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Nécroscope, Tome 1 (Necroscope #1)

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DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES... Except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope. And what they tell him is horrifying. In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing. Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots. Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge. The vampire's human to...more
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published March 21st 2009 by Bragelonne (first published June 26th 1986)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Necroscope deals with the concept of Paranormal Espionage, which could be seen as a forerunner of at least some of the themes prevalent in Urban Fantasy these days. It is, however, presented in a very different fashion. For one thing, this is first and foremost a Horror novel.

The first half of the novel contains a number of historic sequences filling out the back stories of two key characters and laying the groundwork for the second half. One of these characters is the Necroscope of the title, w...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
2.5

I'm really undecided about this book. It wasn't bad, but it didn't grip me...

Where to start?

It was a bit slow off the bat. I was reading about the Russian ESPers and sort of wondering where everything was going, and when the actual story was going to get set-up. Looking back I suppose it was getting set up at the time, but it didn't feel like it.

Then we got to Harry, and I was much more interested. For awhile, I dreaded the parts where we went back to Dragosani. Ok, not dreaded, but I certa...more
Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I just finished re-reading this book and had forgotten just how much fun it was. Harry Keogh is an absolutely fantastic character and his powers (i.e., the powers of the Necroscope) are original and very cool. This is a book that I have not heard come up very often in discussions of really great series and I think that is a shame. This is extremely well written and very engaging. Highly recommended.

Most recently read: August 10, 2009.
Lanica
My husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. He reads the intro's to me for some of these short stories, especially when he sees something by an author he knows I've read. Such was the case with Brian Lumley. I have copies of my Necroscope books on my shelves, I read them when they first came out and enjoyed them so much I've kept intending to re-read them. (Yes, I was a middle and high school...more
Matt
A common criticism of Cold-War era spy novels is that they do not have enough vampires. Brian Lumley addresses that problem in Necroscope, where Harry Keogh saves the world from monsters and Communism.

For those of you who don't know Latin, a Necroscope is someone who can scope the dead, which means Harry can have pleasant chats with the deceased to learn their secrets and even absorb their powers for his own. This ability comes in handy when Harry is enlisted by British Intelligence's ESP branc...more
Agnieszka
Absolutely brilliant and fresh, written in a unique style, the first book in the epic horror series is definitely worth the cash and worth every second of reading. It is utterly thrilling, stunning, despite a few things that can put you off and make you stop reading for a while, thinking the book 'unworthy'. The closer the ending is, the more you wonder, the more you want to know. The characters are well-developed, even if at the very beginning they may seem a little 2-D. Worry not, for it is me...more
Ceri
Wow! It's nearly impossible to describe how I feel about this book. I was given it to read by my father - the pair of us share a mutual love of horror books and films. I'm always keen to read more vampire books but, good God, this is so much more than a vampire book.

When I started reading Necroscope, I couldn't help but notice that it was rather dated. From the summary on the back, and the rather slow and (unfortunately) clichéd beginning I had my doubts about what I was getting myself into it....more
Natasa
I was looking at the shelves I have marked this book with and I realized that I should probably add much more since this book was such a mixture of genres.

We have vampires but a totally uniques story with the simbiozis between the host and the parasitic vampire, we have dead rising at the end of the book - or better said zombies, we have scientific talk about time relativity and different dimensions, time travel etc. that open the door to scifi and there is probably something that I missed.

This...more
Ken McKinley
A story with a character that can talk to the dead, one that can extract the dead's secrets, one that can give the "evil eye", a vampire, zombies, British and Russian secret agencies that employ agents with all sorts of ESP talents, and a sci-fi space/time continuum all set in the middle of the Cold War. How can Lumley pack so much goodness in 500 pages?

Necroscope is the book that started a horror series franchise before horror series were considered the norm. Lumley crafts a tale that was revo...more
Kathryn
This certaily did not feel like a horror book to me. I was bored to tears through most of it. I also do not feel that I needed a primer on the cold war. There were some original ideas. Just imagine, if you could speak to the dead, including any past great thinker, who would you choose to talk to? Consider the conversations you would have.

