"The Last Vampire," which was originally written for TOR Books in 1984 (but which TOR, although they gave me the acceptance money, refused to publish because it was "too weird"), was published first by Victor Gollancz in 1991, and now by Leisure Books, in Nov. 2001.
Please, folks, don't let the cheesy cover fool you. This is not in any way a "typical" vampire novel. It's the story of Elmo Land, born toward the beginning of the 20th Century, and transformed before his 20th birthday, who, in a post-apocalyptic world, believes he may well be "the last vampire." He teams up with a man named Jeff--a former literary agent, before the war--who believes that *he* may be "the last human." Over the course of the novel, these two spiritually, and in some ways physically trade places--the vampire becomes a fading, desperate human non-human who can experience the world around him (including his own body) only through the eyes and ears of other creatures (a cat, a bat, insects, spiders), while Jeff slowly (and, at last, to his dismay) becomes a kind of human vampire who...feeds on some very strange things.
It is probably my best book (of 23 published novels), in the sense of its overall impact.
I added a 65-page "Prologue" for the Leisure Books edition. This prologue deals with, among other things, a culture fifty years in the future that exists through email and eschews physical contact, vampire rodeo cowboys, and broad hints at what goes on in the rest of the novel. I should tell you that the vampire rodeo cowboys, although they appear only in the books prologue, will be the subject of an entire novel at some point.
The next issue of HELLNOTES will have an informative review of the book, by William Simmons.