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A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.
Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.
With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.
"By turns beautiful, brutal, pious, and profane, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a dizzying nightmare of a romance that will leave you aching, angry, and ultimately hopeful." - Hannah Whitten
"Atmospheric and lush, Gibson's dreamy prose and vivid characters make this a novella to savor. It will haunt you in the best possible way, all the way to its hopeful and satisfying end. I couldn't put it down." - Genevieve Gornichec
"Dark, lush, and heartrendingly romantic, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a treatise on the power of love and found family. S.T. Gibson maps the path of Dracula's brides through the rise and fall of empires, in a blood-soaked romance that will appeal to fans of the decadent queerness of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, or Poppy Z. Brite's goth classic, Lost Souls." - Lyndall Clipstone
"A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a compact gem of passion, betrayal, adoration and pain. Its luscious prose drips with longing and desperation, and lays bare the depths of horror that walk hand in hand with love." - Caitlin Starling