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Necroscope Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1992
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“Lumley excels at depicting heroes larger than life and horrors worse than death.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Since reading Lumley's "Necroscope" series, I know that vampires really do exist!” ―H. R. Giger
“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
“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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bit confusing to start off with but if you persevere it's well worth it. Couldn't put it down. Well worth a read.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was reccomended to me as an old series which to a large degree started and defined the vampire lore we know today. The prose and characters are fantastic and i did enjoy it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first I've read of Brian Lumley and I got to say I'm impressed. I picked up Necroscope because I was craving some good vampire fiction, and my God it was actually a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua Lyle Fontaine
This book was advised to me by my wife. I absolutely loved it. I went ahead and bought its sequel digitally through Kindle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia Grant
In a world full of Vampire novels, Brian Lumley brings a depth and sense of history to the genre that few have achieved!Published 2 months ago by Matthew Rabassi
A great story of horror that seems to be going on different directions, only to come together at the end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura Critchfield