A novel written in The '90s by Matthew Tobin Anderson about a teenager named Christopher who's turning into a vampire and is trying to find a cure. It takes place in an Alternate Universe in a seemingly modern version of Massachusetts where magic and the forces of darkness are real.
This novel provides examples of:
- Alternate Universe
- Cosmic Plaything: Christopher turns out to be one.
- Dark is Not Evil: The darkest force in the novel really only wants to escape his eternal prison so he can commit suicide.
- Downer Ending
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: God loves humans, and only humans. It doesn't matter if you used to be human. It doesn't matter if you desperately wish you were human. If you're a monster of any kind, you're going to burn in Hell forever. Demons, on the other hand, are exactly as monstrous as you'd expect them to be.
- Healing Factor: Vampires posses this.
- Horror Hunger
- Light is Not Good: The Light is ultimately shown to be petty and overly concerned with vengeance and punishment.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Lolli, a vampire, describes blood-drinking, the worship of dark gods, and murder in the same way that a Valley Girl would describe going to the mall.
- Puberty Vampirism
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Tch'muchgar
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: At the end of the novel even though Christopher helps destroy an ancient evil, it pits the forces of Light against him for freeing it in the first place. The fact that he helped to destroy it makes the forces of Darkness also his enemies. And since he finds that vampirism is incurable, he can no longer live with humans either. In short the events of the novel accomplished nothing and only succeeded to make Christopher's life worse in every imaginable way.
- Torches and Pitchforks: How humans respond upon discovering a vampire.
- Urban Fantasy: Despite all the supernatural elements, the setting of the novel is basically modern-day Massachusetts.
- Valley Girl: Lolli.
- Virgin Sacrifice: The Sad Festival of Vampires requires one each year in order to keep an evil entity in its prison. Most parents therefore encourage their children to go out to parties and get laid.
- Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere