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  • Hardcover: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596065370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065376
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Travel by Night After being turned by vampire queen LaRouge on the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh, Confederate soldier Trevor Lawson struggles to retain a remnant of his humanity and a hope that he may regain a mortal life by good deeds. Full description

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Wazir on 16 July 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really like Robert R McCammon books and have read all of them to date, but to charge £18+ for effectively nothing more then a chapter of a future book is a strait rip off, if I had paid the price of a paper back for this so called book I would have felt short not buy, save your money and buy 3 other good horror books....
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By paul nelson on 19 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
I Travel by Night is my first read from Robert McCammon and on this showing certainly won’t be my last, we follow the protagonist Trevor Lawson, a former soldier who fought for the South in the great civil war of America as he does indeed only travel by night, by daylight he avoids the sun as vampires sometimes do.

Now an adventurer and problem solver, Lawson is approached by a rich client whose daughter has been kidnapped, the ransom 666 pieces of gold, the sum is a message in itself and Lawson has to deliver the money to a place, seemingly no one has heard, or wants to hear of, a place in the Louisiana swamps called Nocturne.

Lawson’s character is fleshed out nicely as we learn his history, who changed him, his desire to enact revenge and undo what was done to him, his fight to retain some semblance of humanity as he refuses to take human blood and the cursed benefits of his condition.
Also thrown into the story is Ann Kingsley, a trick shot artist and sister of the kidnapped girl, she doesn’t trust Lawson and is determined to accompany him into the swamps where they will face untold danger and a dark society.

This is an excellent story at around 150 pages and is left very open, hopefully for the return of some characters that I would definitely be interested in hearing more from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bigt on 31 Aug. 2013
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good novella good characters have to wait for the full book before being convinced.Hunter from the woods was good.matthew corbetts series,nightbird was hard to beat.the five,not as good as mine.mccammon fans know what I mean.Still Robert is the best in the genre.Neck and neck with mr.king.allways anticipation is rewarded.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
McCammon ROCKS! 11 April 2013
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on
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4.5* rounded up to 5!

Robert McCammon has been one of my favorite authors for many years now. His novel "Boy's Life" is one of my favorite books of all time. His older works of horror like "Swan Song" or "They Thirst" were outstanding and they made me a life-long fan. Then came his historical fiction series which is flat out awesome. Then...then came "The Five" which is not so easily characterized, but just as phenomenal as his other books.

Now comes Trevor Lawson whose business card reads:
All Matters Handled
I Travel By Night

Trevor holds court in the Hotel Sanctuaire located in the city of New Orleans, in the late 1800's. People who have "matters to be handled" seek him out as does Mr. Kingsley in the beginning of this book. It seems that Trevor Lawson has some abilities that cause him to be special, but I won't tell you what they are. You will have to read this and find out for yourself.

Even though this story is set in New Orleans and the nearby swamps, it has a western feel to it. At one point Trevor stops at a bar called the Swamp Root to ask directions and comes upon a card game. Lawson saw "a black glimmer of warning in the eyes and a tightening of the beefy shoulders" of the dealer, interpreting that warning as "approach me with caution."
McCammon writes:"That was like a summons to Trevor Lawson who sipped at his whiskey and brought up his predator's smile..." as he moves in closer to watch the poker game. It's easy to picture this scene as a western movie-the Swamp Root even has bat-wing doors.

Trevor is a man with faults who is trying to do the right thing, despite all the odds and his own body fighting against him. I just LOVED him, his inner fight, his outer strength...all of it. I would immediately pick up anything else Mr. McCammon chooses to write about him. I deducted .5 of a star because this is a novella and I wanted a full novel. I can only hope that there will be a full novel someday.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Short but sweet 23 April 2013
By D. Meyer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
McCammon returns to his horror roots in this slight but entertaining novella. However, it reads like the prologue to a longer work, so charging a full-novel price, especially in the hardcover version, is not very cool of Sub Press to do for what is basically a long short story or the first chapter of a larger novel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully written with a new twist on vampires 15 April 2013
By Terry Weyna - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Trevor Lawson is a vampire, made by a scavenger on a Civil War battlefield. Now, more than 20 years since he was turned, he continues to fight his nature as hard as he can. It is becoming progressively more difficult for him to look at a crucifix or suffer even the indirect rays of the sun. But he nonetheless battles other vampires, even as the silver of his bullets burns his fingers as he loads his gun.

