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Offline Fr Spyridon

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An orthodox vampire novel!
« on: May 06, 2010, 08:32:31 AM »
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.
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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 09:40:30 AM »
Found it on amazon.com, but amazon.ca lists only a used copy at $50! Chapters doesn't seem to have it at all. So apparently it's not available here in Canada, but looks like a good read.

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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 11:23:41 AM »
St. Ignatius AND vampires. Awesome! (I'm thinking that St. Ignatius the Vampire Slayer would be a great character.)
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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010, 12:37:30 PM »
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.

WOW! Awsome!!!! Just what I was looking for! I can't wait to get it!  ;D


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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2010, 12:50:27 PM »
Eternal City: Confessions of a Vampire
By J William David Kirkpatrick

I have never read this book though I have thought about buying it for my wife who enjoys fiction more than I. This book was recommended on another forum a couple of years ago. It deals with a Russian Prince and his dealing with Angels, Demons, and Vampires!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/eternal-city-confessions-of-a-vampire/2044830

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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2010, 12:58:58 PM »
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! ;)

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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2010, 01:36:37 PM »
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.   
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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2010, 10:45:43 PM »
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.   

Well, I'm actually into neither.  If I had to choose I'd definitely go with the traditional blood sucking demons.  I'm more a mystery fan - so if we can insert Miss Marple or Lord Peter Wimsey into a story line I'd get myself a copy.

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Re: An orthodox vampire novel!
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2010, 10:54:38 PM »
The Adventures of the Sussex Vampire was always one of my favorite Holmes stories, even if it had a Scooby Doo type resolution.
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