An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel

T I T L E: An Unattractive Vampire
A U T H O R: Jim McDoniel
P U B L I S H E R: Inkshares
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 16, 2016
I S B N: 9781941758649
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Jim McDoniel’s debut novel, An Unattractive Vampire, is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curs├ęd One, the Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?



     While I may not have laughed out loud when reading this book, I did smile or chuckle frequently.
     It was a great concept and executed very well. I found I even liked Yulric Bile...a lot, which is more than likely a lot more than he would have wanted. Simon was a terrific character and his antics reminded me of the Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which is a good thing since I loved that movie. I could see that eight-year-old pulling off his stunts very clearly in my head as I read. Amanda was also lots of fun.
     There may have been just a slight touch of cheese from time to time, but it wasn’t really all that much and very tolerable. That is not always the case in stories of this type. The satire of this book was, however, refreshing and fun to read. I would recommend this book to those who like different versions of vampires other than or in addition to the pictures painted of them in romance novels. I enjoyed this book enough to give it four stars.


4 STAR



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