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Featuring the only vampire short story by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and an autobiographical introduction by Ingrid Pitt, star of the films The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this Mammoth collection brings together thirty-four uncanny and erotic tales by women who have redefined the genre of vampire fiction. From classic stories of the und Featuring the only vampire short story by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and an autobiographical introduction by Ingrid Pitt, star of the films The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this Mammoth collection brings together thirty-four uncanny and erotic tales by women who have redefined the genre of vampire fiction. From classic stories of the undead by writers like Edith Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to the work of such acclaimed contemporary authors as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Pat Cadigan, this terrifying and tantalizing volume turns the conventions of vampire fiction on their head and inside out as it refashions, and revamps, Bram Stoker's urbane Count Dracula in smart, modern, sexy terms. Original and inventive, the tales in this anthology offer a wide and varied range of undead heroines and doomed heroes, from the tormented good to the unspeakably evil. At large among them in the gardens of literature's longest night are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Byronic vampire Saint-Germain, Nancy A. Collins's "Vampire King of the Goth Chicks," Tanya Huff's vampiric detective Vicki Nelson, and Freda Warrington's age-old lovers Karl and Charlotte. In all, the quest continues—for blood to drink, for souls to steal, for life among the undead. CONTENTS Introduction: My Life Among The Undead by Ingrid Pitt The Master Of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo The Vengeaful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick Miss Massingberd and the Vampire by Tina Rath The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington Vampire King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins Just His Type by Storm Constantine Prince Of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand Service Rendered by Louise Cooper Aftermath by Janet Berliner One Among Millions by Yvonne Navarro Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman Sangre by Lisa Tuttle A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Hisako San by Ingrid Pitt Butternut and Blood by Kathryn Ptacek Sleeping Cities by Wendy Webb The Haunted House by E. Nesbit Turkish Delight by Roberta Lannes Venus Rising on Water by Tanith Lee Year Zero by Gemma Files Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lunch At Charon's by Melanie Tem Forever, Amen by Elizabeth Massie Night Laughter by Ellen Kushner Bootleg by Christa Faust Outfangthief by Gala Blau My Brother's Keeper by Pat Cadigan So Runs The World Away by Caitlin R. Kiernan A North Light by Gwyneth Jones Jack by Connie Willis Vampyr by Jane Yolen


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Featuring the only vampire short story by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and an autobiographical introduction by Ingrid Pitt, star of the films The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this Mammoth collection brings together thirty-four uncanny and erotic tales by women who have redefined the genre of vampire fiction. From classic stories of the und Featuring the only vampire short story by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and an autobiographical introduction by Ingrid Pitt, star of the films The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this Mammoth collection brings together thirty-four uncanny and erotic tales by women who have redefined the genre of vampire fiction. From classic stories of the undead by writers like Edith Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to the work of such acclaimed contemporary authors as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Pat Cadigan, this terrifying and tantalizing volume turns the conventions of vampire fiction on their head and inside out as it refashions, and revamps, Bram Stoker's urbane Count Dracula in smart, modern, sexy terms. Original and inventive, the tales in this anthology offer a wide and varied range of undead heroines and doomed heroes, from the tormented good to the unspeakably evil. At large among them in the gardens of literature's longest night are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Byronic vampire Saint-Germain, Nancy A. Collins's "Vampire King of the Goth Chicks," Tanya Huff's vampiric detective Vicki Nelson, and Freda Warrington's age-old lovers Karl and Charlotte. In all, the quest continues—for blood to drink, for souls to steal, for life among the undead. CONTENTS Introduction: My Life Among The Undead by Ingrid Pitt The Master Of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo The Vengeaful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick Miss Massingberd and the Vampire by Tina Rath The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington Vampire King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins Just His Type by Storm Constantine Prince Of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand Service Rendered by Louise Cooper Aftermath by Janet Berliner One Among Millions by Yvonne Navarro Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman Sangre by Lisa Tuttle A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Hisako San by Ingrid Pitt Butternut and Blood by Kathryn Ptacek Sleeping Cities by Wendy Webb The Haunted House by E. Nesbit Turkish Delight by Roberta Lannes Venus Rising on Water by Tanith Lee Year Zero by Gemma Files Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lunch At Charon's by Melanie Tem Forever, Amen by Elizabeth Massie Night Laughter by Ellen Kushner Bootleg by Christa Faust Outfangthief by Gala Blau My Brother's Keeper by Pat Cadigan So Runs The World Away by Caitlin R. Kiernan A North Light by Gwyneth Jones Jack by Connie Willis Vampyr by Jane Yolen

