The first book in what should be dubbed as the greatest vampire series of all time, the Necroscope brings back the word 'horror' to the vampire myth. So many times have vampires been turned into cool, romantic, sexually attractive superhuman heroes. I am glad to say that Lumley's vampires are none of those. Lumley treats the vampire myth as they should, as hideously evil monsters.
The story starts out in a few places. One Harry Koegh, a strange boy in town who finds out he can converse with the dead. He learns math from dead teachers among other things. The other major character is Boris Dragosani. This guy, corrupted at birth by the 'touching' of a vampire, is slowly tranforming into a vampire as he goes through life.
When Harry gets older he is recruited into the special British Spy organization 'E-Branch'. They specialize in all forms of strange phenomena and extraordinary talents. Boris however, is recruited by the Russian version of E-Branch. This is when the novel starts turning into more of a spy novel. Each government trying to outdo each other. It was a little distracting (I'm not much for spy novels, actually, I've never read one!) but I made do.
While at their respective branches, both start learning the scopes of their powers. Harry
masters the 'Mobius Continuum' which he learned from the late mathematician Mobius
himself (according to Harry, the dead continue what they did in life...mathematicians dream
up formulae unheard of, architects build outstanding structures, writers keep on writing).
The Continuum is a formula that manipulates space and time. It will create doors with which Harry can enter and travel anywhere and anytime. The past, present and future are at his command. Boris on the other hand learns how to torture the dead by mutilating their bodies and still causing them pain. This turns out to be a great asset as he uses this talent to extract information from the dead. The dead dread him, but love Harry (Harry's way of communicating with the dead is kind of like telepathy, causes no pain
like Boris' technique).
This builds up to a great supernatural showdown that cannot be missed. I was so engrossed with this novel at one point, that it took about twenty minutes for someone to get my attention away from it. They just shook their head and said that they had to read it too!
If you like your vampires as distorted huge ugly evil monsters, then pick up this puppy. This is my outmost favorite vampire series. Long live Brian's Necroscope!...Continua