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Wamphyri!

Novel by Brian Lumley (England) 1988.

Out ski-ing in the mountains, Georgina Bodescu faints at the tomb of Wallachian wamphyri Thibor Ferenczy. While she lies unconscious, Thibor corrupts her unborn son in the womb; he becomes a vampire child who grows up with strange and inhuman talents. The child eventually discovers what he is; but, with no wamphyri teaching, cannot not control his power. Harry Keogh, necroscope, has to stop him before he contaminates the world with vampirism, and stop Thibor's plans as well. But Harry no longer has a body; he is pure mind imprisoned in the Mobius continuum, only able to manifest himself into the world as a ghostlike figure, and residing in this world only within his baby son's brain. To add to his problems, his son's mind is rapidly gaining control over him.

Brian Lumley tells us more about his fascinating and original vampires, and weaves the information into another fiendish weird adventure for Harry Keogh, necroscope, the second in his increasingly incestuous and long running Necroscope series, begun by Necroscope itself. This one isn't a rerun of the first by any means, but some aspects of the plot do tend to stray a little close, and thus prevent this being anywhere as original or groundbreaking a work as either its predecessor or its successor. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't grab this one with all haste; after all, for what is probably the low-point of the entire series, a rating of maybe eight out of ten still means a pretty worthwhile and enjoyable read! It would, however, be vastly preferable to read the original immediately before this one, and judge it accordingly.


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