30 review for The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    35 stories. 3.14 average but feels like it should be lower...in my updates I mention each story. I count the one dnf as a 2 star because "it wasn't for me" and I tried. This anthology, while I did really enjoy some of the stories, sadly mostly made me feel "meh". 35 stories. 3.14 average but feels like it should be lower...in my updates I mention each story. I count the one dnf as a 2 star because "it wasn't for me" and I tried. This anthology, while I did really enjoy some of the stories, sadly mostly made me feel "meh".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Vampyr by Jane Yolen ★★★★★ Dorthy or Bishop Briggs must slay this rocking anthem of a poem!!! The Night Stair by Angela Slatter ★★★★★ Loved it! Dark fantasy gothic movie-of-the-week! It was lush, spooky, and quietly evil. I could picture myself eating pizza on a dark and stormy night in the 80s (there would have rum too by the 90s) watching Aldisa navigate a dangerous fancy household towards her revenge! Services Rendered by Louise Cooper ★★★★½ Loved it. Best true vampire story so far, great becaus Vampyr by Jane Yolen ★★★★★ Dorthy or Bishop Briggs must slay this rocking anthem of a poem!!! The Night Stair by Angela Slatter ★★★★★ Loved it! Dark fantasy gothic movie-of-the-week! It was lush, spooky, and quietly evil. I could picture myself eating pizza on a dark and stormy night in the 80s (there would have rum too by the 90s) watching Aldisa navigate a dangerous fancy household towards her revenge! Services Rendered by Louise Cooper ★★★★½ Loved it. Best true vampire story so far, great because it was so human, so vulnerable and violent. Penny hires a vampire to save her husband, then burns with jealousy over the two beautiful vampires. I hope Carmine ate her. My Brother’s Keeper by Pat Cadigan ★★★★½ Page turning horror. Rather like The Shining this begins with the horror of addiction and the destruction of the nuclear family before any monsters slink out of the dark. And what interesting monsters they are, clipped from vampires but tailored to the new worlds’ knowledge. Please pass the dopamine. Jack by Connie Willis ★★★★☆ Taking place during the London air raids of WW2 the story slowly shows a world in crisis where odd balls bloom, where ordinary people become extraordinary. Where a vampire can become a hero, or at least seem that way. Rather like the decorated RAF pilot can seem like more than an indiscriminate killer. Turkish Delight by Roberta Lannes ★★★★☆ What began as a heartrending episode of Law & Order: UK ends in a decadent vampiric world featuring Tilda Swinton. Just His Type by Storm Constantine ★★★★☆ ”It was demonic. It was divine.” A writer and lecturer on vampires with an interest in the occult meets a young women eager to go down the rabbit hole with him. The cosmic primitive trance was straight out of my favorite 80s dark trip, Altered States. So Runs the World Away by Caitlín R. Kiernan ★★★½☆ Kiernan! How dare you stop there and leave such vagueness! These vampires have lives too long for their memories, like Dr. Who’s Ashildr. Their dreams give them clues to their pasts. But the ghouls they live with have long memories. This dynamic needs to be explored in a longer story! I also liked the novel idea of vampires sleeping the day at the bottom of mucky lakes/rivers. Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon ★★★½☆ A properly good vampiric story by Jane Austen. Ok, not really, but if Jane had written about vampires this would be that story. The Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice ★★★½☆ A short HEA gothic romance Anne Rice style, with evocative flashbacks and graceful atmospheric writing. God I used to love Anne Rice, from The Vampire Lestat to Pandora, deep into the tome of The Witching Hour, all the way to the time travel experience that was Cry to Heaven. I even brought her naughty Roquelaure books to slumber parties, you have never seen such a quiet bunch of teenage girls as those caught in the pages of the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo ★★★½☆ Old ladies are wise ladies and Miss Trilby knew what she was talking about. That said I think Melanie made the right call to take an odd lover and hope for a better life. This quote from Miss Trilby was also good: Disaster becomes you. Or is it the nearness of death bid us breed, like romance in a concentration camp. The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff ★★★½☆ This felt inspired by the much loved 1996 episode of the X-Files, Quagmire. The whole thing had a happy PG13 spooky episodic feel to it. The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington ★★★½☆ That was an excellent story prompt. This world proposes that vampires are addicted to humans for more than their blood. You can imagine them as the original reality show junkies. Night Laughter by Ellen Kushner ★★★½☆ A shorty about a vampire having a great time with her life. The writing was vivid: “wet and bright as a puddle in neon.” La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick ★★★☆☆ That was a cultural vampiric spin-off off the chupacabra legend. While I enjoyed the female-empowerment-under-desperate-circumstances aspect I took off one star for the dog killing. Bootleg by Christa Faust ★★★☆☆ I want to have a beer with Christa Faust. I want to put on too much make up, too much perfume, too many beaded necklaces, pull on my Levi’s and Dock Martin’s and go have a beer with Christa Faust. This was a story about letting go of your past but it makes me long for a vacation to it. Prince of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand ★★★☆☆ There were some basic horror tropes here but the arm crawling murderous doll was effectively chilling to anyone who remembers Puppermaster. One Among Millions by Yvonne Navarro ★★★☆☆ A lush and frightful modern vampire yarn. When your body is made to carry vampire babies, you can run, you can hide, but you’re better off just coming really hard. Being a single mother sucks. Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman ★★★☆☆ A polite vampire story that reads more like a pretty Victorian Typhoid Mary. A Question of Patronage: A Saint-Germain Story by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro ★★★☆☆ A nice little story of clerk who helps an old vampire being swindled. In return the vampire makes the clerks acting dreams come true. Hisako San by Ingrid Pitt ★★★☆☆ SyFy needs to make this a movie of the week. Sexy zombie-making vampire bubble girl bent on revenge for the nuclear weapons dropped on Japan. It was a campy handful. Sleeping Cities by Wendy Webb ★★★☆☆ The sleeper must awaken... but not yet. I liked this eastern terracotta take on a gargoyle but the story was fruitless. Miss Massingberd and the Vampire by Tina Rath ★★☆☆☆ That was a nice précis for gothic vampire story but too abrupt to stand on its own. The biography of the author was impressive, I would try her again. Sangre by Lisa Tuttle ★★☆☆☆ A confused unfinished story. Butternut and Blood by Kathryn Ptacek ★★☆☆☆ Simple and unsatisfying story about an injured Confederate soldier watching a lamia and kill, each night one cot closer. There is no dramatic ending. The Haunted House by E. Nesbit ★★☆☆☆ Turn of the century mad scientist story with an odd racial bent. I did not enjoy it. Lunch at Charon’s by Melanie Tem ★★☆☆☆ That was just a story of vampire draining her “friends.” There was nothing to it. A North Light by Gwyneth Jones ★★☆☆☆ Passively feeding vampires Camilla and Sheridan stay at a crappy Irish B&B. Camilla passes on her gift to the abused B&B matron thus regaining her humanity. It was a soft boring story. Aftermath by Janet Berliner ★½☆☆☆ That was such crap on several levels. Bewitched by Edith Wharton ★☆☆☆☆ Just another horrible story about killing poor women with little agency. Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite ★☆☆☆☆ You have to wonder about a farm town where the only bar is a drag bar. Maybe the whole thing was meant to be the world seen in reverse? This is my second Poppy Brite story, His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood also had lots of sex but with flair, voodoo, and class. I did not enjoy this sad truck stop story. The Vampire King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins DNF I enjoyed the title but one paragraph in I decided this was another truck stop - skip. Venus Rising on Water by Tanith Lee DNF I read a few pages and found sense wanting. Year Zero by Gemma Files DNF I lost interest early on. Forever, Amen by Elizabeth Massie DNF Skipped, this sounded like no fun at all. I finished 31/35 stories for a total of 3 stars. It should be lower considering the four DNFs but it was such a nice idea I’ll leave it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    I am finally done with these short stories. Most of them are very boring. Before every story there is a page or two about how great the author is and what other books were written in the past. The stories are to short and sometimes don't even look like they have a meaning. Not well developed. It feels like one big advertisement for other books. Most of the stories are a bit hard to follow due to scattered thoughts and ideas written. The language and scenes are all over. Not an organized and not I am finally done with these short stories. Most of them are very boring. Before every story there is a page or two about how great the author is and what other books were written in the past. The stories are to short and sometimes don't even look like they have a meaning. Not well developed. It feels like one big advertisement for other books. Most of the stories are a bit hard to follow due to scattered thoughts and ideas written. The language and scenes are all over. Not an organized and not a clean writing style.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This anthology includes: The Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick Miss Massingbird and the Vampire by Tina Rath The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington Vampire, King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins Just His Type by Storm Constantine Prince of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand Services Rendered by Louise Cooper Aftermath by Janet Berliner One Among Millions by Y This anthology includes: The Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick Miss Massingbird and the Vampire by Tina Rath The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington Vampire, King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins Just His Type by Storm Constantine Prince of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand Services Rendered by Louise Cooper Aftermath by Janet Berliner One Among Millions by Yvonne Navarro Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman Sangre by Lisa Tuttle A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Hisako San by Ingrid Pitt Butternut and Blood by Kathryn Ptacek Sleeping Cities by Wendy Webb The Haunted House by E. Nesbit Turkish Delight by Roberta Lannes Venus Rising on Water by Tanith Lee Year Zero by Gemma Files Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lunch at Charon's by Melanie Tem Forever, Amen by Elizabeth Massie Night Laughter by Ellen Kushner Bootleg by Christa Faust Outfangthief by Gala Blau My Brother's Keeper by Pat Cadigan So Runs the World Away by Caitlin R. Kiernan A North Light by Gwyneth Jones Jack by Connie Willis Vampyr by Jane Yolen

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    **Content warning: racism, rape, incest, fat phobia, homophobia, queer coding, sexism, pedophilia** This entire collection has a theme of white people writing from the perspective of POC in racist and ignorant ways. This book boasts a "diverse set of writers" and I'm almost positive all the writers are white? Some spoilers ahead. My Life Among The Undead: An Introduction by Ingrid Pitt ★☆☆☆☆ An awkward, meandering "introduction" which is mostly the her rambling about her acting career. It veers off **Content warning: racism, rape, incest, fat phobia, homophobia, queer coding, sexism, pedophilia** This entire collection has a theme of white people writing from the perspective of POC in racist and ignorant ways. This book boasts a "diverse set of writers" and I'm almost positive all the writers are white? Some spoilers ahead. My Life Among The Undead: An Introduction by Ingrid Pitt ★☆☆☆☆ An awkward, meandering "introduction" which is mostly the her rambling about her acting career. It veers off at the end about her traveling to Transylvania, and how they didn't appreciate vampire fans and media, and somehow ends it off with "are you excited to read this book?" The Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice ★★★★★ One of the gems in this anthology, right at the start. While I think Anne Rice is a problematic person and I do not like her or monetarily support her projects, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. A haunted house story with a heavy dose of mystery, with a sympathetic heart throb of a vampire. Homewrecker by Poppy Z. Brite ★☆☆☆☆ Repulsive. It starts off with an underage teen explaining how her uncle comes home every day after slaughtering pigs stinking of shit and death, and if she doesn't have his bath ready every night when he comes home, he'll beat her until she feels his hard on against her back. Repulsed, I skipped a few lines and saw that she was blowing some guy at school for Xanax. I skipped the rest of the story, as my stomach was turning. When Gretchen Was Human by Mary A. Turzillo ★★★☆☆ I consider this one of the gems, even though it wasn't that interesting. It was a new and interesting medicalized take on vampires, and the vampire wasn't mysterious or hiding. However, the author kept name dropping other book titles every other sentence, which was weird and unnecessary. It was a bizarre choice that kept taking me out of the story. The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea by Tanya Huff ★☆☆☆☆ Apparently a fan favourite in this collection, and I will never know why. It begins with the author at the foreword complaining of how hard it is to come up with villains these days because of "political correctness". She's basically admitting that the only villains she can think of are probably ignorant depictions of minorities, and public awareness of social justice is getting in her way. Not a good start. As for the actual story, it was an absolute bore. I swear 80% of the story was the main characters walking around, which was bizarre. There was a stereotypical wise native woman, who wasn't wholly offensive, just a stereotypical depiction that I would prefer not to be in there. The climax which was supposed to be hilarious in a dark humour way wasn't entertaining to me at all. Also a weird sort of gay joke made my roll my eyes. The "bad guy" character is a slimy salesman, and when one of the main characters says people don't like him because of his lifestyle, the other character chimes in with a "Oh, he's gay?". Being gay isn't a lifestyle, and while I'm not over sensitive by any means, it just felt cringey and weird. I think this stories' popularity is largely in part due to the fact that there is a whole series written around these characters, and maybe people who knew the world and the characters better than me got something out of it that I couldn't. La Diente by Nancy Kilpatrick ★☆☆☆☆ This is one of the worst ones, if not, the worst. It's essentially a story from the perspective of an underpaid Spanish house maid in America, and the story spends most of it's time telling you how horrible and corrupt and dirty her home in Quito, Ecuador is. They paint this image that her home country is a disgusting, awful place, and that living with a family that underpays her and underappreciates her in America is better than being home with her family. They describe her family in Quito as a normal family for the city, and thus describe them like this: her grandma is in pain constantly, the twins were always sick but they would be okay, her other sister was born with a club foot and could barely walk, another sister is pregnant (queue slut shaming) and her youngest brother was already selling coke and running with gangs that kill people. According to this Canadian author from Montreal, everyone in Quito is sick, miserable, or running with a gang and are corrupt, terrible people. The maid, Remedios, receives a package from home, and says she could tell it was from home cause it came wrapped in dirty, oily paper, like they do in her home country. The way Remedios randomly peppers in bad Spanish feels wholly unrealistic. I've never met a Spanish person who talks like that. Also, they