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Lord Of The Dead

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Wandering with his friend Hobhouse in the mountains of Greece, Byron is drawn to the beauty of a mysterious fugitive slave whose pale, slim body and burning, black-fringed eyes arouse his lust; soon Byron is utterly entranced, and his fate is sealed. The supreme sensualist embarks on a life of adventure even his genius could not have foreseen - that of the world's most formidable vampire. Chosen to enjoy powers beyond those any vampire has ever known, Byron enters a dark, intoxicating world, traversing centuries ...
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Overview

Wandering with his friend Hobhouse in the mountains of Greece, Byron is drawn to the beauty of a mysterious fugitive slave whose pale, slim body and burning, black-fringed eyes arouse his lust; soon Byron is utterly entranced, and his fate is sealed. The supreme sensualist embarks on a life of adventure even his genius could not have foreseen - that of the world's most formidable vampire. Chosen to enjoy powers beyond those any vampire has ever known, Byron enters a dark, intoxicating world, traversing centuries of long-lost secrets, ancient arts, and scorching excesses of evil. From the Levant to London's salons, from the frozen Alps to the dark languors of Venice, he drinks deeply of terror and sex, ever more desperate to destroy his need for the most forbidden of desires. But his diversions, delicious and cruel, are suffused with the rich scent of doom. Byron's gift is also his torment: an all-consuming thirst that withers life at the root, damning those he loves...

Drawing on the facts of Byron's flamboyant, tortured life, as well as clues in the mysterious, dark imagery of his poetry, Holland paints a portrait of the poet as an aristocrat of remarkable beauty and deadly charm with a shocking, bloody secret. Simultaneous hardcover release from Pocket Books. 2 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lord Byron travels to Greece and becomes the world's most formidable vampire. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Noted poet Lord Byron recounts to a frightened young woman the harrowing events that led to his becoming a vampire of tremendous power, a true Lord of the Dead. While traveling through 19th-century Greece, he was befriended by a centuries-old Turk, who first lured him into the vampire life and then seemingly murdered the one woman Byron had ever loved, the beautiful slave Haidee. Holland's uneven first novel closely follows the actual events of Byron's life. It also adds an interesting slant on the vampire world by exploring its darker side. Interwoven throughout is a sad and strange love story. Most fiction collections will want to acquire this BOMC and QPB selection.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Book Review Boston
"An utter banquet of sex, terror and death told in the poet's own delectable turn of phrase... This is a work of literary scholarship positively wet with vibrant language and sense of place, exotic in its accuracy and lapidary love of detail... The book is really a tour de force... A beautiful, Byzantine historical suspense novel."
Company (England)
"Not since Interview with the Vampire ... has a novelof this genre appared that's half as good... a powerfully atmospheric tale."
News (England) Manchester Evening
"Enteratining and ingenious."
Pat Morrison
Mad, bad, and dangerous...a tour-de-force of scholarship and gothicity. -- Los Angeles Times
Patt Morrison
"Elevated and elegant... yet happily gory and perilous." -- Los Angeles Times
Time Out (England)
"A classical alternative to the traditional tale, seamlesly weaving mordant humour, cheeky literary allusions and outrageous encounters... I'm sure Byron himself would have been pleased."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671024116
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    A great vampire story

    Interesting story line with Lord Byron and his vampire making and adventures. Reminds me of Anne Rice vampire stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Utter boredom...

    I picked this book off the shelf at my bookstore because it had a well-written opening. The rest of the book was a sleeper. I say 'rest of the book' but that's not true - I only made it to page 118. Maybe something exciting will happen in the other 300 pages, but time is precious and I'm only willing to invest a certain amount of time in a boring book before I'm forced to give up hope that it will get better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Atmospheric and Gory

    I was so sick of ¿My Boyfriend is My Pet Vampire¿ novels, I went in search of an adult vampire story and luckily came across Tom Holland¿s ¿Lord of the Dead.¿ It is gorgeously written. The settings are both atmospherically Gothic and grotesquely gory. I love history and historical novels, so naturally this book would appeal to me. While not a fan of Byron when I started reading this book, I am a fan now. Byron was the rock star of his day. Come on, even when you look at paintings of him, you can still feel his charisma. He was the original bad boy, the originator of the Byronic hero. Holland follows Byron¿s real history close enough, so that if you read about the real Byron, you go, ¿Hmm, he could be a vampire.¿ Since Byron was the pattern used, for the first modern vampire story, it is fitting he should have his own novel. I loved traveling with Byron and Holland. I¿m definitely going to read more Holland. A beautiful, romantic, Gothic horror, historical tale, wonderfully told. -- Leslie Strang Akers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Absolutely Wonderful

    I really loved this book. It was hard to put it down sometimes. This was the first one I read from Tom Holland and I fell in love with it. My friend is the one who actually got me interested in this book. She said it was very good.Plus she knew that I love to read vampire books and said that I would really like this one. She was right! It was hard to give the book back to her when I finnshed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    Vampire, Byron Style

    This was a rather tedious book with little captivating appeal. It gives the account of Lord Byron, ala Interview with the Vampire, and his travels throughout various European countries, 'finding himself'. I thought the writing was disjointed as it didn't seem to flow well. The biggest question I found myself constantly asking was 'Who cares?'. Although Lord Byron is now celebrity status, I never felt drawn or attached to any of the characters to really cared what happened to them. For those people who are fans of Lord Byron, I suspect you probably will like the book and find it entertaining. Maybe that was the whole point and I just missed it. However, for the rest of us, this was just a ho-hum kind of tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2003

    Mesmerizing and Brilliant

    This was the first book I read by Tom Holland, and it is still most definitely my favorite. From the very beginning with Byron and Haidee's first, secret meeting to the fateful night with Vakhel Pasha to the surprising ending, this novel is captivating. It is filled with thrilling twists that are sure to keep you jumping out of your seat to the very end. Holland's writing skills really portray the true image of Byron and the others of his kind. This golden novel will leave you hungry for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    One of my top five favorites!

    Tom Holland is an excellent writer who held my interest from beginning to end! It's a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    This is my favorite book of all time!!!

    Tom Holland is a great author and after reading this book I took it upon my self to buy all of the rest of his books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    Brilliant.

    I think Tom Holland is the best gothic writer ever. A genius in mixing phantasy and reality, with an outstanding ability to create such strong characters as Byron and Haidée. My favourite character from the book is Lovelace, though. I highly recommend all other Holland's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    The Perfect Book

    The book is exquisite on a scale of one to ten it ranks 100000000000000000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    A Book Filled With Open PassionMaking You Wanting More

    I feel in love with the book on first sight. I never realize how much passion was living within this book. I've become seduced by the Lord Byron even in love with him. I'm never putting this book back on my shelf. It gets better after every repeated reading. It deserve more than five stars. Tom Holland has truly out-done himself.

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