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Cover of The Shadow of the Succubus/The Eternal Thirst by John Condenzio.

The Shadow of the Succubus / The Eternal Thirst, is a novel written by John Condenzio. This work consists of two stories, one of which, The Shadow of the Succubus, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures for development into a motion picture in 2010.


Details

  • Title: The Shadow of the Succubus/The Eternal Thirst
  • Author: John Condenzio
  • Publisher: 1stBooks Library (Author Solutions Inc.)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141403914X
  • ISBN-13: 9781414039145
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Release Date: March 2004


Synopsis

This novel contains two stories as follows:

  • The Shadow of the Succubus - A writer is seduced by the ghost of a woman from the prohibition era; this leads him to a horror-filled experience that threatens his sanity and then his life.
  • The Eternal Thirst - A vampire hunter named Montresor is obsessed with the destruction of a centuries-old French duchess, and pursues her through the streets and tombs of New Orleans.


Book Reviews

The following reviews are from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below.

  • Great Gothic Horror
  • May 12, 2005
  • By Sulla

Say hello to John Condenzio! A relative newcomer to the realms of vampires and succubi, he has delivered a coupled masterpiece; a book that is impassioned and romantic, gothic and fantastic. Energized and lyrical, it smacks of the old masters. A must read, I think, for anyone who loves good horror, or gothic in the way that is used to be done. Wonderful.


  • Great Book
  • April 23, 2004
  • By Richard

In this first novel, "the Shadow of the Succubus", a writer checks into a Vermont Inn to recover his muse. He gets more than he bargained, not only with the colorful townspeople but there is a haunted hotel thrown in, to boot! In the second novel, "the Eternal Thirst" Condenzio has an outstanding story of a demon hunter. Forget "Van Helsing: The Movie". This is the blood chilling drama without the over-the-top Hollywood camp. In both I found the prose robust and articulate (reminds me of the late Clark Ashton Smith) and the characters and scenes were vivid. Whether you like Josh Whelan's "Angel" or just like neo-gothic suspense, then this one is for you. If "Shadow" is patterned after Wilde, I found in "Thirst" homage to his friend "Stoker".


Movie Deal with Paramount Pictures

On September 26, 2010, an announcement was posted at the French language website Place To Be that this novel has been optioned by Paramount Pictures for further development into a motion picture. The deal focuses upon the story The Shadow of the Succubus. The author John Condenzio confirmed this in an email conversation with the owner of Succubus.net as well around the same time frame. You can find the release at the website Place To Be here in French.


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