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Already Dead (A Joe Pitt Novel) Paperback – December 27, 2005
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In "Already Dead", Huston applies his uncommon talents to a very common but wholly unexpected theme: vampires. The result could be described as the abominable offspring of a marriage of JR Tolkien and Quentin Tarrantino, a bizarre but refreshingly unique tale of the undead set in contemporary New York City. This is no Bram Stoker. Huston's vampires, or "vampyres", have neither fangs nor Transylvanian accents, and sleep in Manhattan apartments rather than coffins. Huston's ghouls are victims of the vampyre "vyrus", an infection that instills an irresistible craving for new blood, while at the same time cleansing the blood of all impurities. Thus explaining the legendary strength and immortally of the Vampire myth.
Joe Pitt is one that is "already dead", a forty-five year old New Yorker who looks twenty-five. Pitt and his ilk live, work, eat, and play among us, a virtual parallel universe of vampyre cults and clans that mirror New York's more conventional society. There is the "Coalition", the largest clan, corporate and business-like, suit-and-tie vampires ruling midtown from north of 14th Street up to Harlem. The "Society" inhabits the East Village. Progressive liberals, they are committed to diversity and the day when vampires are accepted in society - simply another minority like gays or the disabled.Read more ›
Joe Pitt is a vampire in a Manhattan secretly infested with vampires. Joe's Problem? He has several, actually. First, there's that zombie roaming his neighborhood. Then there's the grief he's catching from his girlfriend, Evie. Finally, someone has stolen his blood stash, someone who can walk through walls.
Part of Huston's genius lies in his ability to take classic fang-lit premises and run them to their logical conclusions. Take the notion that vampires live among us as a wealthy elite secretly controlling society, a thematic staple of the Blade comix and movies. Huston's embellishment? Yes, there's a vampire group that behaves like a corporation. But there are other groups, too. Vampire bikers. Vampire monks. Vampire mafia. He even gives us a collection of leftist vampire radicals, who provide some of book's funniest scenes and dialog. Or take Richard Matheson's notion that vampirism is caused by a virus. Matheson never speculated about whether this virus could be transmitted in ways other than biting. Huston does, and his answer is the cause of Joe's lady trouble.
But all of this is trivia for horror nuts like me.Read more ›
The characters are as real as any I have read before and drive the reader to "feeling" for them. Either hate or love, dislike or empathy, fear or loathing it seems that the important thing is that the reader feels for the characters and has some understanding of them. As this is a novel of Vampyrs I think it is a testament to Mr. Huston's skills as a writer. He makes the extraordinary believable and, more than that, he makes you think about the characters and story and draw parallels to life as we know it in the real world. It is a vampire novel, a hardboiled mystery and a political thriller all wrapped up in a treatise on life as a human being. Longing for the love you don't have, of dreams faded and gone, and of how our mortality has such an effect on our morality, in both positive and negative ways. He does it not by beating you over the head but by drawing out a story filled with people, who like people we know, deal with situations which polarize fellings and make us gather in cliques and gangs to avoid being alone. I look forward to more from Mr. Huston and the characters I have come to know so well.
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Didn't like the story line, lack of chapters (or any form of break), use of dashes for dialogue. I did read all of it and it got one star because the ending tied up all the story... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patricia P. Fahner
It would be easy to paint Charlie Huston's supernatural pulp tour-de-force as a gimmick -- vampire detective in a gritty, Dashiell Hammett-like world -- but it's so much more than... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Blake Braddy
I love this book! This is my second time reading it and it was as enthralling as the first time. I would recommend this book to all young people, to those who think about the dark... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Therese Morris
I never thought that I would read a vampire story. And a vampire detective story? Pshh. I'd read one of those right after I won the Powerball. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book. I can't actually rave about it. This isn't the type of book I typically read. It was well written. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amber
Read in 2010, I enjoyed this book immensely. It is dark and gritty and is NOT a love story. This is a refreshing vampire book that doesn't circle around women swooning over the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Liquid Frost
ALREADY DEAD is the story of Manhattan P.I. Joe Pitt. He is tough, violent, and cynical. Or in other words, he is a study of the classical hardboiled loner private eye, with one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Benjamin Boulden