The Priest of Blood (Vampyricon Series #1)

The Priest of Blood (Vampyricon Series #1)

by Douglas Clegg


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A "stunning" (Publishers Weekly) epic from New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg.

In a dark medieval age, Aleric the falconer meets his destiny in the bloody embrace of the seductive Pythia, sending him on a quest to unearth the mysteries of the ancient vampyre race.

Set in a dangerous world of ancient forests and buried kingdoms, of dark magic, and vengeance beyond lifetimes, The Priest of Blood is an epic dark fantasy of sword, sorcery -- and vampires.

Be sure to get the rest of the Vampyricon trilogy:

The Lady of Serpents, Book Two
The Queen of Wolves, Book Three

"Astonishing. Douglas Clegg writes of...nightmares with such clarity and passion you don't end up reading his books; you end up drinking them in. The Priest of Blood is a bloody gem."
-- Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Vines and Heaven's Rise.

"A dark tale of swords, sorcery, and vampires."
-- Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author.

"Douglas Clegg has accomplished a rarity in the horror vein...This book will sink its teeth into you"
-- The Kansas City Star

"Richly layered, beautifully rendered foray into a past filled with sorcery and mystery -- and a rousing good story."
-- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

" the iconic vampire a massive makeover."
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Discover All of Douglas Clegg's fiction:

Lights Out
The Children's Hour
The Halloween Man
You Come When I Call You
The Hour Before Dark
Nightmare House
Bad Karma
Goat Dance
Dark of the Eye
The Words
Wild Things
Red Angel
Night Cage
The Infinite
The Abandoned
The Necromancer
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Attraction
Night Asylum
The Priest of Blood
The Lady of Serpents
The Queen of Wolves
Mordred, Bastard Son
My Father's Mistress
Mr. Darkness
The Marriage of Figaro
The World on Butterfly
The Moonlit Dark
Coming of Age

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990464877
Publisher: Alkemara Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Vampyricon Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 617,558
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Neverland, The Hour Before Dark, and The Children's Hour. He is married and lives along the coast of New England.

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1958

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia

What People are Saying About This

Christopher Rice

Christopher Rice, New York Times–bestselling author of A Density of Souls and Light Before Day:
Astonishing. Douglas Clegg writes of...nightmares with such clarity and passion you don't end up reading his books; you end up drinking them in. The Priest of Blood is a bloody gem.


Explorations Interview with Douglas Clegg

Paul Goat Allen: Doug, you're mainly regarded as a writer of modern horror and suspense thrillers, what was the motivation to write a historical vampire saga?

Douglas Clegg: History and mythology have always fascinated me since the time, at age 11, when I climbed up the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico and felt the power of an ancient world. I grew up reading world mythology, almost as a secret love. Then, in my 20s, I lived in France and slept for several nights in one of the oldest forests in western Europe -- in Brittany. This inspired The Priest of Blood, which I began writing several years later. Then I spent nearly a decade researching the medieval era, learning swordplay, reading accounts of the Crusades, really digging into the 12th and 13th centuries as a place of life -- and shadows. I wanted vampires who echo harpies and gorgons -- mythological creatures of beauty and terror -- and so it began. And I wanted to write about life in a way I hadn't been able to with contemporary fiction. I wanted to write a novel of spectacle and wonder and heroism and create battles on the page that would take a reader's breath away -- and a sense of the greatness of existence within the novel.

PGA: How is your Vampyricon saga different from other bestselling vampire series like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain novels?

DC: I think Aleric, the Falconer, and the vampyres of the novel are very different in that they are a lost tribe of sorts, and of course my setting is not Paris or San Francisco or New Orleans, but a journey across the Continent -- from the ancient forest in Brittany to battles in the Holy Land -- and a quest into a buried kingdom where a vital secret of the source of all vampyrism lies. In some respects, the novel may have more in common with high fantasy or even [Elizabeth Kostova's] The Historian. Having said that, I've enjoyed Rice and Yarbro's fiction a great deal, and I can only hope that readers take to and love Aleric and his world as much as they've loved Rice and Yarbro.

PGA: I read on your web site that The Priest of Blood was a “personal story” for you. How so?

DC: The Priest of Blood came from three things -- first, my travels around the world, where I saw the intersection of an ancient, buried culture with the modern culture that had essentially buried it. At 11, it was in Mexico; at 16, I saw this in Spain; and then in my late teens, in Great Britain, and in my early 20s, in France and Germany. All my life, here in North America, as well. I responded on a very personal level to this -- and it also makes the world a bit of a treasure hunt. I'm an amateur mythologist and an enthusiast of archaeology and anthropology, so these loves came together in reinventing the medieval world and the cultures that contributed to it. Next, my parents both died within a year of each other, after illnesses that were devastating. This drove me into the world of The Vampyricon -- a world where life is both brutal and fantastic and where a hero could arise to combat shadows, even while existing in them. All my childhood loves came back to me after my mother and father died -- all the things I'd cherished: the storytelling; the world mythologies we discussed; the way my parents, taking us kids on travels or sending us on our own, opened my eyes to the greater world out there. Although I began writing this saga in the early 1990s, it would not have been finished if I didn't have those years when I wanted to escape into this other world -- the world of Alkemara and The Vampyricon. And finally, of course, that special time in my early 20s in that forest, which I call the Great Forest in The Priest of Blood.

PGA: What's next in the Vampyricon saga? And how many novels are you projecting this series to include?

DC: The next Vampyricon novel is tentatively titled Lady of Serpents and should be out in the fall of 2006. I really hate saying much about it because I'm still finishing it at the moment, and I tend to keep this stuff under wraps while I'm working on it. Right now, I know how the first three novels will mainly play out, and if I write the third and know the next one, the series will continue. I like to take the writing of a novel one at a time, because it means I pour everything I've got into it and really focus on its world. The world within The Priest of Blood is one of the richest I've ever created. I love living within it -- and I hope readers will as well.

