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The Source

Novel by Brian Lumley (England) 1989.

Soviet scientists deep in the Urals are attempting to create a defence system bigger and better than the Star Wars idea of their American enemies. Instead, the Perchorsk Projekt backfires, and as a by-product, opens a portal to another Earth, an Earth where the wamphyri or vampire lords prey on human travellers. The KGB are now sending human guinea pigs through the Gate, including a British spy, Michael 'Jazz' Simmons, and an East German who was formerly one of their own telepaths, Zekintha Foener. Harry Keogh, necroscope - now inhabiting the body of his ex-boss Alec Kyle, former head of Britain's esp unit - enters the scene through his long search for his wife and son, seemingly no longer on the planet, but not ranking among the dead either. The parallel world behind the Perchorsk Gate seems the only remaining chance for him.

Wamphyri!, the first sequel to the wonderful, groundbreaking and stunningly original Necroscope, did more to fill in details than to branch out in any new directions, content to be more of a companion to the first than another step into originality. This second sequel is content to do no such thing; if anything it takes more of a leap into originality than a mere step. Necroscope provided us with a refreshingly new outlook onto the anatomy and habits of vampires, here The Source provides us with their origin and an entire world of vampires - the scope of Brian Lumley's talent is such that he makes the reader think without turning down the entertainment, and that is a pretty select achievement. His theories are stunning, and rank at the very top of the vampire genre. This novel (and this series as a whole) deserves no less.


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