Hôtel Transylvania

The Saint-Germain Cycle

Book 1
Open Road Media
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From a Bram Stoker Award winner, the first tale of the ancient Carpathian vampire, set in the Paris of King Louis XV . . .
 
Le Comte de Saint‐Germain appears to be a wealthy, worldly aristocrat, envied and desired by many but fully known to none. In fact, he is a vampire, born in the Carpathian Mountains in 2119 BCE, turned in his late thirties, and destined to roam the world forever, watching and participating in history.
 
In Hôtel Transylvania, this charismatic hero makes his first appearance in the long-running series as he battles against Satanists to preserve the young Madelaine de Montalia from ruin. It’s a richly atmospheric tale of dark fantasy and gothic suspense from the first woman to be named a “Living Legend” by the International Horror Guild, an author who uses “her vampire hero as a lens to focus on the best and worst of human behavior throughout history” (Publishers Weekly).
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Chelsea Q. Yarbro is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). In 1995, Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism, and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire the Count Saint-Germain. With her creation of Saint-Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction, and filtered it through a feminist perspective that made both the giving of sustenance and its taking of equal erotic potency. A professional writer since 1968, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to Westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. A skeptical occultist for forty years, Yarbro has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781480494978
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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