99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale by David Wellington

By David Wellington

Laura Caxton vowed by no means to stand them back. The horror of what the vampires did is simply too shut, the injuries too clean. but if Jameson Arkeley, damaged and infrequently recognizable, involves her with an unfathomable, unholy discovery, her unravel crumbles.

Arkeley leads Caxton to a tomb in Gettysburg lately excavated through an area archaeology professor. whereas the city, with its mythical position within the Civil War’s worst conflict, isn't any stranger to cemeteries, this one is remarkably, eerily varied. In it lie a hundred coffins—99 of them occupied by way of vampires, who, fortunately, are lacking their hearts. yet one of many coffins is empty and smashed to items.

Who is the lacking vampire? Does he have entry to the ninety nine hearts that, if put again within the our bodies in their proprietors, may well reanimate a complete bloodthirsty military? How did the vampires prove there, undisturbed and undiscovered for a hundred and fifty years? the reply lies in Civil warfare records that include sinister secrets and techniques concerning the newly stumbled on coffins—secrets that Laura Caxton is set to discover as she is thrown right into a lethal, ugly undertaking of saving a complete city from a mass invasion of the undead. . . .

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Lord Vykos asked, pitching the question to the table in general and receiving a chorus of quiet affirmatives in reply. ” “The only thing we seem to be lacking is appropriate dinner music,” Lord Ilias observed, in a tone of one musing aloud. ” Rosamund admitted, thinking, Would that he were here. “Would that he were here,” Lord Ilias echoed, and Rosamund had to physically suppress a start of surprise. ” And, so saying, he finally took his companion, bending to suckle gently at the boy’s throat.

I could not tell if it came from Nikita himself, or the spirits of his earth. ” Myca’s hands restarted their soothing motion, but his tension persisted. “When I was alone with him I felt impelled to lay my hands on him. ” He fell silent. Ilias turned his face to watch his lover’s expression as he worked, and found it alarmingly empty. “He appeared to be in pain when he arrived. The Ventrue was not gentle with him. ” Ilias whispered, unnerved. ” Softly.

When he finished, a shudder passed through him, nearly as strong as the sudden burst of understanding that possessed him, and he jerked his hand away, startled and disturbed. His grip on his sight shattered and his vision dissolved into normal realms of sensory perception. Nikita’s face, when he looked, was still and peaceful, emptied of its welter of emotions, and his body was eased of its painful tension, his hands lying open and empty at his sides. He looked as though he slept nestled in the earth of his own grave, beyond pain or fear, wholly at rest in body and spirit.

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