The Castle of Count Shagula (Tales of Monsterotica #1)

Title: The Castle of Count Shagula (Tales of Monsterotica #1)
Author: Justin MacCormack
Publisher: Deep Desires Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Fantasy Humour
Page Count: 49 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


High in the Transylvanian mountains looms Castle Shagula, the home of an infamous vampiric count with a thirst for the life fluid of young men. And Johnathan Woodcock is on his way there!

Stay beside Johnathan as he explores the terrors of Castle Shagula and experiences the horrors that go bang in the night. Can he can survive Count Shagula’s seductive attempts to get after his own different sort of life fluid? Witness as Jonathan works to uncover the mysteries at the heart of THE CASTLE OF COUNT SHAGULA. (It isn’t mysterious at all, really. It’s sex. Lots and lots of sex.)

A new line of comical erotic romps featuring the classic and not-so-classic monsters of book, stage and screen, written by Justin MacCormack, author of “Diary of a Gay Teenage Zombie” and “Hush: A Horror Anthology”.

This was a fun, bite-sized novella that can be read in a sitting or certainly in one day. The plot is very loosely based on the most well known part of the Dracula story. Characterisation and background is developed sufficiently well to make the individuals likeable. Obviously as a novella there is a clear lack of depth and the story does rely on those echoes with the more traditional rendering. That said, there are some interesting ideas explored with a clear sense of humour throughout.

The interactions between the characters, particularly the sex is light-hearted and explicit. There is a tendency to fall in and out of character that can be a little confusing and inconsistent, but not enough to spoil the read.

This is an easy read that is largely well written and fun. As such it holds the attention.

As with many novellas of this sort, there is a somewhat abrupt ending leaving a sense of disappointment. The story is open-ended though and there is clearly an opportunity for sequels.

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