explain Dia De Los Muertos as a festival where people sacrifice puppies and drink their blood. I wish I was joking. This story was fucking awful. Miss Massingberd and the Vampire ★★★☆☆ This one was okay! Kind of basic. Just a story of a lady who secretly meets a vampire in a garden. The Raven Bound by Freda Warrington ★★★★★ THIS. THIS IS THE ONE. This is my absolute favourite in the collection. I could get drunk on Freda Warrington's writing style, and Antoine is such a fantastic character. A newly turned vampire, Antoine is seeking thrills by involving himself in the lives of humans, because he's tried everything else and it bored him. He's a brilliant little diamond of a character, and I love his queer little vampire butt so much, I want to read more about him. The other vampires (who star in Warrington's full length novels!) were also great, and I am inspired to collect those books now. I hope Antoine is in some of them, because I would be so sad if I never read anything else with him in it ever again. Vampire King of the Goth Chicks by Nancy A. Collins ★☆☆☆☆ Tons of victim blaming, unsympathetic asshole of a main character (that I think you're supposed to like?), some fat phobic remarks and an author writing about "goths" but doesn't know anything about the gothic subculture. Next. Just His Type by Storm Constantine ★★★★★ One of the gems. I'm a Storm Constantine fan, so this was an expected gem for me. I loved it, her writing is always smart and charming, and the lore was fascinating. I loved it. Prince of Flowers by Elizabeth Hand ★★☆☆☆ A kleptomaniac woman who works at a museum meets a "nice guy" who thinks she owes him a relationship. When the vampire shit ensued and she came to work bruised, he got angry at her?? He thought bruises meant she was seeing a different guy, and instead of worrying that she's abused, he throws a tantrum and ignores her because he thinks she betrayed him somehow, even though they're not dating. The most interesting part is that the vampire is a fancy little doll. The worst part, is that the vampire is a fancy little doll. The final climactic scenes were bizarre and confusing in a way that I don't think helped the story. Somehow, the doll floods her apartment, no one noticed the flood, and it pokes people to death in a room of rotting flowers. I think? I'm still not totally sure. Services Rendered by Louise Cooper ★★☆☆☆ None of the characters in this story were redeemable. It was okay, but the husband would pressure her into sex and it was addressed as annoying, rather than despicable. They try to tell you he's the nicest person in the story, and I guess he is, cause everyone else is awful, but it's hard to like someone who pressures their wife into sex and says they won't take no for an answer. I liked about half of this story, the rest I really didn't like. The main character whose head you spend the story in, was just awful. I think she was supposed to be, but that didn't help matters. Aftermath by Janet Berliner ★★★★☆ Finally, a story written about people of colour that wasn't racist. It's the origin story of a vampire child in a town of Muslims and Jewish people who made an alliance in an era where people of both religions were being hunted. I found this one to be very interesting! But I didn't love it. It was a bit dry, but the contents were great. One Among Millions by Yvonne Navarro ★☆☆☆☆ Romanticization of stalking, and rape. It seems like it's going to be a tale about how terrible those two things are, until the main character reveals she sort of loves it? But then continues to scream and cry and make it a terribly uncomfortable read. I found this one barely palatable, and repulsive. Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman ★☆☆☆☆ It reads like an elderly person who is not interested in conversation, only ranting at you and telling you their entire life story without pause or concern for your interest level or comfort. I skipped this one. Sangre by Lisa Tuttle ★★☆☆☆ Boring. And more weird incestuous relations. The main character is sleeping with her soon to be step dad secretly behind her moms back. As a gift he sends her to Spain and she has some strange, dreamlike encounters with a vampire. A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro ★★★☆☆ A strange choice to submit to a vampire anthology? Most of the story is the vampire and a banker poring over his files at the bank. Really, that's mostly it. It wasn't bad, but not very good either. It was middle of the road for me. Hisako San by Ingrid Pitt ★☆☆☆☆ Another weirdly racist one. Racist in the sense that it's hugely stereotypical and the author clearly did no research on Japanese people. So this is a story of a Japanese woman made into a vampire because of the Nagasaki bombing (yes really). It's set in London, they don't say the year but it's modern times. This woman is running around killing people in a full Kimono and faux Geisha get up. God knows why. And of course, she bows to everyone before she kills them. There is a scene where she, in one fell swoop, removes her kimono?? Kimono are worn with many layers, and tightly tied. This simply isn't possible. And to make matters worse, she's wearing a red pleather catsuit underneath?? Oh and she's bald, the hair