The Night Crossing
The Night Crossing Robert Masello by Robert Masello 47North General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
The Night Crossing is a chilling gothic adventure in the vein of supernatural classics Dracula and Frankenstein. But as in many such tales the most horrifying monsters were once human. An intrepid explorer and Egyptian expert (Mina), a courageous writer fascinated by the occult (Bram Stoker), and a young woman seeking the truth behind her son’s death come together to face a malevolent power stealing the life essence of the poor, the people that no one will miss. But evil hides itself well, and wealth encourages society to look away, making it all the more difficult to challenge. Rich in atmosphere, The Night Crossing captures the feel of London at the time - the fascination with the paranormal, the love of Egyptology, the huge division between rich and poor.
Although Robert Masello indicates that Bram Stoker’s adventures within the pages of The Night Crossing form the foundation of his novel Dracula, the novel is not derivative. Masello has done an excellent job of creating a unique adventure with a foe who is not a vampire, but has enough similarity in nature to believably suggest a vampire.
I was very impressed by the breadth of The Night Crossing. It is a suspenseful gothic adventure that possesses characters of believably strong emotion going against a powerful and cunning set of adversaries. Readers empathize with the leads and understand their need to challenge a foe likely to be their death. I highly recommend The Night Crossing to anyone who enjoys gothic Victorian adventures.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Night Crossing from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Bram Stoker kept secret a tale even more terrifying than Dracula. It begins among the Carpathian peaks, when an intrepid explorer discovers a mysterious golden box. She brings it back with her to the foggy streets of Victorian London, unaware of its dangerous power…or that an evil beyond imagining has already taken root in the city. Stoker, a successful theater manager but frustrated writer, is drawn into a deadly web spun by the wealthy founders of a mission house for the poor. Far from a safe haven, the mission harbors a dark and terrifying secret. To save the souls of thousands, Stoker—aided by the explorer and a match girl grieving the loss of her child—must pursue an enemy as ancient as the Saharan sands where it originated. Their journey will take them through the city’s overgrown graveyards and rat-infested tunnels and even onto the maiden voyage of the world’s first “unsinkable” ship…