Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead

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New Vampires have evolved, and they are coming for you! Kelly Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other dark fantasy and horror writers come together to re-imagine the future of vampires in this new collection of all-original short fiction – one of the most unusual and original vampire anthologies ever assembled.

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New Vampires have evolved, and they are coming for you! Kelly Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other dark fantasy and horror writers come together to re-imagine the future of vampires in this new collection of all-original short fiction – one of the most unusual and original vampire anthologies ever assembled.

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VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This anthology offers readers a wide variety of vampire short stories, written by twenty-five Canadian authors, delving into the different mythos of vampirism,. Beginning with an in-depth introduction by editor Kilpatrick, the book is compiled by an obvious fan of vampire lore. With the exception of one mistake, ("Kojak" is not about a vampire hunter) the introduction will give readers plenty of other vampire reading and viewing options. The twenty-five authors are fairly unknown, at least here in the United States. The most well-known are Tanya Huff and Kelly Armstrong. Among the stories, readers will find a tween girl reaching puberty and vampirism; Lillith, the so-called mother of vampires; vampire corporations; and more. While initially excited to read more horror-natured vampire stories, I found this selection ultimately fell flat. Many, like Tanya Huff's "Quid Pro Quo," felt as if they were a tiny part of a larger story. Others, like Jennifer Greylyn's "Mother of Miscreants," were creative, but forgettable after a day. The short stories are geared toward adult readers, but teens who need more vampires beyond the various teen novels and The Eternal Kiss (Running Press, 2009) short story collection, edited by Trisha Telep, will find more vamps here. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894063333
  • Publisher: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,463,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Kilpatrick has written, edited and published a large number of books, much of which involves vampires. Nancy writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror under her own name. Her nom de plume is Amarnatha Knight, and her newest pen name is Desiree Knight (Amarnatha’s younger sister!). She edits books and stage plays and non fiction, including the book The Goth Bible (St. Martin’s Press – October 2004). Nancy has won the Arthur Ellis award for best mystery story, and is a three-time Bram Stoker finalist, and five-time finalist for the Aurora Award.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    First-rate bunch of stories

    This is an anthology of new stories from Canada all about vampires, that mainstay of horror literature.

    In the 21st century, Vampires are people, too (so to speak). They go on Oprah, they have teenage daughters (with a unique set of problems in school) and they run for public office. They are jazz and blues musicians, and they have to deal with the fathers of some of the women they have killed. Their bodies can filter out a major blood disease that is ravaging mankind. They breed humans for their flesh, and siphon their blood. When they are born, they need to feed on human flesh, usually the mother's.

    They go to clubs, looking for victims, and sometimes run into bored young people who think that being bitten by a vampire will turn them into a vampire, which is not the case. They construct sets of mirrors that allow them to be exposed to the sun, and actually get a tan, without worrying about burning up. Sometimes, they have to deal with demon-hunters, complete with wooden stakes (an occupational hazard for a vampire), who don't always know what they are doing. Occasionally, they appear to bored city workers on public transit (no one else can see them) and convince them that, to become a vampire, they have to murder someone and drink their blood, which is also not the case. There are also vampire vigilantes, who help out people in trouble at night, but who have their own ulterior motives.

    Here is a first-rate bunch of stories. I am not much of a horror reader, so I was glad to see that the horror part of these tales was not overwhelming. This is very much worth reading.

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