was a wig. She eventually gets captured, put in a straight jacket, and she busts out of that too in one swift movement (this is her talent, I guess, Geisha Houdini). She's then naked and spends the rest of the story running around attacking people while laughing naked. Lots of fetishization, and description of her tiny, sexy, Asian body. I wish I was making this up. When she meets her doom, they call her "Hisako San", out of respect. Except it would actually be Hisako-san, and you don't pick and choose when you use honorifics in Japanese, you would just call her that all the time, or not at all. Since, you know, it's set in London. Butternut and Blood by Kathryn Ptacek ★★☆☆☆ It was okay. A vampire woman has sex with and kills a bunch of war victims healing in a medical tent during the American Civil war. She systematically screws and then kills them all one by one. I don't really get it. Not for me. Sleeping Cities by Wendy Webb ★☆☆☆☆ I skipped this one after reading half of it. It's written from the perspective of a Chinese man in China, but the writers racist views of Chinese people spills through. The Chinese man, remarks at one point at how everyone he was working with were dark eyed and dark haired. Why would a Chinese man stand back and marvel at his fellow Chinese people, for looking Chinese? It reads more like a white tourist in China being amazed by Chinese people than a Chinese man among his own people. There's also racist sort of descriptions of the characters, one moment where the main character notices how his colleague speaks in "up and down staccato tones". Also, a moment or two about how serious they all were all the time, if I remember correctly. Reminds me of how a lot of western people say they find Asian people "robotic" and very serious compared to western people. Main character keeps saying "good fortune" and "honour". Ugh. The Haunted House by E. Nesbitt ★★☆☆☆ This one was okay! I mostly enjoyed it. Some more weird racist undertones, but this is an old story written in 1913, and it's way less racist than the modern stories, so good on them I guess! Turkish Delight by Roberta Lannes ★★☆☆☆ Story from the perspective of children. They kept referring to Turkish Delights as chocolate treats with candy in the middle. Which is weird, cause traditional Turkish Delight doesn't have chocolate, and the only one I can find when I do a google search is a westernized Turkish Delight candy bar type thing. I didn't really like any of the characters, and the whole situation of children being preyed on made me uneasy. Wasn't bad, and this stories' version of a vampire is an interesting depiction. Venus Rising on the Water by Tannith Lee ★★★☆☆ A story about a girl investigating a mysterious house in a barren, futuristic Venice. Interesting, but I found myself getting bored at times. The vampire in this is very strange and very inhuman, which was refreshing. Year Zero by Gemma Files ★★★☆☆ I liked this one, but boy was it a jarring read. The author yanks you forward and backward in time again and again, with tons of random French terms peppered all over the place that made it difficult to follow. A mixed race man in revolutionary France, and his "relationship" with a nasty vampire. The last 3 pages of the story were great, mostly because they weren't flip flopping in time. There was a really weird description of the character at one point, that as a mixed race person myself, it kind made me feel weird. I don't think it was intentional. Still made me uncomfortable. Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon ★★★★★ I liked this one! It's an old story, and reads like it. But it was nice to have a sort of lighter story amidst all the racism and grossness the other stories behold. It had a happy ending, which was nice. Lunch at Charon's by Melanie Tem ★★★☆☆ This one, ewwwwww. It's actually very good, but I hated the main character so much, and watching her ruin the lives of all the nice people around her was so hard to take. She's super fat phobic, and ageist, but they wrote it that she is very clearly in the wrong. Forever, Amen by Elizabeth Massie ★★☆☆☆ I liked the idea of a female vampire sisterhood killing bad men. The writer's way of writing about animals was awful, the main character even kicks an unsuspecting cow at one point. Bad guy is queer coded to hell and back. Night Laughter by Ellen Kushner ★★★☆☆ Meh. Not much to say about this one. Bootleg by Christa Faust ★★★★★ Finally, someone writing about alternative/gothic women in a way that isn't ignorant and degrading! I loved this one. Outfangthief by Gala Blau ★☆☆☆☆ Gross explicit sexual descriptions of underaged characters. My Brother's Keeper by Pat Cadigan ★☆☆☆☆ Extremely depressing story about drug addicts and a shitty family that treat each other badly. Also, the only black man is a bad ghetto stereotype who is a danger to white women. He also invites the main girl to rap with him? Cause he apparently raps by himself in his dingy apartment. So Runs the World Away by Catlin Kiernan ★☆☆☆☆ A very confusing, jarring read. A North Light by Gwynth Jones ★★☆☆☆ An interesting read, but I grew increasingly uncomfortable with the hinted pedophilia/child abuse. I skipped the rest, save for Vampyr by Jane Yolen. ★★★☆☆

