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Saturday, February 3, 2018

With Love for Horror Books: The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It's 1890 and Mina Murray is an emancipated woman who wants to keep working after marriage. She's now part of society, but once she was an adventurer. She kept her father company on his many scientific travels. After his death Mina left that life behind and she's now a teacher engaged to Jonathan, a respectable upper class man. However, her past won't leave her alone. When vampires abduct Jonathan, Mina knows the evil that took her father away from her has returned and this time she can't turn her back on the problem and ignore it.

 Mina used to be in a relationship with Abraham Van Helsing and meeting him again around the time of the attack makes her feel a little safer. Abe is after the same creatures that took Jonathan away. Together with Scotland Yard officer Seward they set out on a journey to where it all began, Transylvania. Unfortunately the vampires are getting stronger, will they reach their destination and can they free Jonathan or will they encounter trouble on their way there?

The Beast of London is a fascinating Dracula retelling. I liked Mina. She's strong, determined, capable and clever. There are a lot of unanswered questions about her past and during her journey she discovers more about who she is and where she comes from, which I found incredibly interesting. I also liked the deep connection she has with Abe. He's part of a time she doesn't want to think about, but he's a kindhearted man and doesn't try to make things more difficult than they already are for Mina, which I admired about him. Their chase is quite eventful and I was curious to find out if their mission would succeed.

L.D. Goffigan has a great descriptive writing style that immediately captivated me. I love a good Dracula retelling and this story definitely falls into that category. It's creepy, there are plenty of fangs, crazy blood lusted monsters and cruel conspiracies. The Beast of London is action-packed and filled with danger and adventure. It's a promising start of a series and I can't wait to read the rest of the books.


If you love Dracula retellings The Beast of London will be an excellent choice. Please keep in mind that this is the first story in the Mina Murray series, so there's an open ending.

About L.D. Goffigan

L.D. Goffigan writes paranormal fantasy novels. She studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. She grew up on the East Coast but now resides in a large city by the sea on the West Coast. She enjoys traveling and dreaming of new fantastical tales to tell.


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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

In addition to being a writer, I'm an avid reader. I love all manner of the supernatural, horror, thriller, mystery genres, and many of those elements find their way into my books.

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

The unknown and the dark. Yes, I'm an adult who is afraid of the dark.

3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?


4. If the zombie apocalypse would happen today, what would you do?

Find an underground bunker, stock it with lots of books, movies, and canned foods I can tolerate eating for decades.

5. What's your favorite horror movie?

Seven, though it's more of a thriller. Human monsters are scarier than supernatural ones.

6. What's your worst nightmare?

Being buried alive. Gulp.

7. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the lead characters and why?

Eva Green or Jennifer Lawrence would make a kickass Mina Murray.

8. What inspired you to write horror stories?

I love exploring the things humans are universally afraid of.

9. What do you like the most about the horror genre?

How it explores your most hidden fun ways.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

More historical fiction and fantasy down the line.


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  1. I really love the synopsis of this book and you did a lovely interview!

  2. I think this must be an enthralling book, one I wouldn't want to put down. :-)

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  4. I think when people think the beast of london they automatically think "jack"...I think I'd like to read this Dracula book!!

  5. I am sorry deleted my comment. I would like to read a good dracula book. I like vampire books this one sounds good.

    I would find a bunker also!


  6. This sounds fascinating! I have added it to my tbr!

  7. The Beast of London sounds like a fabulous retelling of the Dracula story that gives more dimension to the characters introduced in the original book.

  8. I'm a bit afraid of the dark too! I love he sound of this book.

  9. I really loved this book!! Great interview :)

  10. Dean T (ribbons1978)February 4, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Looks fabulous I do love a good gothic Victorian story. If I had a time machien Victorian London would be the place to go!

  11. looks great! can't wait to get stuck in!!

  12. Definitely want to read thus! Thank you for this wonderful chance!

  13. Oh, the cover... So beautiful. I loved the interview and would love to read it.

  14. I agree the dark can be very scary. It is the unknown.

  15. I don’t read a lot of horror but the historical aspect makes this book appeal to me.

  16. I am trying new books and styles of writing and you sound like a great one to read! Thanks for the chance!! Signed up for e-mail! Rita Spratlen

  17. Horror genre is very interesting for me. I could relate to some answers in this interview and it makes me interested in the books.

  18. I love the idea of a Dracula retelling!

  19. I love reading books set in London

  20. Wow, love the cover so that's a good start. But love the Dracula story and spend a lot of time in Whitby too. So a London take on Dracula is definitely something I would love to read about.

  21. I love paranormal fantasy books so this is right up my street! Love to read your take on Dracula