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Necroscope 01. Das Erwachen.

(Necroscope #1)

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An instant classic, Brian Lumley's astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe that Lumley has explored and expanded through more than a baker's dozen novels and novellas. Millions of copies of Necroscope and its successors are in print in a dozen languages throughout the world.

Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, Necroscope has inspired everything from comic b
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 31st 2001 by Festa Verlag (first published June 26th 1986)
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Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Gosh, what an exciting read. Set in the times of cold war (1976) you see the development of two different characters, Harry Keogh (west) and Boris Dragosani (east) with all the ingredients of a spectacular spy story. Keogh has the talent of speaking with the dead (necroscope) and Dragosani is a necromancer. Who will win at the end? Dragosani often travels to Romania to meet a long buried evil there. It is the real myth behind Dracula (incredibly compelling background story) he encounters. Dragos ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Lumley is one of my all time favorite authors, and the entire Necroscope series is in my top five of the best books ever written. When I first started reading these books, years ago, I was blown away by the concept of the thing. The best thing of all was a take on vampires that scared the ever loving crap out of me. I thought I had read about scary vampires before, but the Wamphyri were a whole new level of scary. I've read this particular book at least 15 times and at 51 years of age, I c ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, horror
”Still holding his victim, now the necromancer crouched down into himself and his jaws opened wide. Needle teeth dripped slime and something moved in his gaping mouth which wasn’t quite a tongue. His nose seemed to flatten to his face and grew ridged, like the convoluted snout of a bat, and one scarlet eye bulged hideously while the other narrowed to a mere slit. Harry stared directly into hell and couldn’t look away.”

Harry Keough can talk to the dead.

He discovers something very fascinating: th
Dirk Grobbelaar
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, horror
Necroscope deals with the concept of Paranormal Espionage, which could be seen as a forerunner of at least some of the themes prevalent in Urban Fantasy these days. It is, however, presented in a very different fashion. For one thing, this is first and foremost a Horror novel.

The first half of the novel contains a number of historic sequences filling out the back stories of two key characters and laying the groundwork for the second half. One of these characters is the Necroscope of the title, w
I am officially calling it quits on this book. I have been trying to read it for 10 days and barely made it to 35% of a less than 400 page book. No bueno.

I kinda feel guilty about not finishing this, because it was selected for my bookclub, and I hate not finishing bookclub books. BUT, then I remember that life is too fucking short to waste on terrible books, and I have given this one more than enough of my time already. And it's not like I wanted to finish but couldn't... I just couldn't bring
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these books over 25 years ago, I have literally just re ordered them as I don't no where they have gone.
An amazing series, one of the best I have read.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A common criticism of Cold-War era spy novels is that they do not have enough vampires. Brian Lumley addresses that problem in Necroscope, where Harry Keogh saves the world from monsters and Communism.

For those of you who don't know Latin, a Necroscope is someone who can scope the dead, which means Harry can have pleasant chats with the deceased to learn their secrets and even absorb their powers for his own. This ability comes in handy when Harry is enlisted by British Intelligence's ESP branc
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I just finished re-reading this book and had forgotten just how much fun it was. Harry Keogh is an absolutely fantastic character and his powers (i.e., the powers of the Necroscope) are original and very cool. This is a book that I have not heard come up very often in discussions of really great series and I think that is a shame. This is extremely well written and very engaging. Highly recommended.

Most recently read: August 10, 2009.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I am glad I discovered this author.This book read a little like a Dario Argento 80s film mixed with early Robert Mcammon (which is a good thing to me). The plot was excellent and the ideas are big. This book bordered a bit on sci-fi even. It mixed together concepts of the afterlife with science, and legends. It's hard to review the book without including spoilers.
Like any good story true to the 80s vibe, it has over the top action that seems go on for even longer than it does, and usually I am n
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly loved reading this one. Really got into the plot and characters; barely did anything else for most of 2 days. This is an another author new to me that I'm going to have to explore, and deeply. Why if I had next book in the series in hand, I'd be reading it immediately! Great SF adventure. Complete page-turner. I'm definitely a Lumley fan now. The beginning was a bit cool and drowsy but once the leading man was introduced, about 100 pages in, the books plotting got pacey and thrilling. Ha ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I'm really undecided about this book. It wasn't bad, but it didn't grip me...

