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  • Hardcover
  • 412 pages
  • They Thirst
  • Robert R. McCammon
  • English
  • 11 January 2019
  • 0913165603

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  1. says:

    Death smiled a boyish smile through an old man s eyes Welcome, he said When you live in those Middle European countries like Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Serbia, you grow up hearing stories of monsters The very air, the darkness, the looming mountains, and the shrieks at the very heart of the night that stirs people from a sound sleep with terror blooming in the midst of their waking nightmares, convinces even the most cynical of minds to believe that evil beings l Death smiled a boyish smile through an old man s eyes Welcome, he said When you live in those Middle European countries like Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Serbia, you grow up hearing stories of monsters The very air, the darkness, the looming mountains, and the shrieks at the very heart of the night that stirs people from a sound sleep with terror blooming in the midst of their waking nightmares, convinces even the most cynical of minds to believe that evil beings lurk in the shadows of their lives Andre Palatazin, a Los Angeles Detective, known in California by theAmerican name Andy, was born in Hungary He would have grown up in Hungary except one night his father returned as one of those things he had went hunting for A VAMPIREPapa had said, Watch my shadowAndy and his mother, fortunately, escaped to the city of Angels They are far, far away from those nefarious creatures that turn a man s spine to ice and a woman s heart to glass Palatazin is searching for a killer nicknamed by the press The Roach because he liked to stuff cockroaches in the mouths of his victims Palatazin is frustrated because his leads are just a handful of frayed, broken strings, and The Roach continues to thrive Los Angeles is a city of victimsMost of the girls, hopeful starlets from every state in the country, were very pretty perhaps they d modeled once or twice or done bit parts or even starred in a skin flick or two, but now for a variety of reasons their luck had just turned bad They were the throwaways, the tissues some agent, director, or disco smooth talker had sneezed into and then tossed out with the trash All of them potential victimsFor The ROACH He changes his Modus Operandi Wanna be starlets keep disappearing, but their corpses are not being found The stress of trying to catch this serial killer, who is scaring the bejesus out of people, is starting to catch up with Palatazin Little does he know that the weeks he has spent trying to catch The Roach will be looked back on with something akin to fondness The Roach is a monster, but he is a monster we can wrap our heads around He is about to be eclipsedby a plague of monsters Palatazin s nightmares from Hungary have finally caught up with him A hand and arm, as bone white as marble and veined with blue, slithered out What the hell is that He pulled the sheet free from their faces They were entwined together Their faces were as white as carved stone, but what made Silvera almost cry out with terror was the fact that he could see their eyes through the thin, almost clear membranes of their closed eyelids The eyes seemed to be staring right at him they filled him with cold dread He forced himself to reach down and feel the chests for heartbeats Their hearts weren t beating He felt for a pulse, found nothing I ve read a reasonable number of vampire books, and there are some good ones I tend to like the ones that depict vampires the way they would be if they existed, feral, ferocious animals The debonair, handsome, charming vampire that makes some women s hearts go pitter patter and makes some men want to upchuck all over the plush leather seats of Stephenie Meyer s Mercedes Benz is not the type of anemic monster you are going to find in this book These monsterswell They Thirst Palatazin doesn t have to be convinced that the mythical creatures from the nightmares of writers is real He knows they are real, but convincing everyone else before it is too late is like asking for people to believe in the Easter Bunny A man could be locked up with The Ghostbusters faster than he can say,but really I m not crazy Unfortunately, it isn t like Andy can laugh maniacally from his prison cell window as humanity is eviscerated and replaced by an army of fanged goons Palatazin, for the people he loves and even humanity at large, has to find a way to to stop Prince Conrad Vulkan and his plan to subjugate the human race Meanwhile he can t afford to lose his mind Fortunately, he won t be alone There are four who would destroy you They approach even now, as you lie dreaming of glory Four pieces one is a knight, another is a bishop, a third is a rook, and the fourth is a pawn Can they beat the gathering storm that threatens to turn daylight into perpetual night This book was published in 1981 and is a perfect example of those epic, somewhat bloated, horror books that are actually hefty enough to bash in the skull of a vampire, or swat the fanny of a recalcitrant werewolf, or put a large hole in the ectoplasm of an annoying ghost I, for one, enjoyed the ride that Robert McCammon took me on This was a bit of 1980s nostalgia that actually made me shudderthan oncethose entwined, cocooned, hibernating beasts are still haunting my daymares and nightmares teeth chattering shiver of impending doom If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    What a novel, this is 80s horror at its very best A serial killer terrorizes L.A. Who is the man the press calls Roach and what is his motivation What about his mental contact to a master Is therein this story than a psychopath MuchPrince Vulkan found his way from Hungary across the Pond He adores Alexander the Great and wants to establish a Kingdom of Vampires The whole town of LA is to be turned into a town of vampires What about mysterious biker Kobra love that character What a novel, this is 80s horror at its very best A serial killer terrorizes L.A. Who is the man the press calls Roach and what is his motivation What about his mental contact to a master Is therein this story than a psychopath MuchPrince Vulkan found his way from Hungary across the Pond He adores Alexander the Great and wants to establish a Kingdom of Vampires The whole town of LA is to be turned into a town of vampires What about mysterious biker Kobra love that character and the eerie mansion on the hill where a horror actor was beheaded incredible setting Can Andy Palatazin, a police captain and Hungarian immigrant safe the town and its population What about Father Silvera This is one of the best vampire stories I ever read It s a massive book but something you can t stop reading Some interesting, well carved characters, parallel strands of the plot, an intriguing background story and a fine prologue I often read that McCammon borrowed from King s Salem s Lot This certainly may be the case But he wrote the hell of an independent story One of the absolute highlines this year There areMcCammon classics on my list now


