I usually don’t post a review on my own blog, preferring to add it to Amazon or wherever I can, but with all the newfangled rules about authors reviewing other authors, I decided to play this one safe so even if the review gets deleted, I’d still have it somewhere.
I received a review copy of this eBook, and at first (to be honest) I didn’t want to read it. I am not a vampire fan, and rarely will I find a vampire story I actually like. There are exceptions, like the classics (Salem’s Lot, I Am Legend, the Necroscope series) and in recent years the only book I can recommend is Blood Red from James A. Moore. Because I steered clear of vampire books.
What got me curious was the press release intro to this collection:
Genre: Horror/Dark Urban Fantasy
Vampires Don’t Sparkle! (editor Michael West): What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?
Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?
The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”
Edited by Michael West
Foreword by Michael West
This was a rare collection that didn’t offer a clunker. There were no filler stories, and each story had a unique twist on the vampire tale. There are many well-known authors here (and ones I really love to follow, such as Tim Waggoner, Gord Rollo, and Gary A. Braunbeck) but a few I’ve never read before but now will seek out further stories from: Jerry Gordon, R.J. Sullivan and Bob Freeman.
If I can find more vampire literature in this vein (pun intended) I might get back to reading about those undead baddies again and not dismissing them as the stuff my daughter (who’s 12) now reads… please make it so!
“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck