Narrator: Kitty Hendrix
Published by Crossroad Press on 16 November 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Welcome to West Hollywood. The Creative City. Liberal and welcoming. Free from discrimination and hatred. A safe place to live if you’re gay.
But West Hollywood isn't safe anymore....
Someone in town has a macabre passion for beautiful young men. Healthy, gym-toned male bodies keep turning up, tortured, drained of blood, missing parts, and quite, quite dead. Someone is using the Creative City as a canvas of gruesome, sadistic creativity. Someone is using West Hollywood as a warped psychotic playground. Someone... or something.
WeHo city coroner Becky O’Brien is helpless to stop the accumulation of gym-toned corpses. At the end of her investigative rope, Becky calls upon the aid of an old college friend, Christopher Driscoll, who is an expert on serial killers. Rushing to her aid, Chris arrives in WeHo with his quirky boyfriend Troy in tow. Prowling the dark alleys and cruisy bars of WeHo in search of the psychotic fiend, the trio soon realizes that something possibly not human has taken up residence in Boys' Town - something with an insatiable hunger for the flesh and blood of hot young men.
Following the trail of mangled corpses, Becky has another realization - nothing is what it seems. Even her old friend Chris has secrets... dark secrets.
Accompanied by the compulsively orderly sheriff's captain, Clive Anderson, and West Hollywood’s irritable and outrageous octogenarian city manager, Pamela Burman, Becky soon discovers the ominous truth behind the creature stalking West Hollywood’s pristine streets.
Sexy, scary, and very, very funny, Bite Club is a macabre black comedy that'll have you screaming bloody murder.
©2005 Hal Bodner (P)2017 David N. Wilson
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Vampires exist and for the most part, they live quiet hidden lives among the “breathers.” When one of their own shows up in West Hollywood killing young men with abandon and publicly, they have to take strong steps. His actions risk exposure to them and their secret lives. Christopher Driscoll, a vampire in Pennsylvania, is tasked to hunt down the maniac and put him down. The local coroner is a longtime friend of his from his brief time in medical school. She is unaware of his vampire status and he wants to keep it that way but needs her help, well they need each other’s help.
Bite Club is set in the flamboyantly gay city of West Hollywood. Christopher’s gay lover and vampire familiar, Troy causes more harm than good most of the time with his flamboyant antics. All of the characters are caricatures for the most part. Becky, the local coroner, is a husband-seeking obese slob who is constantly stuffing sweets into her mouth. The police captain is a neat freak who is cowed by the aged, overbearing city manager and the inept mayor. Even Christopher, the beautiful vampire supposed to put down one of his own is constantly flummoxed by his ridiculous gay lover.
Flamboyant homosexuality is the overarching theme. And while not offensive for the most part, may be off-putting for some listeners. It is mostly meant as humor and should be taken that way. Everyone bumbles their way through the story, ridiculous to the extreme and the listener wonders how they can possibly catch a vicious vampire let alone run their foolish lives.
Kitty Hendrix performs the story and is generally good, though she does stumble a bit. Certainly competent and able to keep the story moving forward and rarely in the way. Her character voices are good and easily discernible. She does a good job with difficult material. The production quality is good with no obvious flaws.
Bite club has a strong homosexual theme which may turn off some listeners. Otherwise, it is a satirical look at vampires with a humorous approach that is amusing, rather than truly funny. The characters are simply ridiculous to the extreme and unbelievable. The vampire killing is barely a plot, more of a thread to link the characters.