I read most of these other reviews before I read BOUND IN BLOOD. I'm glad I did. It was because of the weak reviews that I picked it up.
The book's a shocker.
For many year's we've been treated to humanized vampires who have retained their human emotions and with them cluttering displays of pathos and bathos. David Thomas Lord did none of that. His vampire, Jean-Luc, is the second most evil monster I've ever come across. His mother, Noel, comes in first!
This novel comes closer to true art than any horror novel ever has, and it's his first book! Horror literature! Who'd have thought it! If it is to become a series (as was hinted at), I can't wait.
In a time when horror has become either splatter-punk, gangsta nonsense or simply horrified romance novels, BOUND IN BLOOD soars above the pack. Lord's characters, notably Jack, Noel, Claude and Laura, are timeless. Their commentaries on the mortal world around them are bitingly true and murderously satiric.
Lord's prose is absolutely top-notch. No contemporary horror writer can touch him. The book is a marvel of information. Lessons on art, music, theater and fashion only add dimension to the underlying story of betrayal and revenge between lovers and between mother and son.
It is a violent book. Violence in the most cruel and most surprising ways. It is full of sex too. Some readers may not be up for the amount of sex and violence in this book. But it's not gratuitous. Jack lures his victims with his sexuality. Or, perhaps, with theirs. As for the violence? Well, it's a horror story involving a creature who drinks the blood of mortals. He's not Mary Poppins, or for that matter, Lestat.
I've been a lifelong fan of horror stories and horror writers. David Thomas Lord has more than justified my addiction. I only wish that there were more stars to give this guy.