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Bite Marks: A Vampire Testament

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A teenage runaway is killed by a sadistic vampire with the pathology of a serial killer, who has stalked her family for over a decade. Brought back to life to feed on her child, she’s killed again — but not before reviving her first victim, her firstborn. The undead infant escapes, triggering a citywide search for a vampire baby whose existence threatens to expose the entire vampire society.

And they will stop at nothing to make sure that ...

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Overview

A teenage runaway is killed by a sadistic vampire with the pathology of a serial killer, who has stalked her family for over a decade. Brought back to life to feed on her child, she’s killed again — but not before reviving her first victim, her firstborn. The undead infant escapes, triggering a citywide search for a vampire baby whose existence threatens to expose the entire vampire society.

And they will stop at nothing to make sure that doesn’t happen.

In the downtown art world/club scene of New York City, Steven and Lori, an artist and a writer, are in the middle of a bad break up. Instead of being able to simply move on, they are stuck with each other, bound by a contract to do a book on vampires. When they stumble across the real thing, will their feelings for each other intensify as they're reunited to battle monsters they scarcely believe exist?

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Editorial Reviews

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"I've never read anything like it." —Whoopi Goldberg

"Truly enjoyable and imaginative, this thrilling, convoluted yarn is sure to delight any vampire fan." —Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

"Terence Taylor delivers masterful world-building, edge-of-your-seat prose, and characters to die for—his is an exciting fresh voice in vampire literature." — LA Banks, New York Times Bestseller and author of The Vampire Huntress Legends Series

"Vampire readers, rejoice: Award-winning television writer Terence Taylor thrusts us into fresh territory with his debut novel, Bite Marks. With creepy images and characters real enough to believe in, Taylor takes us on a detective's journey through the vampire underground so convincing that you'll be glad to see the sun rise. Bite Marks is a must-read for fans of vampires and well-crafted paranormal fiction—just in the nick of time." —Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of Blood Colony

Publishers Weekly
Television writer Taylor pens a gritty, screenworthy supernatural noir set in 1980s New York. Out-of-control vampire Adam forces his lover, teen hooker Nina, to drink her five-month-old son's blood. In desperation, she revives the child as a vampire. Infant Christopher escapes Adam's clutches and winds up in the custody of some terrifyingly crazy drug addicts, threatening the precarious arrangement that has kept vampires secret for centuries. Determined to find Christopher and protect Adam, powerful vampire politician Perenelle, Adam's progenitor, teams up with her former lover, Rahman, an ancient vampire with his own agenda, while Nina's brother hunts for his nephew. Disparate, well-articulated motivations drive the various players in their race to save vampires and humans from one another. Truly enjoyable and imaginative, this thrilling, convoluted yarn is sure to delight any vampire fan. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This first novel begins with splatterpunk delight. Nina, an underage prostitute, is murdered by a vampire, along with her client. Then she is resurrected, forced to murder her infant child and finally raped and killed again. Before she expires, though, she manages to call the infant back to life as a vampire, which sets up the story to follow. All of this happens in the first 13 pages. Unfortunately, that feverish pace is never achieved again. The plot meanders, following at least a dozen major characters and popping back and forth through time almost randomly. Chapter endings that clearly point toward new action are abandoned for two- or three-chapter flashbacks. Too much time is spent on fleshing out the history and mechanics of this vampire world and not enough on the various characters hunting for the abominable vampire infant. VERDICT Taylor has received raves for his short stories in the Dark Dreams anthologies but has not made a successful leap to the novel form. Not recommended.—Karl G. Siewert, MLIS, Tulsa City-Cty. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312385255
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Vampire Testaments Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence Taylor

TERENCE TAYLOR is an award-winning children's television writer, whose work has appeared on PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney, among many others. After a career of comforting young kids, he's now equally dedicated to scaring their parents.  His short horror stories have been published in all three Dark Dreams anthologies.  He lives quietly in Brooklyn and laughs a lot between acts of literary carnage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    LOVED IT

    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. LOVED IT!!LOVED IT!!!
    A NEW TWIST TO THE VAMPIRE TALE. THE CHARACTERS ARE WELL ROUNDED THE THEIR PERSONALITIES WELL DEFINED AND A GREAT PLOT AND STORY. THE STORY CONTINUES IN BLOOD PRESSURE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCITING VAMPIRE STORY AND BE SURE TO READ THE COMPANION BOOK. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Bite Marks

    I read Bite Marks and I found it compelling and full of unexpected twists. I love Mr. Taylor's take on the Vampire culture. I never knew what was going to happen next. I also like the fact that Bite Marks was a melting pot of cultures. The reader met the rich elite of the vampire world, poor whites and blacks, drug addicts, the whole spectrum of humanity. All the characters were richly drawn with their own personal "issues". They were woven together to create a story rich and unique. I actually hated finishing this book, but yet I could not stop turning the pages. I wait impatiently for the sequel, "Blood Pressure" to be released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Far to gross

    Way to detailed horrific grossness.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    The Vampire testament starts off with a gritty gruesome look at Manhattan through the eyes of a rabid raging undead

    In 1986 in wintry New York City, Adam Caine the vampire murders his seventeen years old human lover Nina and the John she solicited on Times Square. The raging vampire then brings his teen hooker back from the dead as an undead like him. Adam forces Nina to drink the blood of her five month old child before he rapes and kills her again. However, before Nina dies permanently, she resurrects her baby, Christopher.

    Christopher escapes from Adam, but is captured by drug addicts, who threaten to expose the vampires to the public. Believing their species needs to remain in the closet, influential vampire Perenelle de Marivelle and her former lover the ancient vampire Rahman search for Christopher and Adam. Meanwhile Nina's brother Jim Miller seeks his nephew in Hell's Kitchen.

    The Vampire testament starts off with a gritty gruesome look at Manhattan through the eyes of a rabid raging undead but also never quite reaches that frantic frenzied opening scene. The story line is action-packed when the plot remains in 1986 and quite bloody as a vampire thriller should be. Although flashbacks feel more like padded distracterions, fans will enjoy Terrence Taylor's bite of the red Big Apple.

    Harriet Klausner

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