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Midnight Mass

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,174 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest ...more
Mass Market Paperback, First Mass Market Edition, 403 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by TOR Books (first published 1990)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I sat up late and finished this book last night. It's not a "bad book" I didn't hate it, but I had some gripes and it really didn't hold my interest.

I like Wilson's "Repairman Jack" books, at least I've liked most of them so far. So when I read the synopsis of this one and it sounded interesting, I picked it up.

I am sort of a "vampire purist" if you are referring to the vampires we all know from Bram Stoker, that is the Eastern European variety (as opposed to say the Asian vampires which are ba
Jun 07, 2009 Chloe rated it liked it
So a rabbi, a priest, a psychotic nun and a militant lesbian atheist walk into a bar... Sounds like the beginning of a truly awful joke, doesn't it? That's exactly what I thought when a friend of mine was describing it to me. I'd never read any F. Paul Wilson before and have to admit to not a few ounces of trepidation, yet I am always interested in tales of fiendish bloodsuckers crushing mortals under their heels so figured I'd give it a shot.

Wilson writes in the forward to this quick action rea
Mar 23, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016
Midnight Mass was interesting enough, but only just enough to keep me reading. The vampires are awful creatures and not lovey-doveys; that alone makes it star-worthy. The other characters...well, let me roll my eyes and say that another reviewer hit the nail on the head when he joked about a priest, a rabbi, a nun, and a militant lesbian walking into a bar. The pacing of the story was good and there was plenty of build-up and action. I just can't point to the reason why I found it only just good ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
If you're as sick of floppy-haired vampire heartthrobs as I, read this book. Wilson's vampires are the repellent, bloodsucking bastards we've come to lovingly loathe. These vampires are more Dracula and Salem's Lot than Team Edward.

When the teenage girls of the world (and some of their moms) were dividing into Team Jason or Team Edward, I had already declared for Team Buffy. First of all, it's BUFFY. Second, I've always been more interested in the vampire hunters. Too often, the vampire geeks of
William Malmborg
Dec 03, 2012 William Malmborg rated it it was amazing
If vampires are real, and their bite spreads the infection, then how come they haven’t taken over the world? I used to hear this question all the time when I was younger, my little brother always tossing it my way whenever I tried to talk to him about a possible vampire novel or series that I wanted to write (still want to write). It is a legitimate question, yet one that I never had a satisfactory answer for at the time, and rather than trying to reason it out with him, I usually just switched ...more
The Flooze
Mar 22, 2009 The Flooze rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of early Stephen King
(Firstly, why is the book description wrong? It's Father Joe and Sister Carole. Who the heck are Dan and Carolyn?)

Thrilling and horrific, with a dose humorous irony. Wilson's Midnight Mass is a return to the grisly, purely evil side of vampiric lore. And it's a welcome addition to a genre inundated with romanticized depictions.

Reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand, Midnight Mass flashes back and forth between several groups, allowing us to see events unfold through everyone's perspective: the
Mar 29, 2010 Becca rated it did not like it
I ended up putting this one down 30 pages from the ending b/c i got busy with other shit, but then 29 days out from my last update, I realized i don't actually give a damn what happens in the end. Wilson writes in the introduction that he wanted to get back to vampires that were actually scary and predatory instead of brooding and mysteriously sexy. I agree with the goal but he missed by a mile with this book. The bad guys are one note and only frightening in an 80's high-on-coke-&-power Wal ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Keri rated it it was amazing
The best vampire book EVAH! One day F. Paul I hope you will let us visit Father Dan and his niece and see how they are doing in the world of vampires. If you want to read a good romance book with no sparkly vampires, just pure true evil ones, this is the book.

Re-read for Halloween 2010 and it was just as good! Scary and good! Father Dan has vampire issues. The vampires want to take over the world.....for a food supply that is. Evidently us humans are mighty tasty. Now Father Dan must come to te
Mar 17, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
Admittedly, I'm a semi-novice reader of vampire books. Much of the world and our East Coast have being overtaken by vamps and their ilk. Three main characters take it upon themselves to save the remaining "normal" population by destroying the head honcho vamps in NYC.... As I get further into the plot, niggling thoughts keep asking: umm, why are there no defensive actions being taken by the rest of the "untouched" US??? Supposedly millions of citizens are too paralyzed with fright to act?
The min
Apr 29, 2015 Kelsey rated it did not like it
This was a frustratingly bad book. If it had continued more in the post-apocalyptic vein, like the first 10 pages, I might have given it another star. As it was, the second half has been a slog.