Where to start?

It was a bit slow off the bat. I was reading about the Russian ESPers and sort of wondering where everything was going, and when the actual story was going to get set-up. Looking back I suppose it was getting set up at the time, but it didn't feel like it.

Then we got to Harry, and I was much more interested. For awhile, I dreaded the parts where we went back to Dragosani. Ok, not dreaded, but I certa
Maxine Marsh

First read 6/20/2014
Second read 12/3/2015
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

It seems like I’ve had Necroscope and some of its sequels on my bookshelves forever. I think my early twenties I tried reading one of them and got bored in the first chapter so didn’t get back to it. Thanks for a group read at Horror Aficionados group, I finally dug in, stuck with it, and soon became absorbed.

It still takes a mighty long time to take off, but it’s just a slower style, a long tome that promises interest but divides its action sequences randomly. When fight is present, it stands o
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Traditional Horror fans, Lovecraft fans
My husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. He reads the intro's to me for some of these short stories, especially when he sees something by an author he knows I've read. Such was the case with Brian Lumley. I have copies of my Necroscope books on my shelves, I read them when they first came out and enjoyed them so much I've kept intending to re-read them. (Yes, I was a middle and high school ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lot going on in this one. It is much more than the standard blood sucker tale that I thought it was going to be. Brian Lumley pens a unique take on the vampire mythos and adds some very cool paranormal esponiage elements as well. His characterizations were very well drawn and while the pacing is slow at times, it never disengaged me from the storyline. It had a real “old school horror” feeling throughout. Excellent. 4+ Stars.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A glorious mind-fuck of a book! I can see why Necroscope has gotten so many great reviews and ratings. Unlike the pulp urban fantasy literature that sprouts stereotyped vampires right and left, there was some serious rethinking of vampires in the 80s: take Skipp and Spector's The Light at the End, McCammon's They Thirst, and George R.R. Martin's Fevre Dream as examples. Lumley's Necroscope definitely belongs on that list as well! Although to call Necroscope a vampire novel does not really do it ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, horror, favorites
Really more like 4.5 stars, but I'll be generous because there were entire sections here that were 5-star worthy. The first 1.5 hours or so of the audio recording were a bit long-winded and made me worry that I'd been duped into reading a book solely about political espionage (or in this case, E.S.P.ionage). However, once that bit was over the story really unfolded and took off in a couple of different and more interesting directions. I really enjoyed listening to the sections focusing on Harry ...more
Seth Skorkowsky
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
First few chapters are slow. Very slow. But then the book picks up and just keeps getting better. What I'd believed to be a vampire/horror novel revealed itself to be much more. Necroscope is a Cold War spy novel, where world powers use ESP-gifted agents to spy, interrogate, and assassinate. There is a vampire. It's a beautifully grotesque re-imagining of the monster, more Lovecraft than Stoker. ...more
Chris Berko
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool story that ended up being more mature than I had expected. It starts out with a bang, kind of meanders around for a while in the middle but the last hundred pages brings everything together with a decent amount of action and bloodshed. Totally not a typical vampire story this book really scores high in originality.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imo this book is movie worthy. It's a mix of X-Files, Fringe, and Supernatural all put in one. It has everything you want in a vampire story. ...more
Kenneth McKinley
A story with a character that can talk to the dead, one that can extract the dead's secrets, one that can give the "evil eye", a vampire, zombies, British and Russian secret agencies that employ agents with all sorts of ESP talents, and a sci-fi space/time continuum all set in the middle of the Cold War. How can Lumley pack so much goodness in 500 pages?

