The Lesser Dead

  • by Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by Christopher Buehlman
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his genre-bending novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet.
The secret is, vampires are real and I am one. The secret is, I'm stealing from you what is most truly yours and I'm not sorry.…
New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live - and die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody - he has spent the last 40 years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks.
The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It's almost too easy.
Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.
And neither are the rest of us.

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What the Critics Say

"As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz." (New York Times best-selling author Patricia Briggs)

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NICE GUYS NEARLY ALWAYS FINISH LAST

TWENTY YEARS GO BY FAST WHEN YOUR DEAD
The high rating, vampires and the mention of sex, drew me to this book. It started out great. I grew up in the 70's and fashion wise it was a strange period. I wore tighter than tight clothes, polyester, platform shoes (they were burnt orange and brown), bell bottoms and lots of pastels. The county was still reeling from going from conservative sexual values to free love. I went to the theatre seven times to see Saturday Night Fever. Of course their was Star Wars and Disco. So, a lot of this was like a class reunion for me. If your not from that time period, I got to wonder how much you will get out of this.

No Plot, short stories, boring
I was mainly hoping for something on the wrong side of the tracks of acceptable. The overblown reviews had me believing that was what I was to expect. I should have known when the author starts out by telling us how dark the book was that I was in for boring. A good looking girl does not have to tell you she is good looking, you know. A scary off the wall type book does not have to announce it. First two hours were great, but the story had no plot, was not scary (with the exception of the children Vampires) and seemed like a bunch of short stories.

Hard core horror fans should skip this.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

It will give you great nightmares!

Any additional comments?

This is another "killer" story by Christopher Buehlman! As has been his pattern so far, it is very different in flavor, though not in frights, from his past work. With Christopher Buehlman himself voicing the story, he pulls the reader into an underground view of New York City in the 1970s, bringing his characters to life with a flawless performance. The time period influences the characters, even if they themselves are not a part of that particular era. There are no "heroes" here, just the voice of a teen monster who is older than he seems. The overall story is a fun and scary ride, interspersed with comic moments, with enough twists to keep you delighted to the very end. It’s a fantastic, gruesome tale that will keep you turning the pages and sleeping with the lights on!

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- TC Pelletier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.