August 12th, 2002, 06:51 PM
Brian Lumley / Necroscope
Anyone read his work particularly the Necroscope series, I don't think anyone, even Rice, has created such a vivid vampire world.
August 14th, 2002, 06:17 PM
mistress of pigeons
I have, at least the first few. It was a long time ago (I keep meaning to reread them) but I remember that they were VERY vivid, and fast-moving. Much less romanticized than Rice, IMHO.
September 5th, 2002, 09:36 AM
I've read them all and I would reccomend his Necroscope to any horror fan.
His vampires make Anna Rice's creations and the buffy stuff look like The Tweenies.
September 16th, 2002, 04:47 PM
December 18th, 2002, 09:04 PM
I really haven't yet read Lumley's Necroscope Series, though I will once I've finished reading his Mythos Omnibus Series. I am curious though, have anyone of you read his novel Beneath the Moors, is it any good?
December 21st, 2002, 11:16 PM
I've read it. Nothing to write home about, but neither is most of Lumley's work, with the exception of a couple of stories. BENEATH THE MOORS is a fairly generic Mythos novel about a race of subterranean dwllers. Somewhat reminiscent of Lovecraft's THE MOUND.
December 24th, 2002, 01:35 PM
Cranky old broad
I couldn't get past the first page of the first Necroscope novel. Some long convoluted paragraph about an office building, if I remember right.
At the time I wondered --if Lumley doesn't understand how important it is to hook a reader quickly -- or at least not totally turn them off -- what else doesn't he know about writing?
I realize his books have been very successful, so it's probably just me, being picky.
But I thought that was a really rotten way to start a story. Life's too short.
December 24th, 2002, 02:41 PM
No, it's not just you. Success is relative; the Necroscope books are quite popular, but mostly among young male readers, it seems. Lumley does have some good stories, such as "Fruiting Bodies", and I recall that the first volume of the Titus Crow series was entertaining. I met Lumley recently at WFC and had a nice time chatting with him and his wife, mostly about Derleth and Arkham House. Like Ramsey Campbell, Lumley was discovered by Derleth.
November 29th, 2005, 12:30 AM
Lord Of Mejik
long live the Necroscope !
can one of you poms go round to Brian Lumleys place and sit there threateningly until he writes a new Necroscope series, preferably an extremly long one !
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December 14th, 2005, 11:59 AM
I read the first 3 and then couldn't find the strength to read any more. He's written loads anyway hasn't he? This is one pom who won't be fulfilling your request.
Good luck with the Ashes next time.
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December 14th, 2005, 12:26 PM
100 pages from the end of the first one, and i've enjoyed it quite a good deal. A fairly short thread on the author is here
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December 14th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Actually the first 3 are pretty good. As i recall book 2 is a rehash of the first one but contains some interesting vampire lore. Book 3 really changes direction as it's revealed where the vampire infection comes from and it's not what you'd expect.
December 15th, 2005, 06:01 AM
Lord Of Mejik
i liked the first 5 but then after that when he gets to the Vampire World i think it gets really awesome then. id love more set there.
and as for the ashes...lol, i was a bit glad you lot won because it now makes the next ashes series here next year really interesting. id kind of lost interest in it a bit simply because we always won. im all for close competitions
December 15th, 2005, 06:11 PM
Yeah I agree, if I go back to Lumley now it is the vampire world based books I go to - the Necroscope books seem a little comical and less well written than the later novels. I also found the new Necroscope books very dark and enjoyable.
Originally Posted by Vooloc
December 17th, 2005, 02:24 AM
I have read the first 10 books in the series. I have the last 3 and the book of short stories still to read. I too like the ones in the vampire world. The one about the 2 brothers was my favorite. I thought the rest of the series was pretty similar and actually got a bit boring towards the end. I just am such a completist, that I had to keep going. Not sure I will pick up anymore, unless the last 3 are way better than the others.
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