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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982324618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982324615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on September 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Gaining cult status fame from the film based upon it (Lifeforce), Space Vampires goes far beyond the screenplay giving rhyme and reason to the alien lifestealers and their actions.
The surviving astronaut is a far more intelligent character and makes a good psychologist and detective - trying to understand what has befallen him and what is yet to follow. He travels Europe researching vampiric legend, is tempted by the heady thrill of sadomastic domination, and eventually confronts an extraterrestrial being with luciferian traits. Like fallen angels, the energy vampires seek to regain their former state of glory, a classic case of the end justifying the means.
The book's ending is far more satisfying than the film's despite the latter's fun Hammer-horror feel, great Mancini score, and Mathilda May's glorious body. Enough to stir even the most space-frozen soulstealer to acts of volcanic passion...
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Loved the campy horror movie from the 80s...who knew it was based on such a dark and well written story. This is a surprising little gem of a novel...quickly read and "absorbed" if you will...gives a much more believable backstory that the movie ever attempted. A nice find after all these years...give it a try and be pleasantly rewarded...
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In the year 2100, astronauts lead by Captain Carlsen investigate a bizarre spaceship that resembles a European castle of old stories while exploring space. They look inside to find that it's like something out of a Dracula story even with weird paintings made from a space substance, Carlsen and the crew discover large dead Octupus-like creatures and lots of semi-nude humanoid beings preserved in special coffins as they decide to bring a few which is two females and one male back to Earth in London for research. However they do wake up and escape as they are vampire-like alien beings that drain energy out of humans to get power including inhabiting the bodies of sex-murder victims including possibly the Prime-Minister, a professor of criminology and real-life vampirism known as Falleda with a inspector named Caine join up with Carlsen on trying to find out a way of how to destroy these intergalactic soul-suckers or else humanity might be contamined.

Intelligent and lovecraftian work of Sci-fi and horror fiction melded nicely by acclaimed author Colison Wilson. This one gives readers a unique and very refreshing approach on the vampire legend as these creatures have visited Earth before to create maps for humans mainly the greeks and even create the legends of vampires, succubi and other monsters of lore. But the core of this novel is that vampirism does exist as we are all vampires who drain energy from other things and the creatures here aren't like your father's vampires told in Bram Stoker or Ann Rice, these creatures have no fangs and suck only energy/youth/lifeforces out of beings instead.

It's a story about discover and what if there was other life out there beyond our world, it is also a philosphil tale about what could be evolution's true link.
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First of all, this e-book needs SERIOUS editing. Formatting, typos, strange OCR looking transcription errors, the works.

The material itself is almost tantalizing. During the entire short book you could feel that something interesting lurked beneath the story we actually have before us. Unfortunately, that possible story never comes out. The writing is incredibly dated and stiff. Conversations are primarily of the ludicrous variety that make you physically wince occasionally. Characters are basic and flat (I kept forgetting who was who, outside of Carlsen and Fallada).

Anyway, I did not enjoy reading this book and thank the Nioth-Korghai that I am done with it.
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No one would know about this book if it wasn't for the 80's scif-fi horror flick 'Lifeforce' (starring the very beautiful and very naked Mathilda May) which was based on this novel.

As always, the book is better than the movie, and if you are a big fan of the movie, as I am, (most straight men should be), then I highly recommend the book it was based off of. The most intriguing element for me is the scientific explanation of vampires, and examples of vampiristic creatures such as the moray eel. The origins of these creatures are not explored at any great length, but the detailed scientific elements make the story believable. The explanations of vampires in this book remind me of H.G. Wells' 'First Men in the Moon' when Cavort is explaining the scientific basis of cavorite to Mr. Bedford.

This is also a short book and an easy read. There's nothing too groundbreaking here, so I won't give it five stars, but it is still an enjoyable read. Anytime I meet people who are fans of science-fiction, I always point them to 'Space Vampires'.
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It's only by a twist of fate that I even bothered to look beyond the cover image. The cover image makes this book look like it was made by a high school kid. But somehow I got past it and found this book was written in 1976 and was the basis for the movie "Lifeforce." I enjoyed the movie, so I figured I'd try the book. Big mistake! The book is interesting for the first chapter or two, and then it gets really slow and talky. Boring! Even the rare instances where the action picks up could not make me like this book. It has some really interesting concepts, but the execution is poor.

Another thing that disappointed me was that the publisher clearly couldn't care less about the quality of their work. It looks to me like this book was scanned from a paper copy and auto-formatted into a Kindle file, and there are so many errors it's incredible. Nearly every single set of quotation marks, for example, end up as 'single' quote marks instead of the required "double" quote marks. No doubt I'm quibbling, but if the publisher doesn't care enough to fix little mistakes like that and give the book a halfway decent cover, why should I care?
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