The Priest of Blood (Vampyricon)

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The bastard son of a whore, a predator trainer in the royal court, and a conscripted soldier serving in the Crusades against the Saracens, Falconer finds his true destiny when he is transformed into a vampire by a creature called Pythia.

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Dear Reader,

The Priest of Blood has been a labor of love of mine for many years. It is my first fantasy novel, and is both a dark love story and a tale of sword, sorcery, and vampyres. I am thrilled that Berkley/Ace is releasing it first in hardcover in 2005.

The ages are dark and the war of the vampyres has not yet begun -- but when a peasant boy grows up in France, falling in love above his station, he soon learns of the brutality of the mortal world.

As a young man, he becomes a warrior in the Crusades, and there learns of that ancient necropolis of legend from the vampyre Pythia -- the Pythoness -- and discovers the dark destiny to which he was born.

You will meet on this journey, Aleric, Falconer; his mother, the maligned Armaela who turns to the forest witches for help; his beloved, Alienora, daughter of the Baron, who will sacrifice much for those she loves; Aleric's companion, Ewen, who will follow him beyond the brink of darkness; the lamprey-maidens called the Alkemars; and others, including the legendary priest-king of the vampyre race, Merod Al-Kamr.

I hope you enjoy The Priest of Blood, and will continue to discover the books of The Vampyricon as they are published.

With dark dreams and best wishes,

Douglas Clegg

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"A work of dark, delightful vision..." -- Christopher Golden, author of The Myth Hunters and Wildwood Road. "Stunning...Clegg gives the iconic vampire a massive makeover and draws fresh possibilities from its most familiar aspects." -- Publisher's Weekly Starred Review. "Clegg's unique interpretation of vampire mythology makes for a page-turning, bone-chilling adventure. Vampire fans and horror aficionados will relish this tale." -- Romantic Times magazine. "Clegg delivers!" -- John Saul "Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction." - Peter Straub

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby!" -- Dean Koontz "Clegg is one of the best!" -- Richard Laymon "Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation!" -- Bentley Little "Clegg is a weaver of nightmares..." -- Robert R. McCammon

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