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  • By Kriss Perras
    Jan 6, 2011
    Review: Chronicles of the Undead Diaries of the Harrington Family by A.F. Stewart Review Written by Kriss Perras Running Waters "For the bloodsuckers enclave," these are the words that begin a journey told through a series of diary entries of a single family that spans generations. Samuel, the father, Edmund, his son and Charlotte, Samuel’s granddaughter and Edmund’s daughter, comprise the main Harrington family diary writers. The story begins in London, England in 1793 with a rather normal day in the financial life of Samuel Harrington. The family is well-off, part of the society crowd in the upper class circles of their time. Samuel had just received a visit from the Vicar, who brings news of the new neighbors, Henri Forain and Eleanor de Burgh, a woman the Vicar says is Henri’s cousin. And so begins a story of seduction, betrayal and murder. Family member against family member, lover versus lover, the story is woven with diary entries cutting time concurrently and... More > spanning over twenty-five years between entries. AF Stewart wrote a compelling tale about the seductive powers of the vampire. “I will gamble when I please, drink when I will, and enjoy the delights of the brothel. I may even indulge in some of the more wicked pleasures that Dame Montague provides, just as Henri suggested.” This begins the powerful influence of Henri in Samuel’s life. The following Q&A with the author lends some revealing details about what is yet to come for this story: Q: Given the ending of Chronicles of the Undead, do you plan on a sequel to the book? A: There is a modern-day sequel in the works, called The Elite of the Blood, that I am writing online at my other website, Pages of Darkness ( Interspersed through the main story of an impending war between vampire factions are flashbacks and references to the characters in Chronicles of the Undead; their fate is intertwined in the events that led to the modern-day conflict. I've only written a few chapters so far but hope to finish it soon. Q: Why do you choose to publish independently? A: I started publishing books independently to get a feel for the publishing industry and to see whether anyone would be interested in reading my stories. I originally planned to just publish some collections of short fiction and poetry -- which I did -- but along the way Chronicles of the Undead got written and published as well. Q: What do you enjoy most about vampire characters? A: Vampires can be very ambiguous characters; they can be good or bad, have conflicted morals or be the ultimate villain. You can put them in any time period, they can have complicated backgrounds, rich in history and they are fun to write. Stewart’s vampire is at once elusive and persuasive. Here are the beauties that create both day walkers and night-wandering bloodsucking ghosts set in the classic world of London themes. Stewart takes the very definition of vampire and incorporates it into the weave of the story. By the end of the telling, the society burns with the unquenchable thirst for blood. AF Stewart’s Chronicles of the Undead: Diaries of the Harrington Family is available for purchase at her Website ISBN: 978-0-557-02670-8, and at, and at the< Less
  • By Sheila Deeth
    Jun 9, 2009
    "Believable people in a very believable world" Some books are printed in just the right format, and Chronicles of the Undead, by AF Stewart, is one such book. The slender, over-sized paper-back feels just right doubling as a diary in the reader’s hands. And the large type-face fits the sparse journalistic writing perfectly. I’d read the first chapter online before receiving my own copy of the book. Any doubts I had about how the writing style would work in a complete novel were soon laid to rest (together with various hapless women of the night). But once I had the book in my hands, I couldn’t stop reading. Three diaries are included—Samuel Harrington from 1793-95; Edmund Harrington from 1795-97; and Charlotte Harrington from 1825-26. I was surprised how quickly the characters became real. Samuel’s banal unkindness inexorably morphs into true evil, Edmund’s good intentions turn sour under the weight of revenge, and even Charlotte leaves me wondering how the proximity to... More > evil will harm her. The author presents the slow dissolution of good intentions against a well-researched historical background. The surrounding world of London society reels and recovers from war; money is invested in wise and foolish things; and stocks rise and fall. Secret societies, intrigue and morbid curiosity add fuel to the fire. And vampires live and die. A story well-told in a format well-suited to the telling, Chronicles of the Undead is a quick, intriguing read that leaves you wondering… what next? A fine vampire tale.< Less
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First Edition
July 6, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.67 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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