Victor Gischler is a master of the class-act literary spoof--a unique niche in which he has few equals. He has tackled many popular genres with his wry wit: crime noir, the post-apocalyptic subgenre, and now the horror novel genre. Frequently compared to Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Quentin Tarantino, Gischler turns his attention to castles, astrologers, alchemists, ghosts, witches, gun-toting Jesuit priests, and werewolves with Vampire a Go-Go, a hilarious romp of spooky, gothic entertainment. Allen is a hapless grad student in trouble. He's about to flunk out of school and there is not much that can be done to salvage his GPA--except to redeem himself by accompanying an eccentric professor and his enigmatic wife on a research trip to a castle in Prague. But Allen doesn't know he'll end up in a hunt for a supernatural device that can restore the humanity to the undead. Narrated by a ghost whose spirit is chained to the mysterious castle, Vampire a Go-Go is full of twists and surprises that will have readers screaming--and laughing--for more.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
- Review Date: 2009-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Gischler (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) populates a world of intrigue with supernatural creatures in this highly entertaining novel. Allen Cabbot is saved from flunking out of graduate school by the extremely difficult Prof. Evergreen, who invites him to join a research project in Prague. Almost immediately, Allen finds himself tangling with Battle Jesuits, a Society of Witches and a vampire, and he learns that Evergreen’s real goal may be the philosopher’s stone. The feisty ghost of 16th-century alchemist Edward Kelley serves as narrator, complaining about the picture on his Wikipedia entry while explaining the history behind Allen’s adventure. While the characters lack depth, even the villains are approachable and likable. Dan Brown fans who don’t mind a little humor and magic mixed into their thrillers will enjoy this charming tale. (Sept.)