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Series: Choose Your Own Nightmare (1995-1997) — no. 7
Translated Into: Die Stunde der Blutsauger (German)
Un vampiro en la oscuridad (Spanish)
Adapted Into: The Bite of the Vampire (Interactive Video)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrator: Schmidt, William (Bill)
Date: 1996
Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

Your town has had a number of disappearances, and a deer was found drained of blood. A vampire is on the loose, and you believe you know who it is.

This is a real filler of a book by Packard. On the plus side, it moves reasonably fast, not much time is wasted. Some of the peculiarities of the book are enjoyable, particularly that just about everyone in town seems to believe in vampires, to the point that a newscaster reports on the police hunt for the vampire. There's a strangely humanizing detail about the vampire living with his stepfather.

On the minus side, some of the paths feel like they end just as they got started. There's almost never any sense of peril, and this is really needed for a story like this. The vampire never really seems to be hunting you. Your encounters with him are always your doing.

Still, if you want to see Packard return to vampires, I suppose it might be interesting. But it's no Space Vampire.

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