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Evangeline Harker, Associate Producer on television news magazine The Hour, is sent to Transylvania to scout out a possible story on a notorious Eastern European crime boss named Ion Torgu. When she fails to return her New York office is engulfed in a wave of guilt and recrimination. Then, suddenly, months later, she's found convalescing in a Transylvanian monastery, her memory seemingly scrubbed. But then who has been sending emails in her name? And what do these crates delivered to the office contain? And why does the show's sound system appear to be infected with some strange aural virus? As a very dark Old-World atmosphere deepens in the halls of one of America's most trusted television programmes, its employees are forced to confront a threat beyond their wildest more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 270g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099502771
  • 9780099502777
  • 685,901

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Dracula meets 60 Minutes in this portentous horror novel from a former 60 Minutes producer (War Torn, 2003, etc.).The story begins with the recently engaged Evangeline Harker, an associate producer with the TV news show The Hour, arriving in Romania to check out Ion Torgu, reputed organized-crime boss of Eastern Europe, for a possible interview. In Bucharest, Evangeline meets another young American, Clemmie Spence, a purported missionary who actually works for an organization fighting Satanism. The women travel to Transylvania, where Evangeline meets Torgu; he drives her to a spooky hotel in the woods. More vampire than crime boss, he has round, hideously discolored teeth (not fangs), a serrated knife and two accomplices who have murdered a Norwegian cameraman; Evangeline will come upon Torgu drinking blood. She escapes and reunites with Clemmie, but by now, Evangeline has grown "a dark, new self," which she appeases by slitting Clemmie's throat and drinking her blood. So much for the Romanian segments; the story's other half, overcrowded with characters, takes place in the offices of The Hour in New York, and is told through emails and journal entries of its employees. Torgu manages to infect the office. Editors sicken from a wasting disease; some staff members die; others display odd behavior. Allegiances shift in puzzling ways; a former friend of Evangeline becomes Torgu's slave, while the lady herself (now back in New York) seems unsure whether to kill her fiance or make love to him. Torgu makes his own appearance at the office as the scene dissolves into chaos.A disappointment for horror fans; though Romania provides good, scary fun, the New York scenes are a mess. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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"A novel about a monster that evokes all the sadness, brutality and hideous glamour of human depravity. It's about the abyss, and the big hole in Lower Manhattan, and the strange, dark, funny stuff in each of us. It'll grab you and not let go until it's done with you" -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife "With wit and fury, John Marks describes a media culture so obsessed with image that it is powerless to resist the malevolent force of true evil. There are several monsters in Fangland, but the most dangerous ones appear every night, smiling on your television screen" -- John Twelve Hawks, author of The Traveller "Love and death, sex and violence, satiric wit and genuine horror: Fangland has it all. Much more than a modern gothic thriller, John Marks's novel is, at its dark heart, a meditation on the nature of good and evil. I was thoroughly creeped out... and enjoyed every minute of it" -- Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child "An unforgettable reimagining of Dracula for the 21st century. It takes a rare talent to make a seductive, perhaps even murderous female protagonist into a symbol of a strong modern woman, but John Marks has done just that. Ambitious, career-minded, yet vulnerable, Evangeline Harker is the anchor to an equally ambitious and powerful novel" -- Mitch Cullin, author of Tideland and A Slight Trick of the Mind "This inventive re-working of Bram Stoker's Dracula - written, like the original, in epistolary form - may be modern in its setting ... but at its heart, this is old-fashioned Gothic horror" Daily Mailshow more

About John Marks

John Marks is a former 60 Minutes producer. He lives with his family in more

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