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Verland: The Transformation

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  129 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
True crime writer Elle Bramasol is drawn into a macabre mystery when incarcerated Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman asks her to write a book about his case. As she delves deeper into Kingman's murder conviction, she discovers that he possesses a centuries old diary written by an elusive vampire named Verland. Uncovering the transformative secrets held within the diary's pag ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by AS Publications
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Robert Dunbar
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The vampire subgenre has always been prone to blockbusters: Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, ‘Salem’s Lot, the Twilight chronicles. But there are other works, obscure some of them, perhaps, but hallowed by discriminating readers. Novels like The Vampire Tapestry and Fevre Dream or They Thirst – all titles to conjure with. The true aficionado of the genre will speak of them with a catch in the voice and an uncanny glow in the eye. B. E. Scully’s “VERLAND: The Transformation” has unquestionabl ...more
Brett Talley
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
With the notable exception of 30 Days of Night, the vampire sub-genre has been stuck in a “sexy-vampire” groove for the last three decades. Of course, what verged on revolutionary when Anne Rice did it has now become cliché, with Twilight threatening to slay the vampire as a serious horror figure for all time. Unfortunately, Verland: The Transformation will do little to change that. But while that may disappoint some of us who crave a return to the demonic death dealers of old, Verland is nevert ...more
Steven Montano
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
With so much of our modern take on vampires being in the "paranormal romance" vein, it's nice to see current authors who make it a point to present vampires in a different light. In the case of B.E. Scully's "Verland: The Transformation", "different" is back to basics, and in a good way.

This is very much a traditionalist take on the vampire saga; indeed, this is a work Bram Stoker would be proud of. There are shades of Stoker here, as well as J. Sheridan LeFanu and Anne Rice. Fans of old school
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Lisa Reads & Reviews
Verland is a Gothic-type vampire story. I hadn't read any vampires books except Anne Rice's vampire series and Nosferatu by G. Fleming. I've seen Twilight and True Blood on video. So, I thought the concepts pertaining to vampire immortality, loneliness and angst had pretty well been explored. Given that, Verland is in much the same vein, true to the genre -- with an added twist or two, the choice of its heroine, and the villain.

Elle B. is smart, focused and doesn't get carried away. She keeps h
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Robin Smith
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the better vampire novels I've read. The author combines two story-lines - one in the present, one starting in the past and marching forward to the present - in a way that also combines two genres - crime mystery and vampire. Highly readable.
Rob Allens
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this even before I finished Scully's short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals. I started it immediately after. Stunning. I'm not sure how to describe this book. Part vampire, part meditation on death, part horror, part evil, part redemption-- all darn brilliant. Having lost my mother a year ago, the philosophical examination of death and the validity of life in spite of its pain was so moving. If you don't like vampires, read this. If you like vampires, read this. If you ...more
Dave Thomas
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are times when a story speaks to me from the first paragraph, calls out in the middle of the night, demanding to be peeled open and heard. VERLAND is one of those. It's also further proof that the horror subgenre of vampiricism is not dead (undead?), it's only lacking in original ideas, unique frameworks, and deft narratives, overshadowed by lackluster Hollywood scripts, low-budget special effects, and beautiful fanged creatures that go glitter in the night.

Make no mistake, this is NOT a v
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Katie
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Overall this book had a good premise, but it didn't grab me or really engage me the way that I hoped.

I found Elle somewhat annoying and her DogFish Head Pale Ale obsession was just ridiculous. Unless DogFish Head gave the author money for product placement, she could mention it once and then just call it beer. (Besides, DogFish Head is usually available in the grocery store and Midas Touch is the superior brew).

There was a brief mention of absinthe addicts. As an absinthe drinker, I felt that
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Barbrey
Decent non-romantic vampire tale

This was an average vampire tale with very little suspense to speed it along. Better than most of the pot boilers out there, with a bit of philosophy, but not much soul. The framing plot was nothing earth shattering, and the embedded vampire tale had no stakes to speak of. Solidly written and a decent read, it still failed to intrigue me. When is someone going to write a scary vampire book again?
Jessica Bailey
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Although the reviews were lavish, I didn't really enjoy this book a whole lot. Verland's journal was pretty interesting, but the story as a whole was kind of dry.
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
Vampires in Battle: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Verland: The Transformation by B.E. Scully

