Necroscope (Volume 1)

Brian Lumley

Tor Books

Twenty years ago, the horror world was forever altered by the publication of Necroscope.  An instant classic, Brian Lumley’s astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe which Lumley has explored and expanded through more that a baker’s dozen of novels and novellas.  Millions of copies of Necroscope and its successors are in print in a dozen languages throughout the world.  Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, Necroscope has inspired everything from comic books and graphic novels to sculptures and soundtracks. 

This new edition of Necroscope uses the author’s preferred text and includes a special introduction by Brian Lumley, telling how the Necroscope saga came to be.  It also includes chapter ornaments by Hugo-Award-Winning artist Bob Eggleton, long identified with Lumley’s blood-sucking monsters.

As a classic, Necroscope rightfully claims a place in the Orb trade paperback list, for scholars of the field and the dedicated Lumley collector.  And also for all the people who have read more than one mass market copy of the book to tatters.

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all humanity.  

In Necroscope, Harry is startled to discover that he is not the only person with unusual mental powers--Britain and the Soviet Union both maintain super-secret, psychically-powered espionage organizations.  But Harry is the only person who knows about Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire long buried in the mountains of Romania--still horribly alive, in undeath--and Thibor's insane "offspring," Boris Dragosani, who rips information from the souls of the dead in a terrible, ever-lasting form of torture. 
Somehow, Harry must convince Britain's E-Branch that only by working together can they locate and destroy Dragosani and his army of demonic warriors--before the half-vampire succeeds in taking over the world!


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Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER ONEMoscow, May 1971 
Central in a densely wooded tract of land not far out of the city--where the Serpukhov road passed through a saddle between low hills and gazed for a moment across the tops of close-grown pines towards Podolsk, which showed as a hazy smudge on the southern horizon, brightly pricked here and there with the first lights of evening--stood a house or mansion of debased heritage and mixed architectural antecedents. Several of its wings were of modern brick upon old stone foundations, while others were of cheap breeze blocks roughly painted


Praise for Necroscope

"Since reading Lumley's "Necroscope" series, I know that vampires really do exist!"—H. R. Giger

“Provides plenty of fun in the classic pulp tradition.”--Publishers Weekly on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley has accomplished the impossible by creating a book that will captivate fans of science fiction, horror, and espionage alike.”--Romantic Times BOOKReviews on Necroscope: The Touch

“Lumley combines horror and alien-invasion themes uncommonly deftly.”--Booklist

“Lumley excels at depicting heroes larger than life and horrors worse than death.”--Publishers Weekly

“A vampire adventure for the Tom Clancy set.”—Fangoria on Necroscope: Avengers

Necroscope fans will find themselves reading as fast as Lumley can type.”--Kirkus Reviews on Necroscope: Invaders

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Brian Lumley

  • Brian Lumley is the internationally-known creator of Necroscope and the Necroscope series, including Necroscope: The Touch. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and has won the British Fantasy Award.  His other works include the Titus Crow and Primal Lands series and the novel Khai of Khem. He lives in England.
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