Ghost Drums: A Dark Supernatural Fantasy

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The vampire, Lazarus Kalon, is intent upon stealing the power of a shape shifter, a shaman of the Kwakiutl people. Yet, as Lazarus moves in on the shaman and the Kwakiutl village, another supernatural being comes into play, a demon with his own agenda for the Kwakiutl and who is very aware of Lazarus' presence and intent.

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About Matt Cole

Matt was born in a Vancouver, British Columbia 1967. He earned a undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree in exercise physiology the University of Victoria.

He was first inspired to write speculative fiction while in college, during a speculative fiction literature course. Since then, in addition to short stories, Matt has experimented with writing screenplays and graphic novel scripts.

In addition to writing speculative fiction in various forms, Matt enjoys red wine (or the nectar of the Gods as he believes it to be); dark chocolate; watching the game at the pub; IPSC competitions; keeping physically fit; collecting comic books, attending film festivals, and wondering book stores.

Matt currently resides in Burnaby, British Columbia.

His author site and blog is

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Review by: Samantha Hawk on March 03, 2013 :
This is the perfect short story on a stormy afternoon for those of us that like traditional vampire myths with a bit of a twist.

Originally published in 2003, I had discovered it while sitting in some office or bar, or coffee shop while leafing through some esoteric magazine. Quickly jotting down his name in my moleskin. A few years later I ran across his name again,same story. I just really dug the vampire, Lazarus.

Matt Cole writes shorts with a very non-sparkling vampire named Lazarus. His writing has strong, dark and solid allegory, balancing the traditional vampire myth with Native British Columbian myths. Having grown up a bit south of there in the Pacific Northwest, I appreciated it even more. Totem poles are more than a think of wonder and beauty in the middle of the park, they have huge symbolic meaning within the Native religion.

In the perfect length of a short, in my opinion, he is able to throw at you such strength and power blending both, I even wonder if it can successfully be a novel. Maybe I do not want it to be, since I love good solid short stories. When I discovered it for my Kindle I quickly gobbled it up and discovered there are two more with Lazarus. This is a vampire that I can "sink" my teeth in.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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