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Carrion Comfort

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  18,763 ratings  ·  1,076 reviews
THE PAST... Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi’s themselves...

THE PRESENT... Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a jo
Mass Market Paperback, 884 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Warner Books (first published 1989)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simmons-dan
Mind penetrating psi vampires haunt humankind in the same year Simmons´ ingenious sci-fi fantasy milestone Hyperion was published and revolutionize the horror genre in the same way.

King said that Simmons writes like a God and that he is a bit envious and what could exceed this quote? There is a handful of authors who unite the lucky combination of hard, lifelong perfecting their writing and talent and Simmons is in a league I find just some are coming close to. There may be authors just playing
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just love Dan Simmons!!

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May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with time
Recommended to Maciek by: Bondama
Carrion Comfort is a beast of a book. My copy clocks in at 800 pages, and to be fair to mr. Simmons he kept the pace burning throughout the whole text.

There's much to enjoy in Carrion Comfort, and not the least of its good aspects is the premise. In this particular work Simmons tackles on one of the most famous horror creatures - the vampire. What makes it different from almost all other vampire ficton is his approach to the subject.

Carrion Comfort is concerned with mind vampires, people who ca
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exhibit C in "Authors Who Doodle"...

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Carrion Comfort, Dan Simmons second novel, can be faulted for being overly long, needlessly complex and in dire need of a talented editor. Yet after I've said all that, it still remains one of the best horror novels of the second half of the 2oth century. The author has created a tense tale of mind control and the extremes of human corruption and power. While Simmons uses the term "Mind Vampires" fo
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
CARRION COMFORT is just an incredible concept for a story (mind vampires) and how these characters interact and evolve throughout the book. A thrilling plot and intriguing locales keep the reader guessing until the end. BRAVO once again, Dan Simmons!!
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book! *covers eyes* oh my god! I don't know how to feel about it. Dan Simmons is such a great writer and his imagination scares me, like really, really bad! The stuff in this book was CRAZY! I couldn't believe what I was reading. Sometimes I didn't even want to know where this story was going. But despite the horrific plot, one thing that Simmons does really well is character building and backstory. Natalie and Saul are so fleshed out, they feel like real people and you are genuinely invest ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I'm changing my final score on this novel from a solid 3 to a generous 4 stars, because the book was JUST THAT UNPREDICTABLE.

That's an odd thing to say as a re-read, no?

There's lots of places where the novel easily deserves a 5 star, just on reflection, alone, and since this came out nearly 30 years ago I'm not going to fuss too much over spoilers.

Do You Like Chess?

Then this novel is for you.

Do you like mind-vampires that look, feel, and act like Donald Trump, Conservative Religious Nutsos,
Edward Lorn
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not many people
I always hesitate to say a book is overlong. I read because I like knowing the deepest thoughts and motivations of the characters who populate my fiction. Books are meant to be longer, more in-depth experiences. There are thousands of studies that have been done on chapter and novel length, but the truth of the matter is: a reader only notices page count when the writing and/or story sucks.

I find myself questioning whether or not I think a book is going on too long, I ask: Was I ever bored for
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like horror and suspense
Five words that I never thought I would say: "Couldn't it have been longer?". Seriously, for someone who dreads a book that passes the 600 page mark, I should have been absolutely dying over this 900 page monster. But...

This is one of those rare horror books that manages to maintain the suspense and horror over the course of the book. Long books often make it difficult for the author to maintain suspense without the story dragging (I'm totally looking at you Stephen King) but I found that Simmon
mark monday
this is a briskly-paced supernatural thriller about mind control and controlling the world around us. it is also about as one-dimensional as they come, despite the potential of the multi-leveled subject matter and the breadth of the narrative (from World War 2 Germany to present-day Hollywood, and dozens of locales in between). the novel and several of the characters are obsessed with chess, which makes for some intriguing action. although it includes several wonderfully creepy set-pieces, overa ...more
Horace Derwent
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
my list of 3 best vampire novels of 20 century:

richard matheson's I AM LEGEND is the first, of course

sk's 'salem's lot and this book

perhaps i can add "interview with the vampire" onto it as well, but it's not horror to me :)
Adam Light
I like long books, and Carrion Comfort is very long. Clocking in at 886 pages, it isn't the longest I have read, either. The tiny typeface may have shortened the page count, though. I would love to find out the word count of this book.
I say all this not to criticize the book (as you can see, I rated it 5 stars) but to explain why it took forever to read it.
I almost dropped a star because there is some extraneous material here that could have been excised and the mind-blowing story would not hav
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Carrion Comfort is a mess of a book. Not only are there evil, mind-controlling vampires, the things they do are just so ripe with evil. It's almost like they give evil a new name.

Carrion Comfort's story is complex, and involves several parties. Not only are these parties involved in a bigger picture, but they also have their own stories and action. There really isn't a main character, but several main characters, and several minor characters. As far as main characters go, Saul was my definite f
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those seeking great writing in epic horror
Shelves: horror, favorites
One glance of the wear on the spine of my copy of Carrion Comfort would be enough to tell this is a must read. In fact, I would upload a picture of it but yet another of my friends is currently reading it. One of my friends read it three times and another wants it back again.
It's a toss-up between this novel and Silence of the Lambs as my favorite novel of all time.
It's huge, over 900 pages, and dates back from Nazi Germany to present day. In a nutshell, it's about a small group of people with t
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
Recommended to Lena by: Castle Dracula BOM

"Saul shivered. Behind the calm voice and the human puppet was a man who had directly murdered scores - perhaps thousands - of human beings."

The epic scope of The Eight.
The gut clenching agony of Schindler’s List.
The paranormal malevolence of Stephen King.

