Vampire Hunter D Volume 1

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This article is about the original novel. For the manga based on the novel, see Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D.
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 Cover.jpg
Cover of the English edition of Vampire Hunter D Volume 1
Author Hideyuki Kikuchi
Original title Vampire Hunter "D" (吸血鬼ハンター"D" Kyūketsuki Hantā "D"?)
Translator Kevin Leahy
Illustrator Yoshitaka Amano
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Series Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy, Light novel
Published 1983 (Asahi Sonorama Japan)
2005 (DH Press United States)
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages United States 300
Japan 282
ISBN United States ISBN 1-59582-012-4
Japan ISBN 4-257-76225-X
Followed by Raiser of Gales

Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 is a Japanese novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. It was first published in Japan in 1983, and was translated into English in 2005.

Plot[edit]

It is the year 12,090 A.D. The world has all but ended, ravaged in a firestorm of man's wars and madness. But from the wreckage a few humans manage to survive. A few humans... and something else.

Doris Lang knew what her fate would be when the vampire lord Count Magnus Lee bit her: an agonizing transformation into one of the undead, doomed to be stalked by her fellow villagers, or cursed to become the bride of the unholy creature and face an eternity of torment, driven by the thirst for human blood. There was but one option left, and as she watched him ride in from the distance she knew there was hope. Salvation... from a vampire hunter named D.

Magnus has his own problems. His beautiful daughter Larmica refuses to let a human into her family. Enlisting the help of Garo, a werewolf retainer, she attempts to kill Doris before the wedding, only to find D standing against her.

Greco Rohman, son of the chief, wants Doris for himself. The same goes for the skilled fighter Rei-Ginsei and his Fiend Corps. Both men are eager to eliminate D, as his skills and Doris' favor makes them see him as a threat. Doris knows she isn't the only one in trouble - her younger brother is perceived as her weakness, and there is more than one person out there willing to use him as leverage against her.

Adaptations[edit]

The novel is adapted into a direct-to-video film of the same name in 1985 and a manga series, Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D, in 2007.