"Long Before Dawn" Cover
A 2009 vampire novel by James V. Viscosi.
After demolishing a group of vampire hunters, Martel the vampire sets his sights on an attractive woman he sees pumping gas and follows her from Pennsylvania back to upstate New York, where he amuses himself by stalking her. He makes it pretty obvious that he plans to eventually turn her into a vampire, which doesn't sit well with his current vampiric paramour. But what can SHE do about it?
Tropes present in this work
- And Your Little Dog Too
- Anyone Can Die: And boy, do they ever.
- Achilles' Heel
- Armor-Piercing Question: Roxanne to Martel, toward the end
- Bad Ass
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted with Lauren. Played straight with Roxanne.
- Big Bad: Martel, then, ultimately, Lauren
- Bittersweet Ending Roxanne lives; Barry dies. Ken is reunited with Lauren moments before blowing her up with a suicide vest.
- Blondes are Evil: Lauren
- Blood Lust
- Collapsing Lair: Right at the beginning, the vampire hunters burn down a coffin factory where Martel has been hiding out. Later, Ken blows up the factory where Lauren and her vampires have been living.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Christian Keems
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Even Evil Has Standards: Well, Martel does, anyway.
- Five-Man Band
- Holy Burns Evil
- Hypnotic Eyes
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Done to Roxanne by Martel and Lauren on separate occasions.
- Infant Immortality: Inverted. Lauren seems to like killing babies and children, and one of the first things Christian does after getting turned into a vampire is microwave Roxanne's puppy.
- Kick the Dog
- Mind-Control Eyes
- Rasputinian Death: Christian gets shot in the face, has his bowels blown out with a shotgun, gets burned by the sun, and has his genitals bitten off, before finally exploding due to overexposure to sunlight.
- Religion is Magic
- Our Vampires Are Different: Because they sleep in cocoons made out of blood and only react to holy symbols from their former religion. Otherwise they're pretty much standard regular vampires.
- The Dog Bites Back: Krone
- The Dragon: Krone
- The Starscream: Lauren
- The Vamp: Lauren. Literally and figuratively.
- Underestimating Badassery: Martel doesn't take Lauren seriously as a threat until much too late.
- Vampire Hunter: In spades
- Viral Transformation: Martel generally arranges it so his victims don't come back as vampires; Lauren wants to raise a vampire army.
- Weakened by the Light