BAWDY BOOKS: IS “COVEN OF CELSUS” THE MOST DANGEROUS VAMPIRE STORY EVER TOLD?

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Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth by Randy V

Erotica, horror, and a complete reworking of vampire mythology make debut novel “The Most Dangerous Vampire Story Ever Told”

Randy V, inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s Juliette and Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, reworks vampire mythology in his debut novel Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth to create “the most dangerous vampire story ever told.”

In this unique and original complete reworking of vampire mythology, the author introduces us to vampires who are decidedly not of the Twilight ilk. Rather, these vampires share an overwhelming affinity for sadistic orgies and what they consider justifiable homicide, preferably at the same time. They live for 117 years and then become spirits for 117 years, with this cycle of reincarnation lasting forever.

Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth takes place in the present, which happens to be the 17th reincarnation. The story centers around nine vampires, one man and eight women, each of whom feeds in a different manner. Celsus and Nona come back into each reincarnation with their full memories, while the haunted, world-weary lycanthrope Celsus, in a variety of increasingly sadistic sexual orgies, releases both the memories and the “true selves” of the other seven women at each reincarnation.

In this novel of erotic horror, the title character, Elizabeth, is the eighth member of the nine-member coven. The novel follows the beautiful, deeply disaffected Elizabeth as she finds her “true” self, all while Celsus pulls her strings, notes the author, “like a puppet.” Concurrently, the other members of the coven sexually overwhelm and execute two pedophile priests and a former brutal boyfriend, as well as others, in increasingly bizarre and sexually gruesome ways that take vampires, and their deadly desires, to an entirely new level.

Celsus’ philosophy throughout the book – eat to excess, drink to excess, fornicate to excess – creates what the author calls “an incendiary, very sexual book with dialog regarding organized religion that is difficult to refute.” Numerous reviews on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Coven-Celsus-Elizabeth-Randy-V/product-reviews/0595452752/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending attest to the impact it has on readers.

Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth is available at www.amazon.com.

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Coven of Celsus – Elizabeth by Randy V; iUniverse; Fiction; Hard cover $25.95; Paperback $15.95; ebook $6.00

3 Responses to “BAWDY BOOKS: IS “COVEN OF CELSUS” THE MOST DANGEROUS VAMPIRE STORY EVER TOLD?”

  1. I honestly have no words to describe The Coven of Celsus…only to express to you how the story transformed my Universe in much the same way Elizabeth undergoes her very own physical and psychological transformation throughout the story. At times I was unable to stop myself from reading each subsequent chapter, always wanting and desiring to know what is coming next. You experience the story unveiling through the eyes of the main character, but the author gives you only slightly more insight than she does, creating an even greater curiosity for the reader as to what trials she will be enduring page after page. The highly sadistic and erotic visuals place you right there with the characters and not only tests the constitutions of Coven, but also of yourself. Your psyche is being exposed and forced to experience what Elizabeth is also experiencing for the first time.

    A book like this is not just an entertaining story about fictional characters…it reaches deep into the darkest depths of our souls and asks us who we really are. Who is your inner self? How dark are you willing to let yourself go? What do you truly crave out of your existence? How much can you take…and how much will you savor every sick, evil bit of it…

    You realize the courage and strength the author possesses to be able to tap into the darkest dimensions of his own soul with wild abandon; something most of us are too afraid to even dare discover about ourselves. But this story will test your soul and leave you wondering why you’ve been asleep for so long. And just when you think it’s over at the end of the story, it is only then that your diabolical self examination has just begun. Make no mistake; inside this book is your own sadistic Pandora’s box, that once you open the cover, there will be no turning back for the rest of your mortal life.

    But please, I encourage you to read it, I dare you…

    • I’m on the fence — is that comment by an over-earnest-and-high-on-my-own-cool-dark-(if-unoriginal)-thots or a marketing hack seeding sales. Either way, it makes me want to read this less – which is too bad. Blood Porn always catches my eye. Especially as this one looks to be as over the top as Battle Royale.
      I lean toward fan (a vociferous defense will prove this) as even a low-rent marketing assistant wouldn’t be so lexically impoverished as to write “Both wanting and desiring” Redundantly redundant all over again.

      BTW, we need a word/phrase that is better than “paranormal romance” or “paranormal erotica.” Horrotica could work but it is a little lame. We need something that evokes sepia stained images of lust and fangs.

      Ahh well. keep it up DLB, I’m jealous as always,

      • darklordbunnykins Says:

        I just received the book from the author and will be reviewing shortly, either for the blog or Rue Morgue Magazine, so I’ll be sure to let you know whether it is fang-tastic as some have suggested.

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