Vampire a Go-Go, by Victor Gischler was as ridiculously awesome as his last novel, Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. As you may have guessed from the titles, Gishler does not write serious novels. In fact, he’s kind of like the Tarantino of horror fiction, and it makes me very happy. He has written a handful of crime novels, and he is currently writing a Deadpool comic for Marvel.
Vampire a Go-Go is another comedy-horror combination, I’ve been kind of addicted to this kind of thing lately, and it has everything in it. Wizard duels, vampires, werewolves, zombies, battle priests, hot girls, ghosts, castles, insane monarchs, immortality, gun battles, decapitations, wine parties, radiation poisoning, gratuitous sex scenes, and so on. It was quite possibly one of the most absurd books I have ever read, and I loved every page. I read the entire novel in one sitting, which is not as impressive when you take into account the fact I was sick, and had an entire day free, but the book was a welcome distraction.
Gischler has a knack for satire and dry humor, and Vampire a Go-Gois no exception. Most of the story involves characters making sarcastic remarks, or pointing out flaws in other characters plans, or just being flat out disagreeable, and what’s even better, is that the characters are all pretty damn likeable. Except for the villains, but that’s nothing new. The plot focuses on the Sorcerer’s Stone, centuries old alchemy, and the quest for immortality. Again, nothing new, but Gischler makes it all seem fresh and exciting. It’s like Indiana Jones meets Harry Potter done as a romantic comedy, which I admit may not sound appealing to some of the more hard-core horror fans on the site, but trust me, it’s awesome.
This is the kind of book that you read quickly, then set aside and forget about until a rainy day when you’re afraid you may go insane from boredom and you tear through your bookshelves, or years later when you’re at the movie theater and a trailer comes on and you have that “wait a minute I know this story” feeling in the back of your head. In fact, Vampire a Go-Go reads as if it was meant to be a movie rather than a novel. It is very fast paced, the dialogue flows seamlessly, and the action scenes are pretty over the top. Legs get shot off, faces get melted, and the gun-toting college kids versus wizard fight is insane.
Overall, Vampire a Go-Go isn’t going to make Oprah’s Book Club, or win the Pulitzer, but who the hell cares? It was fun, very entertaining, well-written, and different enough to hold my interest. I recommend it to those of you who take horror with a grain of salt. For those of you who need horror to be dark and serious all the time; move along. This is not the book you’re looking for.