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Necroscope
by Brian Lumley
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PublisherTor Books
Release Date2009-09-01 (added to CC 18 Jan 2013)
Amazon Sales Rank27,541

Twenty years ago, the horror world was forever altered by the publication of Necroscope.  An instant classic, Brian Lumley’s astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe which Lumley has explored and expanded through more that a baker’s dozen of novels and novellas.  Millions of copies of Necroscope and its successors are in print in a dozen languages throughout the world.  Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, Necroscope has inspired everything from comic books and graphic novels to sculptures and soundtracks. 

This new edition of Necroscope uses the author’s preferred text and includes a special introduction by Brian Lumley, telling how the Necroscope saga came to be.  It also includes chapter ornaments by Hugo-Award-Winning artist Bob Eggleton, long identified with Lumley’s blood-sucking monsters.

As a classic, Necroscope rightfully claims a place in the Orb trade paperback list, for scholars of the field and the dedicated Lumley collector.  And also for all the people who have read more than one mass market copy of the book to tatters.

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all humanity.  

In Necroscope, Harry is startled to discover that he is not the only person with unusual mental powers--Britain and the Soviet Union both maintain super-secret, psychically-powered espionage organizations.  But Harry is the only person who knows about Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire long buried in the mountains of Romania--still horribly alive, in undeath--and Thibor's insane "offspring," Boris Dragosani, who rips information from the souls of the dead in a terrible, ever-lasting form of torture. 
 
Somehow, Harry must convince Britain's E-Branch that only by working together can they locate and destroy Dragosani and his army of de...

Member Reviews
(30 Sep)
Brian Lumely is a great writer. I doubt that can be contested by anyone. His mastery of narration and capturing the genuine essence of things in his stories is prominent and to be respected. However, his authorship skills are a little less impressive. He really rambled at parts of this novel, and it honestly didn't start getting good until page 200. Now, there were some grand scenes in the beginning to keep me going, but the majority of it was superfluous and held no baring on the theme or main character. So much of this novel could be edited out, and indeed if he had sold this manuscript today the editor wouldn't have let it be published, without at least removing the unneeded bits.
Still, all things considered, this is a damn good story. Fantastic characterization, humor, and plot. Unique and creative ideas, twists, and conflicts. If you have a strong stomach for gore and blood and want to see what a prolific horror writer can accomplish, check this book out.
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