The prose equivalent of a graphic novel, British horror mainstay Lumley's latest entry in his enduring Necroscope series (Blood Brothers , etc.) will dazzle some and weary others with its nonstop weird action. Here series hero Harry Keogh, a Necroscope (the only one in the world) who can speak with the dead, faces two major tasks—tracking down a particularly vicious serial killer and uprooting a vampire within himself. Besides confronting a host of vampires, murderers and gypsies, Harry finds time to enjoy a few relatively quiet moments, like playing mathematical games with Pythagoras. While Lumley's popularity may be inexplicable to some, his long, messy, convoluted supernatural adventure thrillers put him firmly in the tradition of such classic Gothic authors as Ann Radcliffe, Charles Maturin and Gregory "Monk" Lewis. (Dec. 17)
FYI: This novel, like many other Lumley titles, was first published by small-press editor W. Paul Ganley. Both Lumley and Ganley were guests of honor at this year's World Fantasy Convention, held Halloween weekend in Washington, D.C.