Tuesday, March 15, 2011
DRACULA RETURNS and the rest of Lory's multi-book series are primarily more occult thrillers than vampire stories. In the sequels, except for the second book, DRACULA'S GOLD, vampirism plays a minor role in the plot. They're adventure tales in which the instrument of Harmon's crusade against evil happens to be a vampire. The strangely-matched team confronts voodoo, demons, and other eldritch minions of darkness. The tension between the professor and his "tame" Dracula, complicated by the role of Ktara in the coercive relationship, adds interesting wrinkles to the quests in which the Count grudgingly cooperates. I remember these novels as fun reads, if not great literature, with an approach a little different from the many other spinoffs of Stoker's classic.
Margaret L. Carter