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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  14,779 Ratings  ·  767 Reviews
Breinvampiers: wezens met psychische gaven om mensen gruwelijke dingen te laten doen om ze vervolgens af te danken. Hun honger is onverzadigbaar en ze besluiten hele landen te manipuleren om via wereldleiders een nieuwe holocaust te veroorzaken. Tegenover hen staat een handjevol mensen dat een vreemd en kwetsbaar bondgenootschap vormt om het kwaad te keren. De epische stri ...more
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Published 1995 by Poema pocket (first published 1989)
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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" for h
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Sarah Anne
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrortime
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
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Como ya he comentado en otras reseñas, los libros que me gustan, independiente del género literario, son aquellos que envuelven, emocionan, que nos hacen vibrar y estremecernos con sus descripciones. Esos libros que no te puedes quitar de la cabeza y no ves la hora de tener un tiempo para continuar la lectura. Esos libros que, a pesar de su tamaño, quisieras que no terminaran nunca, porque cada vez que lo retomas es un placer culpable. Los vampiros de la mente cumple a cabalidad con estas condic ...more
Horace Derwent
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Edward Lorn
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
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
Sadie Hartmann
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrion Comfort is a run-away helicopter bolted precariously to a run-away train heading for a narrow cliff that stands above a valley of molten lava. This thing is fast-paced.

I enjoyed the mix of, and choice of, perspectives. They were meaningful. My opinion of at least one character shifted rather dramatically at some point and it was only a function of the chosen perspective, which is nice. I'm a sucker for evil in that indifference-to-human-life kind of way so I was already hooked pretty ear
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Imagine having the power to know people's thoughts, weaknesses, and secrets, and at the same time be able to make them do what you want them to do - without limit. Imagine also being used and manipulated physically and mentally - and not be able to do anything about it all.

This is the horror of Carrion Comfort.

An old novel published in 1980, Carrion Comfort is one of Simmons' few horror novels. It is a long and gripping story that offers a different kind of vampirism. Instead of the usual blood
Janie Johnson
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Simmons has the ability to construct a great novel! This I know for sure after diving into this read. There is so much depth and richness to this tale of evil. One of the things that I loved the most was the mystery/suspense aspect of the book. I am a huge mystery fan, and Simmons certainly sated that need as far as I am concerned. He has written and created the worst evil ever seen when he wrote this novel. I found myself cheering on those who aimed to rid the world of evil. I felt as thoug ...more
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
Димитър Цолов
Осем дни (от миналия понеделник) бях на вълна "мозъчни вампири". "Лешояди" на Дан Симънс е поредният ми сблъсък за последните две години (след "Илион", "Олимп" и "Петата купа") с многоликия автор. С ръка на сърцето си признавам, че от всички разновидности на фантастиката (общо казано) хорърът ми е най-най-най-любим! И ако у нас Симънс е известен предимно с по- (научно) фантастичните си творби, по света той е също така признат майстор на литературата на ужаса, завоювал купчина награди.

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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, monsters
There is no doubt that Simmons is a great storyteller, able to write in a variety of genres, most notably horror, historical, and science fiction, and all with a skill for creating incredibly human characters in realistic situations. His words flow very well and his pacing is to my liking.

My main problem with this book is the length. I'm willing to bet money that most people have said the same. There were too many perspectives, too many attempts to endear the reader to characters who may or may

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
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
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've been eyeing this book for years now, having heard it was one of the classics of the genre but was intimidated by it's large page count. Books this size require a large investment of time and that's something I begrudge doing these days being a busy family man who works full time. So the first thing that someone like me wants to know when reading a review of such a long book is was it worth the time? I would say yes it is.

The blurb on the front bills this as an epic tale of terror. That abou
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-best-horror
How do you even begin to describe or evaluate an epic like Carrion Comfort? I have been thinking about this review for the last few weeks, and now that I'm finished, I'm at a loss for words. Gotta write it out...

The book is far from perfect. At a whopping 884 pages, and packing a list of characters that would make a phone book jealous, it is possible to get lost in Carrion Comfort. Often times, entire groups of characters are introduced in the same scene with only minimal description devoted to
Randolph Carter
Decent mainstream supernatural thriller that has one major flaw, it is way too long. There is about a 400 page novel here dragged out by Simmons to 800 page epic length. The pacing at times is plodding for a thriller. One example, the final chess game is so corny and drags on so long and does nothing to advance the story except eliminate bothersome characters. I kept expecting Austin Powers to jump out.

The idea of "mind vampires" isn't particularly novel, but Simmons may have done it first. I do
Jason P
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio-books

I first want to thank my pal Dustin for recommending this novel (brick of a book is more like it) to me - I think it was exactly what he said it would be. Thanks again bub!

Carrion Comfort

This was a complex time traveling, time bending, vamperific, violent sludge of a read; thank god I listened to the audio version. This is a first of Dan Simmons for me and after all is said and done, I think I would pick up more of his stuff. He is VERY well read and it seems like he really goes into detail with
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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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