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Eye Killers: A Novel (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series) Hardcover – March 15, 1995


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From Publishers Weekly

Filmmaker Carr probes his Navajo and Pueblo roots in this accomplished first novel. In a clever turn, two very different mythologies cheerfully collide as the author imagines the meeting of European vampires and American Indians. Not only is young Melissa Roanhorse in constant conflict with her alcoholic mother, she's also been chosen as the new bride of Falke, one of the undead who is just awaking from a long sleep in the dry New Mexican climate-a selection that does not sit well with Falke's other two consorts, Elizabeth and Hanna. After her first bite with Falke, Melissa erupts at school and then disappears. With the help of the girl's grandfather, Michael Roanhorse, her teacher, Diana Logan, sets out to find her. But if the old man is to save his granddaughter, he must also save himself by remembering the songs and ways of his people that he has long forgotten. Skillfully blending the Native American oral tradition with gothic thriller, Carr delivers a fast-paced novel that will grab readers by the jugular. His story sizzles with erotic excitement, as Elizabeth and Hanna battle each other for Falke's attention while fighting for him against Michael and Diana. The novel makes a fine addition to the publisher's American Indian Literature and Critical Studies series.
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A part-Navajo schoolgirl is in trouble. The undead menace her, and only her teacher and her old grandfather can help her avoid her danger. Step by horrifying step, Melissa's predicament enfolds her and those around her. The suspense will rivet readers to their seats until the mesmerizing conclusion. Carr has skillfully blended vampires with Navajo "skinwalkers" to provide a taut, enthralling tale. The reader of horror all too infrequently comes across a work of such confounding originality in theme and treatment. Dennis Winters
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Product Details

  • Series: American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition edition (March 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806127074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806127071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Stripes on June 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
_Eye Killers_ brings together and reconstructs two traditions in fiction. It is another healing novel by and about American Indians of the Southwest in the tradition of Momaday's Pulitzer Prize winning _House Made of Dawn_ and Silko's _Ceremony_. It is also a vampire novel, but not one that romanticizes vampires for the gothic crowd. _Eye Killers_ presents vampires as the monsters they are. Along the way, however, A. A. Carr presents new antidotes to the stock of vampire lore. I don't want to say too much here and ruin the surprise that many readers seek, so I'll keep it general. Unlike most Western vampire lore that reinforces the truth-claims of Christianity and validates the world-views of Western civilization, _Eye Killers_ offers a narrative that validates Pueblo beliefs, healing rituals, and sacred ceremonies. Furthermore, one of the characters, and one suspects the author, considers the presence of vampires in Albuquerque a symptom of the world out of balance as a consequence of the mining of uranium (and a civilization that considers such exploitation of the land a benefit to humanity). The vampires must be destroyed, but the evil that brought them into existence is a stronger adversary.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiowagirl on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Item was in excellent condition. Arrived too late for birthday but other than that, i was very pleased with it.
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