Review of The Vampire Maid, (Hume Nisbet)

If you’re waiting for your dentist appointment and you have a long list of people in front of you, and you want to read something in the meantime, The Vampire Maid is the book for you. A short book (which could also be called a short-story) about a vampire…maid. Yeah, that goes without saying, right?

I had talked in another post (about the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) about some fantastic creatures that vary greatly from universe to universe. At that time, I had talked about dragons in particular, but that, if there was another being that was just as changeable from book to book, it was vampires. They are creatures so different depending on the book, that some cannot see the sun (some explode, others automatically turn into ashes and others are just barely hurt), others shine in the sun’s rays, and there are some to whom it does absolutely nothing.

The book (or short-story) of The Vampire Maid has a very short story with just three main events, so I do not want to delve too deeply into the story, otherwise, I would be telling you too much of the plot. However, the biggest spoiler is made by the author himself in the title of the story «the vampire maiden». There is only one maiden in all of history, so we know the only secret beforehand.

Despite being a short book, the story is very interesting, especially if you think about the time when it was written. Its first publication was in September of the year 1900. Dracula was published in 1897, for your reference.

Since The Vampire Maid is a book from beginning of the XX century, you can also download it for free at www.gutenberg.orgnow you have no excuse not to read it.

I found a youtube video where they read the story in about twenty minutes, in case you like audiobooks:

Final comment: since it is a short “book” (I would consider it more of a short story, like I said before), it can be read while one takes a bus to travel from one place to another, or as I said above, if one has to wait for a doctor’s appointment. The story is interesting enough to be worth reading, and short enough to be interesting from beginning to end.  

Book quote:A strange unrest was in my blood; a barren dearth in my brains. Familiar objects and faces had grown distasteful to me. I wanted to be alone.

Keep on reading,

GG Klimt

Questions to answer in the comments:
Have you read any other vampire books besides Dracula? And in particular, have you read «The Vampire Maid»? Did you like it? Do you agree with my final comments on the book? Have you read any similar book of the same genre that you would like to recommend? Please answer these questions in the comments section.

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