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review 2017-10-22 00:02
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak - Brian Lumley
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak - Brian Lumley

Harry Keogh has returned from Starside/Sunside and he's been stripped of his power to converse with the dead, or deadspeak. He also isn't able to travel via the Möbius Continuum. His wamphryii son disabled his ability while on Starside. For four years, Harry has been unable to use his former ability to speak with the dead, except while he is sleeping. Unfortunately, he can not remember his conversations with them once he has awakened. He is still employed with E-Branch, just in case his abilities are restored and for his knowledge of wamphryii. Fortunately, there are no more...or is there? High up in the Balkan mountains, where Faethor Ferenczy's castle ruins remain, there is another wamphryii plotting his return. This vampire is Faethor's son, Janos. Janos is a vampire and an expert at black magic, but not a full wamphryii. What powers he doesn't possess, he looks to steal, including those that are locked in the head of the former necroscope. Will Harry ever gain his abilities back and defeat the vampire scourge or will Janos steal everything that is precious in Harry's life?

 

 

Necroscope IV: Deadspeak jumps right back in where III left off, giving us more enlightenment into Lumley's vampiric mythos while also delivering more of the same ingredients you'd expect from a Necroscope book. Harry's character is still a tormented soul trying to cope with the huge responsibilities he feels resting on his shoulders, now made infinitely more difficult with the loss of his abilities. Janos is a worthy villain that you want to see get his. Lumley even throws some Cthulhu Mythos Yog-Sothoth in there. He has always been influenced by Lovecraft and I love seeing those influences make their way into a series that it helped create. Necroscope is kind of like a James Bond story or an AC/DC album. Each one is slightly different, expands slightly from the original, but still delivers the goods as you'd expect. Looking forward to Part 5.

 

 

 

4 1/2 Dead Body Salts out of 5

 


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review 2016-12-22 16:42
Like Khash - Hero is too fun to be horrific
Hero of Dreams - Brian Lumley

Sword and Mythos fiction- too Entertaining to be Horrific

 

Brian Lumley’s Hero of Dreams is an overt mashup of Lovecraft’s Dreamcycle and Leiber’s Fafred and Gray Mouser series. The premise is great and reinforces Lumley’s Khash series written in a similar vein (i.e. fun Sword & Sorcery adventure in a Weird-Fiction, Cthulhu-esque world). The stories are too fun for a reader to feel horror or tension, but the milieu is enjoying to explore. Like Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories The Swords of Lankhmar, the Scooby-Doo vibe emanates from the story: there are horrors show, but the story is too fun to be scared.

 

One could argue that horrific landscapes need to be fun or they can’t be enjoyed at length (i.e. H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath comes to mind, a rare novel length adventure that is really difficult to read…even by die-hard weird fiction readers desperate to learn more of Pickman!). Hero of Dreams is reminiscent of Michael Shea’s Nifft the Lean stories; Hero of Dreams somehow makes reading about the First Ones and Eldritch Gods really easy.

 

Your tour guides are the waking-world dreamers David Hero and Eldin (and their woman side kick, and Dreamland native Aminza). Ostensibly, by waking day, David Hero is “really” an artist and Eldin (Leonard Dingle) a professor; these characteristics are shed in Dreamland. They have superior strength and dexterity versus the native dream things, but are not as powerful as the god-like First Ones or skilled in magic like the sorcerers they stumble upon. There are plenty of call-outs to Cthulhu and Lumley’s own Titus Crow (Lumley’s weird fiction character, i.e., from The Transition of Titus Crow). They come into direct contact with the elders and anthropoid termites as they quest for the three magic wands (with ties to Cthulhu no less).

 

My edition is a 1986 one from W. Paul Ganley. He printed was a conduit for Lumley into the US Market, printing mush of his work first before large publishers reprinted his works. He also had them illustrated. Jean Corbin illustrated this one and the dozen illustration do add to the adventure, with compelling renditions of night-gaunts and Ter-men.

 

Lumley’s Dreamland Series:

1-Hero of Dreams

2-Ship of Dreams

3-Mad Moon of Dreams

4-Iced on Aran

 

Hero of Dreams by Brian Lumley Ship of Dreams by Brian Lumley Mad Moon of Dreams by Brian Lumley Iced on Aran and Other Dream Quests by Brian Lumley

 

Lumley's Khash series, Tales of the Primal Land:

The Compleat Khash: Volume One: Never a Backward Glance

The Compleat Khash: Volume Two: Sorcery In Shad

(reprinted later in a series starting with Tarra Khash: Hrossak!: Tales of the Primal Land)

 

 

 

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Source: www.selindberg.com/2016/12/lumleys-hero-of-dreams-review-by-se.html
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review 2016-10-12 00:00
Necroscope
Necroscope - Brian Lumley There’s a lot going on in this one. It is much more than the standard blood sucker tale that I thought it was going to be. Brian Lumley pens a unique take on the vampire mythos and adds some very cool paranormal esponiage elements as well. His characterizations were very well drawn and while the pacing is slow at times, it never disengaged me from the storyline. It had a real “old school horror” feeling throughout. Excellent. 4+ Stars.
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review 2015-08-08 21:30
Bloodwars (Vampire World #3) (Necroscope #8)
Bloodwars (Necroscope: Vampire World Trilogy) - Brian Lumley

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Title: Bloodwars

Series: Vampire World, Necroscope

Author: Brian Lumley

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Pages: 944

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Nathan Keogh returns to his homeworld, with our world's weaponry and some of our toughest ESP'ers in his entourage.

For it is time to put an End to the vampires, once and for all!

 

My Thoughts:

The official page count for the book is somewhere in the 800's, but the kindle edition I was reading had almost 950 pages. I'm wondering if page breaks were inserted between changes of POV as well as chapter breaks.

 

That aside, this was a long book. And, sadly, it was boring. Boring enough that I won't be reading any more.

 

I never liked Harry Keogh the Necroscope and I didn't like his son Nathan the Necroscope either. I liked some of the supporting characters, but they were just that, supporting. The endless cycle of "kill ALL the vampires, oh look we missed some, oops, here we go again" is ok for a couple of books, but for 8? Not for me. I know the series has at least 7-10 more books, so I'm quitting while I'm ahead.

 

I'll remember this series fondly for making vampires the monstrous embodiment of evil that they are.

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review 2015-06-23 00:00
Necroscope
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