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Necroscope Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1992
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The eBook version has the WORST editing I have ever encountered. Oh, I could let go the obvious OCR issues between Ilse and Use, but the REAL problems are in idiocy with the structure of the novel. How any FOOL could put the prologue at the end of the novel right before the Epilogue is beyond me.
I am VERY DISPLEASED with this version and urge all to forego purchasing ANY eBook of the Necroscope series until they correct the problems (and update the versions of those who already purchased this steaming pile of garbage).
If I could give zero stars, I would.
Edited: It's been updated and I now have purchased all of the Necroscope books in eBook format.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story of horror that seems to be going on different directions, only to come together at the end. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Laura Critchfield
this series is probably the best vampire series out there. there are bigger name writers out there, but in my opinion brian Lumley is in a league of his own with this particular... Read morePublished 15 days ago by T.B.
I have been reading Lumley for 20+ years and at least 12 times from beginning to end, and I still love it! This series is my all time favorite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by desiree hurst
Great Read. Started reading this series over twenty years ago. My dad had this book in his collection I remembered how much I enjoyed the series so I'm reading the whole set all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Freeman
I love this book series. No flakey glittery vampires here. :D I've read the entire series years ago and now I'm actually buying to own it.Published 4 months ago by Jessica Berg
It's been a long time (20+ years) since I've read this series, and I'm reading it again (all 16 books). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gadgetwiz
Finally!!. I've been waiting a long time to finally have access to Brian Lumley's vampire series. It's like nothing else out there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Derek