Vampire Weekend

It’s almost Halloween, and, to celebrate, I’ll be running a free, five-part serial over at The Royal Occultist site. “The Coventry Street Terror” finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass joining forces with a mysterious Styrian nobleman to combat an undead monstrosity terrorising London. Part One, ‘A Curious Ailment’, went live yesterday, and Part Two, ‘Rooftop Deviltry’, will appear later today. Visit the Royal Occultist Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the serial, as well as all the other Royal Occultist-related news.

“The Coventry Street Terror” is something of a love letter to the great technicolor horror films produced by Hammer Studios in the Sixties and Seventies – films such as The Vampire Lovers (1970), Vampire Circus (1972) and, of course, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Too, the influence of Christopher Lee’s depiction of Dracula will likely be obvious to readers. There’s also a bit of inspiration taken from AIP’s The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), which is a film that, if I’m being completely honest, has a touch more influence on my writing than it should.

And, if you’re in the mood for more Halloween treats, why not download the free Royal Occultist Halloween Special, featuring three free short stories, including “The Creature from the Abysmal Sea”, my homage to The Creature of the Black Lagoon. Go check it out.

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4 comments

  1. Really, really good fun story.

    Among other things, this got me thinking that I want to see an authorized anthology of new Dr. Phibes short stories. So, use your limitless power and vast connections in the publishing world to make that happen real fast, please.

  2. Good stuff. Love all the Hammer Studios tributes that you referenced. There’s a touch of Scars of Dracula at the end, if I’m not mistaken? St. Cyprian refers to other occasions in which he has battled vampires. Other than in The Infernal Express, have these adventures been chronicled?

    1. Just one (though it actually occurs later in the chronology) – the short story, “The Third Death of Henry Antrim”, in the 2013 Pulpwork Press Christmas Special.

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