Necroscope by Brian Lumley
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To test of the power of God, an insane triad of malevolent aliens decides to become so evil that God himself will have to stop them. They have already destroyed their homeworld, an entire solar system, and most of their own race. Their next target: Earth!


In addition to advanced science mankind can only dream of, the Mordri Three have the unique ability to forever alter skin, bone, and muscle with a simple touch. Once this powerful touch was used only for healing, but the Mordri Three use it as a weapon, literally turning people inside out, mutating them in front of their horrified loved ones, or seeding them with cancer.


Scott St. John is mourning the painful death of his beloved wife when he is struck by a golden arrow of light--a fragment of the soul of Harry Keogh, the original Necroscope--and gains powers he does not understand. Soon after, a mysterious, beautiful woman begins appearing everywhere he goes. She warns him to keep silent--about what, he does not know--and keeps trying to tell him something critically important, but each time, she vanishes before she can fully explain. And Scott begins to dream of a very unusual Wolf, who begs Scott--in human speech--to rescue him before the hunters come.


A fledgling Necroscope, a telepathic Wolf, a beautiful woman from beyond the stars, the ghost of Harry Keogh, the best of E-Branch's psychic fighting forces, and a dead girl who is not yet ready to seek her just reward must defeat three impossibly strong, psychically gifted monsters whose touch literally melts flesh from bone.




 

About Brian Lumley

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Brian Lumley Brian Lumley was born on England's North Coast on December 2, 1937. He joined the British Army in his teens and remained a soldier for twenty two years. He first started writing while stationed in Berlin. Lumley's first book was published in the early '70's by August Derleth at Arkham House, and DAW. He retired from the Army in 1981 and took up writing full time. He is the author of over 40 books, and is most well known for his "Necroscope Series" which consists of 13 titles. He won the 1989 British Fantasy Award for his Novelette "Fruiting Bodies" as well as the 1990 Fear Magazine Award for "Necroscope III: The Source." In 1998, Lumley won the Grand Master of Horror Award at the World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. On 28 March 2010 Lumley received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association. He also received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. Bob Eggleton is a highly successful science fiction, fantasy and landscape artist. Winner of 9 Hugo Awards, 12 Chesley Awards, The 1999 Skylark Award and 2 Locus Awards, his art can be seen on the covers of many magazines and books. Bob lives in Providence, RI. Visit www.bobeggleton.com
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Tor Books. 446 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Volume two fills in the lost years of Earth's greatest vampire hunter, Harry Keogh, the Necroscope who can talk with the dead and teleport in space and time.

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Deadspawn (1991), the fifth and best entry in the series, expands upon Deadspeak (the fourth), giving fearless vampire hunter Harry Keogh richer depths while rounding out the first Necroscope quintet before entering The Blood Brothers trilogy and then The Lost Years and the final Jake Cutter/E Br...

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Though best-known for his endless Necroscope series (Necroscope: Avengers, 2001, plus eleven other behemoths in the series), Lumley first arrived in print as a Lovecraft wannabe with his own Cthulhu horror series that featured Titus Crow and had more action than the master but less style (Titus C...

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Lord Malinari and Lady Vavara (that beautiful hag with jewel-green eyes who loves wild honey and wolf hearts) now take up plans to bring humanity into lasting bloodlust and darkness forever, enjoining it to the predawn Vampire World of Starside/Sunside and using Manhattan’s greatest building as i...

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Lumley reveals perhaps more than he intended to in the note following this turgid supernatural novella, originally intended to be a chapter in his 1995 two-part novel, The Lost Years .

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Necroscope fans will welcome Brian Lumley's Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Weird Heroes!, featuring three new stories about Keogh (who speaks to and brings comfort to the dead) plus five reprints: three tales of time-traveler Titus Crow and two dreamland adventures of David Hero and Eldin ...

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The prose equivalent of a graphic novel, British horror mainstay Lumley's latest entry in his enduring Necroscope series (Blood Brothers , etc.) will dazzle some and weary others with its nonstop weird action.

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The 12th novel in Lumley's Necroscope series shows the hitherto vigorous vampire epic getting long in the tooth.

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Harrys discorporate consciousness takes up residence in Jakes mind, but Jake is totally ignorant of the vampire invaders from the alternate universe of Sunside/Starside and the long-running war that left Harry (and, by proxy, Jake) infected with their taint.

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(The similarities between Keogh and Dragosani -except that one is a champion of the dead and the other a user of them – drive this home and give clear heroes and villains.) In short, the book completely envelops the reader.

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So, for the SF-loving horror fan or, perhaps, the horror-loving SF fan (if there is any functional difference), Lumley's books are thoroughly entertaining fun, with plenty of splat (in this book people being completely evaginated [look it up or read the book]) and a smattering of pseudo-scientifi...

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Horror Happy Hour

From the accursed woods of Romania the vampire reaches out to the Necromancer, and from graves all across England the dead agree to protect their Necroscope and see this rising doom destroyed before it can stain the world with its walking plague ever again.

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