Brian Lumley's Necroscope novels are one of the horror genre's most towering achievements. The adventures of the Necroscopes, Harry Keogh and his successor, Jake Cutter, and the psychically gifted agents of E-Branch, Britain's super-secret spy organization, as they battle malevolent, shape-shifting Wamphyri have spanned two worlds, thirteen novels, and an infinity of time. The Necroscope novels have sold more than two million copies in English alone. Necroscope: Deadspawn is ...
Brian Lumley's Necroscope novels are one of the horror genre's most towering achievements. The adventures of the Necroscopes, Harry Keogh and his successor, Jake Cutter, and the psychically gifted agents of E-Branch, Britain's super-secret spy organization, as they battle malevolent, shape-shifting Wamphyri have spanned two worlds, thirteen novels, and an infinity of time. The Necroscope novels have sold more than two million copies in English alone.
Necroscope: Deadspawn is the fifth spine-tingling volume in Lumley's exciting vampire series and marks a turning point in the life and career of Harry Keogh, the original Necroscope.
After the battles of Deadspeak, Harry has recovered his Necroscopic abilities. He can once again travel instantly between places and times via the marvelous mathematics of the Möbius Continuum. He can once again hear and speak to the dead and carry messages between the living and those long gone.
But the Necroscope's bargain with Faethor Ferenczy, father of vampires, has sown the seed of Harry's downfall---a vampire seed! Deep in the recesses of Harry's mind, a vampire grows, a vampire that might someday be the greatest Wamphyri of all, one with all the Necroscope's great psychic powers warped to evil use.
Harry's lifetime on earth has just become sharply limited. But until he loses the fight against the vampire thing, the Necroscope still has work to do. The tortured victims of a serial killer and necromancer cry out for justice. Harry Keogh is the only person who can identify and find this vile murderer. And he will do it, fighting the vampire spawn inside him every step of the way.
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The prose equivalent of a graphic novel, British horror mainstay Lumley's latest entry in his enduring Necroscope series (Blood Brothers, etc.) will dazzle some and weary others with its nonstop weird action. Here series hero Harry Keogh, a Necroscope (the only one in the world) who can speak with the dead, faces two major tasks tracking down a particularly vicious serial killer and uprooting a vampire within himself. Besides confronting a host of vampires, murderers and gypsies, Harry finds time to enjoy a few relatively quiet moments, like playing mathematical games with Pythagoras. While Lumley's popularity may be inexplicable to some, his long, messy, convoluted supernatural adventure thrillers put him firmly in the tradition of such classic Gothic authors as Ann Radcliffe, Charles Maturin and Gregory "Monk" Lewis. (Dec. 17) FYI: This novel, like many other Lumley titles, was first published by small-press editor W. Paul Ganley. Both Lumley and Ganley were guests of honor at this year's World Fantasy Convention, held Halloween weekend in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The Harry Keogh cosmodemonic crossdimensional Necroscope Wamphyri (Vampire) epic thumped to an end with last year's Necroscope: Avengers, the 13th doorstopper in the series. The whole masterwork, completed in eleven years, is far longer than volumes projected by Rowling's Harry Potter series or Stephen King's Dark Tower epic-though possibly not Robert Jordan's Wheels of Time. Necroscope began as a paperback series and, now that it's done, Tor is reissuing the early volumes in hardcover for reasons best known to Tor, which perhaps has found itself warped into that Lumley metamorphic multimap that zaps through several astral planes in the abstract hopscotch of the author's general plan. Deadspawn (1991), the fifth and best entry in the series, expands upon Deadspeak (the fourth), giving fearless vampire hunter Harry Keogh richer depths while rounding out the first Necroscope quintet before entering The Blood Brothers trilogy and then The Lost Years and the final Jake Cutter/E Branch quartet of volumes. (A necroscope is one who talks with the dead.) From a truly distant Lovecraftian dimension, Lumley's Wamphyri are far stronger, more vicious and bloodthirsty than any vampires dreamed up by American authors-and yet, on a literary level, they're presented in far less distinctive prose than Kim Newman's brilliantly colorful British vampires. These two horror authors, it would seem, have strongly distinct fanbases-one that thrives on humorless pulp, and one that loves flair and fun, audiences that never cross over.
Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. The first Necroscope, Harry Keogh, also appears in a collection of Lumley's short fiction, Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes, along Titus Crow and Henri Laurent de Marigny, from Titus Crow, Volumes One, Two, and Three, and David Hero and Eldin the Wanderer, from the Dreamlands series.
An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television.
When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.