VAMPIRE THRALL by Michael Schiefelbein


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Sequel to the largely vacuous Vampire’s Vow, about Roman centurion Victor Decimus and his gay heartbreak for Jesus. Grab ya?

Previously, Jesus rejected Victor’s fleshly offering, thus turning Victor first into a rampaging murderer, then a vampire intent on wiping out Christian monasteries. Two millennia have passed since then and Victor is still emptying monasteries. Now, he returns to the monastery of San Benedetto in the Eternal City, where he still defies God while lusting for Jesus. Meanwhile, an epileptic Kansas artist, Paul Lewis, finds himself dreaming lustfully of monks and vampires as his plane descends to Rome and to his job as illuminator of a handwritten vellum gospel for the monks of San Benedetto. We meet Victor, now a mock Benedictine, out for his nightly feeding in the Roman alleyways as, first, he sucks dry a handsome young lad, then a prostitute, and then finds himself pursued by the cold spirit of Jana, his dead lover Michael’s Creole grandmother. But this spirit is no colder than Victor himself, who kills even the most beautiful unemotionally, while Paul is all feeling, knows the loss of his ex-lover Rick and wildly fantasizes taking three men in his mouth at once. This heathen homo, Paul tells himself, will have to live on his mental file of fantasies for this monastic year. He meets Victor, who already has thoughts of taking him to the Dark Kingdom, a sensual gay heaven quite unlike Paradise. But Victor resists Paul when he comes onto him. And Victor has arguments with Jesus, who appears to him. But love soon blooms and semen fountains. When Victor makes Paul his thrall, neither living nor undead, a big question forms: Must Victor take off for the Dark Kingdom, leaving Paul behind but fully fledged as a vampire?

Really warms you up for turning gay-vampire. And, in a series like this, who knows but that Victor might not yet sodomize Christ?

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-55583-728-X
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Alyson
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003


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