Vampires, Romance, and dark Celtic Mysticism fuse and blaze
in this epic tale set in New York City, Yorkshire, England — and time itself.

A Novel of Vampire and Faerie

by Anne Merino

Robin Dashwood, a handsome and charming British vampire with long gone aristocratic connections, is about to be thrown into an epic adventure that will shine light upon the rise of the vampire. This is the last thing he could imagine himself doing. Robin prefers to hide in plain sight — having devised a quiet life for himself in New York as a history professor in hopes of avoiding other more powerful vampires and their dangerous, decadent political machinations.

But a chance encounter in a Manhattan art gallery introduces him to the beautiful Lady Caroline DeBarry and reveals a vicious murder from Robin’s human past. In search of answers to this historical mystery, he returns home to England and to Caroline who has captured his heart. As Robin uncovers the truth, he finds traces of a far more ancient and shrouded realm than even that of the vampire. This will shake the foundations of vampire lore and its brutal hierarchy, placing Lady Caroline in terrible danger and setting in motion events that will lead to a final bloody confrontation between a revenant army and human kind.

Hawkesmoor is the first book in a trilogy that will continue the eerie adventures of Robin Dashwood – a very British vampire.


Publication Date: May 18, 2020


Anne Merino grew up riding hunters and jumpers in Arizona and Wales before deciding to become a professional ballerina. After a long career dancing for notable classical companies, she retired from the stage to teach and write. She lives in Northern California with her filmmaker husband, two fascinating sons and a retired working dog named Hector.


Part 1: Anne Merino talks about her novel, Hawkesmoor

Part 2: Anne Merino talks about writing and her background.


Steve Hockensmith

New York Times bestselling author of
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Breathing new life into vampires isn’t easy — after all, they’re dead — but Anne Merino has managed it with aplomb. Like the vampire at its center, Robin Dashwood, Merino’s Hawkesmoor is both erudite and full of passion, witty and tragic, attuned to the classics yet utterly modern. If you’re in the market for a new, fresh vampire saga or just a bloody good time, look no further.

Amanda McCabe

Award-winning author of A Lady in Disguise, Nine Ladies Dancing and Miss Fortescue’s Protector in Paris

Delightfully well-crafted, intricate and enchantingly imaginative, I was drawn deep into this enjoyable read with its complex world and fascinating characters. It actually makes me feel excited for vampires again!  Romance and adventure, with an odd charm all its own, and fully realized world-building. Highly recommended.


Sanjay R. Singhal

Author of Tales of the Night Watchman

The passage of time, to a vampire, moves swiftly and yet slowly; all is present, and all is past. In which world does he walk, and beyond which shadows does he lurk? Anne Merino’s sweeping new novel, Hawkesmoor, invites the reader upon a vampiric journey from Georgian England to the French Revolution to modern-day New York. Robin Dashwood — tall, elegant, and beautifully dressed — makes his way through the world of men, seeking solace from his past, present and future. Hawkesmoor is beautifully written, crafted, and conceived; it is a vampire story unlike any other, offered by a writer unlike any other.


Clifford Slapper

Author of Bowie’s Piano Man: The Life of Mike Garson

In Hawkesmoor, Anne Merino has created a finely crafted tale which is both elegant and erotic. Its gothic wit propels us grippingly through a vast historical panorama, steeped in vampiric lore, towards something almost cosmic and strangely timeless. Paradoxically, this thoroughly entertaining vampire chronicle casts a light on what it actually means to be human, which makes this a superbly rewarding read.

Charles Cameron

Oxford poet and contributor to Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain

By the time you’re two pages into Hawkesmoor, you know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller. Already you’ve gently polished the surface of the vampire genre, and revealed some of its true and authentic nature, quite apart from the commonly held conceptions of our day. But you’ve yet to encounter the Welsh supernatural that storms in some centuries and pages later — a completely fresh and brilliant form of the gothic imagination. Anne Merino owns this specifically Welsh Gothic by right, through her mother’s imagination, and her mother’s mothers before her. And what of her characters? So well drawn, and with such attention to the fall of a phrase. Robin Dashwood — you may well fall for him, dashing as he is — or his centuries-long love. Oh, reader, read on!

Natalie O'Sullivan

Author of Soul Rescuers: A 21st Century Guide to the Spirit World and The Ancestral Continuum

My life has been devoted to the study of the esoteric and paranormal so I sat down to read Hawkesmoor: A Novel of Vampire and Faerie with genuine interest, both instinctual and professional. This exquisitely written novel weaves an elegiac tale through time and alternate dimensions that is absolutely impossible to put down. A must read for lovers of the mysterious and beautiful.