Bound In Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire Paperback – May 1 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In what promises to be the first of a series, Lord shows that he has a good eye for detail, but this debut novel amounts to little more than an episodic account of the kills of his remorseless vampire protagonist, Jean-Luc "Jack" Courbet. Having been converted to vampirism, along with his actress mother, Nol, in 1870s Paris by Phillipe, Marquis de Charnac, Jack stalks the all-too-trusting and willing gay men of Greenwich Village. His crimes draw the attention of not only the local gay press (which chronicles "the Horror of West Street") but also his despised mother, who's attempting to blackmail her son into revealing the location of Phillipe's grimoires of power. Jack's lethal seductions of his victims, fleetingly met and unmourned, are too gruesome for a sustained erotic charge. The author forgets that it is the threat, not the actual act of killing, that produces the greatest emotional tension and interest. In addition, the sexual explicitness may be disconcerting for readers seeking more conventional or "straight" thrills. As one character tersely comments toward the end of the novel, "And as smart as you are, and with all that you've learned over the years, you couldn't find another way to stay alive without killing people?" The same could be asked of the motives of this talented author. Lord could establish a name for himself, provided he stops treating potential victims of his darker creations as numbers to be disposed of swiftly after use. On the other hand, he may remain content to produce the gay vampire equivalent to American Psycho.
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From Library Journal
The vampire Jean-Luc Courbet rises after sunset and admires his own beautiful physique before going out to the gay bars of New York City. There he trolls for good-looking young men with whom he can have sex. Unfortunately for these fellows, Jean-Luc follows his lovemaking by draining them of every drop of their blood. He hides the bodies as well as he can, but soon enough the police discover them along with additional corpses killed in the same way. It seems that another vampire is at work, and Jean-Luc suspects an old enemy. Through flashbacks, the reader learns how Jean-Luc became one of the undead and who it is that wants to destroy him. There are many things to criticize about this novel stilted dialog, poor plotting, lack of character development but this book has nothing even remotely to do with literature. It is about titillating the reader with one sex scene after another. Not a suitable purchase for most public libraries. Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, as Jack searches the Village haunts and meats racks for his next meal (he has a taste for only the finest "beefboys" on display) he realizes that his mother, the Vampiress from Hell, has again tracked him down. And, as she has done before, is adding her own victims to his normally discrete dining choices in order to create a public panic and media circus about the "Horror Of West Street," which she would like everyone to believe is non other than her son Jack. Well, at least some of the victims on the rapidly growing list were objects of his "love and lust" but not all of them. Besides, his victims were politely offed in a loving and gentlemanly way, while the strange kills were brutally slaughtered.
Unlike the "straight or somewhat straight" vampires that populate the writings of Laurel Hamilton, Jack is a totally repulsive gay vampire with no redeeming human qualities (probably because he is a vampire) and you're sure to hate him like I did. Actually, he reminded me of the way a lot of gay men use and abuse their love/lust choices in real life. So maybe the author wrote Jack the way he is as a social commentary.
Fortunately, that didn't keep me from rapidly turning the pages to see what happened next. And hopefully it will be the same way for you. Unfortunately, too many loose ends are left dangling at the end of the book, which means that a sequel is undoubtedly on the way.
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.
Jack is the "hero" of the story, a vampire living in New York who must do his evil deed every couple of days. As other commentators have stated, he has little if any problem with his continuous killing, as a decent vampire should. His prey tend to be strong, young, gay men who are immediately attracted to this mysterious, strong, blonde, blue-eyed Adonis. Often the death scenes (of which there are many) become an erotic journey whereby Jack is fulfilled in two respects before his prey often happily sink into oblivion. So if you're looking for a gay erotic horror story, this might be right for you.
I will be honest and say that I was actually a little unsure of any real plot when I finished the book. Yes, it does lay the groundwork for a sequel, but of what? We got a brief glimpse into the life and past of Jack, which was interesting for the most part. But I saw little leading up to the end and the potential transfer of center stage to another "hero" in a sequel. It would have been much better if there were stronger ties between Jack and the few remaining characters alive at the end of the book.
A wild read, which I enjoyed immensely. To everyone else - take your chances!
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this book.. I don't have anything bad to say about it.. The end did make me stress a bit.. but It will all be okay if there is a Sequel.. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by Dan Carver
This book would fall into the same category as many movies I have seen. It COULD had been a great book if they just would have developed it more and gave more detail into the parts... Read morePublished on June 18 2003
I picked up this book in anticipation of a long plane trip. I was completely enthralled in the book, loved the characters, the plot, everything. Read morePublished on April 14 2003
After reading this book I wanted so much to reach into the story and be with Jean-Luc. The ending is a shock and leaves you wanting more,I can hardly wait for another book by David... Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by Patrick
I thought this book would be a fun romp - WRONG! It's a darkly inappropriate look at a protagonist rife with self-loathing and a plot with more holes that a pair of 2 year old... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002
This is the first type of book I read that is about a gay character and it was great. I mean it had it all gay, love, sex, deceive, etc. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002
I'm a tried and true Anne Rice fan to the point of collecting first edition hardcovers. As a gay man I love the pansexuality of her characters in both the Witch series and Vampire... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002 by JP Colter
This is the first book that I have read by David Thomas Lord, but
I will definitely check out his other books as well. Read more
I wouldn't recommend it unfortunately, I view this book as a plain killing Vampire story not Erotic. And I would not buy another of this type. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by Joanne B. Van Pala
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