The psychic science novels I’ve read are always interesting and often quite mind-boggling at the same time. When you read something like REPTITOLVS VS SATANETIC, which is about a psychic detective on the trail of satanic ritualistic, you immediately realize that this isn’t your typical police procedural type book. In fact, it’s much more in-depth than that. And the killer himself was well beyond the pale of normal police procedure. This one was written by an authority in the field.
Book One: The Adventure Of Edward Warman, by A.C. McClurg and Company first edition, from 1910. What makes this collection so great is that there aren’t many standalone adventures in this collection chuyen la co that. In fact, all but the very last third of the book are simply vignettes of what occurs in the background of the main story, and what is going on in the psychic science laboratory where Dr. Edward Warman works. It’s a great short story, and just about the best introduction to the world of vampirism that I’ve ever had.
Book Two: The Psychic Detective, by Joseph Keough. I’d actually forgotten just how many excellent books had been written on this subject, but this one has stood out to me for a long time. In the first few chapters, the reader gets a look into the history of the different laws that govern the different vampiric regions, and the differences between each area and how those laws affect the local populace. This is done through a series of vignettes interspersed with true incidents and is well done and quite believable.
Book Three: The Gifted, by Beverly Barton. This is the third book in a major series on the subject of Necromancy and Vampires and as is been noted before, this book has some very good material. Barton takes a look at the spiritual origins of the vampire, and shows how the modern day fables are born out of the spiritual impulses that were so common in the human race, even down to today. It’s an interesting and engrossing read, and although it doesn’t really answer the original question of what is a vampire, and in fact directly contradicts some of the material in the first two books in the series, it does raise enough questions and theories to keep the readers interested.
Book Four: The Azusa Murders, by David Griswold. Although not directly related to Necromancy or Vampirism, this novel takes place in the same city, and tells the story of the same couple who became vampires. It also delves into the often-forgotten legal issues surrounding astrology in California, and the constitutionality of a recent measure (which made it a crime to predict or disclose the future) in Azusa. It also covers some more details on the Azusa incident and explores the darker underpinnings of the case, as well as how and why it came to be enacted in the first place.
The fifth book in the series, The Lost Pendulum of Montrose by David Brinkley covers the aftermath of the Azusa incident. Although some of the characters from the previous books are present, such as Assistant District Attorney General Ellenquist, this time, they are from a different time and place, and deal with more pressing matters, namely the unraveling of a child predator case that took place in Azusa. The case was featured on the reality TV show “CSI” and spawned a sequel, The Broken Banks. This book is also another fantastic installment in the series, dealing with the same legal and ethical issues that the series has covered before. I’m not sure whether it takes away anything from the original novels, but it is a nice little filler to the series.