The story follows Herald Childe, a private detective, who is sent a snuff film of his partner being murdered by what appears to be a vampire. His investigation into the identity of the killers leads him into a world of apparent monsters who have a predilection for brutal and supernaturalsex. The monsters including vampires, werewolves, snake-women, other undefined shape-changers and his ex-wife. The first printing or first edition of Image of the Beast (1968), was written for sf-porn publisher Essex House. It was paperback selling at $1.95.