Vampire Anthology Review & Contest: BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS

Read to the end for a chance to win the Blood and Other Cravings anthology…and to see who won last week’s book giveaways!

There are vampires, and there are vampires. Know what I mean? There are the Oh-gosh-do-I-love-Bones-more-or-Ericvampires—basically, hot, tortured, savvy guys with fangs. There are the charming-but-he’ll-end-up-ripping-out-your-throat-while-you-beg-for-morevampires. Laurell K. Hamilton writes a lot of those (although Jean Claude goes in category No. 1). And there are the oh-sh*tvampires. They aren’t necessarily pretty. They aren’t always charming. They will kill you and enjoy themselves. You? Maybe not so much.

Which brings us to a new anthology of vampire short stories called Blood and Other Cravings. I’m a big fan of all three categories at different times, but this anthology features stories that are in the Oh Sh*t category, and not all the vampires drink blood. Some feed on emotions. Some on… well, I won’t go all spoilerific on you. The stories are interesting, different, and it gave me a chance to look at the writing of some authors that are new to me.
For example, in Kaaron Warren’s story, “All You Can Do is Breathe,” a miner trapped underground for a week, has an interesting visitor. Elizabeth Bear gives us “Needles,” in which a vampire couple pays an early-morning visit to a small-town tattoo parlor. Nicole J. LeBoeuf gives us “First Breath,” in which a young woman feels her life and soul being sucked up by a mysterious woman. In Barbara Roden’s “Sweet Sorrow,” a young boy mourning the loss of his classmate finds her disappearance was more than it seemed.
Other stories are by Reggie Oliver, Richard  Bowes, Steve Duffy, Melanie Tem, Lisa Tuttle, Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg, Kathe Koja, Steve Rasnic Tem, Carol Emshwiller, Michael Cisco, Margo Lanagan, John Langan, and Laird Barron. The collection is edited by veteran anthologist Ellen Datlow.
Want your own copy of Blood and Other Cravings? You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Crank up that steam engine and go!
But first….
Congrats to REGINA M — you won a copy of Jana Oliver’s Soul Thief.
Congrats to BARB P and IRENE-RJ — you’ve both won a copy of Elisabeth Naughton’s Tempted.
Congrats to POISNIVYRED — you won the Reader’s Choice contest this week, and chose Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns.

If you won this week, please email me HERE and I’ll get your books on their way!
And don’t forget to comment to get in on the drawing for Blood and Other Cravings 🙂



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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

26 thoughts on “Vampire Anthology Review & Contest: BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS

  1. I hadn’t heard about this anthology coming out. I love finding new authors to read by reading anthologies. Thanks so much for posting this!

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    Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!I’d love to win:)

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  3. This sounds like an excellent anthology. Count me in for the contest!

    +1 comment, so far, but could I get an extra point by posting the link to Facebook instead of Retweeting it? I don’t have Twitter (I know, I’m still in the Stone Age…).

  4. For me what is better than a vampire is one that is tortured!

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  5. Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  6. Thank you so much for the fun. I hopped over from twitter and have signed up to follow. I think this anthology sounds like a book you want to read when your good and POd you can get your aggressions out on the bad guys and get back to normal LOL. Thank you for the fun giveaway opportunity.
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