View Full Version : A possible prequel?
October 17th, 2006, 06:14 AM
Hi all - Im new here. but Ive been a massive Necroscope fan since 1992, when I was first drawn to, at the age of 21, the first 2 Necroscope books and held them side by side to join up the 'life thread/pseudopods' on the front covers to make a bigger picture. I knew then that these were something special. And then - after that, The Source, aaaahhh, the blood truly became the life.
Anyway, long story short. When I recently heard, via this website, that a new Necroscope book was coming out, after Avengers, I got very excited. As an author myself (not published yet, but hope to next year) I have a writer's mind, and having read every Necrocope book more than once (sometimes three times), I like to think I know the story pretty well.
I had hoped that the new Necroscope book, Book 14 if you will, would be about the Dweller. A prequel, or missing years, like the Lost Years Vol 1/2. I mean, Mr Lumley created a masterful character with the dweller, a Necroscope no less (or greatly more?) than his father ever was. But so many of his years are missing. Necroscope: The Dweller would make a fantastic novel. But "The Touch" has me a tad confused. I have it on order from Amazon.com and it hasnt arrived yet (along with Harry Keogh Necroscope and other weird heroes). But I know the story and that it branches off in an entirely new direction. SPOILER ALERT POSSIBLY>>>>>>
Given the way Avengers ended, Im troubled as to how this story can come about, if it is, indeed a tangential tale with respect to its Wamphyri-laden predecessors.
Anyone care to lend any thoughts on this, without giving anything away? Who else would love a novel about the Dweller's life growing up on Starside/Sunside?
October 17th, 2006, 06:56 AM
T, I think this has already been discussed recently on this forum. I'm sure you can find it somewhere!
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October 17th, 2006, 03:25 PM
I brought it up under the thread "You know what I'd like to see?", and think that this story is just so good an opportunity to let slip.
October 17th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Without giving too much away The Touch does have E Branch in it and a necroscope but no Wamphyri and no Dweller! The time line is not set after Avengers.
There is a thread about it in here but there are spoilers in it so up to you if your curiosity gets the better of you!
October 19th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Nice to get such honest feedback. And its great to think that Im not the only one who's thought about a Dweller prequel. Surely the great man can't deny his fans this one. Although - Im now 6 chapters into the Touch and I cant get enough of it. Wamphyri? Ah yes, I remember them, but vaguely LOL
October 24th, 2006, 10:27 AM
I'd love to see more on Jake Cutter. Jake had a certain attitude that gave the world of E-Branch a slightly more renegade feel.
During the E-Branch Trilogy the story focused mostly on the escapades of Ben Trask and crew while Jake was off doing other things, considering that Jake had Korath tagging along with him (whom I personally believe to be Harry Keogh's Lich from Necro book 5... KeoghsWrath Mindsthrall) the odds are fairly high that he was bouncing between the Wamphiri World and Earth.
Jake struck me as the sort of Character that would have tried to find allies in North America, as well as the sort that would have been looking for other Necroscopes to help him with Korath's want to be alive again.
As a writer (I worked on some cartoons, and have dome some net published HHGTTG chapters as well as some plots for Marvel and DC comix) It woiuld be interesting to see how Jake fought the Vampire Earth. He seemed to have a fair understanding of the Temporal aspect of the Moebius Continuum... The future is alterable if the past is unchangable... I'd love to work with Brian on something involving Jake trying to avert the Vampire Earth, I'd use Nestors Ghost as well as Nathan in Jakes quest to find the spirit of the Original Necroscope Harry.
Jake had a lot of dark things in his past but Korath (having been Harry's Lich) knew how to shield his mind from ESPers in a way that they would "read" in him what they wanted to see without revealing anything about the mysterious Jakes past, motivations, and plan.
Jake had a great deal of loss, and once he became Necroscopic he was able to contact the spirits of his MANY dead friends (all of which had died too young) I feel his motivations were simply to avenge the murders of his 60+ that had been murdered by the people who framed him and had him locked in that prision in the first place.
It'd be really sweet if Brian and his lovely Lady could add a fan fiction section to the forum... It would allow Brian a chance to see different directions he could take his ultimately realistic vision of the wolrd of ESP and Espionage.
It might also give me a chance to possibly make some money to get a place to live and get off of the streets of Ottawa...
The guy formerly known as Mat Waterhouse. (I gave my Waterhouse ident to one of my look-a-likes after I left WHO over some severe personal Trauma way back in the day.)
October 24th, 2006, 11:54 PM
The one problem I have with prequels, by any author, is that you know pretty much how they're going to end.
Don't get me wrong, I liked The Lost Years books. However, if you introduce a whole new set of important characters that weren't in earlier books and aren't in later books then you pretty much know that they're going to have to be killed off one way or another.
November 22nd, 2006, 12:07 AM
I'd like to see a prequel that goes WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back, and deals with Shaitan's downfall. Probably one of a very few books I'd actually pre-order. As far as the Dweller's past, the impression that I got out of The Source was that he wasn't very active, power-usage wise. Pretty much all he did with it was set up the Garden.
Now, if he'd explored other universes.....
November 22nd, 2006, 01:50 AM
yeah, but we don't know exactly how he became to BE Whamphryi. Well, we do, he explains that in the book. But how did he find Sunside/Starside? We don't know what happened from the time he was 18 months old til he was there. How did he succeed? There's a lot of ways that story could go.
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