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Come Forth in Blood

By Matthew Heilman & Ryan Henry

About The Book:

BELGIUM, 1944. A young German soldier is gunned down in a mass execution by American riflemen. Left for dead among the frozen corpses of his comrades, Matthias Bartsch is attacked by a pair of sinister creatures and undergoes a horrid transformation. As a fledgling vampire, he crosses the Atlantic to hunt down his executioners. Yet when revenge fails to pacify him, Matthias is tormented by the memories of his past and carelessly attempts to recreate the life and love he lost.

VIRGINIA, 2014. Edison Raymer is an anthropology professor at a small college in the riverside town of Williamsport. His arrogant demeanor and unorthodox lectures on the occult have ostracized him from students and faculty alike. Yet Raymer is willing to risk his career and the lives of those closest to him in order to prove the existence of vampires once and for all.

Two hunters — one human, one undead — are nearly driven mad by their obsessions. As the lines between man and monster become blurred, only one can survive.

Book Details:

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

Page Count: 334

Trim: 6 x 9 inches

Formats:

  • Hardcover (case laminate cover with dust jacket) – (ISBN: 978-0-9785591-4-4)
  • Paperback/Softbound – (ISBN: 978-0-9785591-5-1)
  • eBook – (ISBN: 978-0-9785591-6-8)
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Reader Reviews 

4.9
Based on 34 Reviews
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Matthew T. Meyers
April 6, 2022

I will be the first to admit this isn’t a book I would have typically picked up — but I am so glad I did. Loved the modern take on the vampire genre marbled with war, academia, obsession, and revenge. The WW2 scenes immediately pulled me in, but what kept me enthralled throughout the book was the depths of the characters. The characters I was “rooting for” changed throughout the book as their layers were exposed to the reader.Also wanted to note that I loved the interspersed German throughout and thought it added to the authenticity.I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for a follow up book — I need some more of the gritty and psychological vampire drama that Heilman and Henry expertly weaved.

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Scott J. Koerber
October 4, 2021

Atmospheric, perfectly paced, incredible detail and exquisitely developed characters. The vampire’s origin story was unbelievably intense and took me hostage from page one. Fascinating and intoxicating whirl of horror, obsession, history and the paranormal that spans decades. A must! Hope to see a lot more from these authors!

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loves-me-some-books
September 5, 2021

A very well-paced, well-written horror story that made me wonder who is "good" and who is "evil?" I asked myself this question numerous times as I read the novel. My loyalties kept changing as I became more immersed in the story and got to know the characters and what was driving them. Was it purely revenge for Matthias? Was it an obsession with vampires for Raymer or was he motived by the fame he envisioned for himself once he proved everyone wrong for doubting him? Was Laura just bored, curious, or both? Was Veronica doing this for Raymer or was she genuinely concerned for the victims?I especially liked the chapters written from the vampire's point of view – particularly how they felt as they turned from human into the undead, which was sometimes painful and confusing to them. I also was interested in how they violently killed their prey – not the usual glamorous take of recent books or movies in this genre. As the story moved through various decades, I enjoyed the dialogue and the historical details, which weren't overwhelming but entertaining and interesting. The ending made me yell out loud at certain characters and again, it made me wonder why sometimes I wasn't siding with who was supposed to be on the "right side.” Overall, it was a very engrossing, enjoyable read.

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Kindle Customer
November 19, 2017

An unusual story, from a German soldiers point of view. Well written and well told. I was rooting for the vampires.

An unusual story, from a German soldiers point of view. Well written and well told. I was rooting for the vampires.

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Keilah Trott
July 23, 2017

I love books about vampires. This title is a portrayal of the classic vampires and thankfully not ridiculous like the Twilight Saga. It was very well written. The author knows what they are talking about. I really liked the lecture on the mythology of vampires, very detailed. There was beautiful prose.

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