Reluctant Immortals

Gallery. Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982172350. pap. $17.99. HORROR
1969. Sunset. The Hollywood sign. A beautiful young woman, Lucy, is fighting to bury an urn containing Dracula’s ashes, her roommate, Bee by her side. These women live in the shadows and yet are known to all, cursed victims of the evil men whom history has rehabilitated into romantic heroes. Nearly a century later, Lucy recounts how their nights are spent: controlling Dracula, keeping the rot at bay, resisting Rochester’s pull, battling PTSD, and going to the drive-in. Their routine, while stressful, was working, until Jane Eyre shows up, begging Bee for help. This fast-paced and fun adventure honors its beloved source material and manages to insert something unique into the conversation. An ode to forgotten women everywhere, a tale where every detail satisfyingly matters as readers rush to the emotional conclusion.
VERDICT Kiste’s (Boneset & Feathers) first book from a major publishing house brings her award-winning, feminism-fueled horror to more readers. Those eager for new Dracula- or Jane Eyre–framed stories will eagerly request, but do not pigeon-hole the appeal, as fans of titles such as Tananarive Due’s “Immortals” series or Kristi DeMeester’s Such a Pretty Smile will also be pleased.
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