Those other vampires -- the Dark Society -- want him dead. And he wants to get close to them, not solely to destroy them, but also because he believes that the female who turned him holds the cure for his vampirism. He gets his opportunity when David Kingsley comes to him with news of a kidnapped daughter and a plea that Lawson personally retrieve her, as the ransom note demands. And so Lawson heads for the swamps of Louisiana with the demanded ransom of 666 gold pieces, to a town called Nocturne, which is on no maps, but can be reached from the hamlet of St. Benadicta.
McCammon writes beautifully. Consider this single sentence about New Orleans:

"In the rainwashed city of New Orleans the gas lamps hissed, the barkeeps offered exotic drinks from potion bottles of many colors, the restaurants served Creole and Cajun fare that put heat into the stomach, blood and loins, sweet ladies paraded and posed before young gentlemen seeking an evening of delight, laughter rose up from shadows and then fell back into darkness again, horse-drawn carriages moved here and there in no particular hurry as if the night had no beginning nor end, guitar and piano music spilled into the puddled streets from rooms made golden by candlelight, the timeless river washed against the piers and pilings of exquisite decay, and the brick walls that had stood in the rein of the Ibervilles still stood in defiance of sun, wind, the dampness of the swamp and the hands of modern men."

This is cinematic prose; you can feel the heaviness of the humid air and hear the clopping of the horses' hooves. The quoted sentence is representative of McCammon's writing, which stays lush throughout, even in describing the horrors of fights between vampires. In the process, we learn the details of Lawson's past, from his marriage to his decision to join the Confederate Army in its fight against the Union, to his turning and his battles and compromises with his new nature, to his hope for a cure.

The beautiful language and the exposition are in service to the story, not a barrier to it. McCammon doesn't stint on the action or the violence; his writing remains so clear that the reader can follow every move of every battle.

And McCammon also finds a new twist to vampires in the notion that vampirism can be cured, and in the means of that cure. If you thought the last few decades had exhausted the topic of vampires, think again. McCammon's vampires are evil to the core; you will find no romantic Lestat and no sparkling Edward here. What you will find is horror written so exquisitely that you feel every piercing, every blow.

Make the time to read this novella in a single sitting to get the full effect. Read slowly, with a mint julep at your elbow, and relish the work of a master of dark fiction.

Originally published on Fantasy Literature website.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Urban Fantasy Genre - Old West Vampire 31 Oct. 2013
By Peter S. Bradley - Published on
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This is a fast moving, entertaining, easy-read.

Trevor Lawson is a gentleman-adventurer cut from the cloth of the old television westerns such as "Have gun will travel." In fact, Lawson has a business card promising to take on any challenge for a fee and warranting that "I travel by night." Lawson calls New Orleans circa 1880 his home and he carries two backward facing revolvers.

Lawson has a reason for travelling by night - he's a vampire. He's been a vampire since he was turned in the Civil War. Now, his ambition is to find the vampire who turned him into a creature who is losing his humanity day by day.

But even a vampire has to make a living and working the night side of the Old West is how he does it. He's given an assignment to rescue a kidnapped girl that he knows is a set-up by the organized undead who hate Trevor for turning his back on his new unlife. He takes on the job and travels to swampland Louisiana. Along the way he obtains the assistance of his New Orleans home-base ally, Father Dealle, and he acquires an unlikely ally in the form of a woman sharpshooter.

Does Lawson get out in one piece? Does he rescue the girl?

Read the book.

The author, Robert McCammon, is obviously setting this up as series with allies and the mission of finding his vampire creator and avoiding the tendrils of the vampire organization.

It was a fun and engaging read. The book is well-worth the time and price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good story, but too brief 10 Jun. 2013
By manly-but-bookish - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I Travel by Night is only a novella, but it's a return for McCammon to the genre that he first made a name for himself in.

Trevor Lawson, a confederate soldier, was turned into a vampire one night after having been injured and left to die on the battlefield in Shiloh. But unlike the others of his kind, who embrace the dark gift when they receive it, Lawson never has, and doesn't intend to. He's been holding on to as much of his humanity as he's been able to for more than twenty years now as he's been searching for the vampire who turned him. He believes that if he's able to find her, and drain her of her vampiric blood, that he might be able to return to his life as a human.

I Travel by Night is a great story but it's too short. Lawson is an intriguing character and one with a lot of potential for additional tales down the road. Hopefully that's McCammon's intention and he's only teasing with this all-too-short introduction to him and the journey he's on.
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