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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
In The Vampire's Curse: Life Eternal by J.G. Gatewood, Chris has been suffering from brain cancer for the past five years and his last days of life have finally arrived. Alone in his hospital bed, scared of his fast-approaching death, he is approached by Byron, a vampire recruiter, who offers him immortality in exchange for a year’s service to Lord Aldric. Chris was raised to be a good Catholic boy, but heaven may not be all it’s cracked up to be and immortality was well worth thinking about. Byron convinces him that the horror tales about vampires aren’t true and, ultimately, Chris accepts the offer. He quickly discovers that Bryon lied and his “owner” is an evil vampire who, after Chris had survived his second year as a vampire, demands his year of service. When Chris refuses, Aldric orders his mother murdered... the final straw for rebellion and revenge. Getting past Aldric’s minions and the Teufelhunds that feed on vampires is easier thought about than done.
The Vampire's Curse: Life Eternal is an exciting story told through the eyes of Chris and, on occasion, his human girlfriend, Michelle. Gatewood writes with large leaps of imagination while maintaining a steady stream of verisimilitude—a difficult task for any writer. Through the eyes of his narrators, he clearly creates visual scenes and plenty of action. His characters' dialogue is true to form and situation. Chris, in particular, is often tongue-in-cheek funny, sarcastic or philosophical as the situation warrants. The vampire characters are quite different from the norm. They can stand the sunlight, get their powers from runes in their skin activated by the moon, and don’t (normally) drink human blood. The Teufelhunds (German for devil hounds) are gruesome and extremely deadly. All in all, a kind of funny horror story that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can read them.