VAMPIRE TRANSGRESSION by Michael Schiefelbein

VAMPIRE TRANSGRESSION

KIRKUS REVIEW

Third installment of Schiefelbein’s gay vampire series (Vampire Thrall, 2003, etc.), featuring beautiful people, evil deeds and plenty of sex.

Victor and Paul, the blood-drinking couple, run Dies Irae, a private sex club in Georgetown that looks like a mad interior decorator’s gothic fantasy. They may be gay, but they’ll suck on anyone: In the opening scene, Victor is in the middle of ravaging a woman from the club when Paul—only recently undead and a little inexperienced—interrupts to ask for help with a college boy he’s bled to the point of death. (They try to avoid killing their victims, so as to avoid awkward police investigations.) Schiefelbein doesn’t much bother with plot; rather, he strings together incidents detailing the pair’s decadently sinful life. A current of anti-religious fervor bubbles throughout, springing from Victor’s past as a Roman soldier in Nazareth. He tried to have his way with Jesus, who didn’t want him; Victor’s resulting, insatiable hatred of all that is Christian causes friction in his otherwise passionate relationship with Paul, who takes issue with Victor’s sadistic, game-playing revenge on a pair of priests who object to the blasphemous decorations at Dies Irae. Schiefelbein doesn’t have much of a handle on his characters: Victor’s egomaniacal self-regard and capacity for rage quickly become tiresome, and Paul seems less like Victor’s moral conscience than an insecure brat. Some relief is provided by the wonderfully campy Sonia, a Romanian vampire and former nun with the dark sense of humor that Victor absolutely lacks.

Shallow characters in search of a story.

Pub Date: May 16th, 2006
ISBN: 0-312-33021-9
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006




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