The Golden

The Golden

by Lucius Shepard
     
 

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In the mid-nineteenth century, vampires gather at Castle Banat, one of their most sprawling and ancient warrens. Their five-hundred-year breeding project has produced the Golden, a mortal of perfect blood, and they've come to drink from her in a ceremony that will incidentally make her one of the Family. When the girl is found murdered, the clan’s shadowy

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In the mid-nineteenth century, vampires gather at Castle Banat, one of their most sprawling and ancient warrens. Their five-hundred-year breeding project has produced the Golden, a mortal of perfect blood, and they've come to drink from her in a ceremony that will incidentally make her one of the Family. When the girl is found murdered, the clan’s shadowy patriarch calls on the detective Michel Beheim to solve the crime. But Michel has been a vampire for only a short while, and though he was a talented investigator among mortals, he is ill-prepared for the task. Soon he is fighting to survive the bizarre terrors of the labyrinthine castle and the schemes of vampires who guard a secret that may forever alter the world of the undead. The Golden won the 1994 Locus Award for best horror novel.

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Kudos to Golden Gryphon Press for reissuing Lucius Shepard's The Golden, a largely underappreciated 1993 vampiric masterpiece (and winner of the 1994 Locus Award for Best Horror Novel) that mixes gothic fantasy and police procedural mystery with intensely erotic and darkly disturbing romance.

In the late 19th century, newbie vampire Michel Beheim -- former chief of detectives for the Paris police -- arrives at Castle Banat with his lord, Roland Agenor, to witness a Decanting with the entire extended European vampiric Family. The rare ritual involves sampling the blood of the Golden, the mortal result of a centuries-long breeding program to produce the "rarest of essences, a vintage of unsurpassing flavor and bouquet." But when the Golden is viciously murdered before the Decanting, the godlike patriarchal head of the vampire clans chooses Beheim to direct the investigation. The meager clues, however, lead the ex-detective headlong into unfathomably deep Family intrigues, and the farther Beheim travels into the hellish castle (an immeasurable construct of "mutant geometry"), the closer he comes to understanding the sacred Mysteries of the undead -- and eternal damnation.

Aficionados of novels that delve into the vampire mythos should seriously contemplate adding this limited-run edition to their bloodsucking library. Shepard's The Golden is one of those rare literary works that redefine the boundaries of a well-trodden motif and simultaneously breathe new life into it. A dark, poetic phantasmagoria of nightmarish images, brutal violence, and unholy sensuality, it's simply not to be missed. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597290975
Publisher:
ElectricStory.com, Inc.
Publication date:
06/27/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
574,469
File size:
302 KB

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Meet the Author

Lucius Shepard is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and has also received the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards for science fiction writing. His work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Playboy, and Spin. He is the author of Green Eyes, A Handbook of American Prayer, and Life During Wartime, and the collected stories in Two Trains Running. He lives in Vancouver, Washington.

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