Vampire mania has been upon us for many years, in fact I’m pretty sure it is starting to pass. One of my favorite things to come from the vampire love, I’m actually pretty sure it was published before Twilight, was Already Dead by Charlie Huston.
Charlie Huston is in my opinion a master of the modern pulp or noir novel, and this is entrance in the vampiric world. The book is very dark and gritty as Mr. Huston aims to keep the vampire a monster. His creatures all without a doubt eat human blood, it gets theorized that in order to become a vampire you have to be the type of person who eat other people to survive. Which adds something that most tales of monsters take away, by trying to force them to be sympathetic love interest they lose what makes them special.
That is not to say there isn’t a romance subplot or two in this book, but with characters that feel real and the romance is a little f****d up.
There is of course a fair amount of political intrigue as rival gangs fight over their Manhattan turf, with the main character Joe Pitt caught in the middle of it as he gets pulled by all sides as he tries to remain apolitical.
The dialogue remains believable and the action comes at a good clip.
I really think it is one of the best vampire stories since Dracula.
by Charlie Huston
Published by Del Rey