from Ryan Fernandez at  the Spartan Daily: Sci-fi thriller challenges an iron-ruled society
Imagine your entire neighborhood cut off from the outside world, encircled by an impassible wall high enough to block out all views of the surrounding city.

Imagine your neighbors infected by a technological plague that’s slowly transforming them into mechanical horrors, complete with steel limbs, metal spikes erupting from their skin and oil in place of blood.

Imagine your life under the thumb of mechanical deities who see you as a resource to be consumed.

Welcome to Whitechapel, as envisioned by author S. M. Peters.

Peters’ debut novel “Whitechapel Gods” takes a look at an alternate version of the Whitechapel district in Victorian-era London. In this version of Whitechapel, Jack the Ripper does not haunt the streets, slitting the throats of prostitutes. Instead, Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock, the titular Whitechapel deities, have seized control of the district, bent on converting the populace into their mechanized minions.

Read the review here

via Christina Jones at the Examiner: Bram Stoker’s Dracula rises from the dead in new book
The popularity of vampire novels for both adults and children alike is undeniable. From Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire to the ever popular Twilight series, it seems as though the reading public just can’t get enough of these creatures of the night. Now, just in time for Halloween, the original vampire rises from the dead to reclaim his throne. Dracula the Un-Dead, released on October 13, 2009 by Dutton press, is a sequel to the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula which was written in 1897. What makes this sequel so special is that it was written by Dacre Stoker, the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker himself.

Dracula the Un-Dead, which is a debut novel for Dacre, has received critical acclaim and is sure to live up to the famous Dracula legend. In fact, according to the author’s blog, they are currently in discussions to sell the movie rights, which means that soon Dracula will rise to the silver screen as well. Ian Holt is a former screenwriter himself so the anticipated movie release should rival the book rather than being a disappointment, as so many book-based movies are.

Read More here

These both look really good. It’s exciting that a relative of Bram Stoker is writing about Dracula. It would also be cool to see another Dracula based vampire movie, especially with a new plot.

Which one looks better to you?