Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on 2014
Genres: Horror, vampires
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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 forty 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.
Joey Peacock may look sixteen but don’t let his youthful looks fool you. He’s a street savvy vampire who has been sucking blood from the femoral arteries of charmed ladies for decades. He has a wicked sense of humor and I truly enjoyed his ugly/funny/scary take on the day to day life and goings-on when one is cursed to live as a vampire.
“Any vampire that turns a kid under thirteen needs to be taken out sunbathing.”
Joey spends his time feeding his need and sharing stories of his past and he’s pretty hilarious. Things start out rather light-heartedly but eventually take a very sinister turn as he encounters a group of very young vampires and the blood starts to splatter everywhere.
If you like your vampires gritty and bloody read this. You will not be sorry. I don’t want to give away too much and I’m lazy so that’s all I’m going to say.
I listened to the audiobook which is expertly read by the author after reading my friend Char’s fantastical review. How could I not? It was everything she said it would be. Sarcastic, imaginative, gross and so much bloodsucking fun. Honestly, how can you resist a book whose hero is named Joey Peacock?
About Christopher Buehlman
Christopher Buehlman is a native Floridian and author of the literary horror novels ‘Those Across the River’ and ‘Between Two Fires.’ He is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize in poetry, and the author of several provocative plays, including Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka. Many know him as comedian Christophe the Insultor, something of a cult figure on the renaissance festival circuit. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. His first novel, ‘Those Across the River,’ was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for best novel in 2012.
Some people hug a teddy when the world gets to be too much. Me? I settle in with a scary book.