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In an isolated Star Fleet research lab, something has broken loose. Something that hungers…Bloodthirst was the 37th book of Pocket Books's numbered series of Star Trek novels, written by J.M. Dillard. The novel uses elements of classic horror stories in creating a tale of a vampire-like sickness in the Star Trek universe.


A class one medical emergency summons the Enterprise to the Federation Outpost Tanis. There, a grisly surprise awaits them. Two of the lab's three researchers are dead, their bodies almost entirely drained of blood. There are no clues. No records of their research. No remnants of their work.
There is only the outpost's sole survivor, Doctor Jeffrey Adams. A man with a secret that will rock the very foundations of Starfleet… and a terrible, all-consuming hunger that will bring death to the crew of the Starship Enterprise.



Jeffrey AdamsChristine ChapelPavel ChekovAcker EssweinJacobiKhaefvJames T. KirkKyleLamiaMahfouzLeonard McCoyGeoffrey M'BengaRodrigo MendezLisa NguyenKimitake NoguchiSareelMontgomery ScottSnnanagfashtalliSpockJonathon StangerRhonda SteinHikaru SuluTjiengIngrit TomsonTsebiliNyota UhuraUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnelVigelshevskyQuince WaverleighOld Yeller
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Mohamed al-BaslamaBazir-omKenzoLara KrovozhadnyJoanna McCoyJocelyn McCoyJosé MendezPaoloRajivRakelReikoRosaSanta ClausSepekSurakYoshi TakhumaraEvangelia TrakisKe WaverleighNika WaverleighPaul WaverleighMarkel YodenZiaZierhopf

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Romulan bird-of-prey (bird-of-prey) • skimmer
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USS ArlingtonBrass Ring (transport) • USS Columbia


Romulan Neutral ZoneSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayStarfleet HeadquartersTanis (Tanis Base) • Starbase 9
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AndorAtlantaColoradoDenebHall of Ancient ThoughtHoVanKaiIowaNew OrleansPsi 2000Sagittarian armSherman's PlanetSouth AmericaStarbase 11Starbase 13Starbase 20Thirelian MountainTransylvaniaValhallaWimbledonZnebe

Shipboard locations

bridgecaptain's quartersconference roomloungeobservation decksickbaytransporter room

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

FederationRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Command


berylliumbrain wavecobaltelectromagnetic fieldfoggalaxyhibernationlifeformlightplanetstarstar systemtimeuniverse


armadillobatcatH-virushorsehumanoidminnowqeflaR-virusrattreevampire batvirus

Technology and weapons

airlockbioweaponburning phasercameracandlecommunications consolecommunicatorcomputerconncontainment suitdeflector shielddiagnostic bedelevatorflashlightforce fieldfountainintercomisolation chamberknifelanding lightsmachinenavigation consolephaserradarretinal scanscalpelshowerstarshipstasissubspace transmittertransportertricorderturbolift

Materials and substances

Food and drink
beerbourbonchicken saladchicken salad sandwichcoffeefried chickenmashed potatoespineapple juiceRomulan aleryerye breadsaladSaurian brandysour mashtequilawaterwhiskey



Ranks and titles

admiralbezricaptaincenturioncommandercommodoredoctorensignlieutenantmicrobiologistofficerrear admiralscientistsenior stafftijra

Other references

alcohol poisoningautopsybeard repressorbulkheadclass 1 medical emergencycloakcomaconcussioncourt-martialcrucifixdemotiondistress calldreamembezzlementFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2266-2270)fraudGeneral Order 7governmentHalloweenkatralaboratorylanding partylocketmarriage contractmurdernation-stateOctoberoutpostpaintingPalm Leaf with Clusterparkporphyriaraces and culturesrankred alertRigellian feversciencesedativesmugglingsoccerStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)technologytennistitletransfusionuniformvaccinevampireweaponwerewolfwrestling


31 October 2270



  • Regarding the story's origins, author J.M. Dillard said: "I was always interested in microbiology and I had often thought about doing some kind of book based on biowarfare, just because I know a little bit about it and I had always thought it was an interesting theme. After reading Dracula and then a little article on the disease porphyria, I said, 'Hey, this would be a great thing to tie it all together.'" (The Official Fan Club Magazine Issue 59: "Where No Man...: Bloodthirst")




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Worlds Apart, Book 2: How Much for Just the Planet?
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The IDIC Epidemic
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Chain of Attack
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Final Nexus

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