By Blood We Live

By Blood We Live

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by John Joseph Adams, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams
     
 

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From Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; from Castlevania to Tru Blood, the romance between popular culture and vampires hearkens back to humanity's darkest, deepest fears, flowing through our very blood, fears of death, and life, and insatiable hunger. And yet, there is an attraction, undeniable, to the vampire archetype, whether the pale European count,…  See more details below

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From Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; from Castlevania to Tru Blood, the romance between popular culture and vampires hearkens back to humanity's darkest, deepest fears, flowing through our very blood, fears of death, and life, and insatiable hunger. And yet, there is an attraction, undeniable, to the vampire archetype, whether the pale European count, impeccably dressed and coldly masculine, yet strangely ambiguous, ready to sink his sharp teeth deep into his victims' necks, draining or converting them, or the vamp, the count's feminine counterpart, villain and victim in one, using her wiles and icy sexuality to corrupt man and woman alike...
Edited by John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead), By Blood We Live gathers together the best vampire literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Joe Hill, Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Ken Macleod, Harry Turtledove, Carrie Vaughn, and Tad Williams.

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Publishers Weekly
The usually superlative Adams (Federations) delivers a merely solid collection of modern vampire tales. Although most of the stories are reprints, John Langan's novella “The Wide, Carnivorous Sky,” original to the volume, is the highlight, telling the tale of four Fallujah veterans who witness something even more horrific than war. Many of the classic reprints (including Stephen King's “One for the Road” and Jane Yolen's “Mama Gone”) are worthwhile, but the newer reprints are a mixed bag. Bruce McAllister's “Hit” is witty and touching; Lilith Saintcrow's attempted hard-boiled pastiche, “A Standup Dame,” completely flops. Vampire fans might wish for more humor and unusual twists on the theme, but there are enough standout stories—including Gabriella Lee's gorgeous “Hunger” and Michael Marshall Smith's melancholy “This Is Now”—to satisfy and entertain. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—This anthology offers many perspectives on vampires and includes 30 short stories by popular authors written over the last 30 years. Included are Neil Gaiman's unusual take on Snow White, Anne Rice's story in which the house—or is it a being within?—takes control, and Harry Turtledove's tale about what is really hidden under St. Peter's in Rome and its implications for the Catholic Church. A number of these stories are sexual in nature and a few are downright disturbing. Consider this purchase if you have mature vampire, fantasy, and horror readers.—Janet Melikian, Central High School East, Fresno, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597801560
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
613,227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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By Blood We Live 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Roszo79 More than 1 year ago
Overall I felt the book was pretty good. Not every story was great but that happens when you have that many writers in one book. If your a lover of vampire stories then you'll love this book. One story was very unsettling but I appreciate anyone's opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some stories really do make you think, it's funny how you may think you know a story but in this book it's twists those stories in a comepletely different view. Although i do have to admit that some stories are extremely uneventful and somewhat bland.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with any book with multiple stories by different authors, not all are what you expect. Bought this book because of one particular author, not satisfied with all. Usually read cover to cover before moving on to another book, had to put this down and take a break.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of good vampire stories (and they are rare) what a pleasant surprise to find so many really good stories in a free anthology in this genre! Much more than I expected. I am only 15 stories in and had to stop to write a review. Get this one even if you have to pay for it....I sure would. I can't wait to read the next half of this book! Not all are good, but if the next half is as good as the first I will be amazed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago