Those Who Hunt the Night

Rating: 
5
Those Who Hunt The Night
Review by Davis Farnsworth, submitted on 3-Aug-1991

The story is set in Oxford, London, and Paris during 1907. Someone has successfully killed four of the London vampires, and the few who still exist are so desperate that one of them, Don Simon Christian Morado de la Cadena-Ysidro, has decided to enlist Professor James Asher to help solve the murders. James Asher appears to be a quiet professor of linguistics and philology, but is in fact a retired spy who spent several years using his linguistics research as a cover while gathering sensitive information for the Empire. His was a vocation where the end completely justified the means, and he worked for years without conscience. But now he is retired to being just a professor and is happily married to a rich, intelligent, beautiful woman who means everything to him. It is the vampire's very real threat to harm her that forces James into working with Don Simon. But theirs is not a friendly alliance, and James is terribly aware that he may be safer with the vampire killer than with the vampires.

I REALLY like this book. I bought a copy but didn't start it until 10:00pm - then stayed up until 4:00am to finish it. Then I gave it away to a friend, only to buy another copy myself and re-read it. The plot is very good, plenty of twists and turns, but it's the characterizations that held me. Professor Asher is a complex man who has struggled with terribly difficult choices, his wife Lydia is not as deeply developed, but is very intelligent, competent, and intuitive. The character of Don Ysidro deepens throughout the book. He is always aloof and enigmatic, but becomes increasingly fascinating as the story develops. I would LOVE to find a sequel (or precursor) that continues his story.

There is lots of foreshadowing of what will happen at the end, but I missed it completely the first time around and was taken by surprise. The second time, of course, I saw how the author had given plenty of warning of what was going to be, but I liked it just as much. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery or a good vampire story. There is NO sex (drat), but there is some violence and plenty of suspense.

Fanged Films

Phillipines, 1969

USA, 1981
Saturday the 14th

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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