Dracula vs. Hitler
Abraham Van Helsing is used to horrors, but this is something altogether new. Hitler’s forces are running rampant in Romania, and the local resistance is struggling. To turn the tide, they must do something drastic. So Van Helsing unleashes Dracula on the world once more, offering him his fill of Romania’s enemies in exchange for helping them liberate the country. Will one monster help them topple another, or will Van Helsing regret this Hail Mary play?
Dracula Vs. Hitler sounds like a b-movie, but Patrick Sheane Duncan takes the idea and treats it with respect, putting readers on the ground with farmers and business owners defending their homeland. This feels like a proper historical fiction novel with a curious dash of the supernatural woven in, weaving in Bram Stoker’s classic tale and putting a unique spin on the story all at once.
Like many versus projects — Freddy vs. Jason, King Kong vs. Godzilla — the versus doesn’t come into play until very late in the book, and even then it’s a tad underwhelming. But the rest of the novel more than makes up for it with solid characterization and engaging storytelling.
Patrick Sheane Duncan