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Hunter of the Dead

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Someone has begun targeting vampires.

Vampire leaders of the thirteen Houses attribute the string of recent losses to over-zealous vampire hunters. Only Cicatrice, the most ancient and powerful vampire in the world, suspects that the semi-legendary Hunter of the Dead may be the real culprit.

Carter Price, a vampire hunter who despises the way his profession is becoming cen
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Sinister Grin Press (first published August 14th 2016)
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C.T. Phipps
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
I am a huge fan of Stephen Kozeniewski's writing. Basically, he is a writer who isn't afraid to create entire new worlds with their own mythologies, ideas, and concepts before letting them stand on their own. I recommend BRAINEATER JONES and BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS if you want to see some of his other works.

Hunter of the Dead is the story of a world where vampires live in the shadows and are opposed by a secret cabal of hunters. This not-uncommon setting for this world is one which Stephen
BAM The Bibliomaniac
A big thank you to the author for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
I must say I found myself liking this book overall, but I had a couple of issues with plot. I was immediately sucked into this new world of vampires where they live in gambling dens and pick their heirs like the Mafia. I followed right along. But how can the book be titled for a character that pops up twice in the whole book? He has the potential to blow this world wide open, but he's relegated to a
He is a legend, no one has lived to describe him. He is the HUNTER OF THE DEAD and the dark world of vampires are being brought to their eternal and a final death by either this dark legend or a group of over-zealous vampire hunters. Cicatrice, the oldest, most powerful and most vile of the vampires is not the only one to believe the HUNTER OF THE DEAD is back. Carter Price, a hunter himself also believes but he feels the hunter is now killing with little thought to who or what he kills. Price m ...more
Frank Errington
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Hunter of the Dead is a sprawling, epic tale of vampire houses, the Inquisitors who seek to destroy them, and the one both vampires and Inquisitors fear the most, simply known as The Hunter.

Kozeniewski wastes no time setting the bloody tone for the tale which follows. I have never read anything like this. At times mesmerizing and breathtaking, Hunter of the Dead is every bit as entertaining as The Strain, but dissimilar in many ways. Multiple story-lines woven together in a complex ta
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of vampires - books, movies - and feel great disappointment when they fall flat. When this came across my desk, I was both excited and a little weary. I am a big fan of Stephen Kozeniewski's writing... and definitely had high hopes with this one.

This was, hands down, an amazing vampire book. It was different, but gave me that warm feeling I get when I read about authentic vampires. You know what I'm talking about. The ones that are pompous and vicious, who have no soul and don't
The Grim Reader
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say that I had a lot of fun with this new novel from Stephen Kozeniewski would be an understatement. The cover had me sold a few weeks back when I first saw it. But then I read the synopsis and saw the word "Vampire" mentioned...ohhhh, I said to myself. Now I will admit, I am not the biggest vamp fan in the world but this book is bloody great. At 300+ pages it feels nice to get into something that has depth and multiple layers to it. The plot is fairly straightforwards in that a number of Vam ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

But I came across a recent blog post written by Stephen Kozeniewski listing the reasons reviews written by ordinary people (even the so called "bad" ones) are important and valuable to authors and I was so impressed by what Mr. K had to say that I was compelled to leave a review for his book Hunter of the Dead.

I've read a lot of vampire books, everything from Twilight (Cheesy) to Interview With a Vampire (Epic) and quite honestly, Hunter of the Dead was one of the be
Angela Crawford
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Of The Dead is a throwback to when vampires were monsters, not sparkly emo teenagers full of angst. This book is chock full of bloody, violent action and enough witty dialogue to keep me glued to the pages with a maniacal grin on my face until I finished the last page. I love Nico and Price. Price is a grizzled veteran vampire hunter who prefers to go it alone. Nico is perfect as the apprentice that just found out the hard way that vampires are real. The vampires are full of traitorous ba ...more
K.P. Ambroziak
This is not my first Kozeniewski read, and I’ve always found he has a talent for gore. He writes about the gory with such fluidity a reader may not realize she’s stepped into the muck until it’s too late. There’s often blood and goo, and characters walking nonchalantly through a landscape of dismembered bodies and shredded beings, an anatomical chop shop. “Hunter of the Dead” is no different, which may have been my biggest issue with it.

