Can you help me to find this novel from its plot description?
May 19, 2008 5:26 PM Subscribe
In the early 80's, I read a library book that featured a heroine stumbling into a parallel world and encountering chicken-legged vampires (not Baba Yaga) and their master. I can't recall the title nor author of this novel and you will earn my eternal gratitude if you can identify this work for me so that I can locate and read it again.
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As a young teenager many many moons ago, I read a library book that featured the below in roughly the following order (and to varying degrees of accuracy due to my poor memory):
- girl riding bike has accident
- ends up in parallel, but feudal-like earth
- kindly invited in by elderly couple, who proceed to board up the house ready for nighfall just like the other villagers
- at night, the vampires arrive and attempt to entice the inhabitants out and/or break-in
- can't recall exact means, but husband is bitten and killed?
- wife and girl put him in a sack and tie it tightly
- sack moves and husband jumps out as a chicken-legged vampire
- husband is either killed again or released to join other vampires
- next day girl vows to end the vampires' reign and, following wife's directions visits the castle source of the infestation where she promptly gets the reciprocated hots for the vampire leader and I can't, ferthelifeofme, recall whether she beds him or kills him or both.
If anyone can please tell me the title or author of this novel, you will earn my eternal gratitude. I have subscribed to goth and vampire-themed news groups solely in order to enquire about it. Unfortunately, since the only stand-out theme is "chicken-legged vampires" ("vampire romance" having been done to death) I tend to get laughed off the forums.
The novel was probably written in the 60s, 70s or early 80s and I can't recall whether the author was male or female. And before you ask, the library I borrowed it from has long since trashed its records and thrown out the book. And when I visited a large bookseller and described the storyline, the assistant gave me a fixed smile while she frantically groped under the counter for the panic button.
And it wasn't all a dream.
Thanks for your time.