||Water cascaded down on him, and when he had the appearance
of a pretty crystal statue, the Cossacks, glad to be rid of their Lieutenant,
got back on their horses. When they arrived back at camp, the first person
they saw was Liatoukine, fully dressed and not even chilly. One of the
Cossacks went mad, and Liatoukine had the rest executed by a firing-squad.
Ever since then, he's been known as Captain Vampire...
Written in 1879 (18 years before Dracula) by 19-year-old Marie Nizet,
Captain Vampire, in its method and tone alike, is way ahead of its time.
Although its plot has supernatural elements, and its antagonist is manifestly
demonic, the novel's true purpose is to bring out the horror of war.
A significant work in the history of horror fiction, it is undoubtedly
one of the finest literary works ever to have made use of the vampire
Cover by Hank Mayo
Published by Black Coat Press in 2007