Good morning everyone,
Today, we’ll look at a novelette from Mara More entitled “Night of the Voluptous [sic] Vampires.” This was first published on September 26th, 2021, and consists of 39 pages. Its plot involves a brief erotic retelling of the original Dracula, but substitutes a female antagonist, the Countess Titania. (SIDE NOTE: The timing of this short story’s publication, coming out last fall, was quite possibly inspired by the appearance of the unusually tall female vampire “Lady Alcina Dimitrescu” in the Resident Evil Village video game released on May 7th, 2021.)
This may seem like a minor point, but it feels necessary to point out that the title was misspelled on the official cover. “Voluptuous” was misspelled as “voluptous.” (NOTE: That can be seen in the image above.) Additionally, the inner cover provided a different name: “Night of the Wanton Vampires” (NOTE: As can be seen below.)
Is a title the most important part of a size-fetish creation? No. But is it the most immediately visible aspect? Yes. So, it would be better if this had a correctly spelled and consistent title throughout.
However, there was a level of detail given to this work which did elevate the effort. For example, many creators fashion vampire narratives which keep the bloodsucking immortal monster concept, but then ditch the original source material. There’s nothing wrong with making vampire stories unconnected to the most famous example, but still it’s nice to see the original Dracula format used in recreations. This work copied a little of Bram Stoker’s famous novel and its epistolary format in which the narrative was presented in the form of letters, newspaper articles, journal entries, etc. In fact, most Dracula adaptations, with the notable exception of 1992’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” film, do not use that original epistolary approach. Furthermore, Dracula’s three brides were represented here as the daughters of Countess Titania. (NOTE: Names of the main characters were altered from Stoker’s example. Original protagonist “Jonathan Harker” became “John Parker” and his fiancee “Mina Murray” became “Nina Nichols.” Confusingly, the description calls him John Harker, but the family name “Harker” was never used in the actual text. Apparently, editors DO have a reason to exist.)
I don’t want to give away too many details, but must highlight that there was conflict and drama as well as multiple sex scenes in this female-dominating fantasy. There was also action and serious consequences in the plot. Plus sexually-charged transformation was present and included not only mini-giantess scale progression, but eventually it raised up to a building-destroying extreme! Overall, this was a fun read. (NOTE: It may also be of interest that while the word “blood” was used many times the villains were more like succubi than actual neck-biting blood-sucking vampires.)
Of course, Night of the Voluptuous Vampires was not perfect. The erroneous title has already been mentioned, but there were also some grammatical problems. For instance, ” I’s ” was used for the first-person possessive pronoun. Although, one might argue that such errors are prone in diaries and could make the story feel more like an actual personal record. For example, it’s not uncommon to ignore common spellings and use shorthand in writings that aren’t intended for public audiences. A valid complaint may be that it is too short, but for $2.99 I was satisfied.
Although, the appeal would have been greater if an editor or proof reader had skimmed this writing before its release. However, Night of the Voluptuous Vampires is still recommended and should be of interest to growth fans looking for a gothic twist on that trope. Furthermore, I was able to overlook the minor mistakes and found this to be a rewarding use of my time. Interested readers can purchase Night of the Voluptuous Vampires here: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Voluptuous-Vampires-Giantess-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B09H7NMVYW/
That’s it for today folks. Thursday’s review will analyze a gay parody, made in 1995, of “The Amazing Colossal Man.” Until then, keep growing!
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Thank you for your indulgence.
I really hope Capcom does more with Lady D in sequels and/or DLC…
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Me too! I’m a tad squeamish when it comes to blood and being bitten, but the premise of a female vampire literally growing larger by feeding on people is an effective way to mix size with Gothic horror. Not that Lady D actually does that, I think she’s just plain tall. Still, it’s an intriguing idea.