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by David Thomas Lord

Category: Fiction / Horror
346 pages; ISBN: 1575667649

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


David Thomas Lord
Kensington, May 2001, $14.00, 346 pp.
ISBN: 1575667649

Over a century ago in Paris, Jean-Luc Courbet and his mother became vampires when his stepfather, the Marquis de Charnac, converted them. In the present, Jean-Luc, known as Jack, lives and stalks mortals in Greenwich Village, a place where the evening always has delightful morsels.

However, the active gay community notices Jackís appetite. They raise the alarm through the gay media that a serial killer, dubbed as the "Horror of West Street," hunts his prey amidst their people. Besides the rage of the gay press, Jack's mother demands he provide her with Charnac's grimoires. As Jack deals with the gay community warnings and his mother, he thinks he may be in love as he finds model Claude Halloran a bit more appealing than just a late night snack.

David Thomas Lord shows he is a writer with tremendous abilities yet the first "erotic journey of a vampire" tale centers on the kill way too much as opposed to Jack's seduction of his victim. The premise of a gay vampire is quite intriguing and works in a fresh manner while Jack is a fascinating character whose morals fit a creature hunting humans as food. However, the support cast, especially Jack's targets, never feel developed enough so that the audience empathizes with their deaths, rather than thinks of them as statistical counts of cannon fodder. Still, the potential for a great series is here if Mr. Lord allows the audience time to digest the nuances that make the victims human.

Harriet Klausner




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