Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms

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Hugo, Nebula, and Tiptree award–winning author Suzy McKee Charnas offers up her lush stories in this compelling retrospective story collection. In Stagestruck Vampires, the supernatural and the real intertwine seamlessly. A villainous maestro is redeemed by his lovely, apt pupil in “Beauty and the Opera or The Phantom Beast.” Inside the “Unicorn Tapestry,” a psychotherapist stalks a vampire. A dazzling performance of Tosca is marred by a shocking murder during “A Musical ...
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Overview


Hugo, Nebula, and Tiptree award–winning author Suzy McKee Charnas offers up her lush stories in this compelling retrospective story collection. In Stagestruck Vampires, the supernatural and the real intertwine seamlessly. A villainous maestro is redeemed by his lovely, apt pupil in “Beauty and the Opera or The Phantom Beast.” Inside the “Unicorn Tapestry,” a psychotherapist stalks a vampire. A dazzling performance of Tosca is marred by a shocking murder during “A Musical Interlude.”

This collection features original work by Charnas—the mystical novelette, “Peregrines,” and two original essays. Also included is a collaborative story on vampire themes, “Advocates,” written with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of the Saint-Germain Chronicles.

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"There's no greater magician than Suzy McKee Charnas."
—Peter S. Beagle, author, The Last Unicorn

Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms exhibits the author at her wide-ranging best.”
Asimov’s Science Fiction

“So, broad range of talent, nonfiction essays, engaging fiction that dates back 20 years and that was written recently along with a spot-on collaboration. What are you waiting for?”
January Magazine

Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms is a feat of storytelling showcasing an extremely talented writer undergoing a broad scope of undoubtedly personal experiences.”
Bella Online

Publishers Weekly
Suzy McKee Charnas's Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms collects nine distinctive vampire stories, one a collaboration with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, by this winner of Hugo, Nebula and Tiptree awards. Two new autobiographical essays round off the volume. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391216
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzy McKee Charnas’s ground-breaking novel The Vampire Tapestry was a popular and critically acclaimed exploration of the vampire mythos. The Holdfast Chronicles, a quartet of books that has been hailed as a great work of feminist science fiction, garnered her several Tiptree Awards. She has also won the Hugo, Nebula, and Mythopoeic awards. Charnas adapted The Vampire Tapestry into a two-act play entitled Vampire Dreams. The play had runs in both San Francisco and New York, debuting as part of Springfest in San Francisco in 1990.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Stagestruck...

    From the macabre to the lightly horrific, this anthology has something for almost anyone. The stories delve into the past and then shoot to the future. A psychiatrist whose aim is to change her clients finds herself the one changed. The last survivors of earth's desolation depend on the mercy of aliens, and a young girl finds within herself the power to avenge the wrongs done by those who torment her. One story in particular stands out as especially haunting- the opening story, Beauty and the Opera or the Phantom Beast; as you might guess, it deals with the Phantom of the Opera- leaning more towards what the internet would term Christine - Erik shippers- but be warned- it's not all roses. That story, if no other, makes this a book worth reading.

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