'[A] tale of psychic terror ...arresting ...a poetical exploration of dark mind-scapes.' - Times Literary Supplement '[A] very well done vel...Very highly recommended.' - The Ladder 'A delightful surprise for fans of the macabre. Simon Armstrong descends into a world of vampirism, lycanthropy, and more ...Or, is it a more prosaic though less terrifying descent into madness?' - John Pelan, editor of The Century's Best Horror Fiction Simon and Laura Armstrong's marriage is on the rocks. His drinking and abuse of prescription drugs are getting worse and blackouts and violence are occurring with greater frequency. Laura believes things are going to get better: Simon has just been appointed to an important post in the university's English department, the couple are adopting a daughter, and Simon has almost finished work on an important new book, The Cult of the Vampire. Kwing of Simon's vampire fixation, his friend Dr Charles Abbott introduces him to a patient of his, a beautiful and bewitching young woman named Stella Johnson, who is convinced she has been bitten by a vampire and can longer see her reflection in a mirror. But Abbott cant foresee the ultimate consequences of bringing Simon and Stella together, or the violence and tragedy that will ensue...The only vel by ted poet Thomas Blackburn (1916-1977), The Feast of the Wolf (1971) is a strange and unique take on the vampire myth. This edition, the first since the book's original publication, includes a new foreword by the author's daughter, Julia Blackburn, herself an acclaimed writer, who explains how the vel reflects in part her father's own struggles with mental illness and substance abuse.