In this debut novel, a fat, balding accountant/vampire tries to take charge of his boring life.
Two years after becoming a vampire, Victor Thetherson still masks the taste of expired blood-bank blood with Bloody Mary mix and vodka. The problem is that he can’t bring himself to actually bite anyone. He’d hoped that becoming a vampire would give him a new lease on his unsatisfying life in Houston, but it’s clear that people don’t see “Vampire Vic” as any more of a threat than they did the old Victor. No one fears him, or even respects him, and he lives the same dull life as he did before. When his company’s upcoming merger threatens to eliminate not only his job, but those of the employees who depend upon him, he decides to take the first step toward transforming his life—by biting people. As Victor embraces his vampire self, he finds that he’s still not the man he dreamed of becoming as a youth, so he starts working out and begins commanding respect. Some readers might say that no vampire story is complete without a vampire killer, but this story could have done without Eugene Foreman, a scrawny slayer in a Zorro costume set on destroying Victor. Readers will find the story’s true intrigue not in the mortal confrontation between Victor and his opponents but in his inner struggle and personal determination to reclaim his life. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the numerous secondary characters, although they’re moderately well-developed; the women in Victor’s life, in particular, are nearly interchangeable. Although the novel leaves a lot of loose ends, particularly regarding Victor’s relationship with a woman named Darla, his story comes satisfyingly full circle, making him a relatable hero among accountants. The novel may find an audience among fans of workplace comedies such as the 1999 cult film Office Space.
A vampire’s entertaining journey of self-discovery.