Awakened in Blood

Awakened in Blood by Daniel J. Volpe

After a drunken and adulterous night, Shane and Veronica’s marriage is on the rocks. In an attempt to save their relationship, Veronica books a couple’s retreat at an old lodge outside Ashmore, NY. Violent dreams, uncontrollable sexual desires and primal instincts haunt the guests at the old lodge. What is causing these bizarre urges? Will these savage imaginings become more than nightmares? As their stay at the retreat intensifies, will Veronica be able to save their relationship? Or will they succumb to the strange compulsions the house brings? Sometimes It’s better to die than to be awakened in blood.

The IndieMuse Review

I read Daniel Volpe’s debut novel Billy Silver a few weeks ago and the author impressed me a great deal. When I heard his second one was coming out, I had to grab it immediately.

Awakened In Blood goes a very different direction and it is good to see the author wants to expand his horizons on not get stuck doing the same old thing over and over again.

This story is about a couples retreat outside Ashmore, New York. It is hosted by two therapists, husband and wife, who gives counseling to married couples who are going through rough times. It is breathtakingly beautiful, but the four couples who go there for the week have no idea that the house has a very bad history.

It wants blood!

The four couples are Shane and Veronica, who is there because she cheated on him. Brandon and Cecil, gay men whose idea about their future differs. Diana and Marty, the former jock who is a bigoted, homophobic asshole and bad husband to boot—because every story needs one of them, too. Finally, Harland and Amanda, the overly religious couple who have trouble getting pregnant.

This story starts very much as a drama and turns splatterpunk, all with this light supernatural atmosphere throughout. If it sounds like I am keeping it vague, it is only because it reminded me of a movie which I can’t divulge or I will give the twist away.

Volpe’s writing is improving and, something I am very grateful about, he knows how to do a lot of character development in very few pages. For the most part, this was almost a 5 star read for me. However, I need to mention there is sex, sex and more sex. I don’t usually have a problem with it—after all, it’s something I love in real life as well—but the sheer amount of it made me feel like the story has more of an erotic feel with horror overtones.

This is not always a bad thing, I just think the tension could have been amped up if a little more time was spent on it. This book reads fast and it has a turbo pace toward the end, so there may be a lot of readers who prefer this writing style.

This is a really good story to read, especially if you like some haunted house with slasher kills kind of horror. I can highly recommend it to most horror readers who prefer their stories just a little on the bloody side.


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.

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