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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


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

Based on 33 Reviews

Scott J. Koerber

October 3, 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!



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.

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


Kindle Customer

November 18, 2017

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


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.


Desiree Floyd

August 29, 2016

First, a disclaimer. I've known the author for 21 years exactly. Our friendship started over our mutual admiration for vampire literature, and we played the White Wolf Vampire RPG several times.That being said, this book is a great addition to traditional vampire lore. Vampire books don't always start with the rules, but the rules are in place from the beginning, so let's go over those first. Vampires are undead and not truly physical beings in this book, so they don't have sex, though they seem to like the idea. They are highly sensitive to sunlight and burn in light. They abhor Christian/religious imagery and relics and holy water can burn them, but they aren't stopped by anything symbolic other than silver. They have consciences and something resembling a soul, but the hunger rules every time. They only eat people and if they feast on the dead, they get deformed. They have to have permission to enter a dwelling and permission to turn someone. They only turn by puking blood back into the victim's mouth (not Dracula style by having Mina nurse from a flesh wound). They can go in water, but there may be some weak association with running water being dangerous, it's not really explored. They don't turn into animals. They can fly but only when powerful. Those who are turned when younger (say very young teens) seem to have less frontal lobe development and impulse control in their undead existence, and haunt their victims several times.While the vampires in this book are important and their stories matter, they are not the principal villianous force. That role is left to Dr. Edison Raymer, a college professor with a bloodlust for vampires. See whether you have any kind of sympathy for him by the end of the book.I don't want to provide too many spoilers, so I'll just say that the book is relatively quickly paced and picks up in the second half when basically everyone goes hunting, and there is some sexy material if you are looking for that in a vampire book, but in general this is a PG book until the end, when it crosses over into some serious R territory for the final battle.I particularly enjoyed the references to rural Virginia and the Chesapeake (my old stomping grounds with Ryan back in the day), as well as the keen descriptions of vehicles (especially the gunmetal classic Mustang GT), the references to classical music and literature, the descriptions of history/anthro/English professors from the "Williamsport College"-- a mirror of the College of William and Mary placed in Surry across the James, and the hilarious dialogue. This book has something for every vampire afficionado, while it is a bit light on the romance, the romance is there, it's just subtle, and tender.Yours cruelly, Desiree

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