Welcome to Black Stone Bay, Rhode Island, a picturesque town full of charm and beloved holiday traditions. But this Halloween there’s a chill in the air that has nothing to do with autumn. And with it comes a murder of crows casting a shadow on each house, one by one. It’s an omen of things to come, ushering in the arrival of a stranger to Black Stone Bay—a stranger with an insatiable thirst, and a terrible plan for a night no one is meant to survive.
Set in fictional Black Stone Bay, R.I., Moore's contemporary vampire novel offers plenty of traditional horror chills leavened with flashes of humor. The affluent community descends into turmoil after Jason Soulis, a cryptic and distinguished older gentleman, arrives in town before Halloween. Soulis recruits a college student to moonlight as a call girl and seduce all the Black Stone Bay clergy as part of an effort to create a crisis of faith. People begin vanishing and their loved ones find themselves confronted with ghostly versions of family members. Madness spreads like the plague, leaving the local police officers scrambling to respond. Moore (Writ in Blood) doesn't feel bound by the classic attributes of vampires familiar to Bram Stoker's readers, but his variations aren't especially interesting and his failure to give Soulis much of a backstory or motivation lessens the overall impact.