Come for the Vampires, Stay for the Wasp – by Tamara Thorne


The Black Wasp is the third book in Alistair Cross’  Vampires of Crimson Cove series, and it’s a stunner.  I unabashedly love all my collaborator’s solo works, but with this tale, he has achieved new heights of imagination and storytelling. The book — and the title character — is riveting.

When Alistair first introduced her about midway through The Silver Dagger, book two in the series, the Black Wasp was intriguing and mysterious, a supernatural creature that was not a vampire, a ghost, or anything else you might expect.  Even Alistair didn’t know what she was at that point, but she persisted, making her presence known with a subtle but compelling urgency that hooked me from the very beginning. 

Alistair and I spend our days together in a virtual office in the Cloud and are connected on Skype. We spend two thirds of our day working on our ongoing collaborations — generally a stand-alone novel and one of our Ravencrest Saga books. The other third is spent writing our solo novels. Each project segment begins with a read-back of the previous day’s writing, and as Alistair began working on The Black Wasp, I was especially eager to get to read the previous day’s work. I never knew what he might come up with next.

One of my favorite parts came early on, when he created the Black Wasp’s origin story.  Oh, what a tale!  Digging deep into ancient myth and legend — going all the way back to Mesopotamian tales and following through into Greek, Roman, and all kinds of lesser-known mythology — Alistair plucked nuggets from each and deftly wove them together with his own unique ideas to create a new monster, something utterly fantastic. 

With The Black Wasp, Alistair Cross gives us a truly new supernatural creature. Her background is rich, she is terrifying, and fascinating in her intent, and as the tale nears its climax, she even becomes uniquely relatable.

The Crimson Cove books tell the story of the Colter brothers, Cade and Brooks, a friendly sheriff, and their interactions with two very different groups of vampires. With The Black Wasp, Alistair has expanded his universe to include a toothsome new monster, and to introduce another good guy, a priest as mysterious as the Black Wasp herself.  Father Vincent is part of an organization of mysterious scholars and warriors who have been quietly making appearances in our collaborations, including Mother, Ravencrest: Exorcism, and my upcoming solo,  Old Wives’ Tales. The Black Wasp — and the book that follows — reveal the most information about them, so if you want an inside look at the mysterious goings-on of the Obscura Nocte, you need to treat yourself to the Crimson Cove books. 

You need to anyway. Whether you’re a vampire fan or not, the Crimson Cove series will hook you and reel you in. The characters are compelling, the action is non-stop, you’ll laugh, you’ll shed a tear, and you won’t be able to put these books down.  

–Tamara Thorne, bestselling author of Haunted, Brimstone, and Bad Things

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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