Review

We liked

– The character of Rebecca
– The World of Hunters and its secrets
– The multiplicity of references

The mythological figure of the vampire is everywhere and crosses the ages since the Enlightenment and the Victorian era. It has invested practically all artistic supports, its variations are numerous, diversity is in order and the myth only becomes more universal. Sarah-Nio Coulibaly has fully understood the challenge of renewing herself within a heritage that has been reworked over and over again and densely populated with sometimes grandiose works. From John William Polidori to Bram Stoker, Anna Rice, Stéphanie Meyer, Mike Mignola and Gendy Tartakovsky, vampiric mythology is still alive through Sarah-Nio Coulibaly’s novel.

Sarah-Nio is passionate about writing and the field of foreign languages ​​including Korean (#Jeju). Her career as an author, which began with the duology ” The Four Artifacts » (since 2013), blossomed with the release of the first volume of « The Encyclopedia of Shadows “: ” Arahsmurd’s Wonders “. This book is the result of many reflections, trials, renewed self-confidence and progress towards the unknown. Writing a book is never simple, delayed by a few setbacks, a mind wandering somewhere between several perceptions that allow you to grow and make you say that it was worth it. Waiting and fears are part of the journey. Stories are made to be shared, they are born by instinct and are shared by necessity. Sarah-Nio’s story is definitely worth reading. The author has chosen a mythology that is both recent and ancient, hybridity is natural in a story that is just beginning but which already reveals a great author in the making.

Stryges (Greek origin), ghouls (pre-Islamic Arabic folklore), Lamia (Greek mythology), Lilith (Mesopotamian mythology) can be considered pre-vampiric creatures…

Rebecca, the Gothic heritage and Picardy

Rebecca is a young black goth who has long been persecuted by her classmates because of her uncommon lifestyle and choices. In Picardy, Rebecca escaped a fatal accident: a young man looking like a vampire saved her life. Followed by a psychologist since that day, she is convinced that vampires exist. Today, her diary is the only remedy she has to hold her head up in the face of hardship. Christine and Ryan, her parents, no longer know how to manage the anxiety attacks and the madness into which Rebecca sinks. At the Pyramides station of the Paris metro, Rebecca discovers a strange man. The latter has the same characteristics as a vampire and will convince her to finally seek the origins of her discomfort, where it all began… »

How not to feel empathy for Rebecca, the main heroine of this first volume and surely of the whole saga. Rebecca wants to do well, she is curious, close to her parents and her friend Bérénice. Its roots go from a dream Picardy to a fantastic Paris. Rebecca is gothic and she is not afraid to feel fully herself, despite the taunts and pettiness. The narration has chosen to stay closer to Rebecca and the reading pleasure is certain! Reading this first volume will introduce you to different facets of this character. Each moment of life seems inscribed in a reality, an impression of deja-vu and welcome narrative loops. Rebecca adores vampires and does not hide it. Vampires are part of his life. This changed during a meeting in Picardy. This region coming from a geographical elsewhere is magnified by the beauty of the fleeting descriptions, it is beautiful, flowery but also dark and narrow.

Vampiric literature is part of romantic but especially Gothic literature. Some literary analysts call Bram Stoker’s Dracula [1897] of “neo-Gothic” literature alongside other illustrious works such as “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” [Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886] and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” [Oscar Wilde, 1890]

The World of Hunters by Olga Caligus

This world is palpable and alive. Various creatures inhabit it, made tangible through Sarah-Nio’s imagination and inspirations ranging from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings to Japanese animation. The World of Hunters has a tumultuous history and a past that holds some secrets. The story is sprinkled with references and thoughtful little finds. Team spirit is a necessity in this world filled with dangers and unsuspected terrors. The creatures of the fantastic bestiary rub shoulders with other creatures of the fantasy genre, diversity is no longer an impalpable horizon but a persistent imagination. The story is generous in explanation but remains quite nebulous to good effect. Who is Olga? Where do vampires come from? Don’t be so docile…

It’s time to get rid of our prejudices about self-published novels and give authors a chance. This novel is a new entry into vampiric literature. Sarah-Nio put all her soul into it and it shows. It is a book of beginnings but promising and full of promises for an imaginary in the making. Rebecca pursues her lunar dream in a world she does not know. She is part of two worlds that cannot understand each other. It is in this that it represents hope. Hunters and Vampires, two peoples for the same heritage. From Zultrand to Forticia, there is a whole imagination at your fingertips. Thank you Sarah-Nio.

where to find it

The Vampire Multiverse (non-exhaustive and arbitrary chronology)

There is good and bad, but whatever, take your pick…

1746: Treatise on the Apparitions of Spirits and Vampires [Augustin Calmet/Don Calmet]

