The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing

 The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing
By: Allen C. Kupfer

Published by: Forge Books

Genre: Historical Fiction, Vampire
Pages: 208

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Recommendable for people who:
I dunno, people who read everything on vampires maybe.  Van Helsing buffs.


Professor Abraham Van Helsing was the fictional creation of Bram Stoker for his dark work of fantasyDracula …or was he?  Fragments of a recently discovered journal suggest otherwise.

For the first time, in his own words, the legendary vampire hunter tells his own story
– his background and early years
– his research in Rumania and the Mideast
– his medical work
…and most importantly his discovery of perhaps the greatest threat to man’s dominion on earth, vampires.

Filled with data to inform, and tips to educate, the journal is more than a study of vampirism. It is also the story of a man’s obsession with eradicating the world of its greatest scourge, a dark evil that claimed his wife in its thrall.

Working with the textural fragments he inherited from his grandfather, Professor Allen Conrad Kupfer, has managed to piece together the story behind the story that did not begin and end with Bram Stoker’s Dracula

My Thoughts:

This book was written as a series of journal entries with postscripts. I found it both entertaining and enlightening{in a manner}. Interesting for sure. (see my reading updates)

I did read it in one afternoon. At first, I thought perhaps it a ya reader, due to its size and the size of print, but I am not sure that was the intended audience. I don’t know that I would recommend it to anyone to read, unless they just "liked" reading everything written on vampires. It was neither a huge tale, nor gory, nor romantic. It was a "journaled" account from Van Helsing’s pov. published, after the fact.

Though I do not really recommend it, I do not regret spending an entire afternoon within it’s pages either, so take that for what you will.

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