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Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association
     

Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association

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by Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon
 

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The Horror Writers Association Presents

BLOOD LITE

...a collection of entertaining tales that puts the fun back into dark fiction, with ironic twists and tongue-in-cheek wit to temper the jagged edge.

Charlaine Harris reveals the dark side of going green, when a quartet of die-hard environmentalists hosts a fundraiser with a

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Blood Lite 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
MizBehavin1 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this anthology strictly because I'm trying to read all of Jim Butcher's short stories. In this collection, it is a Dresden Files short story entitled "Day Off". Just from the title you know that Harry Dresden's not lucky enough to get a day off -- there wouldn't be a story otherwise. A classic Dresden tale including the characters that we've come to know and love -- and entertaining & engaging enough to entice readers to his series. With the aforementioned exception, if anthologies are a way to introduce readers to several authors and whet your appetite enough to read their books, this one failed mightily. Blood Lite is supposedly a collection of *humorous* supernatural stories. Too bad so few evoked a laugh -- sadly, most didn't even earn a grin here or there. The majority were just dumb and/or boring. What stories worked? Charlaine Harris of Sookie Stackhouse (HBO's "True Blood") fame brings a fun little tale called "An Evening with Al Gore" about four friends who take going green deadly serious. It was entertaining, but not great. I also enjoyed Lucien Soulban's "Hell in a Handbasket" about how hell's minions are saddled with a troublesome delivery. One of the few that made me laugh. Matt Venne's "Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues" gives us an interesting theory on Elvis' last days. This one was a fun read and made me grin a few times, but from what I've heard, I think Charlaine Harris did this twist better with Bubba. Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Kelley Armstrong's "The Ungrateful Dead" were two other tales that stood out as being interesting reads. I wish I could say that much about the other 15 short stories. Chalk this one up to borrow from a friend or the library. If you must buy it, I suggest buying it used to get your money's worth.
Darkhunter17 More than 1 year ago
I got this book for the Jim Butcher story. I also liked the other featured authors Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kelly Armstrong. The rest of the stories are either stupid or just boring. Serioulsy, I am surprized that the above mentioned authors would want to be in a book with the other stories. That is how bad they were. The characters were lame and the stories were for the most part rediculous. The Jim Butcher story "Day Off" with Harry Dresden was my favorite, and it delivered in true Jim Butcher style....it was wonderful. The stars I gave were for the above mentioned authors only. The others didn't get any....
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Ithink the authors here were told to shoot for tones like "quirky" and"funny" when writing about urban supernatural and horror, and most ofthem overshot directly into "twisted in a disturbing and not funny orthoughtful way." More like "a bad Twilight Zone" vibe.However, at least all the stories were readable, unlike some of themesses of short stories I have seen in some similar compilations.I picked this up because two of my favorite author...more I think theauthors here were told to shoot for tones like "quirky" and "funny"when writing about urban supernatural and horror, and most of themovershot directly into "twisted in a disturbing and not funny orthoughtful way." More like "a bad Twilight Zone" vibe.However, at least all the stories were readable, unlike some of themesses of short stories I have seen in some similar compilations.I picked this up because two of my favorite authors had stories in it -as for those - Charlene Harris provided a story that was sort of "eh"(a bit predictable), and Jim Butcher (who at least can consistantlywrite a decent a short story) provided one that lwas a least somewhatfunny.The rest of the stories were actually so bad that they were at best,unremarkable, and at worst, cringe-worthy.
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MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Blood Lite is a collection of humorous horror stories, which more often than not means poking fun at horror tropes. If you're a fan of Jeff Strand-style stories you're in luck, because not only is he in here, so are 20 other tales of tongue-in-cheek terror. Stand outs include Kelley Armstrong's "The Ungrateful Dead" about a woman who can see the dead and finds them to be as annoying and pushy as the living, "A Good Psycho is Hard to Find" by Will Ludwigsen which points out some of the more realistic side effects of surviving a teen psycho murderer and Jim Butcher's "Day Off". Altogether it's a very fun and dark collection that's sure to do well by horror (or dark fantasy or suspense, or whatever we're calling horror these days) fans. Definitely recommended. Contains: Sex, language, gore, violence, bad puns
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