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Angelina is a killer. You'd never know it to look at her—until you look into her eyes.

Angelina doesn't kill out of hatred or fear—she kills out of love, bringing solace to her victims, guided by the seductive Voice that speaks only to her.

Angelina offers you eternal peace—at the cost of your soul!

This special reissue of Elizabeth Engstrom's classic vampire novel Blac
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Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Valancourt Books (first published 1988)
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Grady Hendrix
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Engstrom Black Ambrosia is the book where a comparison with Anne Rice becomes almost unbearable because it’s about *gag* vampires. Engstrom writes like an Anne Rice who is actually interested in real people. Deeply rooted in the details of hardscrabble lives, her language is heady and romantic, occasionally dissolving into a dreamlike haze, but she never loses sight of, or interest in, the fact that even inhuman, bloodthirsty vampires need to eat, sleep, and poop. Unlike Rice, who’s mostly int ...more
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Josh
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own, read_2019
A different kind of vampire novel which substitutes outright blood and gore for implied and subtle horror; leaving the acts of violence to the readers imagination and ultimately making the book more scarier.

The gentle slant towards horror at the beginning of the book holds the remainder in good stead as Angelina, the unassuming vampire slowly builds and comes to accept her lust for blood. The transformation from a helpless child to hardened killer is executed perfectly with the end result nothi
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Scott
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Angelina Watson leaves home at the age of fifteen, following the death of her mother. Once on the road she begins to exhibit vampirish behavior. She sleeps all day. She drinks blood, though she believes she is bestowing on her victims a gift out of love. She begins to hear a voice that urges her on. What makes all of this interesting is the ambiguity. She was never bitten. There was nothing that "turned" her. She can't change into anything and she is not fussed by religious icons. And while she ...more
Liza
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This vampire novel is very creatively written with interestingly structured chapters. The first person narrator / protagonist is introspective and self–reflective, which adds a depth to the action and makes it more interesting than if the story were written in third person. The italacized portions at the end of each chapter present the point of view and opinion on the protagonist of the other characters in the story. These brief interview-like excerpts add another layer to the tale. However, as ...more
Olethros
-Dentro del vampirismo, más sentimientos.-

Género. Narrativa fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Angelina Watson es una joven que desde muy pronto vivió su vida a solas tratando de manejar y comprender ciertos impulsos que superan su control, pero normalmente deja que las cosas ocurran. La duda está en si esos impulsos son algún tipo de desorden o si son algo más.

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-Dentro del vampirismo, más sentimientos.-

Género. Narrativa fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Angelina Watson es una joven que desde muy pronto vivió su vida a solas tratando de manejar y comprender ciertos impulsos que superan su control, pero normalmente deja que las cosas ocurran. La duda está en si esos impulsos son algún tipo de desorden o si son algo más.

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David
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved this so much. Review to come.
Lydian Faust
This was an unusual vampire tale. I can agree with some comparison to the style of Anne Rice. I enjoyed the snippets of interview sprinkled throughout the story, as it presented several perhaps unreliable perspectives. I couldn't get a handle on the personality of Angelina- the characterization was inconsistent, making it hard to me to take an interest in her or her nefarious deeds.
Almaric
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1988-horror
Valancourt Books: Paperbacks From Hell series 2, book 1

A first person diary about the development of a teenage vampire named Angelica. She’s a runaway-of-sorts traveling the road alone, existing on the outskirts of society. Although settling down on occasion, she eventually has to move along as she continues to develop physically and emotionally into a child of the night. Interestingly, every chapter ends with the viewpoint of another person that has interacted with Angelica and surv
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Bill Riggs
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1988 Engstrom presents a unique take on the vampire story. Told in the first person the reader is taken along for a terrifying ride as Angelina slowly spirals down in to darkness. Is she slowly turning into a blood sucking monster or is she descending into madness - trapped in her own mind?
The chapters are written like journal entries with each chapter ending with a recap told from one of the characters point of view. A suspenseful, thrilling and horrifying tale of modern vam
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Alex (Hey Little Thrifter)
This is a unique vampire story that manages to combine the ethereal and sensual notion of a vampire with the cold and violent one. Angelina is a fascinating character and we follow her on her travels as she claims her victims, and also falls victim herself to certain people and situations.

The story is told in the first person from Angelina's perspective. Each chapter ends with an excerpt from another character as though they are being interviewed. This works really well to give other
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Tammy
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It’s very dark, but unexpectedly original and emotionally rich. The intro by Grady Hendrix had me expecting something quite different than what I got - I wonder if we would fundamentally disagree on what is really happening in these pages.
Nate
Another knockout from Elizabeth Engstrom. Thought I had a handle on this until the last quarter. Angelina at that point is unbearably horrific and worth every page. Love this book.
Anne
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Briar Ripley
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly a unique spin on the vampire tale; I loved it! Angelina, the protagonist, is both an intensely sympathetic character even as her behavior moves further and further into the realms of grotesque, sadistic depravity, and one of the *least* romanticized vampire main characters I've ever encountered in fiction.
She begins the book as a teenage runaway who seems more like a compulsive serial killer than anything supernatural, and whose urge to drink human blood functions a lot like a drug or alc
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Jason Bergman
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun little take on the vampire story. Not perfect, but definitely original. Recommended if you're looking for something a little different
Dana Stewart
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what you’d expect. Which is great.
Marsten
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me gustó bastante.
Recuerdo que era de los primeros libros de vampiros que me leía tratos desde una faceta más psicológica y esto me gustó mucho.
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Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.

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