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Comments for Philologos, Or a Murder in Bistrita
The six story in the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, "Philologos, Or a Murder in Bistrita" continues the rare book theme of this issue. It's written by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald and although they are a well published pair, it's the first piece by them I've had the pleasure of reading.
Their contribution to the February issue is a light hearted parody of the typical Gothic horror vampire story. Although it is devoid of the usual melodrama it still stays firmly planted in the genre and pulls heavily on Romanian folklore.
Once again a lover of rare books finds himself in the middle of things. Unlike hapless Paul Sanson, William Sharps is able to put what he's learned from books to use. He is not so easily swayed by the supernatural powers of his employer.