10-30-2007 07:25 PM
For those of you who haven't seen The Vampire Hunter's Handbook yet, it's a $14.98 "coffee table" book written by Raphael Van Helsing that is a journal of sorts from the last son of the Van Helsing line who sets out to avenge the murder of his wife-to-be after she is killed by a vampire. Included are sections on "Vampire Aristocracy and Nobility," "Vampires and their Slaves," "Myth and Reality," "The Vampire Diaspora," "Effective Weapons for Combat with Vampires," "Armour and Protection," "Combat Strategy," "Vampire Artefacts," and so much more.
But the thing that makes this book an absolute jaw-dropper is the illustrations on every single page by Miles Teves, which are comparable to images by H.R. Giger, Zdzislaw Beksinski, etc. This guy is simply amazing. Please check out his website below as well as the link to the book. Fans of vampire-related fantasy and horror will not be sorry!
10-30-2007 08:44 PM
I can't agree with you enough. Fans of vampire-related fiction – especially those drawn to the monstrous, nightmarish vampires – will absolutely love this book. Honestly, I was surprised when I found out that it was only $14.98. There was one illustration in particular – that depicted a group of vampires feasting on strung up bodies around a table – that just blew me away. I've never seen anything like it. That one image was worth the price of the book alone...
10-30-2007 09:35 PM - edited 10-30-2007 09:36 PM
There was one illustration in particular – that depicted a group of vampires feasting on strung up bodies around a table – that just blew me away.
That was the one that yelled at me. I actually prefer many of the other illustrations, like the Nosferatu-esque Royal (have I mentioned that I love Nosferatu lately?) and the vampiric werewolves. But that feast scene (along with the write-up on their eatin' tools), that was when I decided that I was going to buy the book immediately, without waiting to order it later. It showed me guys who got it.
As I have said elsewhere, if you like Stoker's Dracula, Hammer-style horror, vampie hunters (well, of course), Ravenloft, Brian Lumley's Wamphyri, Warhammer's Vampire Counts, Nosferatu, creepy batlike monsters, stuff like that, you can't afford to overlook this one. I hate to sound like an in-house shill (which I am not), but Barnes & Noble did a Good Thing by foisting this off on the reading public.
Message Edited by LordRuthven on 10-30-2007 09:36 PM
10-30-2007 10:24 PM
Ditto on the in-house shill comment. If I don't like a book, believe me, I'll let everyone know about it regardless of who the author or publisher is. The fact that B&N's press pubbed The Vampire Hunter's Handbook is completely coincidental. In fact, if it wasn't for you bringing it up, I wouldn't never sought out this book. I'm sure glad I did though...
10-30-2007 10:33 PM