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Necroscope III: The Source (Necroscope #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,022 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Now available for the first time in hardcover, the third book in the Necroscope series traces the battle between Harry Keogh and the horrifying Vamphyri on their home ground, an alien landscape of looming towers, impossible cliffs, and ravenous vampire-beasts.

Russia's Ural Mountains hide a deadly secret: a supernatural portal to the country of the vampires. Soviet scientis
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 15th 1989 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 1989)
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HEADS UP READERS: For a 3 star rating, this rant review contain's a higher concentration of I'm so pissed than you might expect. The reason: there's a 250 to 300 page 5 star gem in here just begging on its paper knees to sparkle but it’s being rooster-blocked big time by another 250 pages of mind- anesthetizing:

(i) rehash and rehash and rehash of the first two books,
(ii) pace-murdering plot set ups,
(iii) loooooooooooooong-winded expositions leading to cries of “show don’t tell,” and
(iv) clunky,
Hunter Shea
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE BEST series of vampire books ever written. Hands down.
Ken McKinley
Ah those Cold War Russians. They always seem to be up to no good, especially in a Lumley's Necroscope tale. Mikhail Simonov, aka Michael "Jazz" Simmons, is a British agent that is sent into Russia's Ural mountains to investigate what he thinks is a new Soviet weapon buried underneath the bedrock of the Perchorsk Pass turns out to be a portal into another world. And what a world it turns out to be. It seems that those pesky vampires didn't just suddenly turn up in Transylvania in the middle ages. ...more
Lisa Sandberg
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5 stars for sure. This has to be my favorite in the series so far.

I liked how this one explores the world of the Wamphyri. It was interesting to learn about this world and the history of the vampires. It has a different view of the vampires and how they came to be.

I also liked the fact that Harry Keogh, who has taken over the body of Alex Kyle, really had no reason to go on. He has lost his son and his son's mother. Then he gets some information that brings him out of his funk and a re
Martin Gibbs
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lumley
While I enjoyed this trilogy greatly, this one plods a bit. Other reviewers have highlighted their concerns, and I tend to agree, so I won't re-hash everything.

The crowning jewl of this book is the setup for the Vampire World trilogy. This little fact is why Brian Lumley will always be my favorite "vampire" author (though I love his other works, too). Why? I read and write fantasy, true, but one of my requirements is that the world is NOT Earth. The setting has to be somewhere else, another plan
Baal Of
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, horror
Really about a three and half star book, but I rounded up because I liked it better then the second book in the trilogy. I was debating with myself whether I would even bother with this one, and Joe at Nightmare factory recommended I should, because "vampire planet". So I did. The ideas in this book are better than the execution. There are sections which drag, and it could have easily been edited down about 100 pages to make a much better, tighter plot. Lumley loves to use exclamation points! Fo ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All horror/sci-fi fans
Shelves: horror, favorites
Funny thing. My mom bought me this novel many years ago, unaware that it was third in this series. So I put it on the shelf to be ready for me once I had read the first two. The first novel was dynamite. In fact, my original terse review for it deserved a much more emphatic effort, so I have just re-written it. As you can see, after reading the second novel, I had had enough and had actually gotten rid of The Source during one of my book purges. A little while back, I was urged by an online acqu ...more
-Arriesgado desarrollo de los rumbos de la serie.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En los Urales, los soviéticos han tardado cinco años en terminar el Perchorsk Projekt. Los satélites espías norteamericanos han detectado el lugar pero no conocen la naturaleza exacta del mismo. Michael J. Simmons, alias Mijaíl Simonov, se ha infiltrado en la zona con labores de reconocimiento de la instalación, y conseguirá entrar en la misma pero no en las condiciones que había imaginado, descubri
Robert Aldrich
I have now read this novel twice; once many years ago, and of course just finishing the second read now.

I had to down-grade my rating form a 4 to a 3. I felt that the ending seemed to be rushed and a bit lack-luster...and in fact, taken as a whole, it was a bit tame. There was a lot going on in this book, at least 3 different stories woven in together, and while I liked the character Jazz, I felt that Harry Sr.'s role in the story was weak and half-hearted. Given that he as a character is extrem
Heidi Angell
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this incredibly wild, sick and crazy book! My brother recommended it. I have been on a hunt for the rest in the series once I realized it is a series! It is all geeky and high brow while being a great horror piece. I like it when authors talk up to you, rather than talking down!!
A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Strong 3rd novel that pushes the boat out... 8/10
Mike Lester
Still enjoying this series, though this one was a bit slower than the first two...will keep happily moving forward though...
Stacy Croushorn
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes forever to get started, but once it does it's pretty good.
Geoff Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lumley could have just made another hunt the vampire entry in this original and interesting series. However 'The Source' is a remarkable break from the first two chapters. Although the story still follows Harry and the interaction between the UK and Russian E-Branch supernatural agencies, the plot, and indeed location, of the story is a great new twist. The Russians have created a grey hole, which acts like a gate between worlds (or versions of Earth at very least). You can guess who's on the ot ...more
Emily Sutton-Harkcom
My favorite in the series so far.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent page-turning trilogy finale!
Paul Mclaughlan
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft, horror
Still a little deus ex'y at the end, but still effective.
Roddy Williams
It’s a very odd thing to come to terms with, but there’s something very cosy about Lumley’s work. Maybe it’s a nostalgia for simpler times when there were good people and bad people (on both sides of the Iron Curtain) and there was an Iron Curtain.
Maybe it’s because one knows it’s all going to be all right at the end of the novel – at least until the next one – or maybe it’s because Lumley’s world harks back to an era earlier than the Nineteen Eighties. There’s something very quaintly dated abou
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Brian Lumley likely won't win any awards for his books, this was a spectacular read. I appreciate the level of thoughtful detail that goes into each one of his books. The characters are well-rounded and engaging, and the pacing fast-paced.

