Bride of the Fat White Vampire
Ballantine Books, 429 pp.
Bride is the sequel to Fox’s well-received Fat White Vampire Blues and picks up eight months after the title character, Jules Duchon, transformed himself into a pack of 187 fat white rats. Now, his protégé, Doodlebug, is being coerced by New Orleans’ vampire elite (the High Krewe of Vlad Tepes) to reform Jules in order to help them solve a mystery that threatens to tear apart the city’s already unstable vampire society. When Jules is reconstituted one rat short of a fat vampire he finds he has to team up with an old enemy to find out who is behind the bizarre mutilations of pretty young vampires. At the same time he has his own personal missions of finding his missing rat-part and searching for a way to revive his dead girlfriend. What Fox pulls off here is nothing short of miraculous—Bride is an exciting vampire novel that manages to be funny without compromising the dark gothic mood that we’ve come to expect from vampire novels. The characters—a 450-pound vampiric cab driver, his transsexual sidekick, a young girl obsessed with rats and, to a degree, the city of New Orleans itself—are unique, amusing, and personable without coming across as wacky caricatures. Most importantly, Fox manages all of this without ever falling into the shadow of Lestat. This one’s definitely worth picking up, as well as the first book and any subsequent books in the series.