A Gift of Death

A Gift of Death by Daniel J. Volpe

A Gift of Death, is on tour. The three band members, Sarin, Vee-Exx, and Arsenic travel the country playing their dark brand of music for screaming fans. Their violent lyrics and goth style draw people to them. But, something else is drawing people to the mysterious trio…something sinister. They feed off the energy of the crowd, but desire something more: blood.

Cameron Snyder is an outcast. His love of death metal, extreme horror and his home life have left him on the fringes of high school society. When a prank goes too far, Cameron decides he’s had enough. A relic of his dead father calls to him; a Colt 1911 handgun. He knows his life is not worth living, but can there be salvation? He then discovers a secret involving one of his favorite bands. A secret that could lead to immortality… or death.

Nestor and Cyril Visser run a private investigation business. A man shows up one day with a strange request, a deep knowledge of their past, and unlimited money. His request: find his son’s killers and execute them. There’s a catch though, he thinks the killers are vampires.

A Gift of Death combines heavy metal, revenge and bloodshed galore.

The IndieMuse Review

I went into this one blind. And when I say blind, I mean I didn’t know anything except that it was written by Daniel Volpe. No cover, no blurb, nothing.

In hindsight, this might have been a good thing. I am not a huge fan of the vampire genre—the stories became so bogged down into teen romance, it was sickening. This gives me a very natural knee-jerk reaction of not really wanting to read books about the blood-sucking V’s.

But, every now and then, a story comes along that is just so damn good, especially when Nosferatu becomes a cold, heartless monster of the highest degree, that it is 100% worth the read. Daniel Volpe has exceeded—hats off to you—all my expectations in this one.

A Gift of Death (AGOD) is a death metal band with three members:

Sarin, the lead singer, Vee-Exx on guitar and Arsenic on the drums. And, for an Indie band, they are top notch…might it be because they’ve had some time to practice, you think?

Cameron Snyder is an outcast. Not the good kind, mind you…like a John Travolta in GREASE. (I am truly sorry for this analogy, but at the start of this review I challenged myself to use a totally PG movie in this extreme horror review—so, there you go.)

Cameron is at the end of his rope and he wants his life to end. At least, the life he has been living so far. And he might just know about a way to achieve it—knowledge is power, after all.

Nestor and Cyril Visser are Dicks. Professionally, as in Private Investigators. Personally, as in assholes. Will they have what it takes, though, when somebody offers them a large amount of money to kill vampires?

Not since Draculas with Strand, Crouch, Konrath and Wilson, have I been blown away by a bloodsucker book as much as this. Add the elements of heavy metal, revenge and a gore fest of the highest degree, and you’ve got an extreme horror worth reading.

I’ve been reading this author’s rise in 2021, starting with Billy Silver, and it is my opinion that this is his best work to date. While he eased up on the sex descriptions—don’t get me wrong, they are still there and still very descriptive—I think he got the balance right.

Yes, yes, yes—horror readers should get their copy as soon as possible, because this one is worth the time and money.


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

Curation Results: A Gift of Death

Curator Notes: "Volpe presents readers with an extreme bloodsucking blast you won't forget anytime soon!" —Deathdealer

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