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ladiibbug

    My favorite was Tanya Huff's story featuring Vicki Nelson and Mike Celluci of her Blood series. Three or four of the stories were very good, but at 600+ pages, I can't really recommend this as far as reading time required as compared with reading enjoyment. Most were just OK. A few of the many authors: Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Poppy Z. Brite, Tanya Huff ... My favorite was Tanya Huff's story featuring Vicki Nelson and Mike Celluci of her Blood series. Three or four of the stories were very good, but at 600+ pages, I can't really recommend this as far as reading time required as compared with reading enjoyment. Most were just OK. A few of the many authors: Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Poppy Z. Brite, Tanya Huff ...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Pierce

    No matter how many different sorts of literary vampire I encounter, I am still constantly amazed at what can be done with the idea of “vampire.” This collection of stories ranges from the classic, Romantic vampire to vampires who feed on energy in a more subtle way than drinking blood. There is even a puppet vampire who feeds on humans through flowers. Wow.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    One story is FANTASTIC! It's called "Services Rendered" by Louise Cooper, it starts on page 161. I highly suggest it. Some of the other's were very good too and some really weren't. I'm glad I read it even though I felt like some of the stories were a waste of time. One story is FANTASTIC! It's called "Services Rendered" by Louise Cooper, it starts on page 161. I highly suggest it. Some of the other's were very good too and some really weren't. I'm glad I read it even though I felt like some of the stories were a waste of time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    alane gail lambert

    Enjoyable Collection of Shorts I gave this collection of short stories and a novella or two five stars because they show all of the many types of vampires. Some dealt with what may be considered the stereotypical vampires from the " old world" to those who belong in the world of the future to those who are clearly live off of essences other than blood. Interesting, thought provoking. Enjoyable Collection of Shorts I gave this collection of short stories and a novella or two five stars because they show all of the many types of vampires. Some dealt with what may be considered the stereotypical vampires from the " old world" to those who belong in the world of the future to those who are clearly live off of essences other than blood. Interesting, thought provoking.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Turner

    I just loved this book of vampire stories. The stores were great and you could read one story at a time, then start a new one. It worked out just right for my allotted reading time at home and at work. Sometimes women writers just get it more than men and this was one of those occasions. I really enjoyed this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charis Constantine

    Needed a bit more balance with the better stories than the less good. It is interesting however to read such diverse stories about the blood loving vampire. The stories that I enjoyed reading were great! The others that were less than enjoyable, I thumbed through. The puppet vampire was a little creepy... enhances my fear of clowns LOL!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elwyn Roberts

    This is a full-blooded delight to read as most of the short stories in this collection are hitherto unknown gems. Tanya Huff's story , The Vengeful Spirit Of Lake Nepeakea is a particular favourite of mine. The eternal spirit of vampire fiction is paid homage to with each individual story's seductive and sensual description of vampirism. This is a full-blooded delight to read as most of the short stories in this collection are hitherto unknown gems. Tanya Huff's story , The Vengeful Spirit Of Lake Nepeakea is a particular favourite of mine. The eternal spirit of vampire fiction is paid homage to with each individual story's seductive and sensual description of vampirism.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Fries

    Very entertaining! A couple of weak stories but the rest are solid and there are several gems. Well worth reading. I will look for some of the authors.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Larcombe

    As all collections, some great, some mediocre, some unreadable. But not a waste of time to read overall, so all good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Hit and miss Some great stories and other weren’t a good mix of different vampire stories. So I found too weird for my liking.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    This was a long, long, book of short stories, and since some were better than others, it's hard to judge the book. But, I still will, a bit. Though not as creative, original, unique, or as much variety as the last short vampire stories written by women that I read (Night Bites), the variety and writing was still adequate to be interesting and engaging, as well as having decent writers, etc. So while Night Bites was a little better, it was also a lot shorter, and with something like this book bein This was a long, long, book of short stories, and since some were better than others, it's hard to judge the book. But, I still will, a bit. Though not as creative, original, unique, or as much variety as the last short vampire stories written by women that I read (Night Bites), the variety and writing was still adequate to be interesting and engaging, as well as having decent writers, etc. So while Night Bites was a little better, it was also a lot shorter, and with something like this book being so huge, the possibilities of not wonderful stories is higher. And most were enjoyable. Although, was not a fan of the one random vampire poem at the end. I think they used it just so they could put the recognizable name of "Jane Yolen" in the credits. The funny thing about the book, the first half or so seemed to be pretty conventional vampire stories, or at least always easy to understand plot lines-and then they figured if you stuck with it that long, they could throw some more confusing stuff your way-there were a couple that left me a little bit unclear, though I still always enjoyed parts of them, I would've like to get the whole. There were so may stories and I read it over such a chunk of time that I don't feel like I can adequately talk about specific stories. But I can say that for someone who genuinely enjoys/reads various vampire stories, this book is worth their time. It's always good to see so many interpretations of the vampire. I do remember not caring for the "Services Rendered" story-cliche about a women suspecting her husband of cheating and killing multiple people in the misunderstanding (because he actually wasn't).There were a lot of good and interesting ones, and a fair amount of decent-but really not a lot that weren't any good. I think the last story, Jack, by Connie Willis, was extremely well written, and had a very realistic, warm, quality to it. But I may just remember that one so well because it was one of last and longest.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gothicromantic

