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Necroscope Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1992

4.5 out of 5 stars 263 customer reviews
Book 1 of 16 in the Necroscope saga Series

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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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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: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I am a Lumley fan from way back and first purchased Necroscope upon its original release in the US.

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.
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By Lisa on April 15, 2015
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Brian Lumley is one of my all time favorite authors, and the entire Necroscope series is in my top five of the best books ever written. When I first started reading these books, years ago, I was blown away by the concept of the thing. The best thing of all was a take on vampires that scared the ever loving crap out of me. I thought I had read about scary vampires before, but the Wamphyri were a whole new level of scary. I've read this particular book at least 15 times and at 51 years of age, I can say that I still get nightmares every time I read it. While I think that the next five books in this series was even more terrifying, this is the one that starts it all and explains what Harry Keogh actually is and all about the E-Branch. If you love the scares, and want the best vampire fiction out there, then look no further. Yep, I'd recommend this book and author.
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