". . . It's about rock music, about mass hysteria, about vampires, about horror . . . one comes out knowing, and caring, about a panoply of new friends and acquaintances, living and dead, and unalive".--Theodore Sturgeon, The Washington Post.
For anyone who loves blood and deep violence. Also read John Skipp and Craig spector.
Sometow does it with style
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 17 years ago
Somtow has a passionate approach to writing and a style that challenges you to pay attention. The writing is so vivid, so intense that I was completely caught up in it, and loved seeing new takes on Vlad the Impaler, Bram Stoker, etc. Everyone needs to visit the world of Timmy Valentine!
One of the all-time top 40
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
This novel was voted one of the 40 all-time greatest horror books, along with "Dracula", "Frankenstein", and all the classics ... and it's easy to see why. "Dracula" was a novel which, a century ago, skirted the very edge of sexual taboo ... now that the boundary line has moved, here is a novel which goes right up to the edge of today's sexual taboos in the sexless yet luridly erotic character of Timmy Valentine, a 2000-year old vampire who looks like a 12-year-old rock star. This is considered the first "splatterpunk" novel by many critics. It is the first novel to mix vampires and rock music (Anne Rice's version came out a year later). It holds up very well after 21 years.
Brilliant, surreal, epic, one of my all-time favorites!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 24 years ago
How I love this book! Resplendent with violent and sensual imagery, Timmy's story unfolds with a subtle and beautiful energy that often explodes into overpowering scenes of bizarre and telling wonder. With magisterial grace and ease Somtow creates as varied and interesting a cast as I've ever come across and tours them through one grand and disturbing scene after another. He sails into the distant path to reveal the beauty and awe of classic myth and for surreal horror probes a number of contemporary madhouses with manic glee and talent to burn. Somtow shines images onto the mind's eye like no other writer, here displaying them atop a convoluted storyline that joyously threatens to many times careen out of control before coming together in an absolutely unpredictable and bizarre finale. Rock concerts, pyromania, insatiable bloodlust, immortals, cinema-addiction, PIRATES! Believe me, this book contains worlds within wild worlds. And yes, you will find yourself madly conducting classical music when the odyssey is complete.
A book for both the sensationalist and the seer.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 26 years ago
One of the most wonderful reading experiences I've ever had. Vampire Junction is both nostalgic, cruel, deep, moving, insane, and pulp fiction. Vampire Junction breaks all the rules, and is completely stylistically inconsistent veering from passages of great passion and depth to passages of the most delicious and ridiculous adventure fiction, on the same page and sometimes within on the same sentence! One never knows what to expect. That's what's so cool about it! / Vampire Junction is about a lot of things! The main character is a beautiful androgynous 2000 year old vampire boy of seemly 11 years old, who has for almost as long as he can remember been a vortex for the worlds darkest fantasys. He is a wildly rich and intensely successful teen idol rock and roll superstar. He is coming to terms with the fact that he has compassion. He has always believed himself, a formulation of everyone else's illusions, basically. The world is a vampire, and he is a vampire, as he is a reflection of the world. But this new this sense of compassion, completely sends him for a loop, because it means he has something the world isn't feeding him. It means he may be more then the illusions of others./ I will not mention the rich and evilly decadent vampire hunters, the adventures with primal magic tribes in the heart of Africa, the insane pyromaniac classical music conductor who must set afire and destroy everything he loves; nor Timmy's brilliant Jungian therapist, the vampire lady of the night, the doomed young runaway girl, the Seeker; the terrified children of junction, the blood, the horror, the terror, the violence, the excitement, the sex and the brillentine beauty, and Bluebeard-- the original Bluebeard, except in this passing sentence. All whom effect Timmy Valentine is effected by in this crucial stage of his junction and are certainly affected by him./ The ending could not be what you expect. Don't even bother TRYING to guess it!/ The one thing I don't like about this book, and it makes me feel infinitely sad, is that I can't ever read it again for the first time! All first time readers in for a treat (to be rather subdue and colloquial about it! ) I found it to be both a feast for the sensationalist and the seer. It touches all bases and satisfies every aspect of the reader.
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