Necroscope V: Deadspawn

There’s a maniacal murderer on the loose, brutally slaughtering young women with a ferocity that rivals that of vampires Harry Koegh has spent his life combatting. The Necroscope’s been asked to solve the crimes…asked by the dead spirits of the madman’s victims.

Harry cannot turn down a request from the dead…even if it costs him his soul. In the climactic battle with the vampires, mankind prevailed and purged the vampires from earth–thanks to Harry, his team of psychically-gifted spies, and Faethor Ferenczy, long-dead ‘father’ of the world’s vampires, who betrayed his own kind.

But Harry’s alliance with Faethor has a terrible cost–Harry’s very humanity is under attack from the vampire evil coiled in his mind!


  • Series: Necroscope (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 8/16/91 edition (September 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812508351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812508352
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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8 thoughts on “Necroscope V: Deadspawn”

  1. This fifth installment of the Necroscope series tackles the world of protagonist Harry Keogh in a much broader scope than ever before. I consider the previous volume, Deadspeak, as a warmup to this fine work of fiction. True to his Lovecraftian roots, Lumley challenges the reader to delve into areas of knowledge that defy men’s minds to comprehend.
    As the Necroscope battles foes both human and inhuman, his struggles remain primarily internal. Striving to find deeper meaning in the world around him, Harry seeks the true nature of the mysterious Mobius Continuum that has served him to well over the years. He learns new and terrible powers that blur the line between life and death itself!
    Heartbreaking events abound in this conclusion to the original Necroscope 5-part series. Harry is saddened to learn that it was not his Necroscopic abilities that made him unique, but rather his innocence. For there are others possessed of the same awesome powers, but not so kind of heart! We also learn the fate of the Dweller, aka Harry Jr., and Victor Luchov, the Projekt Director of Perchorsk.
    Lastly, in an epilogue reminiscent of Stephen King’s masterful The Stand, we (along with Harry) gain insight into the nature of Evil itself, as well as a glimpse back to the paradoxical genesis of the Wamphyri themselves!

  2. I have read all 10 books in Lumleys vampire series . The character (Harry Keogh) has a special chemistry that just draws you in. You will not be able to put the book down.

  3. This threw me for a loop. After reading the preceding books, I thought Harry’s life couldn’t get any worse, it did (Read the lost years to find out more, Poor Harry). The return of Shaitan and Shaitas was a great way to give Harry and his group a hard time and new problems. This final book in the Necroscope series before the Lost Years sets up the hero of this five book rampage to a thrilling ending. I’m still in aw after what I read.

  4. As the Necroscope, Harry Keogh has the unique ability to speak with the dead. But now that he has become infected with vampirism, the dead shun him as they do all vampires. Most of his former friends at E-branch (short for ESPionage), sensing a change in Harry, regard him with suspicion. Nonetheless, he finds himself helping to track a bizarre killer, a sadist who tortures his victims not only before murdering them but, with his necromantic powers, even after they have died.
    Harry knows that with the change in his nature E-branch will give him no peace in this world; he ultimately must retreat to the universe where vampires — the Wamphyri — originated. There he discovers a new romantic interest, the one Wamphyri Lady remaining in their traditional stronghold. The few other Wamphyri survivors of the war described in NECROSCOPE III: THE SOURCE have fled to the arctic wastes of their world. Wamphyri Lords Shaitan and Shaithis, however, are planning a comeback — and Harry does not have resources to fight them as he has before.
    DEADSPAWN has the densely plotted suspense and spy/counterspy tactics of previous Necroscope novels, and just when you think there can’t be one more twist — there is! Time comes full circle in a thought-provoking finale that makes Harry a figure of cosmological significance, at once an end and beginning to the world of Lumley’s Wamphyri.

  5. This whole series takes the world of vampires and completes it. Where they came from, why they exist, how you really kill one, how they reproduce, why the gypsies are so closely associated with them and why they do what they do. The series is 100 times better than all other vampire books combined. Well Done Mr. Lumley, well done.

  6. This book is very well written and I love the story line. I have read the previous 4 books in the series, too, and they are all awesome!!

  7. if you like vampires you will like these. they are different and keep you reading. better to start at the beginning Necrosope so you understand why everything is happening. I love this author and this story cant wait to start on another one/

  8. This is what Vampires are all about… none of that Ann Rice or Stephenie Meyer feminine vampire nonsense. These characters are so realistic they’ll make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

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