My latest novel from Angry Robot — Carpathia — hits stores in the US today, and is also available as an ebook directly from Angry Robot and for the Kindle in the UK. It should be on shelves in the UK on March 1, and in the Kindle and Nook (and hopefully iBooks and Kobo) in the US that day too.
In a nutshell, the RMS Carpathia is the name of the ship that picked up the survivors of the Titanic disaster on April 15, 1912, nearly 100 years ago. Carpathia is also the name of the Transylvanian mountain range in which sits Castle Dracula. The novel proposes that this is no coincidence, and things get bloody from there.
To mark the day, I wrote a Take Five about the book for Matt Staggs over at Suvudu. That’s five behind-the-scenes facts about the book that you might not know.
The book has been getting great reviews so far. I’ve listed a number of them on the book’s page, but here are some of the better ones I haven’t mentioned here yet.
At Adventures Fantastic, Keith raves about it:
The dialogue is sharp and crisp, witty and fast paced… The imagery is often creepy… [A] highly enjoyable vampire novel, enough so that I’d be willing to read more of Forbeck’s work, and one I recommend if you like traditional vampires.
At Lightsaber Rattling, Pete Morrison writes:
This book is just like Titanic and Twilight combined, if both had been cool and not totally lame… Forbeck has a terrific way of taking the modern mythology that has developed around vampires and taking that myth back to its roots and then spinning it off in a wonderful new direction… There is no way that this book doesn’t become a movie.
At Starburst Magazine, Ed Fortune loves it too:
The first few chapters read as a thrilling tale of survival over impossible odds, which is a good a start, but thankfully, it gets much, much better… Forbeck tells the tale in a tight, character driven way, and doesn’t spare any punches. This is a rapidly moving thriller, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, and is one of the most entertaining horror stories I’ve read in a good long while… Fans of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula will find a lot to love here, as will anyone who prefers their horror with a hint of claustrophobia.
So, go out and grab the book today if you can, or on March 1 if you must wait. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!