how well-written the story was, the research involved, and the professional editing and proofreading.  Rare commodities in Indie books or small presses.  I did feel there was a tad bit too much background and detail.  I found myself nodding off  a few times with all the nautical terms.

As for the characters, there was a wide range of them, from different backgrounds, that happened to be on that ill-fated trip.  It was confusing at first about who was who.  Especially when being referred to by their positrons on the crew, such as first or second.  But as one by one, they met their horrific fates, I felt for each one of them.  And horrific they were.  Yes, he threw in spiders.  ECK!  You can’t help but fell sorry for Harrington, Swales, and Ekaterina.  They were just pawns in Dracula’s game.  Speaking of pawns, Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Mina, and Renshaw were woven seamlessly into the storyline, anchoring this tale firmly into the legend of Dracula.

If you love reading literary masterpieces written in the vein of true Gothic horror, you really need to buy this book.  I give it 4 fangs.

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Dracula's Demeter: The Vampire King's Stunning Sea Voyage by [Lamoreux, Doug]

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Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

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