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    Last time I negatively reviewed a McCammon book, I lost a long time acquaintance due to my opinion, so I thought long and hard about something today, and I realized thatI m willing to put money on the fact cole slaw is a type of salad, and that hotdogs are, indeed, sandwiches That s my final answer.It would seem that, for the first few years of his career, Robert McCammon was doing everything he could to be the best mimic in the horror business Perhaps this is why he, for a while there, did Last time I negatively reviewed a McCammon book, I lost a long time acquaintance due to my opinion, so I thought long and hard about something today, and I realized thatI m willing to put money on the fact cole slaw is a type of salad, and that hotdogs are, indeed, sandwiches That s my final answer.It would seem that, for the first few years of his career, Robert McCammon was doing everything he could to be the best mimic in the horror business Perhaps this is why he, for a while there, didn t like his early novels His first four books are retreads borderline thefts of better books ideas written by the giants of the time King, Straub, Barker McCammon rode trends like cowboys do horses, only deviating from the path long enough to be as flowery as possible in goofy situations like vampire controlled tornados That s SHARKNADO levels of dumb, but at least it was originalWhat You mean to tell me even that s taken from another author too Dracula could control the weather As in Bram Stoker s DRACULA So, AGAIN, you re telling me that the one original thing I liked about this book is ALSO him borrowing Thanks, Anthony This book is sillier than a clown orgy in places, and almost good everywhere else Anywhere McCammon borrows from King window tapping and innocent whispers from devilish entities almost word for word taken from SALEM S LOT rocks McCammon knows his audience and writes for them, the 80s Horror Reader, but he lacks the ability to make insane circumstances believable, just like the thousands of other King Clones from the 80s The book suffers due to it s unbearable length I constantly felt that McCammon just wanted to write a fuckoff big book, and I ll be damned, he says so in the afterword Coming in at just under a billion pagesWhat Huh No way this book s only 560 pagesfuck me, you re right Jesus Panda Bear Christ Well, it sure as fuck felt like a billion pages But time flies when you re having fun, and the opposite is true when you re not.What McCammon did right with his career was grow He, at some point, figured out he needed to walk his own path BOY S LIFE and GONE SOUTH are amazing novels, full of passion and heart and believable magic You ll find none of that here.In Summation I will continue to read through these early novels from an author who was desperately searching for his own voice until I can find the exact moment he came into his own That s the fun of these challenges, so please refrain in asking the tired old question of, If he so bad why you keep read him GRONK ANGRY If you don t like my opinion, be respectful in your comments, or move along without commenting at all This book is likely the worst vampire novel ever written, but I ve not read enough vampire fiction for that to be true.Final Judgment Dracula as a Young Man Renfield Reskinned


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    Instead of the crazy herald of Dracula being a guy named Renfield, in this book it s a crazy serial killer with mother issues named Benefield because the Eighties were edgy that way.


