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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SALT PUBLISHING (16 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907773371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773372
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, D'Lacey is best known for his shocking eco-horror novel MEAT. The book has been widely translated and prompted Stephen King to say "Joseph D'Lacey rocks!".

When not realising his fantasies on paper, he dabbles in Yoga and continues a quest for the ultimate vegetarian burger recipe.

He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and daughter.

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Joseph D'Lacey rocks! -- Stephen King The story itself is captivating. D'Lacey gives the main character, James Kerrigan, a secret that even he isn't quite aware of. D'Lacey does a great job dropping hints, but not quite revealing this secret until the right time. He definitely knows how to grab a reader's attention and keep hold of it until the very end. -- Joseph Mulak Horror Reviews A magic carpet ride back to the early days of horror. Clare's Crypt If you enjoy eroticism in the woods, being terrified in an arboretum, and want a horror story, beautifully written yet will shake you to the core, then read Blood Fugue by Joseph D'Lacey. -- Geoff Nelder Cafe Doom It would be best if you dismissed any expectations of a traditional vampire story before you begin to read Blood Fugue. It's not; it's similar, but D'Lacey creates his own creatures as naturally as if they've existed for centuries in the wilderness. They're wonderfully deceitful beings that lurk inside their victims without them even knowing that they've become possessed, urging echoes of The Thing throughout. D'Lacey's victims/creatures were my favourite part of the story, provoking the interesting dilemma of an affliction that sufferers don't remember the evil they complete; a vampiric amnesia if you will. -- Nathan Robinson Snakebite Horror Horror can be the trickiest of genres to gauge correctly. I think it's the mark of a good author that they know when to go for the out-and-out shock and when to leave the reader to fill in the blanks themselves. Blood Fugue is at times graphic, and occasionally extreme, but D'Lacey knows exactly what scenes require that shock value and which can be left to the reader's imagination. If you're a horror fan and you're not already reading Joseph D'Lacey you had better have a bloody good excuse. In fact I demand you remedy this outrageous oversight immediately. The Eloquent Page Blood Fugue is definitely not for the faint hearted. Although it appears the idea came from vapiric lore, this is vampires on crack - they're big, bad, and very very ugly. I've always loved a good horror novel - the gorier and more shocking the better - and Blood Fugue delivered on every single level. This is not a novel for the faint hearted or easily squeamish, but it's certainly one for readers who love to scare the absolute crap out of themselves. The Aussie Zombie Blood Fugue is a near perfect mix of vampires, body horror and ecological thriller. if you only read one vampire novel this year, make sure it is this one. Ginger Nuts of Horror Blood Fugue is a horror read that is most definitely out of the ordinary and deserves to make it on to your reading list immediately. There's no need to simply take my word for it though... Master of Horror Stephen King succinctly said 'Joseph D'Lacey rocks!' Andyerupts.com This book is just glorious. I read it over Hallowe'en week, and I was absolutely hooked from the first page. It's a fantastic read for this time of year, when everything gets colder and darker, and the idea of monsters starts to feel a whole lot more likely. The cover endorsement, from Stephen King (Stephen King!!! As an author, how unbelievably excellent must that feel?) reads simply, 'Joseph D'Lacey rocks'. And, based on the evidence of Blood Fugue, he certainly does. -- Cassandra Parkin D'Lacey forms a world that is some part the beautiful mystery of early Koontz, the small town whimsy of King and the dangerously blurry line between sex and violence that encapsulates Laymon. Snakebite Horror A wonderfully twisted and uber-violent take on the vampire myth. -- Wayne Simmons Captivating ... truly a joy to read. Horror Reviewsite Blowjobs, threesomes and girl on girl...owes more to Fifty Shades of Grey than to Dracula. Annexe Magazine D'Lacey's writing is definitely sexy, terrifying and very, very visceral...This book is just glorious. Adventures in Trash A trip through the forest from hell ... Unforgettable. Dark Arts Magazine What makes the Fugue so compelling, however, is not what it pushes the infected to do, but that it causes them to forget they have done anything at all. The only trouble is that Kerrigan, who is responsible for taking care of any unruly outbreaks of Fugue, is also oblivious of anything amiss, at least until it's too late in most cases. Between discovering his own origins - in some very heartwarming scenes with his adopters, Kath and Burt - and battling the increasingly formidable virus affecting the residents of Hobson's Valley, Kerrigan is soon out of his depth. ... Whether there's a sequel to Blood Fugue or not, it will be interesting to see if Joseph D'Lacey can maintain this degree of excellence. -- Adam Millard This is Horror

About the Author

Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, D'Lacey is best known for his shocking eco-horror novel MEAT. The book has been widely translated and prompted Stephen King to say "Joseph D'Lacey rocks!". A film adaptation is in progress. Joseph lives with his wife and daughter in Northamptonshire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
The vampire, the archetypal legend of the horror genre, has undergone somewhat of a dilution of late with the worryingly popular Twilight series colouring a new generation's impression of what the bloodthirsty undead ought to be like. Perhaps the genre as a whole should have seen it coming: after all, how different can a vampire story be, right? Step up to the plate, award-winning British writer Joseph D'Lacey and his twist on the vampire genre, Blood Fugue.

After reading the synopsis, I was a little underwhelmed. It all sounded a bit generic to me... I couldn't have been more wrong.
D'Lacey kicks off with an opening chapter that for the first page or two, I assumed was going to be fairly standard teenage sexual exploits from any horror fayre. Instead, D'Lacey had my stomach churning with the scene played out in only the first chapter and of course, he had me hooked with his horrific and novel twist on vampires.
The author has created a unique monster in his `Fugues', as described in the synopsis, possessed of an animalistic hunger and desire, these creatures after feeding have no memory of their acts; but something has altered the balance of things and Kerrigan, the protagonist, really does have a fight on his hands. The duality of Kerrigan's nature is a key feature of the book and I was particularly impressed by the author's depiction of small-town America, having spent a little time in the US myself, I found myself smirking at points that were utterly spot on!

D'Lacey's storytelling ability is strong and compelling; he's not afraid to kill characters off and he marries up myth and legend beautifully with the genre that we all love. Blood Fugue is replete with scenes of an explicit sexual nature but this is no Mills & Boon novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Nuts of Horror on 6 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Just take a look at where you buy your books from and you will see that Vampire novels are ten a penny, but look closer, look carefully, these aren't really vampire novels, they are they are book designed to get little girls hearts all a flutter over the handsome homecoming king vampire heartthrob. Where are all the Vampire books that used to get my heart a fluttering with fear, terror and excitement. Sadly those days seem long gone, however into every generation a writer is born: one pen in all the world, a chosen one. He alone will wield the words that will turn the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; into the threat there once were. He is The D'Lacey.

Blood Fugue, is truly a magnificent book. From the opening terrifying and sexually charged prologue, D'Lacey pumps need life blood into a sadly deflated genre. It is clear from the start that the vampires that inhabit this book are vicious, calculating and cold blood killing machines. yes they revel in the life giving fluids of us mere humans, but these are no Mills and Boone romantic encounters, In fact I would say these encounters are akin to a great white shark playing with it's food before it rips it apart. This alone would make these vampires a welcome addition to the genre, but add in the grotesque transformations that these vampires can make, these vampires become awesome. There is a brilliant set piece in the first half of the book, set in the aftermath of an drunken hook up, that will put you in mind of the horror film The Thing.

Now it is all well and good having a great villain, but without a great hero to counter the villain a book will seem rather empty and hollow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mulak on 1 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first time reading anything by D'Lacey, and I must say the book took me by surprise. I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading it, but I must say this book threw me for a loop from page one.

The story itself is captivating. D'Lacey gives the main character, James Kerrigan, a secret that even he isn't quite aware of. D'Lacey does a great job dropping hints, but not quite revealing this secret until the right time. He definitely knows how to grab a reader's attention and keep hold of it until the very end.

The main thing that got my attention is that D'Lacey pulls no punches in trying to shock and disturb a reader. This is definitely not a book for the squeamish or faint of heart. Right from the prologue, there are scenes that will make you cringe and wonder what kind of twisted person wrote this tale.

There are quite a few point of view characters in the book. There's Kerrigan, there's the Spanish family searching for the remains of their ancestor in the forest, and various people of the town. D'Lacey puts us in the minds of the good guys as well as the bad ones as well, which is refreshing and also helps the reader to understand the story from many point of views. D'Lacey handles the head hopping very well and it's not confusing in the least.

I don't want to go too much into the story itself, as I don't want to give anything away, but I will say it's an original tale. I've never read anything quite like this. D'Lacey definitely delivers a disturbing tale that will haunt you for a long time after you've read it.

There are a few emotional scenes in here that will give you a bit of respite from the disturbing qualities of the book, but these will almost bring you to tears. This is not a happy book.
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