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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Halloween Ball at Dracula's Castle by Glenn Stevens features two Dallas cheerleaders called Jill and Vickie, who win tickets to a Halloween Ball. The ball is being thrown by Count Dracula, who everyone thinks is an actor on a TV show called 'The Vampire Next Door.' The party is in Transylvania and all the usual horror movie suspects are present - Frankenstein, the Wolfman, etc. While Jill is excited, Vickie has her doubts about attending the ball and, while there, starts to believe that it isn't make-believe like they all assume. A ten-million dollar prize, however, is enough to make her forget her worries and join in the night's festivities. Jill is sure the Count will choose them. But will they want to be chosen?
Glenn Stevens writes an engaging story in Halloween Ball at Dracula's Castle. Jill and Vickie are both in college and think that they can change their lives by winning the money. You cannot help but think that if supernatural creatures were real then people would end up behaving in exactly the same way; treating them like movie stars and showing up by the coachload to party with them. While this is a short story, I felt that the two main characters were well developed. Jill is the risk taker who likes to party and will do anything to get ahead. Vickie is a little more reserved and hesitant than her room mate, but she ends up going along with her plans anyway. This works as a short story but could do well as a longer one, too.