I’ve been reading a great deal on vampires lately. Fiction and non-fiction have crossed my desk, including a debut novel from B.E. Scully called Verland: The Transformation. I received a review copy and as I began reading, it reminded me of another recent entry into the vampire lore. In 2005, Elizabeth Kostova released her debut novel called The Historian. As I read Scully’s work, the similaritie
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Melinda
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Horror. What is it to you? For me, an author has my attention when I find myself casually thinking like and agreeing with the point of view, when that POV is a cold-blooded monster. Case-in-point: Stephen King's The Shining (wonderful book with waaay more than one example of how to horrify a reader) when Jack begins to mentally "slip over the edge", I found myself slipping with him. When Jack was thinking it was logical and necessary to kill his wife, I could totally see the sense in it and upon ...more
Staticblaq
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I was drawn by reviews citing "no sparkly vampires". Which is true - no teen romance dressed up as Dark Fantasy. However, there was a pretty shaky Mills & Boon romantic element early on that did test my patience (just think of all those covers! *shiver* ). Thankful it recedes into the background fairly quickly.
Verland might not be sparkly, but he's a sympathetic noble character that falls very much into the Anne Rice model. Those looking for something more primal or beastly should check out
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Pisces19
This was a very interesting book. Part mystery thriller, part gothic vampire story. It had lots of lofty themes and was pretty well written. With a split storyline including a modern day almost noir-like murder mystery, and the tale of a vampire that spread over decades of history, it was interesting how the two stories finally came together and resolved themselves. The only negative I can say about the book is that sometimes I wished I had a greater sense of the characters which felt a bit two ...more
Oktaryna
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone already mentioned, I loved the vampire diary but Kingman was a dull and schematic character. His story was flat and uninspired.

On the whole, I am thoroughly impressed by this portrait of vampire. Although this has been done so many times, Verland is a fresh and inspiring character. It is an insightful look into vampirical world seen through human perspective. In the end, the very human problems and emotions are the real characters of the story. I really take my hat off to the author
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*Kashi*
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, to-re-read
I really loved this book. B.E. Scully just delivers a very very well written book, Good plot and a real page turner. very seductive writing. one of the Best books of the year.
I Love books with intellectual & philosophical value, Scully gives us Fun and something to think about. Great Read!


Excelente lectura en el Genero de Mysterio, intriga, Gotico. Muy bien Elaborado, uno de los mejores que eh leido este año.Realmente te pone a pensar en el punto de vista de el vampiro, muy filosofico y dida
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Debra Dufrene
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed beginning this book but somewhere around the first third it slowed down and now after finishing it I feel like it was a bore. The idea was a good one and one that excited me and sounded different from the rest of the vampire stories that seem to be everywhere today. But in the end it was just an ordinary LA private investigator story with all the regular angles you'd expect to find in one of those with a vampire twist. Disappointed.
Jennagirl
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are so ready to move out of Twilight this book is it! A friend said this was the best book he's ever read and told me to read it. I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it! Elle is just so incredible and Verland's story will break your heart. He's so sad and alone, but no one can fix that and the writer does a great job saying why. I always wanted to be swept away by Edward until I read this book. Being immortal looks TOTALLY different now!
Spiral-python Schnzrpunk
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Whilst not as grippingly gruesome as I'd been prepared for, it is well written, self reflexive (which I always like), the characters are completely astereotypical, and the combo of vampire, horror, crime and a touch of romance really appealed. It was absolutely worth the trouble it took to find a copy in rural Australia!
Anita
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is beautifully written and it kept me up reading until the early hours. It's been awhile since I've given a book five stars and it's been awhile since I've read a story that captivated me like this one. There are few books that I choose to go back and revisit ... this just might be one of them.
Grumblebuffin
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
At some points, especially the beginning, the writing seems quite amateurish. The plot is not complex, and somewhat unsatisfying. Anne Rice does it better. Still, it held my interest and I did not regret having read it. Recommended for lovers of the genre.
Linty
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-s-scary
A very cool vampire book. Well done.
Kathi Wallace
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a GREAT book.
Midnightangel
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a GREAT book!!
Jessica  Snyder
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down, I read it in one day. It was fast paced, easy to read, and had great characters. I hope there a second part to to it!!
Erin
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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Liked it more than I thought I might - great back story and while it wasn't a unique take on the vampire mythos, I enjoyed the way it was blended with modern sensibilities.
Chad Loiacono
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this vampire story. I liked the perspective on life, death and immortality and the way the characters related to these topics.
Paula
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't expect this book to be philosophical or moving, but it was both. On a more shallow note I really wish Verland had taken out Kingman.
Sarah
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Engrossing, engaging, and impossible to put down. A very nice take on the vampire genre!
Mii
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read!
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B.E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions. Scully is the author of the critically acclaimed gothic thriller Verland: the Transformation, the short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals, and numerous short stories, poems, and articles. Her latest novella, The Eye That Blinds, with be releas ...more
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“I asked why this had impressed him so much, and he said, “You see, those stubborn, long-obscured images are like the layers of our own existence; we are the painters covering them over and over again, but that which appears lost is merely hidden. The old images bide their time and then rise to the surface to join with the new ones. Don’t you see? Pentimento, Verland, transforms the perception of loss into the promise of reconfiguration.” 0 likes
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