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Necroscope [Mass Market Paperback]

Brian Lumley
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Jan. 15 1992 Necroscope (Book 1)

Except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope. And what they tell him is horrifying.

In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing. Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots. Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge.

The vampire’s human tool is Boris Dragosani, part of a super-secret Soviet spy agency. Dragosani is an avid pupil, eager to plumb the depthless evil of the vampire’s mind. Ferenczy teaches Dragosani the awful skills of the necromancer, gives him the ability to rip secrets from the mind and bodies of the dead.

Dragosani works not for Ferenczy’s freedom but world domination. he will rule the world with knowledge raped from the dead.

His only opponent: Harry Koegh, champion of the dead and the living.

To protect Harry, the dead will do anything--even rise from their graves!

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"Since reading Lumley's "Necroscope" series, I know that vampires really do exist!"—H. R. Giger

“Provides plenty of fun in the classic pulp tradition.”--Publishers Weekly on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley has accomplished the impossible by creating a book that will captivate fans of science fiction, horror, and espionage alike.”--Romantic Times BOOKReviews on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley combines horror and alien-invasion themes uncommonly deftly.”--Booklist

“Lumley excels at depicting heroes larger than life and horrors worse than death.”--Publishers Weekly

“A vampire adventure for the Tom Clancy set.”—Fangoria on Necroscope: Avengers

Necroscope fans will find themselves reading as fast as Lumley can type.”--Kirkus Reviews on Necroscope: Invaders

About the Author

Brian Lumleyis 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 theDreamlandsseries.

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.

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CENTRAL IN A DENSELY WOODED TRACT OF LAND NOT FAR out of the city-where the Serpukhov road passed through a saddle between low hills and gazed for a moment across the tops of close-grown pines towards Podolsk, which showed as a hazy smudge on the first lights of evening-stood a house or mansion of debased heritage and mixed architectural antecedents. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must say I am a disappointed at this first book of a 13-book series after such high regards from friends and postings. Even though the book is really mostly recounting of back stories, it is still enthralling three-quarters of the way through. I keep saying to myself this is what a first-rate pulp fiction is all about. Then the last quarter gets bogged down with time travel and fizzles out. Granted, I have never liked the notion of time travel; I find it contradictory and illogical. I have tried to go with the flow but there are just too many inconsistencies to NOT annoy the hell out of me. Not to give too much away, but I think if there is no limit to what one can do, if every event is preordained with NO possibility of change, and if nobody is really gone but exist somewhere yapping away and having a ball, then what's the point?!? There would be no tension, no lost, no regrets, no consequence.
Having said that, the book is a very interesting and unique blend of supernatural, espionage, and science fictions. If you have read other time travel stories and find the notion intriguing, you'll have no complaint. On the other hand, if the problems inherent in time travel is not your cup of tea, then you might want to brace yourself before plunging in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an original story idea Sept. 15 2003
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I have often considered reading Brian Lumley but until now I have always put off buying his books. It always seemed to me that Lumley wrote pure horror (not my favourite) but despite appearances (his book covers) Necrosope is not a simple horror story. I would class this as a paranormal thriller.
Harry Keogh is a very special boy that grows into a talented man. He can speak to the dead and they listen! This makes him a Necroscope, a valuable resource to the British Secret Service. Just imagine, an agent is killed with vital information that the British needs. What do they do? Call Harry!
The book is full of great ideas that I have never read about. There are departments within the Russian and British secret services that use ESP to track nuclear Subs, predict the future, question the dead, kill with the evil eye!
Since reading this story, I have bough every single one of Lumley's books. That's how much I enjoyed this story.
Mark E Cooper
Author of The Warrior Within (ISBN: 09545122)
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond+Dracula+The Sixth Sense=Necroscope Jan. 1 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
With a big glaring monstrous skull on the cover, this is not initially the kind of book I would have picked up normally, until it was recommended by a friend. I turned out to be very happy I'd found it. This first book in the Necroscope series is easily the best in my opinion. With much more mystery about the vampires, their nature, and their history (without all the intricate classifications of the way they reproduce and grow, and all their ranks and whatnot) and much less of the repeated and unnessecary and eventually irritating sex scenes of all the later books, this is most definitely the best introduction to the series (even without the benefit of being first in order, which is important since in later books, Lumley reveals in great detail the whole plots of the previous books, all needed to understand the current book).
This book concerns the young Harry Keogh, who can talk to the dead and becomes mixed up in a fight against Boris Dragosani, a guy who can torture dead people for their knowledge, and who is also working for Thibor Ferenczy, a near-dead vampire stuck in the ground in Eastern Europe somewhere. Because Dragosani is working for the Soviet Government, this pulls in a whole level of political intrigue which carries over to the rest of the series as well.
Dragosani (with his tendency to kill people for their psychic powers, and his slight derangement) and more so Thibor (with his great speeches and AAAAAAHHHHs) make a great pair of villains for the Necroscope to face off against. The characters are all well developed and interesting (more so than in the crowded volumes of the rest of the series) and Thibor makes an extremely cool and scary enemy to lurk in the dark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! Dec 23 2002
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A wonderfuly original, frightening novel of horror. The main character, Harry Keogh, speaks with the dead. Imagine the multitudes of the dead speaking to you constantly as a child and throughout your growing years to your adult life, driving you mad with their requests and demands. Imagine a man who is so precious to those beyond the grave, that they will willingly rise from their eternal slumber to kill anyone who endangers him. Imagine a man who has access to almost limitless knowledge, who can bend space with his mind, to apear anywhere and anywhen he wishes! And this is the good guy. That alone should get your pulse pounding, (and if it doesn't perhaps your dead yourself). Now add on top of that a thrilling spy novel of cold-war intrigue and Bond-esque gadgetry, a sleeping but unquiet Vampyre who is no less dangerous now that he is dead, and a depraved Soviet psychic who can torture the ghosts of the deceased, who stands to inherit the mantle of the Undead. This is one of Lumley's finest novels, and one of the greatest works in horror fiction. It is very brittish, (nothing wrong with that) and it crosses many genres while never forgetting its roots in horror. This book spawned a huge series of books, but this one is by far the best. You'll never think about vampires again the same way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Can't wait fer the rest to order the rest of the series!
Published 2 months ago by Mikey
4.0 out of 5 stars Nectar
This book was much different than expected - and much better. I had the impression it was a vampire novel and it was more than that. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I finished the book and then purchased the rest in the series. I am now on the sixth book in the series and let me tell you, they only get better. Read more
Published on July 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars a comment on the book and the reviews
For anyone who is reading this book expecting Tolstoy or Dickens all I have to say is don't read it. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by E. J. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Real review coming soon; please do not rate this one.
I am immensely enjoying this novel, and am currently almost done with it. Highly engrossing and very unusual, complex, original, this is one of the most unique novels I've ever... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Barry Dejasu
5.0 out of 5 stars Necroscope rocks
Brian Lumley is so detailed in his writing like how he went in and told you all about Boris' and Harry's back-ground. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Overall, an excellent book and a must have. Lumley is an absolute genious, I love his ideas. I enjoy the horror genre,authors such as Brian Lumley are among my favorite authors. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world
I've always been fascinated with vampires. The Necroscope series puts an interesting twist on who and what vampires are. It is an amazing series.
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by R. Nieves
5.0 out of 5 stars Better almost 15 years later!
I'm not a huge fan of Horror, with this series being one of the most important exceptions. Back in the 80's, a friend of mine turned me on to Necroscope, just after it had gone... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Jon R. Patrick
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