The lights in your train car flicker as the subway changes tracks, making an unexpected detour through forgotten caverns deep below the city. Pale eyes shine back at you through fogged and graffiti-scarred windows as you try to make sense of your surroundings. Gaining speed, your train plummets past abandoned stations, illegible insignia scrawled in crimson on the neglected walls. There is an inferno up ahead, and you show no sign of slowing. It would seem as though luck had abandoned you, and your train has been chosen to fuel the underworld tinderbox of the Nightmare Factory. This Tuesday November 17th at 8 p.m., renounce all hope, close your eyes, and dive into a heated discussion of The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman with us in the cafe at BookPeople.
New York City in the ’70s was a great time to be a vampire. The police were corrupt, the city was a fondue pot of uninhibited bloodshed, and you were a gorgeous statue of immortal magic. It was a time to dress to the nines, glamour yourself some swingers, and unsheathe your fangs on the dance floor. Unfortunately, nothing – no matter how sanguine – is so perfect it can’t be polluted if someone else wants it bad enough, and bloodsucking shadows are no exception to the folly of human fallibility. The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman makes this whole vampire thing look easy until it’s not. Then it looks impossible. Then it looks like sheer torture. Then things start to get tough. Written with Buehlman’s avant-garde abandon, The Lesser Dead doesn’t shy away from excess but never betrays the reality of the preposterous circumstance its author has invented. The Lesser Dead is an unapologetically cool portrayal of the longing, confusion, and violence intrinsic to the subterranean, vampire psyche.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. in CoffeePeople – BookPeople’s spooktacular cafe – to gibber over our favorite literary horror novels old and new, good and bad, crunchy and soft. Join us on Tuesday November 17th to draw new blood from an old turnip when we discuss the latest from Nightmare Factory mainstay Christopher Buehlman.
- Steve(n) W.