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Bram Stoker kept secret a tale even more terrifying than Dracula.

It begins among the Carpathian peaks, when an intrepid explorer discovers a mysterious golden box. She brings it back with her to the foggy streets of Victorian London, unaware of its dangerous power ... or that an evil beyond imagining has already taken root in the city.

Stoker, a successful theater manager but frustrated writer, is drawn into a deadly web spun by the wealthy founders of a mission house for the poor. Far from a safe haven, the mission harbors a dark and terrifying secret.

To save the souls of thousands, Stoker - aided by the explorer and a match girl grieving the loss of her child - must pursue an enemy as ancient as the Saharan sands where it originated. Their journey will take them through the city's overgrown graveyards and rat-infested tunnels and even onto the maiden voyage of the world's first "unsinkable" ship ...

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Robert Masello

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many books, including "The Einstein Prophecy," a number one bestseller in the Amazon Kindle store for several weeks running. Other historical thrillers include "The Romanov Cross," "The Medusa Amulet," and "Blood and Ice," all published by Bantam/Random House in both hardcover and mass market editions.

His new novel of supernatural suspense, "The Jekyll Revelation," is coming out in the fall of 2016.

Published in as many as fifteen languages, his work has been acclaimed by literary critics from such prominent publications as the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle to The Times of London and The Guardian. Of his epic adventure, "Blood and Ice," the reviewer in USA Today proclaimed, "It's what would happen if H.G. Wells, Stephenie Meyer and Michael Crichton co-wrote a suspense novel!"

Earlier works, first published by Simon and Schuster and Penguin, have recently been reissued as e-books by Open Road. These include the novels entitled "The Spirit Wood," "Black Horizon," and "Private Demons," and two nonfiction studies of the occult, "Fallen Angels and Spirits of the Dark," and its companion volume "Raising Hell: A Concise History of the Black Arts and Those Who Dared to Practice Them."

His novel "Vigil," a Berkley book which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list in 2005, and its sequel, "Bestiary" (2006) , are also now available in digital format.

His articles, essays and reviews have appeared often in such publications as New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, The Washington Post, Elle, People, Parade, and The Wilson Quarterly. His nonfiction book, "Robert's Rules of Writing" (a Los Angeles Times bestseller) has been adopted in many high school and college classrooms, and his guide to the television industry -- "A Friend in the Business: Honest Advice for Anyone Trying to Break Into Television Writing" -- continues to explain the intricacies of the TV field to newcomers. "Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published" (Owl/Holt) performs the same function for aspiring authors everywhere.

Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Masello studied writing at Princeton under the noted authors Geoffrey Wolff and the late Robert Stone. After graduation, Masello moved to New York City, where he worked on staff at Esquire and GQ before embarking on his solo writing career. In 1991, he relocated to California where he wrote for television programs airing on the CBS, FOX, Showtime and Syfy channels. His produced credits include such popular shows as "Charmed," "Sliders," "Poltergeist," and "Ea

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