The Delicate Dependency

Michael Talbot


Ever since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire has evolved from the ferocious blood-sucking fiend as portrayed in the penny dreadfuls such as Varney the Vampyre into a strangely alluring, erotic figure promising eternal life. But, it’s eternal life with a horrifying price attached, the overwhelming need to feast on the blood of the living. Of the hundreds of novels of the vampire that have been written in the hundred-plus years since Dracula, a few rise and stand far above the pack as masterpieces of the horror genre. One of the most notable of the last fifty years in The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot. In Talbot’s world, the vampires are the curators of history, the guardians of secrets dating back well before the time of Christ. Most importantly, they possess the secret to life eternal.
      In Talbot’s novel four people learn enough of the vampires’ world to draw close to the secret, to be positioned to accept the bargain that carries with it the terrible, unquenchable thirst. Dr. John Gladstone, a virologist who may hold the key to ending the vampires hidden rule forever. His daughters, one obsessed with immortality and one apparently beyond rational thought. Added to this tableau is the Lady Hespeth, whose motives remain obscure. Will the centuries-long reign of the vampires be ended? Or will one or more of the protagonists strike the hellish bargain that grants them eternity at the price of a delicate dependency?
       Long overdue to be presented in a permanent hardcover format, Michael Talbot’s novel has long been sought after in any format, with even battered paperbacks commanding high prices. In his short career, Michael Talbot authored only a handful of novels, with three being considered classics of the horror genre, (Night Things, The Bog, and of course, The Delicate Dependency).
      Centipede Press is committed to see that the legacy of this remarkable author is preserved. This edition of The Delicate Dependency features an introduction by International Horror Guild Award winner Brian Evenson and stunning dustjacket by Thomas Walker. It is signed by Evenson and Walker and is limited to only 200 copies.

edition information

  • First ever hardcover publication of this important novel.
  • Limited to 200 copies, each signed by Brian Evenson and Thomas Walker.
  • New introduction by Brian Evenson.
  • Full Dutch cloth with blind stamp on front board.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.
  • Original book price: $75.
  • Published June 2017.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-198-2.