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Vampire A Go-Go by Victor Gischler | Book Review

September 1

vampire go goNarrated by the all-knowing ghost of long-dead alchemist and conman Edward Kelley, VAMPIRE A GO-GO takes readers back in time and into the depths of Prague Castle to reveal secrets that have lain dormant since the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II—an eccentric ruler who filled his kingdom with astrologers, alchemists, and other pseudo-scientists.

Like Edward Kelly years ago, Allen simply doesn’t realize what he’s getting into, and an unforgettable cast of characters adds to the chaos and danger of a quest for an ancient device with the capacity to restore life itself.

Vampire A Go-Go is Victor Gischler’s latest attempt to conquer all genres. Last year’s Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse was his unique spin on the post-apocalyptic science fiction genre and this year’s Vampire a Go-Go is Gischler Tasmanian Deviling all over the horror genre.

One of the first things that popped into my head while reading Vampire a Go-Go was that Victor Gischler was channeling his inner Emerson LaSalle (his invented pulp fiction writer). If memory serves there were a number of old Emerson LaSalle titles mentioned on Gischler’s old blog that show that some of the ideas in Vampire have been steeping for awhile. Particularly Battle Jesuits of Pope Town but even others like .38 Caliber Goth Girl.

Vampire is a kitchen sink novel. The kind of novel that doesn’t settle for normalcy and piles the ideas and story elements high. Why settle for a girlfriend when you can also have her be a werewolf? Every character is something else until we have a battle royal of old horror tropes running amok and wreaking havoc.

Vampire a Go-Go feels a little more in control and less chaotic then last years Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. But while it may be less campy it is no less fun.

The bottom line is that Victor Gischler brings a breath of fresh air to whatever genre and medium he chooses to write in and it comes as no surprise that he has been successful in crime, science fiction, horror and comics. Go out today and buy a Victor Gischler book, your day will be brightened and you’ll have a new favorite author.

  1. Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse was one of the best books I read last year. Pretty much anything Victor Gischler writes is bound to be huge fun. I can’t wait for this one,

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