A cult classic splatterpunk vampire novel, The Light At The End is an original, energetic, occasionally terrifying book, with a sense of foreboding lacking in many novels of its kind. Its urban setting, combined with Skipp and Spector's kinetic prose and masterful grasp of atmosphere and visual description, make this a memorable horror novel, and one which has aged very well (it was originally published in 1986). Despite uneven characterization and an underwhelming first third, the sheer visual power of The Light At The End makes it deserving of its cult status and a highly recommended read for anyone in the mood for a cinematic, scary vampire novel.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2015.