The Fly-By-Nights

The Fly-By-Nights

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by Brian Lumley, Bob Eggleton
     
 

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150 years ago the world ended. Bombs fell, winter came, and the survivors fled underground in search of safety. Now they struggle to preserve what's left -- sleeping by day, and battling fearsome vampiric fly-by-nights after sunset.

Resources are scarce and security is scarcer in this fallout-poisoned world, but one subterranean clan of hardy souls clings to

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150 years ago the world ended. Bombs fell, winter came, and the survivors fled underground in search of safety. Now they struggle to preserve what's left -- sleeping by day, and battling fearsome vampiric fly-by-nights after sunset.

Resources are scarce and security is scarcer in this fallout-poisoned world, but one subterranean clan of hardy souls clings to life, scavenging and scraping by until their water supply goes catastrophically bad. Forced to seek a new life above, they leave their long-time home to caravan across the stricken planet's surface, where the light is toxic and the night hides unspeakable monsters.

It is a difficult existence without promise or direction, until word from a band of fellow refugees fizzes through the choppy radio static. The Kindred promise help, companionship, and a new settlement in a distant valley...if only the clan can reach them.

For between the Kindred and the Clan stand a hundred miles of impossible terrain and countless fly-by-nights, and within the Clan itself trouble brews when two very different men fight for the love of one woman who has already made her choice.

It's the oldest story ever told, but this time it could mean the end of humanity.

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Publishers Weekly
Based on this paltry effort, it would be extremely difficult to justify Lumley's Horror Writers Association and World Fantasy lifetime achievement awards. In a tired post-apocalyptic setting, a ragged small band of surviving humans battle for their lives against vampires, known as the fly-by-nights. Stock characters included angsty teen Garth Slattery, pressed by events to grow up before his time; his sweet first love and eventual wife, Layla Morgan; and the evil leader of Slattery's scavenger team, Ned Singer, who—surprise, surprise—lusts after Layla. The soap opera relationships are interwoven with attacks from the vampires, who are believed to have bided their time until a nuclear war that destroyed humanity and the ozone layer gave them an opening to attack. Liberal use of exclamation points ("But too late! Robeson's pursuer was upon him!") contribute to an hyperbolic, pulpy vibe. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596063488
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Fly-By-Nights 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
emtbrinker More than 1 year ago
Great vampire story without being another Harry chapter (although those are terrific too). Fast read that has you hooked from the beginning.