Page Zaplendam is the pen name of a southern writer with a wide range of fiction interests. of speculative and fantasy fiction. As mama to a lot of littles, she doesn’t gets her books out there as often as she’d like, but it’s not for lack of having the need to craft, create, and share new stories with the world. Besides exciting dystopian adventure tales, she also writes about vampires and space opera. She does not believe in vampires, or that the world will end in the immediate future. Then again, truth is always stranger than fiction.
The Napoleonic War rages, King George III is mad, and a dark secret society looks to take advantage.
John Grissom’s enhanced vampiric hearing leads him to investigate the oldest and most powerful order of vampires in England. His investigation takes him from London to Brighton and back again, from a vampire proof dungeon to a glittering masked assembly.
What he discovers could turn the tide of war in Napoleon’s favor. He hopes to succeed in preventing it, but he’ll be powerless to do anything if a blood-crazed madness takes him first.
“Reads like an episode of Penny Dreadful.” – William, Goodreads giveaway winner
“I was sorry to see the story end I can’t wait for sequels.” Leslie Sholly, blogger, lifeineverylimb.com
“I’m going to have to read [the sequel] to see what is in store for this intriguing character Zapledam has created.” Laura Pearl, author of Erin’s Ring
“I admire the way the author used a vampire story (without being repulsive) to tell an exciting tale with real substance, one that makes readers ponder moral truths and, in particular, to consider what really makes a monster.” Therese Heckencamp, author of Frozen Footprints
Buy the series! The Unofficial Chronicles of John Grissom
For fans of S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse, Billy Burke’s TV show ‘Revolution,’ and Bobby Adair’s The Last Survivors.
It’s a new Dark Age.
200 YEARS AGO:
An apocalyptic level scientific overreach catastrophe reversed the poles, killed off 97% of the world’s population, and caused inheritable genetic anomalies in some of the few who survived.
Those with flawed genes, the Unearthly, are pariahs, science and technology is regulated by a despotic king, lawlessness has given way to local fiefdoms, and a new dark age has arisen, explaining what were once scientific facts as legend, lore, and myth.
Slade lives a quiet life in the Iron Wood, hunting alongside his mother and visiting the village only to trade goods. But when she’s assassinated, he goes out into the dreaded human world to find her killer. Human he might be, but as the son of the Ogress, he is unafraid of rebels, Syndicate crime lords, or ruthless nobles who would love nothing more than to see him dead.
Appeals to lovers of dystopian adventures, steampunk elements, sword fighting, and smatterings of romance.