Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Straight Reading from the Library: The Gathering Dark by Charles O'Keefe

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charles O'Keefe will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Newly-made vampire Joseph O’Reily has rejected his vampire lover Cassandra and declared their relationship at an end. Although he loves Cassandra – and she loves him – he knows their relationship cannot survive because she places such low worth on human life and morals.

Former pirate and vampire sire Anne Bonny is bored from spending almost a century on a tropical island and makes her way to St. John’s after receiving the last thoughts of her creation, John Snow. Once in Newfoundland she engages with Joseph and Cassandra, both of them surprised to see a vampire that doesn’t wish them harm.

Joseph, who is dealing with his failed relationship with Cassandra and his new one with Anne, has forgotten a human figure from his past, Augustus Green, a pimp and murderer. Green plans revenge for the brutal beating Joseph and Cassandra gave him months ago.

The Emperor Commodus, leader of the vampire council, has commanded his subjects, Count Dracula, Countess Elizabeth Bathory and others, to swell the ranks of his evil army by creating brainwashed vampires. Hope is not lost though as other vampires secretly prepare for the war to fight for their survival and humanity’s.

Anne Bonny devises a plan that would mean the death of the Countess and replacing her. Joseph must make the decision to join Anne on his own. As his enemies gather, so do his friends, and Joseph discovers he has allies he never even knew about. The good side of the Council holds its own meeting that Joseph and Cassandra are secretly invited to.

With Anne and Cassandra at his side, they wage a desperate battle against the Countess, in the hopes of not just defeating her but striking a pre-emptive blow against the forces of evil. Joseph is ready to take on his greatest challenge yet. If he wins, good will prevail. If he fails, he will enable the destruction of the entire world. With a lot riding on him, Joseph can only hope for help from old friends and old flames alike, if he is to turn the tide of destiny.


This is the third book in the Newfoundland Vampire series and while it can probably be read as a standalone, why would you want to? Do yourself a favor and start from the beginning so you can see the growth of the main character over the stories. This is not a trilogy--there are more adventures ahead for these characters and you don't want to miss any of it!

In one sense, it is very much Joseph's story as he deals with the aftermath of becoming a vampire and coming to grips with everything that means. It is also very much a good vs. evil story as he and his friends fight against the vampires who want to take over the world.

The story is well-written, the characters fully fleshed out, and the relationships -- well, they can get interesting. Do yourself a favor-- if you like vampires, pick this one up. 4 stars.

Again he found her, Cassandra. He couldn’t get her out of his head. Everything reminded him of her. He knew it was natural, they had done so much, and he had loved her—or at least he’d thought so.

He needed a break, something lighter. Taking the turnoff towards the Outer Ring Road and Memorial University, he turned on the radio, something modern for a change of pace. Tomorrow was Halloween and he would need to get some candy but for now there was sweet beer and he sure as hell wanted a drink.

* * *

He settled onto the couch and started to work on his first glass of Newcastle Brown Ale, something he hadn’t had in a while. After his beer was half gone the movie started. A Fish Called Wanda, a movie he enjoyed when he first saw it years ago, was on first.

His second beer went down well enough. The movie was about 45 minutes in and he was just about order his third beer when a thought occurred to him. This is how it all started, this is where I met Cassandra and my human life ended. It was two months ago but it feels like yesterday. Now I feel stuck.

Instantly shaking off the intoxication from the two pints, he went up to the bar and paid the tab. He couldn’t plod on as if nothing had changed, because everything was different.

I’m a vampire, damn it! He could do anything he wanted. He was lonely, horny, and he wanted female companionship. He was sick of feeling shy and awkward around women. It was time someone else was on the receiving end of a seductive vampire.


I live in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, where I am a co-owner of a beauty business. I am happily married. I also live with two cats, Jude and Elenaor (see if you can figure out the theme to the names). I enjoy lots of hobbies like walking, Pilates, writing, reading, movies, gaming, television, poker, Ingress - and, of course, vampires (not the sparkly kind!). I am massive geek, huge music lover and I go to as many concerts/plays/shows as I can afford. I love conventions (both attending and as a vendor/guest) and try to attend at least three a year. I would describe myself as Agnostic, an environmentalist and an animal lover. I also love to chat about all things geeky and I’m always up for a good chat. My first novel "The Newfoundland Vampire" was re-released by Distinguished Press in March of 2015 and the second one “Killer on the Road” was re-released in October of 2015. As of January 2016 I became a self-published author with the help of other authors at Four Phoenixes Publishing. The long awaited third book of my series, “The Gathering Dark” was released in July of 2016. "The Newfoundland Vampire" is a series of at least 4 books with the next install to hopefully arrive sometime in 2017.

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Website: http://www.charlesokeefe.com
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  1. What are your three favourite settings to write about?

    1. Hi Mai,

      Interesting question! Thanks for your comment.

      Hmm well I certainly do enjoy modern day as it's the one I can related to the most. I also enjoy the near future (as you will see from a collection I'm doing). I suppose my third one would be a fantasy/Middle Ages type one. I've done a lot of d&d over th years and I hope to write a good fantasy story sometime soon. Thanks again!

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you :) You're welcome, best of luck!

  3. Hello,

    This is the author. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour and for your review. I love all my characters and I do my best to make them interesting/fun/nasty as the case may be. I'm so glad you enjoyed my book and everyone in it =) My next book will be a collection of short-stories but Newfoundland Vampire book 4 is already half done and will be out in the near future as well. Have a great day!

  4. Hi Edgar,

    Thanks for your comment, I always enjoy reviews, have a great day!

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Thanks for your comment. Excellent! Glad you enjoyed it :) I hope you'll consider picking up my books (at least the first one).

  6. What books are you looking to read in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you win too! 🙂

      I am rather behind on my reading. Let me see, I’ve always loved Batman so there is “Batman and Psychology by Michael Uslan”, “Stories All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio” (I love short-stories and have written a few), Ernest Hemingway’s The Short Stories Volumes 1-3 and Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer (an author I was lucky enough to meet and hang out with). How about you?

  7. Replies
    1. Hi Victoria,

      Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I tried to make vampires fun and interesting with my own spin on them. Have a great day!

    2. Sounds like you did a wonderful job, I'll leave a review and let you know what I think after I read it :)

    3. That would be great, thanks again and I look forward to reading your thoughts on my book(s) :)

  8. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    1. Hi Ally,

      Thanks! It's been going well, thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend :)

  9. I like vampires, but I also like the sparkly kind. Never been to your part of Canada, just Ontario (Toronto and Niagara Falls), which is closer to where I live in N.W. Ohio.

  10. Hi Michelle,

    Sure, I know a lot of people love Twilight, I saw one movie I just couldn't get into it. Newfoundland is a cool place, just don't come here in the winter. I actually had a guy from Florida come to visit me last month, very cool! I've been told Newfoundland is like a character in my books. So I hope you'll consider checking them out. Thanks for you comment :)

  11. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and look forward to checking out this book!

    1. Hi Ally,

      Thanks for your comment. Thanks! I hope you will check out my book. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, also feel free to contact me if you would like signed paper copies. Have a great day!