A NOVEL I'M DYING TO READ!
Michael Talbot published his first novel THE DELICATE DEPENDENCY in 1982. It was a paperback original from Avon Books. Subtitled 'A Novel of the Vampire Life' -- I distinctly remember seeing this in the bookstores during 1982, when I was fifteen. I was already reading a lot of horror and fantasy fiction, but for some reason never bought this book.
I regret that now, as THE DELICATE DEPENDENCY is a much sought-after collector's item. I don't want it for a collection, I just want to read it! Unfortunately, it's long out of print and this was the only edition.
Michael Talbot was a gay man who died in 1992 at age 38 (from leukemia). Perhaps his literary executors have not actively pursued trying to get this reprinted? Given the intense interest and demand, it seems ripe for releasing as e-book at the very least.
The most intriguing thing is that there are 18 reviews posted on Amazon.com, and each one rates it 5 stars. It's been strongly recommended to me several times. Wish I had bought it back in 1982, when I was haunting Books-A-Go-Go in Laramie, Wyo!