The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Category: Paranormal Fiction, Erotic Fiction
Author: Lynda Hilburn
Format: Trade Paperback, 458 pages
Publisher: Silver Oak Publishing
Pub Date: April 3, 2012
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn is a story about a rational psychologist named Kismet Knight who, in her practice, meets and counsels a troubled teenager who renames herself, Midnight, in response to her fascination with vampires. While Kismet is a strong skeptic of the supernatural and quickly makes attempts at addressing Midnight’s potential diagnosis based on textbook symptoms, she becomes not only intrigued with the richness of Midnight’s vampire “fantasy,” but also becomes the center of its very real, warring feud.
Kismet’s assumptions are slowly dismantled in meeting the immensely powerful and passionate, 800-year-old vampire, Devereaux, who not only claims to be real, but also happens to be the leader of his vampire coven that covers its anonymity through a popular, goth nightclub called The Crypt in the town of Denver.
The plot intensifies as the book progresses and the vampire world is revealed. It’s a sharp page-turner that will compel its readers to sit for hours engrossed in its plot, romance, and dark magic.
The narrative is surprisingly mature for what I had expected to be a paranormal, YA novel, but appreciatively so. Aside from overtly clichéd, fantasy names like Kismet, Midnight, and Devereaux, the voice of the main character, Kismet, is consistently mature for a shy, self-conscious introvert-turned-passionate and expressive, sexual prowess.
The book delves deep into dark magic, supernatural power, and demystifies the mythological stereotypes and folklore usually associated with vampires to reveal a dark, powerful, and sensuous breed—who, though may seem to have similarities with its human counterpart, is emphasized to be a very real, rare, and superior form of species.
And it’s as graphic as it is as sultry where love scenes are detailed, graphic forms of lust, passion, and erotica not intended for readers under the age of 18.
It’s a culmination of murder, evil, vampire fascination and sub-culture, romance and rivalry, dark magic and the inexplicable forces of the supernatural, and the culpable, emotional, and physical explosion that is inevitable when two opposing forces—human and vampire—are bound.
If you’re a vampire enthusiast, you’ll appreciate this sinister and sexy, fast-paced, but intense novel of the ever endearing and frightful nightwalker.
The next book in this series is Blood Therapy and is expected to release February 5, 2013 by Silver Oak Publishing.
What do you find most fascinating about vampires and its sub-culture in fiction?
What do you think has been over-done?
What do you think Bram Stoker would say to the evolution of his original character, Dracula?