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Night Prayers: A Vampire Novel Paperback – March, 1998
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"Allison silently damned Seth's already damned soul to the lowest pit of Hell for sucking her dry and not leaving her with so much as a training manual. Producing fangs was no effort--she managed that while Buck was ripping her skirt off up against the back fender of his station wagon (they couldn't use the back seat because it was filled with kid's toys); and she'd even lulled him into near-orgasmic euphoria by running the tip of her icy tongue up and down the throbbing veins in his neck, just like Seth had done to her. But then she lunged. What would Christopher Lee do at a time like this? ...
"Buck screamed as he wadded up and shoved his dripping hand into her face. 'Look at that!' Allison did. And her mouth watered... 'How am I going to explain this to my wife? I could kill you!'
"'Too late,' Allison whispered."
One moment 37-year-old Allison is crying in her tequila in a country-western joint; the next, she's a vampire. After coming to her senses about how to survive as the newbie undead, she meets up with a Bible-thumping street preacher with a wild hair up his tail, vampire shapeshifters who do erotic animal acts in a sleazy pit of a bar, the "furvert" clientele who drool over them, an aging Jewish-mother type named Miriam ("is this a vampire we got here or a whole ferstinkena zoo?"), and various other bizarre inhabitants of southern California nightlife.
This is a funny romp of a vampire novel in the tradition of Nancy Collins's Sonja Blue stories and Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends. As horror critic Ed Bryant writes, Night Prayers "is a gorgeous confection, blood pudding whipped to a tasty scarlet froth.... The tone is smart-ass to the extreme." --Fiona Webster
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The human contingent at Luci's consists of Gypsy, a happy go lucky biker type who tends bar and stops fights and Mica, who touts at the entrance. Attracting customers is Mica's night job. During the day He is a bible toting street evangelist, trying to save the souls of the local residents. Needless to say, this is a difficult task in Los Angeles, and Mica frequently comes back from his soul saving stints with as many brochures as he started out with. Mica is a bit young, and alarmingly naïve. He has managed to miss the fact that the Fur Pit is not just your ordinary den of iniquity. Mica's holiness helps by keeping him pretty close to indigestible (he makes Allison sneeze) but Luci's pet project it to lure Mica from his sanctified state.
What happens as Allison attempts to adjust to her to role in unlife and Mica finds he has to temper his lust for the sexy new vampire or be bitten out of going to heaven is the true plot of "Night Prayers." Not really a horror story, or a romance, but simply a vampiric comedy of errors with a plot that adds new meaning to the phrase 'willing suspension of disbelief.' All the vampires can read each others minds, which makes it tough for Allison to hide all of her disbelief in Luci's line of gab. Gina is always trying to kill someone, usually Allison. This has something to do with the 'liking' Luci has taken for the newest. Mica is head over bible in love with Allison as well. When he discovers they are all vampires he spends half his time trying to stake her and the other half trying to... Well, we won't go there.
"Night Prayers" is almost successful. It teeters between funny and serious until the reader gives up trying to resolve the issue. It actually is pretty plotless, which is a rare complaint for a book that is only 220 pages. But the worst fault in my mind is that every single character is a stereotype. The two that are potentially the most offensive are Gina, the big, bad black woman, and Mica the bible thumping, born-again lay preacher with a heart filled with lust. Gina is almost acceptable, but many fundamentalists might find Mica's character upsetting, and I wouldn't blame them. The story is readable, so it gets its three stars, but I won't be looking out for a sequel.
Allison sees her new hunger for men from a different light (or is that dark?). Starting with a pick-up at her favorite bar, Allison plans ?to suck males dry?. When Mica ?Chosen Preacher to the People? Poke meets Allison, he falls for her, even though she is a messenger from the dark side. However, the nights in Los Angeles turn ugly, as a vampire group wants to perform the dance of the dead on Mica and Allison.
NIGHT PRAYERS is an amusing urban vampire tale that horror readers who enjoy a twist of humor and satire in their novels will find quite entertaining. The story line is a romp through the underside of Los Angeles, but what makes P.D. Cacek?s book enticing is the characters. Allison is a desperate loser until she receives her otherworldly powers that grant her the ability to strike out at all those 4F men who dumped her over the years. However, her troubles do not vanish. They change. This is an enticing vampire tale that will send readers seeking other works by this Stroker winning author.
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By PD Cacek
This book was published in 1998, and while I don't remember exactly when I read it, it would have been close to that time.Read more