"A combination of Poppy Z. Brite and Stephen King with a Goth"
In 1501 Zurich, Jan Keller came into the world, a blind
baby born into a prominent wealthy and powerful family.
Even as a young child, he was different having visions
that came true. He was a loner, an empty shell and
marriage did nothing to fulfill him. After he drove his
wife away, he applied to become a priest in Vatican City.
Once he was accepted he began to learn one of its dark
secrets including the one that changed him into a dhampire.
After discarding his masters he formed the coven that
would make the vampires abide by its rules or face the
consequences. Three hundred years after traveling to the
New World, he meets Alek, the love of his life, who leaves
him after he witnessed something horrific. Alek, a slayer
who left his coven and gone Rogue, promises to protect the
young woman Dania, also a creature of the church. When
they abduct her, Alex goes to the Vatican to find her and
there he will have one last meeting with Jan, now known as
Karen Koehler is a new breed of horror writer, a
combination of Poppy Z. Brite and Stephen King with a Goth
flavoring. Her characters are dramatic and unusual and
her story line totally fascinating. SLAYER: STIGMATA
exposes the corruption of Vatican City and those who rule
it thus leading the reader to ponder who the monster truly
is. Alex is a very easy character to like, a dhampire who
shines with purity and goodness despite the vampire blood
that flows through his veins
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2003