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They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon
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Vampires are a common staple in any horror fan’s diet. I cannot believe that I have gone so long without treating myself to the apocalyptic juiciness of Robert McCammon’s They Thirst. While not having written the perfect novel, McCammon, the writer of such hits as A Boy’s Life and Swan Song (both of which I loved), uses all his gifts of characterization to make this classic novel of vampires taking over the city of angels a must-read for any vampire fan.

Imagine Salem’s Lot (my all time favorite!) taking place not in a small New England town, but in the decadent home of Hollywood, and you will get an idea of what you are in for with this sprawling 562 page horror epic. The central protagonist is a Hungarian-born L.A. detective who once narrowly escaped his father-turned-vampire in his home country. The rest of the imperfect heroes in the novel are introduced sporadically throughout: a feisty young female reporter, a haunted priest in East L. A., an up and coming Hollywood comic actor, and an eleven-year-old boy. There are some real chilling moments in this nail-biter of a book. The horror of being trapped inside a sprawling metropolis with everyone around you turning into immortal bloodsuckers is masterfully conveyed through the constantly shifting perspectives in the novel.

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Reading Progress

October 6, 2019 – Started Reading
October 6, 2019 – Shelved
October 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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