    Wildly uneven collection. Yes, there are some good stories, like Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice and A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. However, most stories are either pointless or just garbage - Nancy A Collins lets her sleazy, sadistic, foul-mouthed heroine Sonja Blue pollute Vampire king of goth chicks and Outfangthief by Gala Blau has a family terrorized by a mob leader who makes Sonja Blue seem almost decent person. Almost. Homewrecker by Poppy Z Brite is another sleazy Wildly uneven collection. Yes, there are some good stories, like Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice and A Question of Patronage by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. However, most stories are either pointless or just garbage - Nancy A Collins lets her sleazy, sadistic, foul-mouthed heroine Sonja Blue pollute Vampire king of goth chicks and Outfangthief by Gala Blau has a family terrorized by a mob leader who makes Sonja Blue seem almost decent person. Almost. Homewrecker by Poppy Z Brite is another sleazy mess. Hisako-san by Ingrid Pitt is at least sympathetically told story of a monster created by Nagasaki bomb, and Victorian-era stories Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman are written in dry, albeit thankfully clean Victorian language - former is a story about evils of being old and ugly, latter shows that youth and beauty do not equal purity and goodness.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    While it won't win any awards for cover design, most of the stories in this doorstopper are pretty strong, with some inevitable misses. The much anthologized (and classic) "Luella Miller" and "Good Lady Ducayne" are here, and Connie Willis's "Jack" is always a pleasure to read. Tanya Huff, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Tanith Lee are dependably good. Best read over a long stretch with a story or two at a time. While it won't win any awards for cover design, most of the stories in this doorstopper are pretty strong, with some inevitable misses. The much anthologized (and classic) "Luella Miller" and "Good Lady Ducayne" are here, and Connie Willis's "Jack" is always a pleasure to read. Tanya Huff, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Tanith Lee are dependably good. Best read over a long stretch with a story or two at a time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Mazar

    Even though I didn't enjoy all of the stories in this book, I think it's definitely worth reading. Some of the stories were very good and I discovered some amazing writers that I might not have read otherwise, like Crista Faust, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Gemma Files. And of course, Poppy Z. Brite, one of my absolute favorite writers. Even though I didn't enjoy all of the stories in this book, I think it's definitely worth reading. Some of the stories were very good and I discovered some amazing writers that I might not have read otherwise, like Crista Faust, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Gemma Files. And of course, Poppy Z. Brite, one of my absolute favorite writers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Women authors seem to have a much firmer grasp of vampire lore than most of the male fiction I've read. Recognizing the conflicting allure of the blood-suckers as both monsters and seducers, these stories bring vampires to life (in a manner of speaking) in unique and entrancing detail. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories by some of the greatest female authors writing today. Women authors seem to have a much firmer grasp of vampire lore than most of the male fiction I've read. Recognizing the conflicting allure of the blood-suckers as both monsters and seducers, these stories bring vampires to life (in a manner of speaking) in unique and entrancing detail. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories by some of the greatest female authors writing today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I enjoyed this books of short vampire stories. A nice way to relax in the evening. What a nice what to pass the time with short stories by Anne Rice (Goddess of the Vampires), Poppy Z. Brite, and many more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammi

    Some good stories, some atrocious stories. It is definitely worth checking out since it's a collection. You can always skip the few that are bad and still end up with a good collection of short stories. Some good stories, some atrocious stories. It is definitely worth checking out since it's a collection. You can always skip the few that are bad and still end up with a good collection of short stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Radford

    I don't quite know how to explain this book. There was some good stories in it, but the first story right out of the gate was a bit vulgar. So if you want to read it, your in for a gem or two but expect some stories that will either make you blush or close the book. I don't quite know how to explain this book. There was some good stories in it, but the first story right out of the gate was a bit vulgar. So if you want to read it, your in for a gem or two but expect some stories that will either make you blush or close the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma Draper

    I've been reading this book in dribs and drabs for something like a year and a half now. I'm not massively into horror fiction, so I just pick it up every so often. I've been reading this book in dribs and drabs for something like a year and a half now. I'm not massively into horror fiction, so I just pick it up every so often.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cher

    This was not a particularly impressive collection of stories, with only a few being truly interesting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A mixed bag of stories, but there are some good ones.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Luna Corbden

    A fair mix of good and bad stories. Mostly good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    Aside from a few enters like Poppy Z. Brite's Homewrecker I really enjoyed this anthology and its many takes on the vampire. It also gave me a taste of authors I have come to love. Aside from a few enters like Poppy Z. Brite's Homewrecker I really enjoyed this anthology and its many takes on the vampire. It also gave me a taste of authors I have come to love.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Some stories were well-written and others, frankly, just took up space. The Master of Rampling Gate by Anne Rice was a great read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Guiler

    I always love my vampire stories and this was a great collection! Intriguing, creative and spooky, its a great read for Halloween.

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