The vampires


The vampires
This novel is the second by Mexican-American author John Rechy (1931-) to be seized during the ‘Operation Tiger’ raids. The vampires of the title are metaphorical, as a disparate group of people gather on a Caribbean island and unleash their darkest desires via Satanic rituals and witchcraft. The novel is filmic in style and has a character list which includes actresses, priests (Voodoo and Catholic), a “madam”, a possibly murderous male sex worker and “a drug goddess”. In one of their catalogues, Philadelphia gay bookstore Giovanni’s Room described this novel as a departure for Rechy, particularly as it was “non-gay”, although ‘Gay Times’ noted it still had enough in the contents to be interesting to gay readers.
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