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.
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Page Count: 334
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
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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Not your average anything!
If you are looking for an angsty, romantic, Twilight style vampire story, keep looking, because this is NOT it! This book is true to the horror genre while incorporating a healthy dose of psychology and suspense. I was literally on the edge of my seat for most of the book and stayed up late finishing it. It starts with a brutal, all too realistic picture of war and ends with…well, let’s just say I both loved it and wanted to hurl it at the same time. You will literally be equally drawn and repelled by the vibrant characters as you navigate the twists of turns of their dark and dramatic paths, but I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Couldn’t put it down!
Couldn’t put it down!
Great take on vampire novel
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.
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!
GREAT vampire novel
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.
Come Forth in Blood, A Review
An unusual story, from a German soldiers point of view. Well written and well told. I was rooting for the vampires.