Frederick is having one of those days. While trying to pull off an inheritance con-job he's arrested for a different fraud and must fake faking his own death to escape. After being abandoned by the undertaker he manages to escape from his coffin only to be spotted by the local vampires who are intent on following him thinking he's the great one.
Still Frederick finds new accomplishes but one is a morbid poet who's constantly rhyming, which personally I found very cool, and the other is digging up dead body parts for her book research. Together they must continue with the inheritance job while trying to contend with an over zealous vampire hunter and the real vampire great one. Did I mention his ex-partner wants him dead, but thinks he's undead, and that he made her undead.
As absurd as this sounds Dan Wells pulls it off. This book is a hilarious take on classic horror and vampire stories. The humour is a mixture of dark, dry wit, word play and rational reasoning. All of which I found hilarious. Some of the humor near the end is slap stick which works better in a visual medium.
Worth a read if you want something different and silly.
So, the closest thing I could compare this to is a really massive, complex, Abbott and Costello skit. It's seriously hilarious. The narrator does amazing things here. I can only compare it to Jim Dale's Harry Potter, which in my opinion is about the highest praise possible for a narrator. To be sure, I almost thought about quitting after 30 minutes because it starts out a bit slow, but by the end of an hour, I never wanted it to stop.
Absolutely! Just thinking about it makes me grin. It was laugh out loud funny. Ridiculous fun!
Mr Barrett did a marvelous job of distinguishing all of the characters. The story may not have had the same hilarity without his excellent delivery.
Vampires, Frankenstein, and John Keats! Oh My! Hope it gets made into live action or CG movie, with Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter.
Pretty much says it all. “A Night of Blacker Darkness,” is a ?fresh? take on the classic genre of the British farce. Set in a world of vampires, vampire hunters, criminals and constables, this book follows the unlucky protagonist as he tries to convince everyone that a he is not a vampire. Overall, it made me laugh and if you are looking for a light read with silly circumstance and a touch of gothic, this may be the book for you.
River On The Edge
Good. I needed to giggle like a little boy and this book was just the ticket.
John Keats, a compulsive rhymer and nitwit romantic, was a great sidekick and added some surreal dialogue.
He made the book for me. I'm not sure if I'd have found it so funny without his deadpan and hilarious performance.
The beginning was confusing but once I got passed the first chapter.
I really liked this book. It is an enjoyable screwball comedy.
This is the most silly story! Wells leads us from one absurdity to another nonsense from beginning to end. Sean Barrett reads it as if Frederick's puzzlement and quick wits were his own : as a reader, he actually is "The Great One" (no spoiler here). The scene in the charnel house had me laughing out loud while driving which wasn't the most secure thing to do. In short, it was a great fun!
NB : I'm not sure I'll ever be able to read anything by Keats after that ;)