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Vampyrrhic [Paperback]

Simon Clark
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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17 Dec 1998
In a small, isolated town, people are affected by a condition that leaves them in a coma unless they consume blood. Then a terminally ill man plans an act of vengeance: to set the dead against the living, so that the whole world might experience the misery the townspeople have endured for years.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (17 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340696095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340696095
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simon Clark is the award-winning author of the cult apocalyptic novel Blood Crazy: "everyone over the age of 19 has been driven murderously insane... children and teenagers flee for their lives..." His novels include Nailed By The Heart, Vampyrrhic, Whitby Vampyrrhic, The Night of the Triffids and a bloody fistful of others that earned accolades from magazines around the world. This from Hellnotes: 'Clark's is surely the most outrageous imagination to grace horror since the discovery of Clive Barker' And: 'I actually loved Blood Crazy. Not just liked it, but loved it.' A quote from Beyond.

2014. A new edition of my novel, The Night of the Triffids, is scheduled for publication this August in paperback and ebook from Constable and Robinson.

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From the Author

One question I'm often asked about my books is whether the setting is real or not.

Here I get chance to follow in the characters footsteps from both Vampyrrhic and Vampyrrhic Rites and take in some of the sights such as Whitby Abbey and the house where Bram Stoker stayed on his visits to Whitby over a century ago. One of my favourite authors is Arthur Machen. On a visit to Whitby during World War 1 he described it as 'a town of a magic dream.' Do you agree? And what do you make of the little figurine I saw in the British Musuem that dates back six thousand years and appears to be wearing a pair of rather funky sunglasses? Curiouser and curiouser...

About the Author

Simon Clark is a well-established horror writer whose short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he has also written prose material for the rock band U2.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afraid of the Dark 17 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading his sequel to the "Day of the Triffids" and enjoying it throughly. In the same way that the triffids made me scared of meteor showers, as I read this book on the London Tube a sense of relief overwhelmed me when we pulled into the well-lit stations, away from the dark tunnels.
This is the first horror book I have read, although I do have eclectic reading tastes, and once I got through the prologue (which I found heavy going) I was soon caught up in the well-drawn narrative.
David Leppington returns to the town of his birth, Leppington. His family has lived there for generations and he is curious - is the town named for the family or the family for the town? He soon discovers that his family's history is interatically linked to that of the town and that his own destiny is pre-ordained by their action a millenia ago.
As David, and other hotel guests, are caught up in the horrors of Leppington, you realise that Simon Clark's writing skills are similar to the hypnotic talents of the vampires. You find that even though you are scarying yourself, you are pulled to the next page, and then the next, then the next...
A great book, which has added this genre to those I pick up of the shelves - I have already ordered "The Fall" and "Judas Tree"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book! 16 May 2003
This was the first Simon Clark book I had read and it's enough to get any horror fan hooked. The thrills are non stop and the author isn't scared to push his writing to the limit. You may not like all the main characters but each one of them is vital to the story and make for a compelling read. Any fan of horror, in particular vampire stories will love 'Vampyrrhic'.
I warn you - you will not want to put this book down until it is finished!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncompliated Horror 4 Feb 2006
By Wordy
Readers seem to have a love or hate reaction to Simon Clark's novels and this one certainly seems to have mixed reviews here.
I personally find his work has good pace and plot and thought Vampyrrhic was an interesting rework of the classic vampire genre with a twist.
I would agree with the opinion that his writing is probably not the best technically but after a slow start I found Vampyrrhic an entertaining if undemanding read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from Simon Clark.. 13 Aug 2011
This is the second Simon Clark book that I read and I instantly took to it. The characters are believable, real, appealing people and with it being set in close to my part of the world it is easy to imagine the world they find themselves in!
I would recommend this to any Simon Clark fan or anyone who may find themselves stumbling across this book.
If you are into Vampires, then this is a brilliant take on the myth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly Horrific Vampire Saga 13 May 1999
By A Customer
Intelligent story set in Yorkshire. Spooky atmosphere prevails throughout the novel and shocks in store for the faint-hearted readers. Get it now!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic atmosphere 9 Sep 2000
By A Customer
well, its a dammn fine book for starters. I bought it cos i like to read about vampires and such. The detail of the characters really brings the book to life, and u get a slow and steady build up of atmosphere throughout the book..
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