Chapter 1 was especially fun. I had Google Maps pulled up on my computer, and was following Encounter One everywhere it went. Fascinating!

Lots of clever ideas in this book that keep this story moving. Characters come and go, but the fight against the vamp
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A project in Russia gone horribly wrong.

Harry Keogh, Necrocope, searching for his lost child and wife.

Forces of the supernatural and the extranatural collide. A battle to the ultimate death on a world far removed from our own.

Sound interesting? If it does you will likely enjoy this, the third book by Brian Lumley, in his Necroscope series.

It's part spy novel, part horror novel, part science fiction novel, part super-hero novel, and part action adventure. And Mr. Lumley pulls it all off in a most
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts out with Harry's son vanishing and Harry trying to track him down. In the process he helps the E-Branch track down a missing agent on a mission in or near Russia which ends up being Romania. Harry tracks him down to a Russian base that has had an explosion which opens a path to the land of the vampires. This is a unique conceptual spin on the origins of the vampire coming from another dimension. Harry enters the vampire world where he sees vampire lords that have regions of control a ...more
Andy Strutt
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necroscope Series by Brian Lumley
Review by Andy Strutt author of “The Afflicted”

I first discovered this series by receiving “Necroscope III : The Source” as a Christmas present. I had never heard of Brian Lumley but I was instantly infatuated with his work as soon as I had read the first few pages. Obviously, the first thing I did was go out and find the rest of the Necroscope series.
Harry Keogh is a very strange character with morbid supernatural powers that allow him to speak to the dead. That
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
The Source follows a nuclear accident that manages to blow a hole in between our reality and the homeworld (more accurately home universe, since Harry cannot Moebius his way there) of the Vampires.

It's interesting watching this series progress from espionage mixed with urban fantasy and horror in the first book to a more historical urban fantasy (if that makes sense) to this one which veers a bit more into almost science fiction. We have a parallel universe, a tidally locked planet, and some re
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I read the Necroscope series back when I was a teenager. Even though I enjoyed it then, I enjoyed it somewhat more this time. The reason mainly being that I understand (so I let myself believe) some of the crazy physics that Brian Lumley incorporates here; Parallel universes, time travel etc.

Necroscope III: The Source is where Lumley hooked me with his amazingly original take on the vampire mythos. This is where we find out the origin story which is much more elaborately described in Lumleys lat
Ade Couper
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So....Necroscope 3- what to make?

Bit of a slow burn this 1 :there's a lot of backstory going on here (at least some of which I presume is to set up the "Vampire Worlds" series), & unfortunately it does come over as info-dump at times . However , there is a decent story here in its own right.

The Russians have suffered an accident at a top-secret weapons facility , & have created a gateway to another universe - a Vampire World , where the Wamphyri are in charge . Also there are various und
Michael Daniel
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story here! Incredibly well-imagined. Very good series! Imagine any knowledge that you needed at the ready for your asking. Enter Harry. Very well designed story, with a main character that is easily identified with, Harry Koegh. The imagination that came up with these characters must have experienced some truly awful things. Lumley, being an ex SAS officer, surely did.

The vampires in this series are not nice. They are not warm and fuzzy. They're not cute (well, the women can be) and they
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Harry's been searching now for eight years for Brenda & Harry, Jr. and has still not found them. Meanwhile, in Perchorsk Pass in the Urals, the Russians have a huge secret project going on. They have created a gateway, but they know not where it leads, only that monsters come out of it. When one of the British E-Branch operatives goes missing, Harry is once again enlisted to see if he can find them. I love Lumley's writing and I love this series. Every book tells me about something or someon ...more
Chris Youngblood
I find it amusing that a book like the Necroscope series is lumped into the same category as that POS 'Twilight' series by Stephanie Meyer. The only thing they have in common is the word 'vampire', and even that's a tenuous connection. Brian Lumley's books aren't necessarily much more than thriller-fluff, but at least they're entertaining. I couldn't even get past the first chapter of 'Twilight'. Vampires do not sparkle in the sunlight, children; THEY BURST INTO FLAME!

My point is that I'd love t
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-misc
The Source is the third instalment in the Necroscope series. If you liked the previous two books you will enjoy this one too. If you haven't read them I would recommend you do so first, though it's not essential as their plots and characters are briefly explained.
I LOVE the Necroscope series! I have read many vampire books over the years but I believe these to be the best by far. It is probably just a matter of personal taste though, so if you're looking for those romantic vampires, you've come
Francisco Seguin
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lumley returns with the third installment in his Necroscope series by taking us even further than he did in Necroscope II. It's as if Lumley knew all along when first creating his masterpiece that his readers would always want more of the history, more of the mythology, more of the terror, more of an insight into where his worlds meet with our own - and that they do in Necroscope III, as Lumley takes us through the portal of his mind and into the twisted landscape of the Wamphyri - flesh melds w ...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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Other Books in the Series

Necroscope (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Necroscope (Necroscope, #1)
  • Vamphyri! (Necroscope, #2)
  • Necroscope IV: Deadspeak (Necroscope, #4)
  • Necroscope V: Deadspawn (Necroscope, #5)
  • Vampire World I: Blood Brothers (Necroscope, #6)
  • The Last Aerie (Nekroscope, #7)
  • Vampire World III: Bloodwars (Necroscope, #8)
  • Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume I (Necroscope, #9)
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  • Necroscope: Invaders (Necroscope, #11)

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