I liked Harry but that kind of dipped towards the end. The bad guys were not the least bit interesting. I am sad because I can think of many wonderful storylin...more
Tom
A decent page turner. The author's spin on vampirism is different from everything else I've read but it's refreshing.

Character development could have / should have been a lot better - especially for a multi-series books. I had a difficult time picturing what each character looks like and identifying with them. Rather than go on for pages and pages about the story's background (cut to the chase already...), we could have used a few of those pages to flesh out the characters. I'm not looking for...more
Anton Marks
I was blown away by the originality of this novel. Commandingly written with a unique and compelling take on the vampire legend and the use of paranormal abilities in the Cold War. His deft hand has combined horror, sci-fi and espionage into a unputdownable whole. Brian Lumley is master storyteller who is gifted with an uncanny ability for mining nuggets of fear from a readers soul.
Loved it.
Cornmo/jon
I bought this book because the cover was badasssss.
I struck gold when I started reading.
I recommend this to anyone who likes the Cold War, vampires, time-travel, and talking to famous dead people who keep making ideas in the afterlife.
Kristin
I agree with a lot of the reviews on here that the book took a while to get the ball rolling. I enjoyed it, but I never felt compelled to sit down and read. Dragosani was an excellent villain, but I liked it when he actually did villainous things, rather than just talked and thought about them. That's not to say he didn't have some great moments. Harry I never really felt like I connected with the way I like to connect with a protagonist. The POV was more scattered than is my taste, we spend all...more
Jak
I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to read any Brian Lumley. As a 14/15 year old getting into horror how could I not be drawn to the startling covers of Lumley’s books? Yet it’s taken me 20 odd years to get round to them. Better late than never I guess!

I’m Glad I finally did get round to them as Necroscope was a surprisingly good book. IO think the reason I was surprised is I kinda expected the book to simply be a shock and gore type affair but it was actually very well written with an interest...more
Richard
5/10

I found this hard work towards the end. I wasn't caring about the characters and what they were going through. The whole book just seemed like a lot of backstory intending to build up to one climatic scene but, like I said, at that point I wasn't bothered.

It started out with lots of information about Dragosani and the Russians and I was wondering where it was going and then finally we met the main protagonist, Harry Keogh, and things started to pick up and get more interesting as we got an...more
Mona
A Necroscope is a man who can communicate with the dead, the way he would as if they were still alive. Harry Keogh is one, the only one there is. The British E-Branch (E for ESPionage) needs him. Will the Russian E-Branch get to him before they do?

If you enjoy Cold War thrillers, this is one - with a supernatural twist. Not only does it deal with secret agents with supernatural powers, it also presents vampires in an original way (and by original I mean different from Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
Just finished re-reading.

It has been years (over a decade?) since I read it the first time. My memories of this series were mostly about the graphic, organically horrifying details of the Vamphyri world and you don't get to them until later books.

Re-reading this one reminded me of why the series grabbed me in the first place: The writing is lovely, Lumley's descriptive powers are formidable and the story is incredibly easy to visualise because of those talents. His characterisation is also grea...more
Brian Steele
Lumley came up with a simple concept when composing this novel. "I'll include any damn thing I want in my book!" And he did. Because there's no reason you can't have Vampires, Psychics, Espionage, Parallel Dimensions, Secret Government Branches, Dead Historical Figures, Symbiotic Aliens and Time Travel all in one story.

