Silver Dagger, May 20002, 23.95, 153 pp.
In the Appalachian Mountains, in a Transylvania County here is a legend that very few people today believe is based on a truth. The myth states that parents shouldn't let their children out at night, especially on the eve of the full moon.
In 1956, high school senior Chester believes there are vampiric space aliens up on Devil's Mountain and doesn't intend to be there after dark. His plans change when fellow senior John Croshaw goads him and Hannah Jane Goins into exploring the mountain on the night of the full moon. When they get near the summit of the mountain, Chester is separated from his two companions and sees the space aliens capture his friend Hannah Jane and realize John is one of them. The high school senior manages to escape but vows to return and free his friend and the other children, who the aliens captured, some of them dating back to the Civil War.
Patrick Bone has crafted a young adult novel that will also be enjoyed by older readers whose salad days included Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton. The story line is fun, as some of the MELUNGEON WINTER CAST return. The ALIENS OF TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY is an enjoyable coming of age tale that shows how one determined person regardless of age can make a difference.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner