The Light at the End

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For the Doctor Who play, see The Light at the End (Doctor Who audio).

The Light at the End is a 1986 vampire novel by John Skipp & Craig Spector which became a New York Times bestseller and is often credited as the book that started the splatterpunk movement.

Story[edit]

The book takes place in the 1980s punk subculture of New York City. While riding the subway, a young street punk named Rudy Pasko is attacked and turned by an old vampire. Drunk off his new power, Rudy takes to the night-life and goes on a murder spree, but his action lead to the formation of posse composed of several local messengers, artists and working class citizens who devise a plan to hunt him through the New York underground.

Influences[edit]

According to Joss Whedon, the novel was the inspiration for Spike, the punk vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Coincidentally, in the Season Five episode, "Fool For Love" there is a scene in which Spike fights a hunter in the subways of New York.

Re-release[edit]

For its 25th anniversary, the novel was re-released as an e-book from Crossroad Press on October 31, 2010.[1][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "news: Return of the Original Punk Vampire". The San Francisco Chronicle. October 21, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.