Design Image, Dec 2000, 15.95, 431 pp.
Definitely not the Cubs or White Sox in several decades or even the Bears in fifteen years. Perhaps not even Jordan has taken Chicago the way the “nightclub extraodinaire” GOTHIQUE has taken control of the city. The rock group Chicago and super athletes like MJ, the Fridge, or Thomas may have had groupies, but nothing that compares to the new owners of GOTHIQUE. The silent partners in fact are a vampire coven and their new nightclub serves as a front to lure the disenfranchised youth into its basement coffins as fodder or transplants.
Charade magazine Art Director Jeff Stancheck becomes irate when assistant editor Blair Armstrong demands changes with the magazine ready to go to print. Apparently, that popular nightclub GOTHIQUE wants last second advertising in the magazine and Sales and Blair agreed to do so in light of the editor being missing. Though he already loathes GOTHIQUE, Jeff is unaware of how much more he will soon find that name to mean abomination as this is not simply the return of disco, but the beginning of a new deadly era.
GOTHIQUE is an exciting urban vampire tale that will provide genre fans with a fresh bite. The story line is intriguing as the vampire coven gain media access as easily as Ted Turner does. However, what makes the tale so horrifically fun to read is that vampirism seems so genuine that the audience will believe they are a real species. Clearly this fresh look at an old tale showcases Kyle Marrffin's talent and that will make the author a fan favorite.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner