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Book Title: Necroscope II: Wamphyri!|
Date of issue: 2000
ISBN 13: 9780586200001
The author of the book: Brian Lumley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 951 KB
Edition: Harper Collins
Read full description of the books Necroscope II: Wamphyri!:If you think what you've seen so far is unpleasant, what you're about to see is far worse!
This is a longish review, because, frankly, it can hardly be anything but. As the very title of this novel suggests, this is where the Vampire theme of the Necroscope series starts coming into its own. The first novel dealt with many themes, but not so very prominently with the theme of the Vamphyri (or, rather, Wamphyri).
The old Thing in the ground had lived for five hundred years, and as long again had lain undead in his unhallowed grave.
Vamphyri! is rich with lore and history, and goes a long way in establishing Lumley’s Vampire mythology. Some of the concepts are fairly familiar, while others are certainly pretty out of the box. It’s fascinating all round, though. There is a fairly clear depiction of the various states of Wamphyri-hood, which clears up the water a bit, even if it is grim as hell.
Unable to tear his eyes away, [he] groaned and grew pale at the sight of that which followed.
There is something rather distressing about how ordinary people’s live intertwine and are touched (read devastated) by these despicable creatures, and that’s even before the descriptive paragraphs start. Again, this is a Horror series and not Urban Fantasy. These Vampires are a far, far cry from the twinkling pretty-boy variety, although they are able to seduce and enthrall their victims easily enough.
The man in the cape drew closer and the moon shone fully in his face. It was a man's face after all and not a skull, but there was that which was wolfish about it, an almost freakish longness of jaws and ears.
I would strongly urge that you read this as soon as possible after Necroscope. It casts some illumination on the events that occur in that novel, some of which I didn’t completely understand. It also revisits the concept of Necromancy, and what exactly happened to Boris Dragosani. Necromancy, by the way, is not something you can discuss around the dinner table.
Another reason for reading this quickly after the first novel: Harry Keogh’s mental link to his infant son and his use of the Mobius Continuum. If it sounds confusing, it’s because it potentially is, and letting a lot of time pass between novels just makes it worse.
The Necroscope series aren’t just novels about Vampires, it deals with the very mythos of the Wamphyri. What are they? Where are they from? These are questions you will find yourself asking, and as the series unfolds, you will find yourself reaching for the next book, because you will want to know the truth, terrifying as it is. This series represents Horror and the Vampire Mythos on an epic level; I’m not sure whether this kind of thing exists anywhere else.
He clung to his loathsome dreams - of madness and mayhem, the hell of living and the horror of dying, and the pleasures of blood, blood, blood - and felt the cold embrace of the clotted earth closing him in, weighing him down, holding him here in his darkling grave.
Yes, despite the grotesquery and ultimately disturbing nature of these books, they make for compelling and (eventually) rewarding reading. That said – they might actually not be suitable for casual Horror readers, as they can be quite harrowing.
Ahhh! said a new voice, a powerful voice. It was black as the night itself and deep as the roots of hell, and it seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
Read information about the authorBrian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copies worldwide.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.
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