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Vampyrrhic Paperback – 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Canada (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340696095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340696095
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,910,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I borrowed Vampyrrhic with my prime membership. This horror story of vampiric armies living in the tunnels under the city of Leppington waiting for the last heir to return and take command of his army. Dr. David Leppington arrives in the town named after his family for a shot vacation. His uncle is planning on him staying and taking over the medical practice for the retiring doctor in town. The vampiric army is awakened and some are being let lose on the town to bring more bodies in as soldiers. Strang things happen in and around the hotel where he is staying, There are three other people who team up with him to figure out what is happening and to stop it. These four people, David, the owner of the hotel, a hotel guest and a man that work there are terrorized to get David to give them up and assume command that is suppose to be his destiny. This book reminded me of many of the books that I have read by Stephen King. If you like books that will terrorize and scare you, then this is the book for you.
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An interesting vampire novel with a number of flaws, none of them fatal. Clark manages to work two of the main types of vampires -- the seductive and the disgusting -- into the same narrative, as part of the same species which ultimately has a magical and not a scientific rationale. And the magical rationale seems to be pretty much original to Clark, playing as it does with Norse mythology and not the more usual Eastern European, Greek or Chinese suspects.

A number of good setpieces are occasionally offset by sudden shifts into what I can only describe as Evil Dead 2 territory, the most glaringly offputting of which is a lengthy battle in a tunnel system beneath a small British town, a battle complete with chainsaw-wielding heroes and hordes of hungry vampires that resembles nothing so much as an Evil Dead battle waged in the steam tunnels of Doom 2.

But there are also a lot of pleasures here -- the opening chapter is a doozy, and is filmic in a good way, and many of Clark's ideas about vampires are a refreshing change from the Ann Rice school of sexy dead people. Clark's sexy vampires are nonetheless, objectively speaking, somewhat disgusting -- it's their powers that make them sexy, which isn't a far cry from the standard Eastern European vampire who avoided mirrors not because vampires didn't appear in them, but because a vampire's true, rotting, corpse-like form was revealed in those mirrors for all to see -- and fear.
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A young doctor returns to the town where is family lived for a 1000 years, a young woman imagines evil that stalks the halls at night. An innkeeper struggles to keep dark secrets under lock and key. And a vicious killer discovers he has a purpose. Today is their last chance to end an ancient bargain or see the world overrun with endless death.
David Leppington is the doctor, returning to the town of the same name, where he learns of a bargain once made by Thor with his family in exchange for the destruction of Christendom at the hands of an undead army. Together with Bernice Mochardi, Electra Charnwood and Maximillian Hart he finds himself confronted with the remnants of that ancient bargain - vampire-like creatures that are even harder to kill than the creatures they are modeled on.
The story is told in the dark halls and cellars of the Station Hotel, and in the web of caves that underlay Leppington. It is a claustrophobic story, with no great arched rooms for ceremonies. Nor are the vampires noble creatures of the night. They only pause in their diet of animal blood from the town's slaughterhouses to vary their diet with human victims. Just a black hunger waiting to spread itself across the landscape.
Simon Clarke applies a great deal of imagination to the challenge of creating a 'different' vampire tale and almost succeeds completely. Norse vampires of any sort are a rarity, and the legends and reality that Leppington struggles with are a far cry from the foes of Buffy or Van Helsing. The plot moves a bit slowly, some repeated violence beyond what is needed, but is mechanically sound.
For some reason that is hard to pin down, it never achieves the magnetic quality of great horror.
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Simon Clark's "Vampyrrhic" may be one of the better vampire novels of recent years! Clark (who has yet to write even a mediocre book, in my opinion) has put together a wonderful plot with interesting characters. The book revolves around the return of Dr. David Leppington to his birthplace, Leppington, England. As he begins to interact with some of the locals at the hotel of the mysterious Electra Charnwood and finds out more about his former hometown, he begins to recollect some long-buried memories about his past. Shortly after, David meets with his uncle George who fills him in on his family's dark past and most terrible secrets. Secrets that contain stories about their family's interaction with Norse gods and a hidden vampire army waiting to be led toward world domination by a direct descendant of the Leppington family. That family member, course, is David Leppington.
When David refuses to lead the vampire army, all hell literally breaks loose. Local townspeople begins to mysteriously disappear at night and soon the vampires turn their sights on eliminating David and new band of friends. One of these friends, Jack Black, is one of the more novel characters that I've seen in recent years. He is portrayed as a psychopath with a heart of gold. And, while it's a little more than confusing as to why he changes his "stripes" in mid-book to become a hero, he is nonetheless an interesting part of the novel.
A warning should be prominently displayed to the reader at this point in the review: If you are the squeamish-type, you may want to avoid this book!...Don't say that you haven't been warned.
I continue to be impressed with the writing of Simon Clark! He's created a memorable novel in "Vampyrrhic". And evidently, he liked the work as well because a sequel to this book is in the works. If you liked "Salem's Lot" then you'll love "Vampyrrhic". Just make sure that you've got a lot of garlic around when you read it!!
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