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Book Review: Black Ambrosia

Black Ambrosia by Elizabeth Engstrom

This 1988 vampire novel has been republished via 'Paperbacks From Hell'. Angelina becomes a vampire (or does she?) and so kills people and engages in extreme brutality. Is her baleful impact the result of the supernatural or is she simply going mad? What caused a massive personality shift? Or was she always less than normal?

A man pursues her with grim determination but there are dangerous consequences. Angelina repudiates humanity for life as a transient in hardscrabble America. This challenges our preconceptions of vampires. The damage Angelina inflicts is enormous, as she dismisses traditional moral codes. She's not burdened with remorse as she violates norms and does irreversible damage as she continues her blood drinking murderous ramapge inexorably.

Free of moral impediments she causes shrieking panic. Her pursuer senses her victims panic and follows it to the source. There's no facade of grandeur for this 'vampire'. Angelina has iron determination in the face of absolute condemnation of her nefarious motivations. What's done in the dark shall come to light.

This was intensely serious. Angelina has a complete lack of regard as she does terrible and appalling things. She's grimly aware of what she is. This was gloriously mad and maniacal as all moral integrity drains away. Let us hope Michelle Carter never reads this book.

Best Lines:

“Walks from one nowhere town to another along the trash-choked shoulders of empty highways you can feel the hardpacked dirt beneath her heels, you can feel how cold Reagan's Morning in America felt to people standing outside the walls of his city on a hill.”

“I knew what normal behaviour consisted of, and I practiced it.”

“I didn't dare leave.”

“My gratitude was less than overwhelming.”

“Departed morals.”

“The prospect of a homicidal maniac loose in town.”

“Teeth marks on all the chair legs.”

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