Dwight Dugas is someone I consider a friend.
I haven’t known Dwight and his wife Shannon for very long, but I know them enough to know that they are honest people. They work hard, they play hard and they shoot from the hip.
I feel sorry that I wasn’t the first to write a story about his book. After all, I probably was the first one to know about it, but the Seaway news and the Standard-Freeholder picked up the story before I had time to catch my breath. But that’s ok. My piece about Dwight’s book will be a wee bit more personal than those you read elsewhere.
I knew Dwight to be a talented voice over artist: the man can probably impersonate a hundred different characters. Little did I know, he also gives these characters the breath of life through the written word.
I’ve always liked vampire stories. I’ve been infatuated with Dracula for as long as I can remember. But
I’m afraid Dracula will have to take a back seat. Darrian Xavier is my new crush…
Empire of Magnus: Memoires of the Mongrel King is Dwight’s first novel. The first of many, I’m sure.
The story begins in the old world. It has everything needed to be an instant hit: gore, sex, organized crime, drugs, murder… You name it, it has it… Dugas has a knack for vividly describing the surroundings of a scene, relating minute details and expressing feelings, giving the reader all the key components to effectively visualize the story and almost feel like they’re a part of it. From the very first page, the very first word, you are thrown right into the main character’s life: a world of ghouls and goblins you won’t want to escape. There is no deadwood. Every piece of information is important and connects to other specific parts of the tale.
Dwight is not shy to call a spade a spade and this is reflected throughout the book. His descriptive is not for the faint of heart, but if the horror genre is your bag of tea, you’ll love it. It is raw. It is carnal. It is what vampire stories should be. It doesn’t put on pink coloured glasses. It is not frills and ribbons. It is primal.
But it is also brutally romantic.
Darrian Xavier, a British gangster, recounts his life story to an ancient Egyptian vampire. How he became the first vampire of his kind who was used by his masters as an instrument to get revenge on an enemy tribe and create the first world empire ruled by vampires. Darrian, first of the Mongrels, awakes to learn the ironic truth that not only did he possess the one key his masters needed to get the upper hand over the Illuminati tribe and man, but that very key which he holds in the palm of his hand, is also the one thing that can destroy the empire of death he helped create, giving mankind a slight chance to reclaim the Earth.
The book can be purchased on Amazon .ca or by visiting Dwight’s website at http://eom.dunet.ca. You can also simply follow the link at the bottom of our website.