Here we go again. Another vampire story. While many vampire tropes have been done to death, C Z Hazard’s Generic Vampire Novel #937 is a refreshing novelty in the genre of vampire novels.
Shamus Ohio has written several sci-fi novels with a moderate fan base, but what has thrust this quiet Brit into the limelight is his writing-exercise-turned-novel Horrorcaust striking a chord with a young audience, particularly in the US, who are fascinated with vampires. Following Shamus along his book tour stateside, events take place that get equated with the novel , which only generates increased success for the novel despite Shamus not being particularly fond of this work.
The story was incredibly enjoyable and I appreciated how it was self-aware of the genre and tropes that have been overdone. While the story itself was good, for the love of all that is holy, please indent your paragraphs! And I found it strange to read supposedly American English news sources and conversations written in British English–while I appreciate the attempt at consistency throughout the text, this would be a reasonable case for deviating for accuracy. An aspect of the novel that was intriguing was basically having two books in one with life of the author and the story he created alternating chapters as events develop unto their convergence.
Overall, I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.