by Barbara Hambly
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0425211681
Date: 05 September, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ever since Bram Stoker published Dracula in 1897, people have been terrified and fascinated by the idea of vampires. I'd guess there would be very few people in the English-speaking world who haven't at least heard of Dracula or vampires. Among our readers, I'd say everyone at least has an acquaintance with the book and all its many permutations: plays, movies, graphic novels, comics, and games. But, while there is a graphic novel, a comic, and a medical syndrome named for him, fewer people have spent time thinking about the character of R.H. Renfield. Luckily, for us, Barbara Hambly has; and in Renfield: Slave of Dracula, she's managed to make Renfield a truly three-dimensional character with a history and a reason for his tortured and torturing soul. From official release/information:
Book Description: An imaginative novel that puts a fresh and frightening new spin on Bram Stoker's Dracula. The servant Renfield was the most enigmatic character to stalk in the shadows of Dracula. Now he takes center stage in an ingenious re-imagining of Bram Stoker's classic novel that explores the chilling circumstances of his insane devotion to the Vampire Prince. An inmate of Rushbrook Aylum, the obsessive Renfield's personal mission is to hunt and kill Van Helsing and his companions, setting the stage for a battle between the living and the dead that takes him from Dracula's castle to the darkness of his own madness, and the truth of where it all began. Featuring characters and situations from Dracula, yet filled with new twists, Renfield is a rich, frightening, and astonishing alternate view of Stoker's legendary work.
(Source: Berkley Hardcover)