Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. The first Necroscope, Harry Keogh, also appears in a collection of Lumley's short fiction, Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes, along Titus Crow and Henri Laurent de Marigny
The Harry Keogh cosmodemonic crossdimensional Necroscope Wamphyri (Vampire) epic thumped to an end with last year's Necroscope: Avengers, the 13th doorstopper in the series.
The whole masterwork, completed in eleven years, is far longer than volumes projected by Rowling's Harry Potter series or Stephen King's Dark Tower epic—though possibly not Robert Jordan's Wheels of Time. Necroscope began as a paperback series and, now that it's done, Tor is reissuing the early volumes in hardcover for reasons best known to Tor, which perhaps has found itself warped into that Lumley metamorphic multimap that zaps through several astral planes in the abstract hopscotch of the author's general plan. Deadspawn (1991), the fifth and best entry in the series, expands upon Deadspeak (the fourth), giving fearless vampire hunter Harry Keogh richer depths while rounding out the first Necroscope quintet before entering The Blood Brothers trilogy and then The Lost Years and the final Jake Cutter/E Branch quartet of volumes. Read full book review >
Third double-volume, after The Clock of Dreams and Spawn of the Winds (p. 668), ending the Titus Crow sextette, the first hardcover reprint of a series based on Lumley's borrowings from H.P. Lovecraft. Best known for his gigantic and still-growing Harry Keogh Necroscope vampire cycle, Lumley's youthful occult detective Titus Crow series is more Edgar Rice Burroughsstyled heroic fantasy than Lovecraftian horror. Read full book review >
Second hardcover volume of three, this one reprinting two ``adventure horror'' novels written in Lumley's Lovecraft-struck youth. Titus Crow: Vol. Read full book review >
Ninth doorstopper volume in the Necroscope series, a towering vampire cycle and rousing sequel to 1995's Necroscope: The Lost Years (not reviewed). Volume two fills in the lost years of Earth's greatest vampire hunter, Harry Keogh, the Necroscope who can talk with the dead and teleport in space and time. Read full book review >
Second novel in Lumley's Vampire World series (Blood Brothers, 1992), or subseries, but apparently seventh in the overall Necroscope series, each volume a doorstopper. Lumley hacks out his vampire universe with a plot of inhuman complexity that few could possibly keep straight—perhaps not even the author himself. Read full book review >
Sixth symphony in the Necroscope series, an epic vampire cycle begun in paperback (Deadspawn, 1991, etc.) and now shifting to hardcover, with 480 pages of dense lyricism and small print in need of a guide like Frank Herbert's Dune Encyclopedia. In his Necroscope cycle, Lumley falls victim to a historical giganticism endemic among fantasy writers like Mervyn Peake, Gene Wolfe, and others who write long and lust after the vanished three- decker. Read full book review >