Literature / They Thirst

They Thirst is a horror novel, published in 1981 by Robert R. McCammon. The story follows a group of people in Los Angeles who are called by "dark forces."

The novel includes examples of:

  • Aerosol Flamethrower : One of the weapons a minor character uses to fight the vampires.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels : Of the most murderous sort.
  • Badass Biker : Several, including Kobra, Viking, and Dicko.
  • Badass Boast: Prince Vulkan gives one to the heroes near the end of the story about how better men have tried to kill him but failed.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Rico Esteban while not necessarily being presented as the main character, was the given a lot of chapters devoted to him early on. However he ends up getting killed in the middle section of the book. His primary purpose seemed to be a way of getting Father Silvera (a major character) involved in the story
  • Evil Albino : Kobra. Much like the Dan Brown example, an unlikely villain as he's shown riding a motorcycle at night and has wicked aim. Most albinos in real life have very poor eyesight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Wes in a last ditch effort aganist Vulkan fires his gun at him and ends up getten beaten to a pulp by Vulkan and then gets shot in the head by Kobra. However when he fired his gun, he manage to shot Vulkan's golden urn which Vulkan was using to control the weather. By destroying that urn Vulkan loses control of the sandstorm he created which plays a big factor in the climax.
    • Father Silvera not long after Rich is killed, gets one. When LA starts to fall apart and sinks to the ocean (see above), Vulkan tries to escape but Silvera (who is already dying of Lou Gehrig's disease) grabs hold of him and after a long struggle is able to send him and Vulkan crashing through a building where a tidal wave comes and kills both of them.
    • Solange attacking Kobra gets her killed in the process but also ends up indirectly leading to Kobra's death. When they were fighting they roll into the fire place and after Kobra gets up and is about to shoot Palatazin and Tommy, the gun overheats and ends up exploding which blows Kobra"s head off.
  • Magical Negro : Solange, who is half-Japanese, half-African (Bantu) and a practitioner of some sort of voodoo.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Gayle works for a tabloid called The Tattler.
  • Name's the Same : The Tattler, the name of the tabloid newspaper, is the same as in Thomas Harris' Red Dragon. Likely a coincidence, as both novels were published in 1981.
  • Our Vampires Are Different : The word "vampire" isn't mentioned until over 100 pages into the story.