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    Tonight there were demons in the hearth.The prose in this novel is electrifying McCammon has a way of capturing his reader s attention from the very first After all, who can forget the opening lines of Gone South Night had filled up the barrio like black rainwater in a bomb crater, and what stirred in its depths was unnameable.So Vampires Before they were the laughing stock of the literary world they were actually pretty damn scary Don t believe me Then read this book Scattered in the dir Tonight there were demons in the hearth.The prose in this novel is electrifying McCammon has a way of capturing his reader s attention from the very first After all, who can forget the opening lines of Gone South Night had filled up the barrio like black rainwater in a bomb crater, and what stirred in its depths was unnameable.So Vampires Before they were the laughing stock of the literary world they were actually pretty damn scary Don t believe me Then read this book Scattered in the dirt at the grave s bottom were yellow bones held together by cobwebs of wispy lace.I would be lying if I didn t admit this reminded me of Salem s Lot, at least a bit Where Stephen King s seminal vampire story takes place in a small town, the events here have been extrapolated to a much larger and difficult to contain setting, and it aint pretty Old school vampire infestation in Los Angeles Yes, I think I ll have me some of that Sometimes now he thought he could smell blood when he faced west, as if the whole Pacific had turned crimson, and you could wallow in it all you liked until you got drunk with it and fell down and drowned in it.It s a decidedly spooky novel The 80s L.A backdrop is particularly effective there s a great range of atmosphere the author can draw from even though he seems to enjoy mostly painting the city as, what amounts to, a feverish post apocalyptic abattoir McCammon puts an occult spin on his Vampire legend that is devilishly ho ho interesting The term Gravedigger , repellent only a few minutes before, now chilled her.It s a rather violent and occasionally grotesque story McCammon s imagery is pretty vivid, and, well, let s leave it at that Then suddenly from beyond the closed bedroom door came the sound of frenzied clawing.Gang wars, the occult, uber violent biker gangs, vampires, serial killers, conspiracy, disaster movie well, all of this is rolled together in this toothy spliff.If you enjoy a good and frankly terrifying horror story, and prefer your Vampires evil, this is mandatory reading She thought she d seen a face as white as gossamer and within it a pair of eyes that shone in the dark like a lowrider s headlights.There is one downside that I have to mention though I ll tread lightly, in case of spoilers, since it has to do with the grand finale of the novel All I ll say is this Deus Ex MachinaHe barely got his mask off before his stomach heaved After he was finished, his ribs hurt as if Satan himself had kicked them with his cloven hoof.I really liked the book and I was going to give it an easy 5, but I m knocking a star off for the way it was wrapped up It felt like a cop out to me but They Thirst has enough going for it to easily recommend it McCammon can write horror And Evil would shout through a hundred thousand unholy, triumphant throats, Feast Feast For the banquet is spread and we are so very hungry


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    This is copy 123 of 500 editions signed by Robert McCammon.


  7. says:

    Best vampire book ever I am so sick and tired of soulful, guilt ridden vampires Whatever happened to evil vampires The ones who want to rid the earth of humanity The ones that make you wake up in the middle of the night scared that you might not live to see the sun rise Don t get me wrong, I am a huge Anne Rice fan Lestat is one of the all time best characters and Buffy although that is a movie tv show , but vampires are suppose to strike fear into people s hearts not make you want them Best vampire book ever I am so sick and tired of soulful, guilt ridden vampires Whatever happened to evil vampires The ones who want to rid the earth of humanity The ones that make you wake up in the middle of the night scared that you might not live to see the sun rise Don t get me wrong, I am a huge Anne Rice fan Lestat is one of the all time best characters and Buffy although that is a movie tv show , but vampires are suppose to strike fear into people s hearts not make you want them as a boyfriend I couldn t put this down Every free second I had I was reading it McCammon writes with a lot of detail, to the point that you can picture everything around you I was living in Los Angeles when I read the book and his description of the area the street names and roads was to a t I thought the plot was amazing How this giant fog dust cloud came over the city and you couldn t see 10 feet in front of you I was really scared There was no sanctuary, nowhere to hid from them.The only bad thing about this book is that it is out of print I had to borrow it from the library Ever since, I have been searching for it at every used bookstore and garage sale


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    I didn t think I would like this book as much as I didn t Omg, it was awesome Think swan song but with vampires


  9. says:

    I read this one long ago and frankly had forgotten it It s a not bad read that approaches really good at times Every vampire book these days seems to have it s own version of the vampire myth and this while it s not all that recent does to, slightly It stays pretty close to the traditional vampire persona, but as in some other books it owesto the movie tradition than the actual folklore or Stoker esk or Dracula esk vampire Here the author, using the everyone who gets bitte I read this one long ago and frankly had forgotten it It s a not bad read that approaches really good at times Every vampire book these days seems to have it s own version of the vampire myth and this while it s not all that recent does to, slightly It stays pretty close to the traditional vampire persona, but as in some other books it owesto the movie tradition than the actual folklore or Stoker esk or Dracula esk vampire Here the author, using the everyone who gets bitten becomes a vampire motif, looks at the ultimate outcome of such a plot point I mean, haven t you wondered why some place didn t end up hip deep in bloodsuckers Well, here they do With the help of some black magic to keep the populace from fleeing the vamp in question sets out to bring about the biggest change in LA since 1910 and the beginning of the California U.S based movie industry While as noted mostly I d rate the book as not bad there are things about it that I thought would push it to the 3.5 rating that would require 4 stars The characters aren t really anything to get excited about, you ll have met a lot of them The world is a pretty good mock up of the world during the time in question and while I m not an LAer those who should know say McCammon got it righta contemporary setting that s, okay The story s pace is acceptable and neither drags nor runs into a wall All in all a readable story with some fair characters and action What I think he got exceptionally right however is his look at the straights reaction when those who have been forced into the know try to tell them what s going on I mean, think about it You find yourself in real life in a situation where Oh crap, vampires are real and they re here Now, call the local constabulary and try to convince them Chances are, you re the one who d end up incarceratedand if it was me, with my luckI d be locked up with one of the vamps in question.So, good read, nice solid vampire story by a reliable writer so far I ve only found one book by McCammon I disliked that will probably hold your interest There may be a little over use of the gross out factor here and there, but it is a vamp book and in spite of that, pretty good Enjoy


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    I m not sure how this one slipped through my fingers I could ve sworn that I d read They Thirst many, many years ago, but for some odd reason I couldn t remember much at all about it So, I figured it was time for a re read Well, now I know why I don t remember much about it I never read the damn thing, in the first place And oh what a treat this has been Imagine discovering a new book by your favorite author written smack dab in the time period of when they did their best writing That s I m not sure how this one slipped through my fingers I could ve sworn that I d read They Thirst many, many years ago, but for some odd reason I couldn t remember much at all about it So, I figured it was time for a re read Well, now I know why I don t remember much about it I never read the damn thing, in the first place And oh what a treat this has been Imagine discovering a new book by your favorite author written smack dab in the time period of when they did their best writing That s what They Thirst was for me Now, McCammon lists this as one of his early books that he s not very proud of and, yes, you can see a few things that might not fly these days But, keep in mind, this was written back in 1981 Many things written in 81 wouldn t fly today So, in my opinion, McCammon should be very proud of this one Andy Palatazin is the head of homicide in L.A and is working night and day to catch The Roach, a serial killer that roams the streets strangling prostitutes Soon, Andy will have to deal with an evil that has followed him to the states from the old country One that makes The Roach seem like child s play Gayle is a reporter for the Los Angeles Tattler, a National Enquirer type of tabloid rag that Andy despises having to give any type of interview Gayle, who is hot on the story of The Roach, longs for her big break that will allow her to work for a respected newspaper Soon, Gayle will come face to face with a far greater story of evil In East L.A., Father Silvera works tirelessly to keep the drug dealers out of his parish Soon, Father will discover that his parishioners have a much greater evil overtaking them than addiction For Wes, an up and coming comedian, he s looking at a bright future with his African girlfriend, Solange, who also happens to be sensative towards the spirit world Soon, Wes will find that Solange s talents are muchthan parlor tricks At the top of the hill overlooking L.A., an evil has moved into the abandoned castle that eccentric horror movie actor, Orleen Kronstein, resided in many years ago And this evil is looking to grab L.A by the throat.They Thirst is a fun filled romp of a vampire story done right The characters and the atmosphere are perfect Think of how the movie The Lost Boys was done six years after They Thirst was written, mind you and you ll get an idea of the tone of this one McCammon s greatest strength is his wonderful characters that you feel like you know and They Thirst is no different Top notch all the way Sink your fangs into this one immediately 5 dug up coffins out of 5You can also follow my reviews at the following links


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They Thirst A MASS MURDERA DISAPPEARANCEA CEMETERY RANSACKEDIt looked like another ordinary day in Los AngelesThen night cameEvil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each nightHigh above glitter city a deadly contest begins In the decaying castle of a long dead screen idol, the few remaining human survivors prepare to face the Prince of Evil and his satanic disciples Whilst the very forces of nature are called into play, isolating the city from the rest of the world and leaving it at the mercy of the blood hungry vultures of the nightEY THIRSTTheirs is a lust that can never be satisfiedAfterword by author


About the Author: Robert R. McCammon

Robert Rick McCammon was a full time horror writer for many years Among his many popular novels were the classics Boy s Life and Swan Song After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.His next novel, a standalone book called The Listener, was published in February 2018 by Cemetery Dance.His newest novel, Cardinal Black, is the seventh book in the Matthew Corbett series It is available now from Cemetery Dance.McCammon resides in Birmingham, Alabama He is currently working on the eighth Matthew Corbett novel, The King of Shadows.