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Priest of Blood (Vampyricon Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clef has written a magnificently terrifying book. Gave me nightmares. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Here's to the nightmares!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On part with Anne Rice
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Loved it.
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A lot of historical references to ancient civilizations
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Couldn't put it down and after reading I had to remind myself to take a breath. Sort of like when you finish watching a movie that has so enthralled you that when it is over you have to re-acqauint yourself with the actual world around you before you can stand up and leave the theatre. I started reading Douglas Clegg's stories a few years ago when in passing I read a comment from Stephen King endorsing Clegg's abilities as a novelist. Now I look forward to announcements of new encounters of Clegg's creativity to add to my collection - and Priest of Blood is a MUST for any reader or collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg has shown what we his devoted readers already know. Priest of Blood is a best seller. Doug shows his amazing skills as a writer, that he can go from horror to a new genre and not loose readers that normally don't do 'Midevil Vamps'. Priest of Blood is a must read for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been putting off reading The Priest of Blood since it arrived in December. I don't know why, but I just wasn't ready yet to crack the binding on such a special book. This Saturday I could stand it no longer...I started in the evening and had finished by this Sunday afternoon. My poor husband and children were neglected as I was drawn into the vibrant tapestry of both your words and Aleric's story. Not only was the story superbly told and written, but the settings were real for me. True, I've some background in medieval history, but others would have as easy a time picturing the locations as I did. It was vivid, real, dank, musty, dusty, sandy, hot, wet....and dark. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a hisorical setting to their coming-of-age tales....It is most certainly NOT just for the horror or vampire fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Priest of Blood delivers every aspect that you look for in a great Horror Fantasy book. Well defined characters and settings have you immersed in the book so deeply that you do not want to leave!! I read this book in one delivers the goods. Defining a whole new vampire genre and putting Douglas Clegg in the ranks of Laymon, Little, Ketchum, Koontz and King!! Get this book today!!! You will not be disappointed.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello from Germany.I love to read horror novels although I'm a little tired of vampire novels. It's mostly the same stuff. But this one here is different, althoug it contains classic elements it is wonderful written, thrilling and makes looking for more - can't wait to read the rest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever submitted an online review of any of the authors I read but this one was one that I had to do. I've been collecting Doug's works for years and have just started obtaining copies to read. This one grabbed right from the beginning and never let go. If a book gets me from the beginning then it's a winner!! This one did! I'm sure I'll love the older ones as I get a chance to read them too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
in a word, this work is 'Fantastic!' - brooding, dark, with nightmarish elements that plunge the reader through layers of unknown dimensions and emotions. The plot is rich and meaty and satisfying, and it keeps you hooked. Clegg breaks every mold imaginable, and he does it with elan, and with an unabashed glee for the story he tells.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Aleric the Breton was born into poverty, but proves to the Baron¿s huntsman he can train all kinds of birds and moves into the manor. An older boy turns the huntsman against him making known that Aleric made love with the Baron¿s daughter in the church chapel. He is sent to the Holy Land to fight the Saracens as a servant-soldier. His brother, also fighting the infidels reunites with him but is soon killed. Aleric leaves the battle field heading for the city Hedammu inhabited by demons.................. In the city he is attacked by the vampire Pythyia who drains his blood each night for a month before changing him into a creature like her. He meets the other vampires of the city who believe he is their savior because he gave the Sacred Kiss to his friend and turned him into a vampire, which the others can¿t do. They want him to restore the powers that their ancestors had but to do that he must travel to the lost city of Alkemara. His journey, with five of his brethren, is successful but once in the lost city they face many dangers in their quest to restore to glory the vampire race................... Douglas Clegg is a horror writer who knows how to tell a great story with characters that any reader can empathize with, even vampires who kill mortals. The protagonist is a product of the times and readers get a glimpse of Breton where the old ways has not been wiped out by Christianity. The vampires are not the typical creatures of the night but have weaknesses that make them vulnerable objects of pity. It will be hard to wait for the next book in this blood curdling series............... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing to see the range of work that Clegg is able to write. The Priest of Blood is one that I got on an early preorder, and it was worth every bit of the money I paid and more. Do you like dark fantasy? Do you like knowing that once you love a book, there'll be more for you to read? That's how I felt with this one. I've always enjoyed reading this author's work, and this one proves to me why. Every book he writes shows his growth as a writer, and shows why he has such a solid fan base. Love it love it love it! Do yourself a favor and pick up this one (and some of his past work, too!) and you'll see what I mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hooked from the very beginning. The Vampyricon take you to it's world of darkness and keeps you there. All the best of supernatural and fantasy in one! One of those rare books you just hate to finish!!!! Mr Clegg keeps topping himself with every book he writes. Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In, The Priest of Blood Douglas Cleeg shows that he can hang with the greats. A fantastical blend of horror & fantasy that sets up a historical journey. Nothing he has done before will prepare you for this incredible saga. Highly reccomended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Clegg has re-invented the vampire. His book 'The Priest of Blood' is the most original approach to an ancient legend since Stoker devised 'Dracula.' Richly conceived and fully realized, this is a novel both truly frightening and deeply disturbing. Generally, the realization that a novel is the first of a series is cause for ennui at best. In this case, it is cause for celebration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Mr. Clegg has managed to write another book that grabs you from the first page and won't let you go. In simple words, it's fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't read any mideval stories, but having read this author before made me give it a try. And I am so glad I did. Not only does Mr. Clegg give new life to a tired genre, he creates an atmosphere that makes you think you are actually in that time period. It is almost like Mr. Clegg time travelled to do his research. Highly entertaining and highly recommended.