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Product Details

  • Series: Necroscope (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (January 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812521374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812521375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Since reading Lumley's "Necroscope" series, I know that vampires really do exist!"—H. R. Giger

“Provides plenty of fun in the classic pulp tradition.”--Publishers Weekly on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley has accomplished the impossible by creating a book that will captivate fans of science fiction, horror, and espionage alike.”--Romantic Times BOOKReviews on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley combines horror and alien-invasion themes uncommonly deftly.”--Booklist

“Lumley excels at depicting heroes larger than life and horrors worse than death.”--Publishers Weekly

“A vampire adventure for the Tom Clancy set.”—Fangoria on Necroscope: Avengers

Necroscope fans will find themselves reading as fast as Lumley can type.”--Kirkus Reviews on Necroscope: Invaders

About the Author

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. The first Necroscope, Harry Keogh, also appears in a collection of Lumley's short fiction, Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes, along Titus Crow and Henri Laurent de Marigny, from Titus Crow, Volumes One, Two, and Three, and David Hero and Eldin the Wanderer, from the Dreamlands series.

An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television.

When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

More About the Author

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

Customer Reviews

This is the best series of books I have read in the last decade.
"rwebb56416"
It's an excellent story with some good main characters and a surprisingly deep scientific undertone for a horror novel.
Benjamin Denes
I was hooked on his books from the first one I read (Necroscope) and had to read each and every one after that!
Heather Forrest

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Plaque on May 9, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not sure where to begin praising the Necroscope series. Let me try to break things down scientifically...
1. Brian Lumley's writing style is... unique. He truly shines during this series, but... buyer beware. He has a quirky style to say the least. Don't look for characters who mirror real-life. They don't. Don't look for his "pseudo-science" to make too much sense... it doesn't. But the rewards far outweigh any suspension of disbelief you'll have to excercise. DO look for quality, suspense filled writing that builds and builds until it hits the boiling point! DO look for some of the most inventive and original use of "blood-and-guts" ever to be put on paper, and somehow he manages to keep the descriptions eloquent and elegant.
2. These books contain, without question, the greatest vampire literature in the history of mankind. This is not a joke, nor is it blind worship of the author. Lumley's vampires are leaps and bounds above any other vampire characterizations you will ever find, period.
3. Lumley's use of stories-within-stories is also top notch. He is the only author I know (with the possible exception of older King) who can tell a very long and detailed history of a character or plotline (for hundreds of pages sometimes!) without losing his readers or becoming boring. You WANT to know what happened way back when, and when Lumley is finished, you crave more!
4. Lumley seems to be a bit of an enigma. I've read other works; The House of Doors (terrible), Psychomech (even worse), and Demogorgon (passable, I think, but I don't remember it AT ALL!). I have never come across an author who is sooo good at one particular brand of story or series, yet falls flat with everything else.
Anything else I say here would probably ruin the plots, so I will quit now. Buy this series.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
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I have been reading this series of books since I was in sixth grade, and these books are masterpieces!!! I am not the biggest vampire fan around, I think they are old, overused and out of date. However, Lumley has found a way to make a story so gripping and so original, that NECROSCOPE is one of my favorite books of all time!! A war between the dead and vampires, MASTERWORK if you ask me!! This novel charicters are also original and they do the story justice! I am sure this book will become a classic read in the years to come. I also think it's a shame that authors like Anne Rice get well noted for their vampire novels, when they don't even come close to Lumley's vampires. Brian Lumley's work to me is just as good as William Peter Blatty's 'The Exorcist' of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot.' You will understand me once you have read it. NECROSCOPE is the ultimate in vampire horror. (P.S., the other novels in the series are pretty good too, but I would only recommend the first three in the series, and NECROSCOPE:THE LOST YEARS. So let Lumley give you a vampire story with definition, and read this book! I'm only 15 and I love it!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wanko on May 20, 2001
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People need to know some things about Brian Lumley's writing in general, and this series in particular.
My firm belief is that the idea had gone as far as it should have with the first three books. Of the subsequent novels, there's perhaps two good novels of material spread over about six books, more or less.
My advice is to get the first three, and then buy used copies of any others. After awhile, Lumley's egregious use of exclamation points wears on a reader. And, honestly, the ideas are better than his execution at times.
However, the *ideas* are incredibly good, and really, the first three books are excellent diversions and good reads. Not strictly "horror"- this isn't scary like Salem's Lot is scary- but if you made the first book into a movie, you'd probably have a box office hit grossing $100 million.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barry Dejasu on June 27, 2004
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One thing that I'd like people to keep in mind: a necroSCOPE and a necroMANCER are two ENTIRELY different people. Harry Keogh is a necroscope, and Boris Dragosani is a necromancer. They are NOT two of the same kind of talented people, so to Benjamin D and Scott Rachui, please edit your reviews so you don't mislead (potential) readers.

I have only read a few stories, as well as the novel PSYCHOMECH, from Mr. Lumley before, but I very much enjoy reading his work. This novel starts off a little slow, but only so the main characters can be introduced and the plot paced. Trust me, if you give NECROSCOPE only a *little* bit more attention than is needed for, say, a James Patterson novel, you will find yourself very engrossed. This is a gripping, action-packed, thrilling novel of greed, knowledge, power, and terror...and loads of espionage, the supernatural, and DEATH.

Now, for the plot itself...I have to warn you. While there IS a vampire involved in the hefty plot, THIS IS *NOT* A VAMPIRE NOVEL. The vampire in question, while an ominous presence that is on the verge of possible resurrection and takeover, is only one part of the multilayered plot. If anything, this book is about two men who don't even know each other: Harry Keogh, and Boris Dragosani.

Harry, as he grows up in a strict private school, begins to excel in all his work and exams, exhibiting powerful and seemingly limitless knowledge (especially in mathematics). How is this happening? Read it and find out.

Meanwhile, in the Soviet Union, a Romanian (or, as he prefers to think of himself in the tradition of his long-vanquished home country, Wallachian) man named Boris Dragosani is being held in high praise by the leader of a Soviet "ESPionage" branch.
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