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This Is My Blood [Hardcover]

David N. Wilson


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Book Description

February 1999
This novel of alternate history and dark romance, outlined by excerpts from the Book of the Gospel According to Judas Iscariot, follows the journey of Mary Magdalen, fallen angel, cursed as vampire, as she follows a trail of desperate hope and love beyond measure.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Terminal Fright Pubns (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965813533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965813532
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Religious ecstasy and vampiric bloodlust blend to potent effect in this horror-oriented alternate history of early Christianity. Debut novelist Wilson casts Mary Magdelene as a spirit created by the Devil to tempt Christ. When Mary refuses the mission, Satan rebukes Jesus and curses her to become a vampire: "She will hunger for that which You fight to preserve. She will thirst for the blood of manAthe lives, the very souls You seek to save will be her bread." Mary follows Christ, hoping for a miracle that will allow her to gain eternal salvation even as her vampiric nature forces her to kill to survive. Through her inhuman eyes, and through the writings of Judas's own gospel, The Book of Judas, Wilson shows Christ and his disciples at work, lending a decidedly different perspective to miracles such as feeding the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes or raising Lazarus from the dead. Here, Judas is steady and loyal, while Peter, possessed by the Devil, betrays Christ to the soldiers at Gethsemane, forcing both Judas and Mary to sacrifice what they love most in order to ensure Christ's resurrection and the Church's future. Wilson's prose is smooth and powerful, carrying its allegorical weight with grace. His first novel is one of the most unique vampire stories to appear in recent years, balancing themes of damnation and prophesy against those of faith and redemption.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Author

This novel is about re-affirmation of faith, and the inconsistencies of faith, mankind, and history. I hope it opens hearts and minds.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of the Profound May 4 2000
By Mark Rainey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
David Niall Wilson creates a new gospel (The Book of Judas), turns one of the pivotal characters in the Bible into a vampire, and puts an entirely new spin on the life of Christ, all with a stylistic flair that leads one to believe that maybe the author knows something we don't, but that we should. With vampire tales being a dime a dozen, and few of them worth the dime, THIS IS MY BLOOD stands out as one of the most thoughtful and creative takes on the legend one might hope to find. I suspect that even devout Christians will hardly find much to quibble with in regard to Wilson's interpretation of Biblical history and the existing gospels. The book explores personal faith with real thoughtfulness, wrapped in a witty and exciting package. Highest recommendation.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had the potential to be truly great Oct. 10 2010
By James Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first heard about "This is My Blood" when a fellow member of a local Science Fiction Book Club mentioned it in an on-line post. The description intrigued me and I hunted down a used copy of this 1999 novel, long out of print, for a reasonable price. The short novel (251 pages) was expanded in 1990 (but not published for nearly a decade) from an earlier short story called "A Candle in the Sun" that was published and republished a couple of times in Horror/SF anthologies. The novel re-tells the basic story of the New Testament from the standpoint of Mary Madgalene, who turns out to be one of the fallen angels, transformed by Lucifer into a vampire-like blood sucking creature of the night, for the express purpose of interfering with and destroying Christ's mission on earth, i.e., death and resurrection to "save the world".

The novel is written in two formats, the first consisting of excerpts from the long-ago burned and never recreated "Gospel of Judas" (who turns out to be a good guy), and the second, a standard first person narrative by Mary. There are some interesting and novel elements here (the "true"stories of Adam, Lillith, Eve, Cain and Abel stand out) and both the Gospel excerpts and Mary's narrative have the feel of authentic New Testament verbiage and style.

But in the end, there was so much plot potential left untapped and so much left unsaid that ultimately the book proved unsatisfying. After reading the book jacket, I was looking forward to explanations of how and why the first vampire was created, and the origins (or repudiation as pure myth) of the effects of silver, garlic, crosses, holy water etc on vampires, the "rules" for the life and death of vampires (wooden stake??), creating new vampires that I assumed would contain a tie-in to the 3-day latency period betwen the death and resurrection of Christ, and most of all, the origin of the central tenet of the Catholic church, the unbelievably gory and grisly miracle of transubstantiation whereby the wafers and wine are actually converted into the real blood and body of Christ, then eaten by the congregation. That in itself is fodder for vampiric horror fiction of the highest order.

But none of this was to be. None of these mysteries was addressed, and so much left unexplained. It was pretty much just a straight re-telling of the New Testament Gospels with the hook that Mary was a kind of vampire. There was plenty of places where some eroticism and sex would have upped the ante, but, perhaps due to his earlier career as a student of the ministry and/or a reluctance to offend any true believers, the novel is at most completely G- or perhaps light PG-rated. "This is My Blood" was still a worthwhile read, but somebody, somewhere either already has or probably will do a much better job of fulfilling the potential of the author's brilliant premise.

JMT
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected joy April 9 2014
By Jamesj Dalessandro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who has little interest in the vampire crazy currently making the rounds in books/film/television, I read this book solely on the recommendation of a friend. I must say, I was duly and pleasantly surprised. It has a strong powerful/spiritual tone to it, a journey through light and darkness, an adventure through religion and mysticism that elevates the tone above ordinary. Wilson has done his research, weaving interesting history and period elements into what might easily have been an absurdist adventure in lesser hands. Nicely done. Very nice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christ's last days with a supernatural view. Feb. 26 2014
By Michael Cieslak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What an amazing book. It tells the last days of Christ on earth from the viewpoint of Mary Magdalene who is...not human (no spoiler here). There is a central premise which is both brilliant and executed amazingly well. The insights into the character of Jesus and his apostles is extremely well written.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever retelling of the past July 4 2011
By DJP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With his first novel - David dives right into one of the oldest and most divisive topics in literature, and pulls off a cleverly retold version of the last days of Christ, as seen through Mary of Magdalene.

With a strict retelling of the gospels that strays only in the admixing of Mary's twist on the tale: that she is a fallen angel recast as a Vampire, the story shifts the allegory of the redemption of man through faith onto Mary's ultimate sacrifice and willingness to believe and to show faith, as well as that of her closest ally, Judas.

The madness and hunger that overtakes Mary each night matches the more traditional evils of pride and avarice as displayed by the growing number who want to stop Jesus spreading his gospel, and by turns her guilt, renewed faith and love for the Redeemer each day reflects the basic honesty and hope of man that must be nurtured and protected in order to keep evil at bay and stay within the light.

An interesting and faithful retelling, you would scarecely believe that this was David's first novel, such is the simple and smooth power with which his story is conveyed - This Is My Blood is well worth a read.

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