What is happiness? Does God exist? What is natural and unnatural in this world?
Peter Klein explores these questions and so many more in his book And God Created Vampires. Klein takes our hand and leads us into the popular world of vampires, but it is here where we find ourselves swerving sharply to the right and entering a zone of thinking far more spiritual and thoughtful than any other vampire book before. It is here where Klein abruptly lets go of our hand, and loses us in this world of religion, self-identity… and of course vampires.
The thing I loved about this book was the atmosphere and characters. I’ve never seen an author able to spin up a complex web of atmosphere and entice us into it in such a short time. By the third paragraph, I was already helplessly wrapped up in the unique atmosphere of And God Created Vampires. The characters were also amazing; I fell so hard in love with the main and supporting characters that I couldn’t put the book down if I tried.
There is some repetitive information that sprinkled all throughout the book. I think Klein thought we wouldn’t get the information the first time because the vampire society was complicated. Another factor that irked me slightly was the breaking of character in order to give the reader valuable information. I just felt that Klein could have slid some of the information more subtly into the text instead of presenting it all as dialogue one character is saying to another character, often someone who doesn’t need to know the information being presented at all. The repetitiveness and occassional breaking of character turned me off slightly, but the atmosphere and characters sucked me right back in again.
The most unique thing about And God Created Vampires is Klein’s supernatural (see what I did there?) talent to make connections with reality while maintaining the secret life of the vampires. The connections really jerks you to attention and surprises, you, which is always a good thing.
One thing to note about this book is that it is definitely not suitable to children. There are some very explicit sexual scenes as well as pretty graphic horror scenes. The book was basically one big ball of blood, sex, and inner psychology. Klein’s mixture of vocabulary aims to shock, but the emphasis put behind them lends a kind of savage beauty to his story.
This book is suited for adults looking for a thought-provoking novel and a good time. It is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review.