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Posted November 13, 2014
This anthology of vampire stories is coolly scary and entertaining, ranging from convincingly traditional to jarringly modern, through everything in between. A fantastic old-fashioned and wholly new Curtain Call from Gary Braunbeck leaves readers haunted as the last page closes, while petty thieves and the depressed bereaved share intervening tales with horror, humor, mystery and fun. Two stories that truly stand out for me are Douglas Warrick’s terrifying Rattenkonig, for its haunting sense of fear and evil enchantment, and Tim Wagonner’s What Once Was Flesh for the clever sting in a beautifully constructed tale. Dracula’s Winkee by Gregory Hall offers a thoroughly modern late-night comedy touch, and Lucy Snyder’s unsweet Sunshine is not for the kids or the squeamish. There’s nary a sparkle in sight, but that doesn’t stop these vampires offering plenty of new shocks and awesome horrors to keep readers awake at night and through the day.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy when I hosted the anthology on my blog, and I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.
Posted December 12, 2013
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