by Jonathan Aycliffe
Tired of wasting your time on formulaic, poorly-written and unnecessarily erotic vampire novels? Let The Lost restore your faith in the gothic horror genre. Short journal entries, transcripts, news clippings and correspondence relate the tale of a contemporary Englishman's journey to reclaim his birthright in post-Ceauşescu Romania. Michael Feraru navigates a tangled bureaucracy in his quest to turn his ancestral estate into a home for orphaned Romanian children. Snowbound in a castle high in the Carpathians, Michael finds a treasure trove of family history in ancient rooms that echo with the whispers of the strigoi, phantoms far more sinister than any vampire.