Audible. Also available as ebook. (but get the audio!)
An avid reader of Dracula and a fan of old Hammer horror films, Chris Callaway has always fantasized about becoming a vampire—and the idea of immortality is even more alluring now that he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. So when a vampire appears at his apartment and offers him eternal life as one of the undead, Chris jumps at the opportunity.
But unexpected terrors await him in the world of the night. A new enemy, relentless and insatiable, is hunting vampires for his own evil purposes. And unless Chris can stop him, he will face a fate even worse than death …
Point of view:
I don’t actively seek out horror books (well, not since I was on a Stephen King kick in middle school), but I’m thrilled to have found this audiobook. I think it technically qualifies as a romance too, but this will be best enjoyed by folks who are OK with that being a small part of the story.
Chris Calaway is 22, dying of leukemia, obsessed with vampires and I immediately fell in love with him as a character. If fatal optimism is possible, that’s Chris. He’s really so excited to be free of his disease and becoming a part of a world he has fantasized about his whole life that I couldn’t help but jump into the world with him.
Cooke has a unique take of vampires and does a fantastic job on world building. He also spends time on the history of certain characters that entertains and it’s not until later that you realize what parts are relevant to current day. 1991 current. Perhaps it’s because I was not much younger than Chris in the early 90’s, but the book felt nostalgic instead of outdated. There is quite a bit of well crafted mystery and suspense going on, punctuated by enough humor to keep the nightmares at bay. I was enthralled from beginning to end and finished it in 2 days.
My only complaint, and I admit it’s unfounded other than I really like a good romance, would be to have heard more about Chris and his beau. Is it possible to demand a sequel 30 years later?
Sean Duregger did a fantastic job with the narration. This was a huge cast of characters and Duregger gave each of them their own unique sound as well as skillfully expressing various emotions. I look forward to more of his work.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
It’s Vampires. There’s blood sucking and a few murders. While somewhat detailed, I didn’t find it overly gory.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
My Favorite Quotes
Chris firmly believed that in becoming a vampire, he had gained more than he had given up. – Out For Blood @johnpeytoncooke @SeanNarrates #Audiobook #Vampires #MM @AudiobooksUTweet
Chris would rather remain buried for eternity than be discovered by hi asshole father. – Out For Blood @johnpeytoncooke @SeanNarrates #Audiobook #Vampires #MM @AudiobooksUTweet
Becoming a vampire, Chris realized, was not for everyone. – Out For Blood @johnpeytoncooke @SeanNarrates #Audiobook #Vampires #MM @AudiobooksUTweet
No vampire can remain undead forever, but even 1000 beats 27 any day. – Out For Blood @johnpeytoncooke @SeanNarrates #Audiobook #Vampires #MM @AudiobooksUTweet