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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Connection Press; First Ed. edition (October 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892950588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892950581
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,358,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally published in paperback in 1993, this horror extravaganza shows a first-time novelist laboring to milk a drop of originality from the tapped-out theme of global vampire takeover. The tale is set in Chicago's downtown Loop two years after a vampire uprising has decimated the human population and turned the city into a mausoleum ruled by the undead. These are not the sophisticated killing machines of other vampire apocalypse stories, but a headstrong, impulsive lot who have all but depleted their food supply and must feed sparingly on a small herd of human cattle penned up in the abandoned Merchandise Mart. This sets the stage for a Dirty Dozen scenario in which a troop of guerrilla mortals, most of whom assumed he or she was the last living human, unite to liberate the captives. Navarro (That's Not My Name) skimps on developing significant plot details like how the vampires rose to power and how one mortal has acquired mystic knowledge of the secret for destroying them focusing instead on individual stories of mortal and vampire survival that make up the mosaic narrative. This panoramic approach keeps the tale moving briskly in swift, cinematic cuts, but also ensures that individuals will never be in the spotlight long enough to transcend clich‚ character types: the cowardly collaborator, the martinet enemy lieutenant, the doomed couple who find love among the ruins. Essentially a war adventure with a supernatural twist, this novel is a competent if unremarkable addition to the modern vampire canon. (Nov. 1)forthcoming sequel.

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Review

"AfterAge is one hell of a good novel." -- Bentley Little, Hellnotes, January, 2002

"An epic tale ..manipulating and motivating her characters believably through a world that is almost too horrific to imagine..." -- Peter Crowther, Interzone, January, 1994

"Classic vampire novel ...ranked equally with McCammon’s They Thirst and Skipp and Spector’s The Light at the End." -- The Buzz Review, January 1998

"To paraphrase an old vampire maxim, you can have your blood and drink it too." --Edward Bryant, Locus, September, 1993

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This is one of the greatest horror masterpieces of all time.
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It was an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it to all the Vampire lovers out there.
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Currently available only on disc from the author - see her info on this page!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By johnglor94 on January 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This wonderful novel by Yvonne Navarro features a plague-ridden earth ruled by vampires. The surviving humans are being used as a blood bank by the vampires, who are immune to the plague. But a small group of humans begins to fight back... Yvonne Navarro's characters are excellently drawn, and very believable. And it's a good, scary read as well. If you liked I Am Legend, you'll love this book!!! Currently available only on disc from the author - see her info on this page!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mistrmind on April 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vampirism spreads across the world like a plague. As humanity dies out for the exception of a few bands of people that hold out in the city. Scavenging by day and hiding by night. A small group of people come together to fight the cause of the plague, and to save the few survivors that are kept and bred like cattle by the head vampire. A quasi "I Am Legend" like novel with a almost spirtual like ending. The book is a page turner, and was my first introduction to Navarro's works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mellion108 VINE VOICE on May 6, 2003
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How many vampire novels are out there? I can't begin to count the number of them that I've read in the past. Some are fantastic, a lot are really good, and still more are pretty darn bad. Fortunately, Navarro has given us a really, really good vampire novel set in Chicago in the aftermath of a vampiric plague that has ravaged the earth.

A relatively small group of human survivors exists in downtown Chicago. They don't know about each other because they all live in fear simply trying to survive each night while the vampires stalk for food. Anyelet is the queen vampire who decided not too long ago to create more of her kind in order to not have to hide her existence. Unfortunately, this quickly grew out of hand, and now the vampires must scrounge for a food source. Navarro gives us a story telling us what happens when these few humans and these powerful vampires clash, and the struggle the humans face to free themselves from the plague.

This was such an entertaining and creepy novel to read. There were a few passages that actually had me checking over my shoulder to see if anyone was there (I dare you to read the first several pages detailing the doctor's search and discovery mission without shivering). It's no wonder that this novel gained enough attention to warrant a special hardcover release. The story has adventure, vampires, guns, medical experiments, human slaves used as food, and an apocalyptic vision. Afterage is relatively original, well-written, and fun. Sometimes that's exactly what you need in a good, scary read. If you want something refreshing after reading all those other copycat vampire novels, then give this one a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2014
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We purchased this as an audio book and listened to it while driving on vacation.
Anyone who loves vampires and the supernatural will REALLY enjoy this book.
I highly recommend it....
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More About the Author

I was born back in the early days when black and white photographs were considered normal instead of artsy. As a child I always thought I'd grow up to be an artist, and I was was convinced I'd spend my life doing line drawings of long, leggy models like the ones in the daily newspapers. Life, however, did not cooperate: a foul-up in grammar school resulted in a transfer to a local high school instead of the technical, arts-heavy one I'd planned to attend.

Following that was a move that really made things start winding around. By the time I returned to Chicago for the second time in 1981, I'd worked as a waitress, a nurse's aide, a bookkeeper and gift shop cashier, an accounting clerk, and a secretary in everything from office furniture stores to a hotel to a journalism society. In 1981 I came back to my old job in a Chicago law firm and settled down in the Windy City for awhile. In 1982 I tried to write because my mother said "You could do this." The seed had still been planted, and I sold my first story in 1984. Since then I've written around a hundred stories, most of which have been or are scheduled to be published.

My first novel, AfterAge, was published in 1993 and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. In 1995 my second solo novel, deadrush, was published, and it also was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, this time in the category of Superior Achievement in a novel. Final Impact, the third solo novel, was published in 1997, and won both the Chicago Women In Publishing's Award for Excellence in Adult Fiction and the "Unreal Worlds" Award for Best Horror Paperback of 1997 from the Rocky Mountain News. Since then I've published several more solo novels, Red Shadows (a follow-up to Final Impact), DeadTimes, and That's Not My Name, her first suspense novel. That's Not My Name, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Paleo, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Willow Files, Vol. 2 all won at the Illinois State level of the IWPA 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications contest (two first place and one second place, respectively), plus I somehow swept all three awards of the Short Story category with "Ascension," "Divine Justice," and "Santa Alma." I've also written a number of media tie-in novels, including several Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels, Hellboy, Elektra, and Ultraviolet. Full info about all her books can be found on her website along with a lot of free excerpts.

I moved to my beloved Arizona in 2002 and currently work on historic Fort Huachuca. in southern Arizona. Numerically, I'm up to about twenty novels and one non-fiction book, with those never-ending plans for more. I love heat, Godiva chocolates, and Great Danes.