Necroscope is the book that started a horror series franchise before horror series were considered the norm. Lumley crafts a tale that was revo
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up liking this one but there were times at the beginning that I wanted to DNF. The story starts off extremely slowly with lots of character development on the two main characters Boris Dragosani and Harry Keogh. As a math teacher, I enjoyed the multiple chapters dedicated to Harry's performance in math class at school but if I wasn't a math nerd, I'd have given up then. But once the story got going...eventually, I really enjoyed myself. There are references to Bram Stoker's Dracula and t ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I’ve come across a Brian Lumley short story, in one of Stephen Jones’s annual compilations or elsewhere, I’ve been hugely impressed. It’s fair to say that Lumley writes Lovecraftian better than Lovecraft does, as he gets to the eldritch horror of it whilst actually being able to write decent, readable prose. As such for the last ten or fifteen years I’ve been meaning to read ‘Necroscope’, his most famous novel and the one I always used to see in Smiths when I was kid. Now ten or fifteen ...more
Quentin Wallace
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was..complicated. I finally got around to reading it after putting it off for a while, and I did enjoy it. However, it wasn't really what I expected and it did have its flaws.

First off, I think it's a little too lengthy. 100-200 pages could have been cut and it would have been a stronger, tighter story. The story is set during the Cold War, and we see Britain and Russia both utilizing ESP agents, as in agents with some type of mental power. Our two main characters are a necromancer, who
Thomas Flowers
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, okay, it took me a little longer than usual to get through this book. The amount of detail was a real slog at the beginning, but once you start getting into it, the story really takes off. There are still spots of deep deep deeeeeeep detail on par with something from Lord of Rings or something, which I guess is one way of describing the magnitude of this series, minus any metaphor or symbolism Tolkien was a master for, still, its kinda nice having the horror equivalent of his work. As for t ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I really should have loved this book, set in the years after WII with the traditional Cold War adversaries and an added supernatural twist, competing divisions made up of agents with unusual abilities. But there were long passages of background information that I really struggled to wade through. This is a series of books so I guess you can consider this a set-up book but it just seemed like there could have been a better way to incorporate all the information without resorting to these extended ...more
Chato Arreguin
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book runs the gamut of genres: Horror, Espionage, Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller, etc. I instantly fell in love with Brian Lumley's creations. In fact, I'm currently in the process of re-reading the Necroscope Series for the 2nd time and loving it all over again. Lumley is the Horror King 👿 ...more
Hunter Shea
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is the reason I became a horror writer. Best vampire novels of all time.
Perry Lake
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, ghosts, vampires
by Brian Lumley, 1986

I read half a dozen books by Brian Lumley in the early eighties, all on Lovecraftean themes. These included the Titus Crow and Borea adventures. I remember loving them.

Then Lumley turned to new material, his Necroscope series. This was more original than expanding on Lovecraft's themes, perhaps, but it wasn't what I was looking for at the time so I set them aside to collect dust. Recently, due to a Goodreads buddy read, I decided to give them a go.

The prolog of t
S.E. Lindberg
Weird ESPionage from the master of mashing up horror and adventure:

Brian Lumley's Necroscope is not heroic fiction, which I typically focus on. It is very entertaining and has connections to Weird Sword & Sorcery adventure which led me to read it:

1) Heroes of Dreams & Khash series: I discovered Lumley’s writing via his Weird Sword & Sorcery. Vintage dark fantasy spawned in the early 1900’s from the work of pen-pals R.E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft; though it seems rare to find quality Conan-Mythos
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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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Necroscope (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Necroscope II: Vamphyri! (Necroscope, #2)
  • Necroscope III: The Source (Necroscope, #3)
  • Necroscope IV: Deadspeak (Necroscope, #4)
  • Necroscope V: Deadspawn (Necroscope, #5)
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  • Vampire World III: Bloodwars (Necroscope, #8)
  • Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume I (Necroscope, #9)
  • Necroscope: Resurgence, The Lost Years Volume II (Necroscope, #10)
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