Every time he thinks he’s found someone, it all goes horrifically wrong.
Manlove classic, first time ever containing the original story, the sequel novel, and a new, never-before-published concluding novella. M.Christian’s masterful queer thriller/horror novel is back in print with 20,000 additional words.
He’s immortal. He drinks blood. But he’s not a vampire. Doud’s totally unique – a being no one’s ever seen before – and he’s desperately lonely for a lover: a special someone who will not just join him in his bed but his strange life as well. But every time he thinks he’s found someone it all goes horrifically wrong.
Then one day a monster from his past returns: a thing of bitterness and fury he believed was long dead. Doud, with his friend Shelly in tow, begins a terrifying chase that begins in Los Angeles and ends in a blistering confrontation in the desert’s baking wastes. There, in the heat and the dust, Doud will confront what he is, what he’s become, his deepest and darkest sexual desires and lusts.
Doud will get what he’s always wanted out of his long, strange life – but it will be nothing that Doud, or you, could ever have imagined!
“I found Running Dry to be a very good read indeed and especially enjoyed its message. Carpe diem, this story tells us. Love is a rare and wonderful thing; use the time that you have in this life to find it instead of reaching for the unattainable. Because where is the joy in a life lived alone?”
– Book Wenches
“Let’s see. Vampire bites man. Man becomes vampire. The biter and the bitten are in love. Must be a gay vampire novel. But not just another gay vampire novel. RUNNING DRY is, yes, about vampires. Hardcore vampires. Unless they’re passing along the vampire gene, they don’t just sip blood - they suck out every sweet empowering ounce of a body’s bodily fluids, leaving behind but a dusty husk. Christian, author of hundreds of acclaimed short stories and editor of many fine anthologies, has crafted a brisk combo of decades-arcing romance, contemporary suspense thriller, and original horror story - Doud, the vampire longing for the lover he thinks he’s lost forever, is a mysterious artist whose every painting is daubed with the blood of victims he’s had to kill in order to survive, a spooky kind of homage. This is a rip-roaring read that ought to come with this warning: don’t read the last page before starting the first, then devouring the rest. The book’s ending is a shocker, as lives end and another begins. Enough said.”
“If you like fiction with gay themes their presence here is a bonus, but the reason to buy this book is because this book is good.” - Emily Veinglory
“With this impressive debut novel, one of our best short story writers shows why he is tops in his field; this book is fascinating, original, creative and can’t be put down till it is finished. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
-Greg Herren, author of Murder In The Rue Dauphine and Bourbon Street Blues