Has anyone here read "VAMPIRE AD 70"? A number of us at my church have been discussing this book. Despite the theme seeming to be rather un-Orthodox, it is a big surprise. Based at the time of the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans it follows a pagan man's struggle with his world-view when confronted with evil. The vampires are really representing demons in the book. Saint Ignatius of Antioch is one of the main characters, the author uses quotations from his actual writings. I've bought a number of copies of this book for non_orthodox friends and they've all responded positively.
The thing that struck me deepest about this book was the way it gets inside a Roman mind and the reader understands why Christianity was such a threat. I'd love to hear the thoughts of anyone else who has read this one.
What?? No vampire romance? Is outrageous!
Vampire romance is the outrage! This sounds like far more fun than the tweeny-twilight excrement that has infected our culture of late, and the best thing to hit vampire fiction since Anne Rice fumbled the ball on her chronicles (Tale of the Body Thief, IMO).
Yes, Dracula and Carmilla were romance (in the old sense), but really Rice kind of ruined the genre for those of us who like our blood sucking demons to be blood sucking demons. Best modern vampire tale to me would have to have been 'Salem's Lot (not that I don't peek into Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned every now and again).
The combination of Christianity (I'm hoping this does not come with a revisionist taint?) and vampires make this a book I'm gonna have to find.