1748: The Vampyr [Heinrich Augustin von Ossenfelder]

1797: Die Braut von Korinth/The Bride of Corinth [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

1801: Thalaba the Destroyer [Robert Southey]

1810: The Vampyre [John Stagg]

1813: The Giaour [poème narratif de Lord Byron]

1819: The Vampyre [John William Polidori]

1820: Lord Ruthwen or the Vampires [Livre, Cyprien Bérard]

The Vampire [pièce de théâtre, Charles Nodier]

1828: The Vampyr [Opéra allemand, Heinrich August Marschner et W. A. Wohlbrück]

1852: The Vampire [pièce de théâtre, Dion Boucicault]

1847: Varney the Vampire

1851: The Vampire [Livre, Alexandre Dumas]

1872: carmilla [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu]

1897: Dracula [livre, Bram Stoker]

1958: Dracula/Dracula’s Nightmare [Film, La Hammer, premier de la série de films, Terence Fisher]

1992: Bram’s Stoker Dracula/Dracula [Film, Francis Ford Coppola]

The Blood of the Vampire [Livre, Florence Marryat]

1922: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens/Nosferatu the vampire [Film, Friedrich Wilhem Murnau]

1943: Dead Men Walk [Film, Sigmund Neufeld]

1958: Dracula/Dracula’s Nightmare [Film, la Hammer, premier de la série de films, Terence Fisher]

1966: Dark Shadows [Série, Dan Curtis]

2012: Dark Shadows [Film, Tim Burton]

1976: Interview with a Vampire [Anna Rice]

2022: Interview with the Vampire [Série, AMC, Rolin Jones]

1986: Castlevania/Akumajo Dracula [Jeu vidéo, Konami]

The Witcher/Wiedzmin [Nouvelle, Andrzej Sapkowski]

1991: Diary of a Vampire/The Vampire Diaries [Livre, L.J. Smith]

2009: Tea Vampire Diaries [Série, The CW, Julie Plec et Kevin Williamson]

1992: Bram’s Stoker Dracula/Dracula [Film, Francis Ford Coppola]

1993: Hellboy [Comics, Mike Mignola]

1997 : Buffy the Vampire Slayer [Série, Joss Whedon]

1999: Angel [Série, spin-off, The WB]

1998: Blade [Film, Stephen Norrington]

2001: The Southern Vampire Mysteries/The Southern Fellowship [Livre, Charlaine Harris]

2008: True Blood [Série, HBO, Alan Ball]

2003: underworld [Film, Len Wiseman]

2004 : Van Helsing [Film, Stephen Sommers]

Vampire Knight/Vanpaia Naito [Manga, Matsuri Hino]

2005: Twilight [Livre, Stéphanie Meyer]

2007: Moonlight [Série, CBS, Ron Koslow et Trevor Munson]

vampire academy [Livre, Richelle Mead]

2014 : vampire academy [Film, Mark Waters]

2022: vampire academy [Série, Peacock, Julie Plec et Marguerite Maclntyre]

The Shadowhunter Chronicles [Livre, Cassandra Clare]

2013: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones/La Cité des Ténèbres [Film, Harald Zwart]

2016: Shadow Hunters The Mortal Instruments [Série, Freeform, Ed Decter]

2008: True Blood [Série, HBO, Alan Ball]

2013: The Originals [Série, spin-off, The CW, Julie Plec]

2009: Third [Film, Park Chan-wook]

Tea Vampire Diaries [Série, The CW, Julie Plec et Kevin Williamson]

The Strain/La Lignée [Livre, Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan]

2014 : The Strain [Série, FX, Guillermo Del Toro]

2012: Hotel Transylvania [Film, Genndy Tartakovsky]

2015 : Hotel Transylvania 2 [Film, Genndy Tartakovsky]

2018: Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monstrous Vacation [Film, Genndy Tartakovsky]

2022: Hotel Transylvania 4: Monster Changes [Film, Derek Drymon et Jennifer Kluska]

2013: Only Lovers left alive [Film, Jim Jarmusch]

2014 : Penny Dreadful [Série, John Logan]

The Strain [Série, FX, Guillermo Del Toro]

2016: Shadow Hunters The Mortal Instruments [Série, Freeform, Ed Decter]

2019: Dracula and other vampire series [Collectif, Livre Pléiade]

2020: Dictionary of Vampiric Literature [Livre, Jacques Finné, Jean Marigny]

2022: Hotel Transylvania 4: Monster Changes [Film, Derek Drymon et Jennifer Kluska]

Day-Shift [Film, Netflix, J.J Perry]

Interview with the Vampire [Série, AMC, Rolin Jones]

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