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This is My Blood is David Niall Wilson’s first and most important novel. It is a retelling of the gospel from a very different perspective. When Jesus goes into the desert and is tempted by the devil, there is one temptation added. One of the fallen is raised as a woman to tempt him with the flesh. Instead, the woman, named Mary of Magdalene, falls in love with Jesus and h ...more
Hardcover, Signed, Numbered & Limited to 1000 copies, 251 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Terminal Fright Press (first published February 21st 1999)
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Michele Lee
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is My Blood is a sneaky, beautifully written Christian horror tale of supernatural damnation and love. In this hard-to-put-down book a vampire turned by Lucifer himself to punish humanity becomes enamored with the mythos of The Christ and finds the love and power radiating from the man himself to be more than she expected. Taking on the role of Mary Magdalene she finds herself drawn to him, despite Lucifer's promise that she's bound to damn him.
Wilson's tale is enchanting, deeply religiou
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Nona
""Those who hunger remain"

For much of my youth I was a devout Christian, and while my beliefs have changed, much of that stays with me in one form or another. Also, when all my friends were reading science fiction and fantasy, I was reading horror. It's not the only thing I read, but it's still very much My Genre. Not surprisingly, I have quite a weak spot for religious horror, and had been looking forward to reading David Niall Wilson's novel of a vampiric Mary Magdalene, The Temptation of Bloo
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Stephen
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
David Niall Wilson creates a new gospel (The Book of Judas), turns one of the pivotal characters in the Bible into a vampire, and puts an entirely new spin on the life of Christ, all with a stylistic flair that leads one to believe that maybe the author knows something we don't, but that we should. With vampire tales being a dime a dozen, and few of them worth the dime, THIS IS MY BLOOD stands out as one of the most thoughtful and creative takes on the legend one might hope to find. I suspect th ...more
J. Goodman
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read by Mr. Wilson and I've been hooked from that day. He is a master with plotting, pacing and believable characters.
C.T. Phipps
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: Serious subject matter (religion) with a very unconventional method of looking at it (vampirism).

THIS IS MY BLOOD
By. David Niall Wilson
265 pages
5 chalices of blood out of 5

Jesus gets a lot of vampire jokes made about him. I say this with dead seriousness. "JESUS THE VAMPIRE: Jesus gave his blood, now he wants it back - coming to a theater near you" is a T-shirt I've seen before. This is a in part because the 19th century vampire (and later Hammer Horror's depictions) is a creature
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Remittance Girl
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Many years ago, Howard Jacobson wrote a brave retelling of Genesis called "The Very Model of a Man". This book is in the same spirit, if leaning a little more towards the paranormal. This is unique and compelling reinterpretation of the story of Christ takes place through the eyes of Mary Magdalen, who is decidedly not what she seems.

It helps if you're fairly well versed in the New Testament - especially the Gospels - because it's only then you truly appreciate how clever the author has been wit
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Pamela Gibson
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read the short story, then a proof copy of the book David wrote. I sat in the writers' group of which David was a member, and listened as he refined, and redrew, and honed his skill. It's eerie to read a book, having watched the idea as the writer 'grew' it. And it still raises the hair on my neck.
Geoff
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read of an alternative telling of the time Christ walked the earth. In this case Mary Magdalen is a fallen angel made into a vampire by Lucifer. And the story is told through her perspective, and she comes to love Jesus even though she is damned. This was an interesting supernatural take, and I thought if was done well.
Michael
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. It tells the last days of Christ on earth from the viewpoint of Mary Magdalene who is...not human (no spoiler here). There is a central premise which is both brilliant and executed amazingly well. The insights into the character of Jesus and his apostles is extremely well written.

Highly recommended.
Michael Brookes
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this a lot, what we have here is a different and interesting take on the gospel, a secret history of Judas and Mary Magdelene. It's told through two mediums, the first is the Gospel of Judas which offers an alternative viewpoint to the more traditional gospels. The other viewpoint is that of Mary Magdelene, she joins the story as one of the fallen, a minion of Lucifer's tasked with tempting Jesus.

When the temptation fails she is cursed to exist as a vampire, but Jesus promises
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Matt Arthur
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The book held promise. I enjoy spiritual books, books with a focus on some of the Bible's more minor players, and the urban fantasy/horror as well. The book should have been a decent distractive romp - not something to go for a different view of the Bible to affect my spiritual life but a fun "What would Jesus do" that never really will come into play. Besides, I got it for a steal and I had a buck to burn. While the book is obviously nothing that would fall into the orthodox camp it is an artfu ...more
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a great concept which I honestly have had mulling around my head as a story. I thought the ideas were fictionally fascinating. I’m going to be honest, I think this may have been a better book to read rather than listen to. With that said the Narrator was very good. The main issue I dealt with was going back to re-listen to a number parts because of the multiple voices/POV of used. The author has a good grasp of both the Bible and vampire lore.
I would definitely recommend you read this
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David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer 's Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. He lives outside Hertfor
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