Oh my friends, this was something special. An absolute Must Read for the Horror Fan. I will remember it always... and shudder.

"Winter is coming. And I am very, very hungry."
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Carrion Comfort (again), 30 years after first discovering this incredible work by Dan Simmons. After all this time, this classic horror tale is still as impactful as it was when I was just a young 22-year-old Marine, and this read just reaffirms its place as my second-favorite novel of all time. Carrion Comfort was, is, and always shall be a confirmed ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read.
4.5 stars. Dan Simmons can write a great book no matter what genre he is writing in. His Hyperion Cantos is on my list of "All Time Favorite" science fiction series and now he has written one of the best Vampire novels ever. Original, scary and brilliant......and LOOOOONG

Winner: Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel (1990)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Horror Novel (1990)
Winner: British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1990)
Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1990)
Johann (jobis89)
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If everyone could understand the working of a psychopath's mind, we undoubtedly would be closer to insanity ourselves."

Carrion Comfort focuses on a small group of the population who possess what they call the "Ability", which is the power to take over someone's mind and completely control them, and even prompt them to commit murder. It is proposed that this Ability has been present for years, with reference to the Holocaust as well as random murders of individuals. A small group come together w
Alondra Miller
5 Stars... clearly, Ja?

I must say; after reading this book, I am completely disheveled in appearance and spent. This book wore me out to say the least. This was a thrill ride of the highest order, and creeped me out the entire time. I don't want to give away anything and provide spoilers; for fear that 'someone' may find this out and complete a mind-game on me.

This book is about mind-control; vampirism that not only takes your life essence, but your very soul. It is about having complete power
Ashley Daviau
I’m kind of torn in two when it comes to this book. I was seriously disappointed by it but at the same time, I did really enjoy some parts. I think my disappointment stems from the fact that I’ve read over and over how scary this book is and I didn’t even find myself remotely scared. Sure some parts were pretty brutal and the actions of many characters were truly despicable but I just didn’t feel any fear when reading this. Nothing about this book made me want to sleep with the lights on at nigh ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hyperion gets a lot of love but I seldom see any mention of this amazing book. It is very different from Hyperion but that is not unusual for Simmons as he is a very versatile writer. Carrion Comfort is sf/horror of the highest calibre, something Stephen King may write when he is on top form (but with better prose). This book is about people with mind control abilities of different strengths. A lot of riveting plot is generated from this simple premise. I won't go onto any details, I'll just rec ...more
Oct 02, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark_harvest-own
This hardcover is numbered 422 of 550 and is signed Dan Simmons, Kathleen McNeil Sherman (illustrator).
Abbie | ab_reads
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should come with a warning label, although that might ruin its amazing cover. Dan Simmons has managed to bring together literally every single horrible thing you could think of - the holocaust, sexual abuse, racism, corruption, torture - and smush it all together in one giant volume that you keep reading in spite of yourself. It clocks in at just under 1000 pages and I read it in 4 days. I'm now on my way to church to cleanse myself.
Carrion Comfort boasts some of the most despicable c
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
1 star--I didn't like it. Wrong reader!

Dan Simmons, the author of this book, also wrote Hyperion, which I adore. So I was disappointed that this book wasn't to my taste. First, I expected (and wanted) horror, and instead, this is more of a blockbuster thriller--lots of FBI agents and explosions and such.

Second, I was turned off by the graphic rape scenes. They were done by a "bad guy" and not presented as anything positive, but I could do without the descriptions of a woman's fear and pain--esp
Scott Sigler
The first 400 pages really captivated me, then I lost focus in the next 200. This is a wonderful book that may have been a victim of my ADD. After a year without picking it up again, I'm getting this one off my "currently reading" list.
David Sven
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Characters were great. The action was brilliant. The story itself was good. The concept of “mind vampires” who “feed” by taking over other people’s minds and forcing them to violence was brilliant.

So why then was I constantly glancing at the percentage bar at the bottom of the kindle? Because it felt too long. Why? Was it the page count? I like long books. After a little pondering all I can go on is how I felt. This book felt “the same” most of the way through.

The action near the beginning w

This book for me is abit of a mess, my first Dan Simmons came in as The Terror which was a phenomenal horror story that got recommended to me here on Goodreads and I adored it. The style, atmosphere and characters created one amazing horror. Carrion Comfort did not however do this for me.

Carrion Comfort is about a group of beings that can control people to do anything and they can of feed off the life force of those effected by it. Its sort of a free take on vampires turning the victims int
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The print of this large paperback is so small, I imagine that if it were in hardback, I wouldn't be able to pick it up and read it. I think this book, while a good read with some fantastic, scary parts in it, could have used a tad more editing.

I must say that some of the characters are truly monstrous. Tony, the producer, is a vile human being. The arrogant movers and shakers in the secret society couldn't have less empathy for their fellow human beings. But no one, not even Willi IMO, comes cl
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ha-challenge
This one was a tough one to decide on a rating for--we're not just talking a novel, this was almost 900 pages! The writing, locations, and characterizations (at least for what i considered to be the "main characters"), were beautifully written. The story itself, took the idea of a "vampire" into a whole different realm that I felt gave it an element of "uniqueness", not found too often lately. 4 stars, I have to admit taking the last one off because there were some repetitive places where I was ...more
This was the second novel Dan Simmons wrote, immediately after Song of Kali. It was not his second published novel, however. Read the introduction to this edition to find out why; it makes a good story on its own, except for the really abrupt ending.

Simmons' genre-hopping tendencies start showing up right here - supposedly a horror story, this reads more like his take on a Robert Ludlum thriller - but with psychic, mind-controlling bad guys. It certainly is a page-turner, which is a good thing g
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Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.

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