The Shiver of the Vampires
a half-human vampire battles a modern cult, and confronts the nature of evil and the theological and natural world he bestrides. He encounters human and supernatural friends and foes in a story which avoids the usual trappings of the vampire genre, which should appeal to a wide readership. More
The more obvious trappings of the vampire genre are a very marginal part of the story. The language is accessible. There is no swearing. It should appeal to a wide range of readership.
A modern day run-down northern mining village develops a cult, worshipping Glycon, a 4th Century BCE Macedonian snake god.
Our hero, a working class ex-soldier, now a half-human vampire, saves 14 year old heroine Lucy from attack, explaining how Satan uses him to collect escapees from hell. They must battle Glycon, who has been made flesh by the villainous cult leader.
Glycon would become a god on Lucy’s sacrifice, causing hell on earth, but there can be only one master of hell so Satan must risk the end of days.
Tanith, soon to become Lucy’s lesbian vampire girlfriend, has escaped from hell. She is recaptured and returned to hell by Azazel the angel demon and an attempted rescue is required.
An ex-friend and Satanist responsible for vampire’s transformation, now resides in hell as Panurge, a powerful demon who wants to defeat Satan and take over the earth. He is responsible for the escapes; he is testing escape routes from hell. There is a clash of would-be gods.