Darkness on the Ice Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1993
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Who would protect it? Who could stand the cold, who could stand the weeks of darkness out on the snow fields without going mad, and still have the energy to take on American patrols?
Why, a vampire, of course...
Darkness on the Ice is tightly written old school horror laced with action-adventure. The setting is highly atmospheric; Greenland in the winter months of WW2, a time before satellites, when communication technology was limited and remote arctic islands were isolated and inaccessible. Even more desolate than the setting of 30 Days of Night (which perhaps owes a serious debt to this novel?)
A lone vampire is planted by the Nazi high command at a key radar station. His vampiric nature is a secret; his mission is to protect the station from a squad of American GIs intent on finding and destroying it. His cruel temperament and mysterious ways create antipathy and suspicion among his fellow Germans, a mix of Nazis and regular career soldiers, but they assume he is just another over-zealous Nazi prick. The storyline is fairly rudimentary but the writing skills of the author keep it fresh and involving. Tilton is two cuts above most writers toiling in the genre.
If you're in the mood for a well-written, atmospheric horror adventure, Darkness on the Ice is a very solid choice. The only questionable thing about it is, with the popularity of the vampire genre and the success of John Carpenter's The Thing, how the hell did Hollywood miss out on this one?