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.
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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.
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