Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.
In a village on the edge of the Frontier, D is among the warriors and mercenaries hired to defend the village from the Black Death, a notorious bandit gang. But the bandits don''t arrive, and the village mayor dismisses the mercenaries. As D leaves the scene, he''s struck by "sunlight syndrome" - the deadly ailment unique to dhampirs! While D is recovering, and his sentient left hand is running the show, D is again called on to help. It seems the Black Death is coming after all...
Hideyuki Kikuchi (born 1949) is a Japanese author famous for his horror novels. His most famous works including the Vampire Hunter D series, Darkside Blues and Wicked City. He has been compared to both Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft.
Hideyuki Kikuchi. Wikipedia.