Anne’s American boyfriend Gil is the ideal choice, but things go wrong when the effects of Anne’s feeding from his blood are misconstrued by Gil…
The narrative is gripping, and believable, and Stableford manages to blend in psychology, philosophy, DNA theories, horror and madness. Throughout there is a potent symbolism, of light and dark, with intrusions of grey, everything is not quite what it seems. The strange mix of sci-fi and horror works well: Anne’s final realisation after a king of rite of passage is the stuff of nightmares.
Stableford has published over seventy novels. He is fondly remembered by sci-fi fans for his Hooded Swan series (1972-1978); besides this, he has written ten more different series, one being the David Lydyard trilogy about werewolves (1990-1994). Another vampire opus of his I’ve enjoyed is Empire of Fear (1988).