The Vampire Noctuaries - Greatest. Vampire. Novel. Ever. - by Eric Muss-Barnes


  • Title: The Gothic Rainbow
  • Author: Eric Muss-Barnes
  • Dimensions: 6.0" wide x 9.0" tall
  • Page Count: 580
  • Word Count: 190,000
  • First Edition: February 1997
  • Second Edition: February 2013
  • Language: English
  • Reading Level: Ages 16 and Up
  • Sequel: Annwn's Maelstrom Festival
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1300657767
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1482082166
  • eBook ASIN: B00BGY4JM4


  • Title: Annwn's Maelstrom Festival
  • Author: Eric Muss-Barnes
  • Dimensions: 6.0" wide x 9.0" tall
  • Page Count: 321
  • Word Count: 104,000
  • First Edition: February 2013
  • Language: English
  • Reading Level: Ages 18 and Up
  • Prequel: The Gothic Rainbow
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781300657798
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781300657774
  • eBook ISBN: 9781300770305



"... if you've ever listened to The Cure in the dark, danced to The Dead Milkmen, lost a loved one, hung out with skaters, hated your parents or hated preppies, or if anyone's ever called you a "freak," I think you'll find a little of yourself in this book. Its honest representation of this subculture - from the music to the fashion - is spun throughout the web of fantasy ..."
- Cynthia Conlin
Implosion Magazine


"... I'm utterly mystified that this book worked as well as it did for me. It's written for readers with a firm grasp of the Goth subculture (I don't qualify); it doesn't attempt to have a plot as such; and the vampires are hopelessly larger-than-life, with their expensive cars, outrageous acts of violence, and nonstop scorn for mortals. (In fact, the vampires consider themselves so godlike that pronouns referring to them are capitalized, a typographical idiosyncrasy that I found rather disconcerting.) Perhaps the book's appeal lies in the sheer honesty of the narrative. ... Self-serving but sincere, THE GOTHIC RAINBOW is definitely worth checking out ... I know that's a strange kind of thumbs-up, but THE GOTHIC RAINBOW is a strange kind of book. It's certainly not for everyone. ... It is a book of dreams and fantasies, power and pain, and bittersweet Goth-flavored wish fulfillment ..."
- Catherine B. Krusberg
Sphere Fantasy Online


"... One aspect of the writing that I appreciated is that the author uses different styles of writing throughout this novel. Muss-Barnes excels in his literary descriptions of buildings, character dress, and dreams. ... the choice of words and inflection of mood hit dead on at what I anticipated I would find when I first picked up the book ..."
- Dan O.


"... Eric effectively blends elements from different genres and literary styles in a duet between mortals and Fey. Highly unique, believable characters, and a musical playlist to boot! I found the book compelling and charming (in a twisted way), and would gladly read the book again ..."
- Chelsea
Thistle Magazine


"... THE GOTHIC RAINBOW by Eric Muss-Barnes is, frankly, one of the most absorbing novels that I have read in quite some time. ... I've found the book well worth my time, and I hope you will give it a shot. I do not believe you will be sorry. At the end, I think you will agree that Eric Muss-Barnes will be a name to watch ..."
- Christopher T. Miller
Books Stacks


"... it's quite a page-turner, with lots of shocking vampiric escapades. This book, on the whole, is extremely well-written with a wonderful poetic style. I'm glad I didn't let the slow start scare me off ..."
- Susan Moon
The Nocturnal Lyric


"... I haven't yet begun the book itself, and I am already amazed and anticipatory: I feel as one does when you read a page in a book and think, "Yes! I feel that way too!"... That delight ..."
- Karen


"... I must admit that I didn't think I'd like your book. When I first read the title, I thought, "Oh, brother, this is going to be cheesy." I must relent my original thoughts (NEVER judge a book by it's cover), and heap praises onto you. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I took THE GOTHIC RAINBOW on vacation with me, and spent a lot of time each day in coffee shops reading. I was sad when I finished; I had come to know each character and felt close to them. I wanted more! ..."
- Katie


"... I loved this novel, though Chapter 23 did throw me for a loop. I liked the way you interweaved dreams and current life. Threw me for a moment, but then I caught on. I also see you are a bit of a Shakespeare fan yourself. Really know how to manipulate me, don't we? ..."
- Raquel


"... I just finished reading THE GOTHIC RAINBOW. All I can say is "Wow!" Man, I can't remember the last time I read a book that gave me the willies like that! ..."
- Steve


"... Your view and opinion of how a vampire should and would act is exactly what I envisioned - I've often thought that most of the books that I read were totally off on how one would feel and behave if one were a vampire. ... I felt as though I had gained some friends by the final page. And I also wished that I hadn't ended. I read your novel in 2 DAYS (much to the amazement of everyone), and completely absorbed every page ..."
- Donna


"... I remember how it was just getting cold when I received your book, and how it kept me company for two nights while I constantly sipped Cotton Club ginger ale in my bed and disconnected the phone because I wanted to see what happened uninterrupted ..."
- Elisabeth


"... as for your writing style - One word: Eloquent! ... Your use of imagery, or words to create imagery is extraordinary. Very passionate. I can't imagine what you must have been feeling as you wrote this epic ..."
- Chris


"... As I read THE GOTHIC RAINBOW, I could sense that Eric Muss-Barnes has a definite passion for writing..."
- Jeff Davis
Puck & CLF News


"... THE GOTHIC RAINBOW gives solace and escape for those who feel trapped in a messed-up world full of heartaches and misunderstandings. There is plenty of sex and violence to stimulate, but it's the delicate beauty and passionate writing of this novel that will touch your soul ..."
- Octavia
Outburn Magazine



What are The Vampire Noctuaries?

Imagine Natural Born Killers meets The Catcher in the Rye, starring Fairuza Balk from The Craft.

The Vampire Noctuaries is a duology of vampire novels that ignores all the cliches of modern day vampire books. There are no warring vampire clans. There are no "Chosen Ones" destined to change the world. There are no love triangles. No werewolves. No quests to "cure" vampirism. No "elder" vampires that are the oldest and most powerful vampires in the world. No vampire hunters. No daywalkers. No vampires going to school or getting pregnant.

In fact, The Vampire Noctuaries were begun in 1991. That's before True Blood and before The Vampire Diaries. This series started before Twilight and before Buffy the Vampire Slayer. None of the cliches and trends exist in The Vampire Noctuaries because The Vampire Noctuaries were created decades before any trends were invented.

The Vampire Noctuaries regales a dark and painful myth of love and loss and bereavement. The epic 900-page, 294,000-word pair of novels are set in a dark, faeriepunk version of the modern-day underground nightclub scene. With a bit of surreal embellishment to enrich the saga, these volumes were inspired by the parties, the places, the people and the atmosphere encompassing the author's exposure to several years of the gothic/industrial counterculture.

Focused upon the most dreary chasms of the human condition, the tale tells the journey of a young male vampire and his relationship with an abused teenage girl, Helle. Thinking he is only a spirit that communicates with her in dreams and Ouija rituals, Helle slowly comes to discover that he is very real and will change everything in her life forever. Later, the two will discover they themselves have merely been pawns in a game much larger and more sinister than they could have imagined.




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