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!!