I read "They Thirst" in the '80s and it was scary then. The vampires are more evil than Dracula and much more vicious.
The storyline was creative and as good as I remembered.
If you want a good scare I recommend this book.
Sep 4, 2008
An entertaining vampire yarn
"They Thirst" is Robert McCammon's foray into BIG COMMERCIAL books. With this book he attempted to write one of those blockbusters that stay on the bestsellers lists for ages and appeal to almost everyone. Although the book was not a monster bestseller, it is a well-known and popular choice for many horror fans. Part horror story, part disaster epic, part serial killer thriller, this a hodge-podge of a book, yet a hugely entertaining one that is filled with imagination, likeable (if not very dimensional) characters and an everything-but-the kitchen sink ending. Despite the flaws (including an over the top villain) this is a fast-paced read that is sure to keep horror fans happy for a couple of days.
Publishers Weekly, 2014-08-18 Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon's 1981 paperback horror novel. L.A. homicide detective Andy Palatazin's search for "The Roach,"¥ a serial killer, entangles him in a plague of folklore-inspired supernaturalism that mirrors-and lends a more palatable face to-the human sleaze and nihilism upon which it feeds. When coffins are robbed at Hollywood Memorial, the fates of reporter Gayle Clarke, photographer Jack Kidd, and Det. Palatazin are irrevocably interwoven with the mentally disturbed Walter Benefield and an army of soul-damaged Outsiders. Personal culpability and domestic tensions are juxtaposed with Old Testament morality, anchored by minute detail and sensuous atmosphere. Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-05-10 Prince Vulkan, master of the vampires, has loosed his army of the undead on Los Angeles in this seamlessly written horror novel by the author of Mine. Vulkan's plan is to replace humankind, city by city, with the living dead. Four people stand in his way. Homicide detective Andy Palatazin, a Hungarian immigrant who fled this scourge as a child, is determined to stop it now. Young Tommy Chandler, whose parents were killed before his eyes, wants revenge. TV star Wes Richer hopes to save his beloved by tracking Vulkan to his lair. Father Silvera, a dying priest, believes that God has chosen him to destroy the vampire prince. Wreaking death and carnage, Vulkan proceeds to a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil. McCammon delivers terror with skillful ferocity as he pays tribute to masters of the genre and raises the standards for the craft a notch or two. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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