When Goth girl, Gina, meets the gorgeous, aristocratic Laurence, (who she affectionately calls Lorenzo), in a Seattle nightclub, he literally sweeps her off her feet. She knows it’s love, but he will not see her outside the club, will not take their relationship where she, and her friends, Amylie and Jen, long for it to go. After he dies, Gina becomes obsessed with painting his portrait—- especially when he returns from the grave to model for her….
A finely-crafted and entertaining dark satire March 22, 2012
By Garth Von Buchholz
I read Portrait of a Vampire and enjoyed it immensely. Alyne DeWinter has such a facility for creating rich, vivid and sensuous imagery, much like Oscar Wilde’s writing. It was a pleasure to read her well-designed phrases in the opening paragraphs. She also has a strong handle on structure, too. The story had great pacing and a well-devised plot architecture. I found it interesting that it was a dark satire about goth subculture…a kind of goth fairytale. Well done…it was a delight to read, and memorable, too.