It’s a vampire tale, whatever that means nowadays. The vam
Fiona Tate
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to review and I did enjoy it.
Mr Kozeniewski's Vampires are delightfully gruesome. I was a little confused at first, be bothered with all the Vampire politics but once I understood, who was who, and who was on who's side, things got quite interesting. There's also a couple of humans in the mix and some entertaining wisecracks. Oh and a really nice twist.
A satisfying ending, with just enough questions left to be answered in future books.
Patrick D'Orazio
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hunter of the Dead does its best to shed new light into vampire mythology with a story spanning the ages from the early days of vampires and the inquisitors who wage a constant war with them to today, when a strange monster, shrouded in mystery, has come forth, slaying both vampires and inquisitors alike.
The story passes through multiple time periods, flashing back into the history of characters both significant and petty, while the main story focuses on events occuring in present day Las Vegas
Morgan Chalfant
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It has been quite some time since I've read a vampire book. It was refreshing to not see the Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Stephanie Meyer clones. The book suffers in a few areas, none so much as pieces of the ending (not all of it). The characters are interesting and compelling (mostly), but some of their arcs (one in particular) don't quite come full circle according to how the character's mentality is established earlier in the work. Awesome action and fast-paced though! These aren't the defan ...more
Shawn Remfrey
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
I never pass up a chance to read one of Kozy's books. He's one of the few authors that I keep funds set aside for. That way, as soon as a new one is released, I can immediately order it.

Now, because Kozy is one of my favorite authors, I know for sure that I'll love the book. So, I don't bother reading what it's about. I just pick it up and begin devouring. You can get an idea of what sort of book it is by the book cover. If I had to give you a quick plot summary, I'd say that we have vampires,
Nia Ireland
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The gloves are off!

Up to now, Kozeniewski's books have been funny with a side order of gore but this one is just straight up gore with a side order of horror. People get their faces eaten off and children are being fed to ancient demons.

If I had to guess the biggest influence of this novel, I'd probably go with From Dusk Til Dawn. The vampires aren't glittery and sexy and the hunters aren't angsty and indestructible and there are Tarantino levels of ick in this book, so it's a breath of fresh ai
Holly Ann
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic!!!

Hunter of the Dead is a unique twist on the vampire story. When these vampires are strong enough, they don't even need the blood to survive. They can steal a person's life essence. The people that aren't strong enough to be turned into vampires, or the ones that are not turned properly, turn into ghouls. The purpose of the ghouls is that they eat the leftovers from the vampire's meals.

The vampires live by a code, and have organized themselves into great houses. The balanc
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Return to a time where vampires don’t sparkle, but instead hunger for the life that flows through our veins. In Kozeniewski’s 5th novel, we enter a world that feels like Bram Stroker’s Dracula and Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D. A world where blood and gore are the clothes of the undead.

This story takes you back to the roots of vampirism, where gothic horror is the genre vampirism was meant to be. There is tons of blood, guts, and creepy night crawling things to keep you awake at night.

Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I really enjoyed this book! It's graphic and gory but I expected it so it was okay. The characters are interesting and the concept of vampires is unique and I love that! I would highly recommend for any vampire lovers
John Quick
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Let’s get something out of the way right up front: after the post-Twilight vampire craze, I was pretty burnt out on vampire fiction. While I know that great improvements and new takes have come out recently (Jonathan Janz’s Dust Devils and Kristopher Rufty’s Vampire of Plainsfield come to mind), it’s just been hard for me to get into anything once I see the “V” word in the description.

I’m pleased to say that Kozeniewski has managed to reverse my thinking on the matter.

We’re thrown in right away,
David Watson
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are more vampires in the world then anyone knows about. The most powerful vampire in the world is Cicatrice and he secretly rules the city of Las Vegas. The vampires are being killed off though and not just by the vampire hunters who have pledged their lives to destroy the undead. There is a supernatural serial killer on the loose and Cicatrice believes it could be the legendary and ancient Hunter Of The Dead.

A vampire civil war has begun and when there are too many vampires in the same ar
Sharon Stevenson
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is gruesome, entertaining, and as with all of Kozeniewski's novels, it has imprinted into my memory and will not soon be forgotten. The vampires are extremely brutal monsters and it does get very gory, very quickly. I was intrigued by female vampire's story, but she wasn't a character I could root for so I wasn't truly hooked until Price and Nico arrived. Those two were just awesome characters; particularly Price. Everything really took off from there, and the suspense really started t ...more
Ken Jensen
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book. Left me wanting more of the universe and characters. Not your typical vampire story which was a relief.

Hunter of the Dead is one epic vampire novel. If you're looking for sparkly, over-possessive pretty boy vampires then you should probably just move along. But if you're looking for a vamped-up Game of Thrones with The Red Wedding-level of bloodshed then you've come to the right place.

Hunter of the Dead has a large cast of characters and an intricately woven plot built upon a well thought-out mythos. There are warring vampire houses, each with their own version of vamp
Heath Brown
I guess I'll be bucking the trend here, but I didn't really enjoy this one. It felt like it was trying to be more funny than scary, more gross than interesting. I'm usually pretty forgiving too.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great read! A well thought out and unique vampire tale. I hope we will see more of this world. This is the first novel I have read by Kozeniewski and it will not be my last!
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Stephen Kozeniewski lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.