My Review of The Vampire Countess by Paul Feval translated by Brian Stableford for BlackCoatPress
Written in the 1850s, it's surprisingly modern in that it blends being a
Vampire tale and other genres. It's set in 1804, as Napoleon is about
to make himself Emperor. It has a Film Noir vibe to it with the titular
Vampire (Often described as an Enchantress) serving as The Femme
From here on the review may contain spoilers, but I'll try not to spoil to much.
Vamp in question is involved in (And at times seemingly the leader of) a
secret society plotting to Assassinate Napoleon. But she also latter
secretly helps the police trying to thwart them. Her true agenda seems
to be simply to obtain wealth for her master Count Szandor.
dialogue scenes drag to a great deal, but when we see the Vampiress in
action it's one of the most powerful Seduction scenes I've seen written,
rivaling even Carmilla (My favorite Vampire Tale).
I recommend this, for all avid fans both of Vampires and of Crime/Pulp Fiction.