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Posted July 13, 2012
This is an eclectic collection of nine vampire stories, and as such, has something for everyone's vampiric preferences.
Some stories combine supernaturals as in Robin H. McIntyre's The Face on the Coin. Here spectral detective Brownie (a la Sam Spade) cracks a case that has twists and turns a plenty. If we are lucky, perhaps, he will get his own "casebook" one day. The author's attention to the details of the time period of the 1950s also adds to the story.
In Sale Season by Ellie Fleming, the action takes place in Italy and the vampire's story is a poignant one that harkens back to the 1500s and hard, grey choices.
All of the stories are by women who learned the craft of writing by creating fan fiction, and the individual essays at the end of each story are revealing of each person's journey on the writer's path.
The thoughtful Introduction by Jacqueline Lichtenberg focuses on the importance of fan fiction as an area of literature where new authors are born, much like the hot, blue young stars of spectral population I in spiral galaxies. And her first line clearly demonstrates how perceptions regarding fan fiction have changed over the years:
"They used to laugh at me for taking fan fiction writing seriously. Today, I get scoffed at on Twitter if I don't."
Having started in writing myself with creating Thundercats fan fiction back in the late 1980s, her essay took me down memory lane and my own time attending Science Fiction conventions. At many panels, I remember published authors looking down their collective noses at fan fiction. It was funny that so many of those writers never wrote anything that resonated with me.
So, if you like good vampire stories that take the time to develop both character and plot, and have substance over style, check out Vampire's Dilemma. The name says it all; the Conflict is Key!