Children of the Night

Dan Simmons

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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“Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel.” –Stephen King

 

 An evil legacy comes to life in this classic and ultimately human novel about believable vampires, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons.  Children of the Night will take you to a place that no one knows—yet all of us fear.

 

In a desolate orphanage in post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion—and flourishes rather than dies.  For immunologist Kate Neuman, the infant’s immune system may hold the key to cure cancer and AIDS. Kate adopts the baby and takes him home to the States.  But baby Joshua holds a link to an ancient clan and their legendary leader—Vlad Tşepeş, the original Dracula – whose agents kidnap the child. Against impossible odds and vicious enemies– both human and vampire – Kate and her ally, Father Mike O’Rourke, steal into Romania to get her baby back.

 

“A mesmerizing tour through the ghostly, gray tatters of Romania.” –Publishers Weekly

 

“Simmons gives a chilling description of post-Ceausescu Romania and neatly ties the vampire legend into political history to create a new and clever twist to the idea of the vampire's craving for blood.” –Library Journal

 

“His best novel ever… Toothsomely well written.” –Kirkus

 

“Brilliant ideas… The most rigorous and interesting scientific rationale for vampirism I’ve ever seen… You keep turning the pages.” –Locus

 

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We flew to Bucharest almost as soon as the shooting had stopped, landing at Otopeni Airport just after midnight on December 29, 1989. As the semiofficial “International Assessment Contingent,” the six of us were met at my Lear jet, escorted through the confused milling that passed for Customs since Romania’s revolution, and then herded aboard an Office of National Tourism VIP van for the nine-mile drive into town. They had brought a wheelchair to the bottom of the aircraft ramp for me, but I waved it away and made the walk to the van myself.

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Praise for Children of the Night:
 

“A mesmerizing tour through the ghostly, gray tatters of Romania.” –Publishers Weekly

 

“Simmons gives a chilling description of post-Ceausescu Romania and neatly ties the vampire legend into political history to create a new and clever twist to the idea of the vampire's craving for blood.” –Library Journal

 

“His best novel ever… Toothsomely well written.” –Kirkus

 

“Brilliant ideas… The most rigorous and interesting scientific rationale for vampirism I’ve ever seen… You keep turning the pages.” –Locus

 
Praise for The Summer of Night:

“Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel, loading his American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia. One of those rare must-read books, I am in awe of Dan Simmons.” --Stephen King

“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” —Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” —Denver Post

“An outstandingly eerie and truly horrifying tale, a page-turner of the first order.” –Dallas Times-Herald

“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you like Stephen King’s It and The Body, you will be enthralled by Summer of Night.” –Rocky Mountain News

“Blood-freezing scenarios… the true source of Simmons’ terrifying vision lies in his uncanny ability to tap into that primal dread that every child knows and every adult denies; the monster under the bed, the darkness in the closet, the not-quite-human face at the window… If you are easily frightened, don’t buy this book.” –Los Angeles Daily News

“A superior read in the genre.” –Kirkus Reviews

An outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil.” –Publishers Weekly

“Simmons, winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror ranks with the best the genre has to offer... The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery.” –Library Journal

“Skilled writer par excellence Dan Simmons takes a subject straight from Stephen King land and runs with it… Simmons keeps the tension high.” --Locus

 “One of the best supernatural chillers in years… Summer of Night promises to mark the dawn of a great horror novelist.” –Flint Journal

“Lots of frights in the ‘Night’… The kind of story that has readers locking doors and checking under their own beds even as the characters in the book go through their own nightly ritual.” –Ocala Star-Banner

“For those of us to whom good writing is everything, the name Dan Simmons bears great weight.” –Harlan Ellison

“Simmons is not only good, he’s versatile.” –Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“A compelling writer.” –F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep

 

 


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Dan Simmons

DAN SIMMONS is a recipient of numerous major international awards, including the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He is widely considered to be one of the premier multiple-genre fiction writers in the world.  His most recent novels include the New York Times bestsellers The Terror and Drood. He lives along the Front Range in Colorado and has never grown tired of the views.

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Children of the Night
Dan Simmons

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250009852
ISBN10: 1250009855
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250017949
ISBN10: 1250017947
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$9.99
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