Reluctant Immortals

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For fans of Mexican Gothic, from three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gwendolyn Kiste comes a novel inspired by the untold stories of forgotten women in classic literature--from Lucy Westenra, a victim of Stoker's Dracula, and Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester's attic-bound wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre--as they band together to combat the toxic men bent on destroying their lives, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, 1967.

Reluctant Immortals is a historical horror novel that looks at two men of classic literature, Dracula and Mr. Rochester, and the two women who survived them, Bertha and Lucy, who are now undead immortals residing in Los Angeles in 1967 when Dracula and Rochester make a shocking return in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

Combining elements of historical and gothic fiction with a modern perspective, in a tale of love and betrayal and coercion, Reluctant Immortals is the lyrical and harrowing journey of two women from classic literature as they bravely claim their own destiny in a man's world.

"This fast-paced and fun adventure honors its beloved source material and manages to insert something unique into the conversation. An ode to forgotten women everywhere, a tale where every detail satisfyingly matters as readers rush to the emotional conclusion... (Kiste's) first book from a major publishing house brings her award-winning, feminism-fueled horror to more readers." -- Library Journal

"There's something really magical about Kiste's prose that really pulls you in from the first sentence... Kiste is a master of ripping up much loved tropes and classic cliches and making something really new out of them." -- S.J. Budd of Come and Behold My Dark World

"Reluctant Immortals is a kaleidoscopic, rot-fueled joy to read--the Stoker and Bronte sequels I never knew I needed."-- Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House and Teeth in the Mist

"[A] horror story with bite and heart, conjuring an engrossing novel that I devoured, unable to put it down... I loved every page." -- Lisa Kroger, co-author of the Bram Stoker- and Locus-award winning Monster, She Wrote

"A sharp, feminist reclaiming of the Gothic narrative and classic horror tropes... The perfect blend of darkness and dark humor - by turns biting, heartbreaking, and uplifting." -- A.C. Wise, author of Wendy Darling and Hooked

"This story starts with an attention grabber and then runs straight uphill dragging you along for a fantastic ride. Adding to the lives of already well-known and well-written horror characters of classic literature, Ms. Kiste has done a superb job of bringing the girls back to print and adding to their allure." -- Book Review Crew

Featured in LitReactor's 10 Horror Books Perfect for Summer, Frolic Media's Perfect Pairings: Books and Horror Shows & Movies, Tor Nightfire's All the Horror Books We're Excited About in 2022, 101 Vampire Book Recs, and SFF180's Anticipated Horror 2022!

Also featured at LitReactor's 2022 Horror You Do Not Want to Miss, Every Book a Doorway's Unmissable Fantasy and Sci-Fi of 2022, and Read by Dusk's 50 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2022!

For full reviews, check out Library Journal, Come and Behold My Dark World, It's a Jumble, The Dragon's Roost, and Glitter and Gravedust.

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