Seriously, bad characterization and plot development here. The dialogue was embarrassing to read. The vampires have to explain in terrible, cheesy, monologues how truly evil they really are (!). The main character seems like a hopeless self-insertion. He is the manliest man who ever was, and has no flaws
Jan 23, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A Vampire-genre novel, written by one of my favorite authors. Not part of a serial, a stand-alone work. What I term a "Vampire Apocalypse" has occurred, turning large portions of our global population into vampires. Humans not turned either exist in fear in small areas, or are raised as cattle.

The vampires behave as vampires in the traditional sense; they do not get to venture out of doors, they cringe at the sight of a cross, burn in sunlight, and are scarred by the cross.

Midnight Mass is an ac
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 10, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, vampire, fiction
Midnight Mass was well-written for the most part, but it really lost momentum towards the end and the characters were incredibly boring, nothing was creative or original about it.
Jan 06, 2015 Jon rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Lots of potential, but too many annoying factors slowly made me like this book less and less after a great start. The main characters were mostly unlikable, there were too many criticisms of faith/church for a plot that revolved around a priest protagonist and a nun that could combat vampires with spiritual objects, and the concept of devolution with a character turned by a 'feral' vampire was briefly hinted at but never developed. It wasn't a bad book, but I was expecting so much more from this ...more
Nici's Buchecke
Ein Vampirroman der ganz andern Art. Definitiv kann man alle erotischen und liebevollen Vorstellungen bezüglich Vampire hier vergessen. Brutal, stinkend unzivilisiert und mit einer Rangordnung und verschiedenen Variationen (fliegend, verwildert, "normal") schildert F. Paul Wilson ein Endzeitdszenario, dass man sich durchaus gut vorstellen kann. Allerdings konnte mich dieser Roman nicht wirklich fesseln, denn irgendwie waren mir dann doch zuviele positive Zufälle dabei. Man merkt dem Roman an, da ...more
Aug 14, 2009 William rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was about vampires as cunning vicious creatures not cute and cuddly school mates! Fast read. I was a little disappointed in the ending but overall it went well.

I am a little fuzzy on the lineage concept in that initial offspring in the vampire family tree were intelligent but the further one got from the original progenitor the more beastly the vampires became. To me this seemed self destructive for continued vampire existence.
Aug 29, 2013 A.R. rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book, but I lost interest in the second half. The beginning, it gives one hope that real vampires, not the romantic variety, aren't dead, and Wilson really makes you believe in a world overtaken by Nosferatu. SPOILER ALERT. But the 2nd half never takes advantage of Father Joe being turned by a feral. He never becomes a mindless monster...slowly. The lack of risk and danger facing the protagonists really bored me. So much potential: wasted.
Brian Palmer
Sep 06, 2014 Brian Palmer rated it really liked it
Vampires have always lurked in the shadows ... but what if they decided they deserved to be a little more prominent? This action adventure novel takes place in a world that has been decimated by vampires -- assisted by human "cowboys" that guard them during the day -- moving into town, turning or killing the human leadership, and then treating the rest of the humans into foodstock.

This doesn't spend much time considering vampire theology or backstory. They have trouble with crosses, garlic, thre
Nov 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was my first foray into non-Repairman Jack territory with Wilson so I was a little skeptical and apprehensive. I have a hard time adjusting to an author that writes a great series and decides to go "off-book" and have the audacity to write about different characters! Just kidding of course...but still. So being a fan of urban fantasy I thought I would give this vampire novel a try.

