Reviews of Dark Fiction

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

This was even better than I remembered. Christopher Buehlman’s narration is beyond stellar. From what I’ve read he has experience in acting and voicing characters, which probably is part of the reason why his accents were so great.

The story though, the story is killer and I mean that literally. It’s even more gory and horribly awesome than I remembered. And that coda? Ohh, that coda still slays me even though I knew it was coming.

At this point, THE LESSER DEAD is in my top ten books of all time and in my top five favorite vampire books as well. It is THAT good! I cannot wait until his latest book, THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF comes out next month via Tor. Even though I’ve already read it, I pre-ordered the audio because my listening experiences are telling me that Christopher Buehlman will knock it out of the park!

-Updated due to re-listen 4.21.21.

Original review:

That’s it then: this is my favorite Christopher Buehlman book. It’s made even better by the fact that he narrates it himself.

It’s unbelievably FUN, gory, tension- filled and fascinating! What more could a horror fan ask for?

Imaginative? Check!
New spins on old tropes? Check!
Twists and turns that you don’t see coming? Check!
Bloodbaths? (Literally!) Check!
BIG OLD SMILE on my face when I finished? Check!

I don’t even know what else to say. I’m glad I bought this audio because I know I’ll want to listen to this again in the future. It’s the kind of story where you can find something new each time you read it. I’m looking forward to my re-read already!

The Lesser Dead gets my highest recommendation!

The Lesser Dead Book Cover The Lesser Dead
Christopher Buehlman
Horror, Dark Fiction
Blackstone Audio
Audible Audio
9 hours, 40 minutes

Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his genre-bending novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet.

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one. The secret is, I'm stealing from you what is most truly yours and I'm not sorry.…

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live - and die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody - he has spent the last 40 years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It's almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

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