Literature: Carrion Comfort
Carrion Comfort is a fantasy/horror novel written by Dan Simmons about psychic vampires that secretly control the world (or at least, as much of it as they want to).
This book provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Some of the mind vampires, particularly C. Arnold Barent.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Averted. Though the mind vampires are able to mind control virtually anyone, they don't use governments or try to change the world. The Öberst wants that to change.
- The Chessmaster: Barent and the Oberst, both literally and figuratively.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Melanie may not be as aggressive or predatory as the other vampires but you know that Vincent the hitchhiker and the street gang threatening and cursing her will end get a terrible comeuppance.
- Evil Versus Evil: Whenever the vampires fight each other.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Pawns.
- Human Chess: To the death.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Tony Harod with Maria Chen.
- Infant Immortality: Subverted in the first 50 pages of the book.
- Karma Houdini: Melanie Fuller
- Kill 'em All: Well, not everyone, but close.
- Kick the Dog: Harod could have been the Trope Namer. The first chapter he is introduced in has him raping a 17 year old model and actress and not too long after does the same with an air stewardess. He does have a Pet the Dog moment with Maria Chen when he helped her go cold turkey.
- Mind Rape: Plenty of those. And in Tony Harod's case, literally.
- Not So Different: The Oberst tries this on Saul. It doesn't work.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: All. The. Time.
- Redemption Equals Death: Tony Harod.