Sure, the tale is a little dated with all the Cold War references and Lumley is a bit sexist, but the fact remains that he managed to cram half a dozen different genres into a si...more
Bill
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who think they've read it all about vampires
Shelves: horror, favorites
Excellent vampire lore. This goes way back to the explanation and origin of vampires and it's fascinating! This is one of the best, original vampire novels ever written.
You think you know vampires? Nuh-uh, read Necroscope for an entirely unique and outrageous take on the legend. This series spans 13 novels, and so far so great. Very highly recommended!
Monica
I read this book on a whim back in 2002 (someone I don't know gave it to me), having never heard of Lumley. It only took 50 pages for me to jump on half and order the rest in the series. It's a great mix of adventure, time travel, espionage, vampires from different dimensions, etc etc. The whole series is incredible.
Erin (Paperback Stash)
Very good, although not sure what to think of the ending. Have to shave a little bit off the rating for the book taking a little too long to get into, but once it started getting good, it remained intriguing. Full review soon.
David Edmonds
This is a re-re-read for me. I've read Necroscope a couple of times over now, and I always find it an immensely entertaining book. Lumley's details in the book are so fine, it's hard not to find yourself entirely immersed in the story. It's hard to imagine how much Lumley packs into this book: cold war confrontations between England and Russia; ESPionage involving psychics of varying levels; vampires; time travel; teleportation; zombies (of a sort); political intrigue; family secrets. Of course,...more
Daniel Russell
Ah...Necroscope. How you have taunted me through the years. How? Well for someone who for many years was limited to buying his books from brick and mortar stores, I was keen to get into the Necroscope series, but I could only find books from later on in the series! I've always been one for starting at the beginning, but I'd never come across the first book in stores before. Thankfully a combination of Australia, the Book Depository (the god of online book shopping. I was saw the free worldwide p...more
Nancy Oakes
My first Lumley book ever, and I thought it was great. Vampires, metaphysics, time travel, you name it -- it all shows up here.

As the book opens, the soon-to-be head of Britain's E-Branch (E for ESP) is in his office, and gets a visit from some kind of "ethereal" being. The visitor lays out a story (the contents of the book) which ultimately deals with the forces of good vs the forces of evil. The story it tells breaks down into two camps: 1) that of Harry Keogh, who as a child has very strange...more
Donovan
This is a great series and a nice twist on the vampire story. The series consists of 16 novels of which I have 14 - The first series consists of:
Necroscope
Necroscope II: Wamphyri
Necroscope III: The Source
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak
Necroscope V: Deadspawn


Plot ***Spoilers***
Necroscope
Harry is an English youth in school, and strange things occur as he grows up, such as a sudden increased intellect in mathematics, and the ability to fight beyond his experience after a teacher is killed. Eventually he m...more
Jerry Kimbro
Harry Keogh is the Necroscope- the one man in the world who can speak with the teeming millions of the Dead. Its a natural talent given him at birth, but from it, his life grows a strange as any mortal who ever walked the Earth.

From speaking with the dead Harry learns a myriad of strange talents and arcane information not available to normal humans- and learns of a growing horror - the rise of a Russian Necromancer- Boris Dragosini- a man who raises the dead to torment them for their secrets!...more
Jason Gusman
Lumley is an intelligent author whose writing is unpredictable. Reading this book is proof of that. Harry Keogh is a kid who has a special power. He can talk to dead people. Harry goes to the graveyard to meet his best friends and learn from the best of the best. From learning fighting with military leaders to talking science and physics with Mobius, Harry has a major advantage over normal people. While Harry's innocent world is about to make a big change in England, Russian politicans are about...more
Troy
Good modern dark-fantasy/vamp book that sets the stage for a very imaginative, well though out & overall fun series to read.

WARNING: NOT for children!! This is brutal ADULT fantasy, no pansy Twilight vamps here. There is plenty of blood, gore & graphic sex throughout the entire series. Fine for adults (if you can handle that sort of thing), never for teens or below. Terry Goodkind & George RR Martin wish they wrote as graphically brutal as Brian Lumley. Maybe that will put it in pers...more
Casey
I tried to read this once many many years ago and got distracted. This time, I was able to dig in a little better. It's a nice change up from your typical vampire book. There's nothing really gothic about it at all and it's a nice twist on the standard vampire lore. Honestly, you don't even get a lot of stoicism or self loathing common in these types of stories.

The characters are great; Harry Keogh is a bit all powerful, but he's written well, you can get behind him. Dragosani's demise was well...more
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Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copie...more
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