Well it's definitely not what I would call urban fantasy really. It's very dark and a little scary. At least t
Apr 26, 2015 Nora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Aug 11, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
My first F Paul Wilson book and I liked it a lot. A return to the good old days of vampire lore but with a modern setting. This was a lot of fun to read, comparable to watching a solidly good B-movie.
An enjoyable and clever diversion that doesn't require overthinking, but stay away from the movie (it's absolute dreck.)
K.D. McQuain
Sep 29, 2015 K.D. McQuain rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire
Interesting concept. I usually enjoy the post apocalyptic, vampires have taken over the world, stories; and this one didn't disappoint. It was an interesting use of the typical religious conventions but I do think the Jews got the short end of the vampire apocalypse stick in this world.
Jan 17, 2010 Chy rated it it was ok
Well, I hadn’t read a vampires-as-the-bad-guys vampire book in a long time and I really liked F. Paul Wilson’s Adversary Cycle series. So when I saw this in the used-book store, it felt like all things had fallen into place.

Except, dude. Okay, it’s a small thing, but the blurb on the back of the book couldn’t even get one of the main character’s names right. The Goodreads blurb gets both that one and another one wrong. There is no Father Dan, nor is there a Sister Carolyn. (Her name isn’t mentio
Nov 02, 2009 Lloyd rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, 2000s
So, I've really been into the vampire fiction lately.

Of all the books that I've read in the genre of late, this one wasn't BAD, but it was the last dazzling one.

From the description of the book, you'd think that this story would show more of the vampires taking over the entire world with more narrative from their viewpoints. The vampires (coming West from Europe) never really get past New York City. There's even one point in the book where a character says that they've not even really started t
Aug 02, 2009 Awallens rated it it was amazing
Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning
whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night
are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest.In a town on the New Jersey shore, the vampires have just arrived, along with their
human henchmen, the cowboys, who round up h
Marina Fontaine
Jun 13, 2012 Marina Fontaine rated it did not like it
A rabbi, a priest, a nun and a lesbian... no, they don't walk into a bar; they are fighting vampires. Seriously. And it's not actually as much fun as it sounds.

Ok, in fairness it's not a TERRIBLE book. It does move along and has some entertainment value. I dislike it for two reasons. First, because I love Wilson's Repairman Jack series and think that an author of this caliber should know better. Second, because quite frankly it's offensive on several levels and I don't feel I need to put up with
Allen Garvin
Now here's a fun vampire novel! It enthuisiastically embraces all the standard vampire tropes. Anyone whose blood is drained by a vampire becomes a vampire. At some point a few months before the start of the book, vampires in Eastern Europe suddenly realize they can rule the world easily by geometrically increasing their numbers. Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have all fallen. Now they've taken over the major east-coast cities of the US. The only things that repell them are sunlight, ...more
Joseph Farand
Nov 13, 2011 Joseph Farand rated it really liked it
In Wilson's scary thriller, vampires are taking over the world. Now they have landed on the East Coast, the first step in conquering America - the last bastion of humanity. The world is on the brink of an apocalypse until in Lakewood, NJ a band of humans rise up against the undead and their minions. This still might not be enough until the resistance learns a secret that could be the salvation of humanity. Vampires are depicted as demonic creatures, whose only concern is for blood. But they have ...more
David Agranoff
When I was young there were three authors I could also count on, that I considered my three favorite authors whose books I enjoyed over every one else. Those three were Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Stephen King. As an adult my tastes have changed, the amount of authors I have read have expanded and within the last year I put F.Paul Wilson into my current top three(Today he is with John Shirley and Robert McCammon).

Midnight Mass is prime example of why Wilson is on my top three list. Comp
Stony Graves
Sep 18, 2011 Stony Graves rated it liked it
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Feb 08, 2015 Greg rated it liked it
A stand-alone book by F. Paul Wilson. I was hoping for something similar to his Repairman Jack series, but it wasn't even close. However, it was a pretty good vampire story, bringing back the traditional myths and "vampires as evil beings who just need killin," as Texans would say. I think he left it open for a sequel, but since it was written in 2004, and no sequel has been forthcoming yet, I suspect it won't happen.
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Francis Paul Wilson is an author, born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres. His debut novel was Healer (1976). Wilson is also a part-time practicing family physician. He made his first sales in 1970 to Analog and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies. In 1981 he ventured into the horror genre with t ...more
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