If the Sinking of the Titanic Doesn’t Kill You the Vampires Will

With the 1997 film Titanic back in theaters (and in 3D!) the world is buzzing about this ship all over again – new Titanic documentaries are available, the Titanic DVD and soundtrack are back on store shelves, Titanic books are all over the place… etc. Titanic mania has returned, and what do you get when you mix a Titanic craze and a vampire craze? Books about vampires feasting upon Titanic passengers of course.

The novel Carpathia by Matt Forbeck has been described as “Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.” It’s a historical horror that pits Titanic passengers against bloodthirsty vampires. What a combination.

Book description:

“When the desperate survivors of the Titanic were rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something was sleeping in the darkest recesses of the rescue ship. Something old. Something hungry.

The lucky ones wished they’d gone down with the ship.”

I’ll admit, when I heard of this book my first thoughts weren’t too nice, seeing how we already have 854985093 billion historical/vampire mashups. But after looking more into Carpathia and seeing all of the high praise it has gotten I am thinking that maybe it’s better than I initially thought.

Here are few of the good things people have said about the novel:

“Hell comes to the high seas as James Cameron’s Titanic crashes full-force into the iceberg that is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Forbeck sinks his fangs into one helluva horror story, robbing from real history to set up an epic showdown between man and vampire (and between vampire and vampire) on the RMS Carpathia.”
– Chuck Wendig, author of Double Dead and Blackbirds

“Carpathia is a dangerous collision of rich historical drama and epic horror. Beautifully written, completely disturbing… and highly recommended.”
– Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin’s Code and Dead of Night

What are your thoughts on Carpathia? Will you give this book a read?

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


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  5. I am sure to read it someday and it does look intriguing, but I am in the middle of so many vampire series right now, I am currently reading the spiritual chronicles book 2: Burgundy betrayal, by sheriff Lewis wohl, a romantic mystery suspense, it has vampires and werewolves in it. P.s. I love me some vampires, twilight only re-kindled what Dracula the novel and salem’s lot started.

  6. I’ll admit, when I heard of this book my first thoughts weren’t too nice
    Understandable. “Vamp-Tanic” sounds like a double dose of bandwagon-hopping.

    But, to paraphrase Mick Jagger’s famous singer/song quote, “It’s the storyteller, not the story”.

    A truly great author could write a Pulitzer-prize winning novel about a man who collects chewing gum wrappers off the sidewalk.

    The praise given to “Carpathia” so far gives me hope. And I must confess that the novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was better than I expected.

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