THE VAMPIRE CURSE
A collection of three novellas featuring Professor Bernice Summerfield.
Edited by Eddie Robson.
‘The Badblood Diaries’ by Mags L. Halliday
‘Possum Kingdom’ by Kelly Hale
‘Predating the Predators’ by Philip Purser-Hallard.
Published in 2008 by Big Finish Productions.
Cover by Adrian Salmon.
In the course of a career spent digging up ancient things, Professor Bernice Summerfield has had more than one brush with the oldest and most widely-dispersed race of undead in the universe – vampires. Is she cursed? Or does everybody have to put up with this?
In these stories, a young Benny files a column for a local news outlet whilst trying to stop an ancient curse escaping from her expedition; later in her life, Bernice joins a galactic tour of vampire history in order to investigate sinister happenings; and an aged Professor Summerfield is forced to confront the equally bloody past of a fellow attendee at the predictably ill-fated First Interdisciplinary Conference on Vampirology.
The collection includes the novella ‘Predating the Predators’ by Philip Purser-Hallard:
Historians have long known that the eventful life of Professor Bernice Summerfield included more than one encounter with the paranormal predators known as vampires.
One such event which has so far received little attention from Summerfieldologists is the Murigen Infraction. This vampire infestation at Murigen’s First Colonial University coincided – if indeed it was a coincidence – with the First Interdisciplinary Conference on Vampirology, at which the distinguished Professor was a guest speaker.
Contemporary records, including the letters of a physicist and the journal of a Catholic priest, appear to place Summerfield and her granddaughter at the event. But what was their involvement in the affair? How could vampires thrive in a location with plentiful running water and near-constant daylight emitted by three suns? And what was the connection, if any, with Summerfield’s earlier expedition to excavate the ancient structure known (rather histrionically) as the Blood Citadel of Alukah?
This new sourcebook, assembled from contemporary documents by Prof. I.G. Ikigikato of Zebadee University, will finally allow students to decide for themselves.
- Read Notes on ‘Predating the Predators’, including some deleted passages.
- Read ‘Unification Theory’ – a bonus short story featuring characters from ‘Predating the Predators’ and set during the action of my Faction Paradox novel Of the City of the Saved....
- Read online reviews of The Vampire Curse.
- Read the author biography from The Vampire Curse.
- Buy The Vampire Curse at Peculiar Tomes.
- Buy The Vampire Curse from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Big Finish Productions.
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