Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita

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One evening in 1848, an American scholar, visiting Romania, overhears a pair of Turks planning a murder. A classic tale of supernatural adventure, mystery, and terror, from the best-selling and award-winning writing team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.


A short story, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy 9. With overtones of paranoia and undertones of unresolved sexual tension, it’s also an origin story for one of the major characters in the novel Land of Mist and Snow, Captain William R. Sharps.

Reviews:on Puss Reboots:

"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."

on The SF Bookswap:

"This compact, fleetly paced and beautifully crafted mystery demonstrates what Sherlock Holmes would be like if he investigated monstrous affairs."

Charles Tan on Bibliophile Stalker wrote:

"An exciting romp that subverts the reader's expectations in key beats."

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