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HER SECRET MUST BE KEPT FOR ALL ETERNITY.

Set in the otherworldly megalopolis that is today’s Shanghai, Temple Drake’s suspenseful first novel blends the gothic, the erotic, and the supernatural as it charts an intense and dangerous affair.

One night in 2012, executive Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Western woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be...

To Zhang’s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels driven to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai? 

Written in spare, high-octane prose, NVK is the first in a series of dark, hypnotic novels that explore the roots of desire and the cruel costs of immortality.

©2019 Temple Drake. Poetry excerpts by Hsiang Kao and Po Chu-I. Translated by N.L. Smith and R.H. Kotewall in A Book of Chinese Verse, 1962. Bilingual English-Chinese edition © Hong Kong University Press, 1990. Poetry excerpt from “Elsewhere” by David Harsent, from the collection Night (London: Faber & Faber, 2011). © David Harsent, 2011. Published with permission of Faber and Faber Ltd. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Really excellent

Very atmospheric and elegant take on the vampire. Here the old Eoro tropes are crossed with equally ancient Chines ghost legends—and set in fiercely modern Shanghai. Can’t wait for the movie!