Anywho... reread Vampire$, by John Steakly. I had an insight into what his genre really is. It's an updated version of the epic tradition, with these amazing, larger than life heroes- that aren't. And that's why his books are amazing. One where the hero is battling against endless hordes of bugs, and another where the heroes are against an endless stream of vampires. While they perform the epic hero style acts of bravery and courage, Steakly keeps them as human beings. Instead of building them up externally, Steakly walks you into their mind, into the parts where they go, "My god, I'll never be able to do this. I'm not strong enough."
His characters are people, flawed, struggling people.
That's why I love his books, and at the same time, I hate his books, because he writes powerfully. Strongly. You feel fear, you feal anger, your pulse races along with the characters. And at the end, you feel disgusted for having lived through that.
Getting through the book again, I didn't have the same shakes, I didn't have the same need to vow that if I ever saw Steakly, I'd kill him. I did at one point set the book down, because I knew what was coming next and said to myself, "I can't handle this right now."
So yes, Vampire$ and Armor by John Steakly. I've never seen anything else by him, nor has Tim, a long time Steakly fan.
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