DARKLOST by Mick Farren


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A sequel to Farren’s debut vampire novel, The Time of Feasting (1996), about suave, thousand-year-old Victor Renquist

(Master of the Nosferatu in Manhattan) and his problems with the police when his followers get out of hand.

Victor’s vampires get by on plastic packs of donor hemoglobin, an only partially satisfying source of livelihood. Such

sustenance, in fact, is against the vampires" nature, which turns on bloodlust and the urge to kill. Periods come about when the

vampires fall into a frenzy and go on killing sprees that are hard to disguise—a condition known as Feasting. This kind of

wilding, with bloodless bodies left everywhere, threatens to destroy Victor’s colony. So he leaves behind the chic attention he

gets in New York’s celebrity press and moves his colony’s survivors to L.A., where the undead are fed by blood packs stolen

by a larcenous Salvadoran orderly at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. The vampires" deepest urges are filled by ex-sanguinating

the influx of unknown and undocumented aliens from the South—victims with brief or nonexistent histories. Power-hungry Julia,

intent on pair-bonding with Victor back in Manhattan, has followed him to L.A. even though he still mourns Cynara, murdered

by the hammer strokes of a whiskey priest. Victor also finds himself facing a problem with Elaine Dance, an inconsolably

depressed dominatrix whose bouts of raging hysteria cannot be tamed by therapy—as neither can her longing to join the undead.

She was taken halfway to immortality by Cynara but then left among the Darklost by Cynara’s death. Now, a rival cult named

the Apogee, ruled by the Council of Nine, wants to bring forth Cthulhu, the squidlike, betentacled Lovecraftian monster of the

underworld; if loosed onto this plane of existence, Cthulhu can destroy, enslave, or otherwise change the colony.

Despite rich plotting and colorfully embossed characterizations, much remains unresolved at novel’s end; clearly a third

volume is forthcoming.

Pub Date: March 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-312-86979-7
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2000


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