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   Children of the Night, by Dan Simmons  
 
  Novel, first publication in June 1992 , latest edition in June 1993
 
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      When an American hematologist adopts a young Romanian orphan, she has no idea that her child is the heir to the Draculan legacy, and Lord Dracula--Vernor Deacon Trent--will spare no one's life in his vengeful quest to regain his son.

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night...

     
     
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  • 20th Century
  • Illinois
  • Orphans
  • Plague - Disease - Epidemic - Virus
  • U.S.A.
  • Vampires - Vampirism

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