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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416567836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416567837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This toothsome anthology of 21 funny-scary stories from members of the Horror Writers Association arrives just in time for Halloween. On the humorous end, Matt Venne's Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues recreates Presley's voice with pitch perfect swagger and sets the record straight on how he really died, while Charlaine Harris's An Evening with Al Gore depicts a novel way to deal with environmental criminals; both tales are truly outstanding. In a creepier vein, Steven Savile's Dear Prudence finds a conflicted man repeatedly revising a note where he details gory plans for his significant other, and Nancy Holder's I Know Who You Ate Last Summer features stomach-churning rock star cannibals. Big names like Jim Butcher and Sherrilyn Kenyon will have comic horror fans grabbing this anthology off the shelves. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Jim Butcher is the author of the New York Times best-selling series "The Dresden Files" for Roc and the high fantasy series "The Codex Alera" for Ace. "The Dresden Files" is also a successful series of audio books; an online roleplaying game; a series of comic books; and was a short-lived television series on SCI FI Channel. A martial arts enthusiast and a skilled equestrian rider, Jim lives in Missouri with his wife and son.

#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris was born in Mississippi and lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, daughter and three dogs. Their sons are out of the nest. She’s written four series and two stand-alone novels in addition to numerous short stories and a novella or two. Her Sookie Stackhouse books have appeared in twenty-five different languages and on many best-seller lists. They’re also the basis of the HBO series “True Blood.”

Sherrilyn Kenyon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the Bureau of American Defense novels BAD Attitude, Phantom in the Night, Whispered Lies, and Silent Truth and the Belador series that includes Blood Trinity, Alterant, and The Curse. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print in over one hundred countries. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at SherrilynKenyon.com.

Customer Reviews

Which is right in line with most of the stories in this book--They Are Not Funny.
Garnet
I couldn't even finish several of the other stories, there was nothing to hook me into wanting to finish them.
Megan Jeche
I like to read books with short stories and many authors...so I can find a new favorite!
Marcia

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I mostly got this book for the offering by Jim Butcher, but I felt it a disservice to the other authors if I didn't read the rest. Granted, the other stories are a mixed bag in terms of quality, and some of the humor is of the splatter and potty-joke variety, but it's still worth a reading if you want an easy giggle and a mild case of the shudders:

"The Ungrateful Dead" -- A Necromancer finds a clever way to ward off a pesky spirit and his zombie cousin.

"Mr. Bear" -- The unnerving true story of a celebrity bear gone bad.

"Hell in a Handbasket" -- A surprise delivery to the infernal gates winds up more than the nether regions can handle

"The Eldritch Pastiche from Beyond the Shadow of Horror" -- Part tongue-in-cheek parody of H.P. Lovecraft's works, part shivery meta-fiction.

"Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues" -- What happens when the King of Rock and Roll becomes a king of the night...

"No Problem" -- A mad scientist's descendant discovers his heritage and starts to experiment with his findings... with disastrous results.

"Old School" -- A ritual gone wrong when the practitioners failed to read the fine print...

"A Sound of Blunder" -- A gleefully splatter-laden parody of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" featuring two inept gangster-wannabes' attempts to make a bad deal go away.

"An Evening with Al Gore" -- A satiric look at going green -- and what happens when the preternatural fights back to protect the natural.

"Dear Prudence" -- A blackly witty tale in letters as a man contemplates offing his shrewish wife...

"A Good Psycho is Hard to Find" -- A spoof on chainsaw murderer flicks -- and a rip on who the real psychos might be..
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By dunefan on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
What a great idea for an anthology! I picked up this book because I am a big fan of Kevin J. Anderson, -- I was disappointed he doesn't have a story here. These stories range from laugh-out-loud antics (Joe Lansdale, Dond'Amassa, Christopher Welch) to cute twists (Eric James Stone, Jeff Strand, Mark Onspaugh), to just plain enjoyable romps (Lucien Soulban, Jim Butcher). I had never read Jim Butcher before, but I'm sold after reading his "Day Off" in the Harry Dresden series. Since humor is a subjective thing, you probably won't like ALL of the stories here, but you'll certainly find something to tickle your funny bone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garnet on July 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read about 3/4 of the stories in this book and then started just skimming them to see if there were actually any good ones in this collection. I think the idea of humorous horror stories is great...but where did they get these pieces? Most of them are badly written and honestly awful.

The ones that come to mind (unfortunately) that totally turned me off included the "Smokey the Bear" story and the "Elvis as Vampire" story. They were full of insulting and extremely crude descriptions, especially in regards to women, and weren't funny at all. Some of the scenes described were simply gross. Which is right in line with most of the stories in this book--They Are Not Funny. They read like they were written by those who think that dumb and sick and twisted equates to funny.

One story was only a few pages long. Anyone in some beginner writer's class could have written it and there was no shock or suprise to it, let alone any humor. While I couldn't even get into the Charlaine Harris story, which was one of the key big name authors. I finished reading it and I could see how it was meant to be ironic in a way, but...eh... The only story I found an amusing idea and half-way decent was the Lovecraft story.

I finally flipped to the back of the book and read some of the biographies of the authors and was surprised to see that some of them have written novels and movies and so on. I can only assume then that what I saw in this book was something they wrote a long time ago when they were first starting out or that they slapdashed it together to meet a deadline for this book. IMO, the editor should have rejected half or more of these stories and gone looking for something better.

Not worth reading. Not worth recommending. Honestly...blech.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Blood Lite is an anthology of short stories from some of today's most prominent horror writers. The stories in Blood Lite all have a dark humor edge to them which I think makes them more enjoyable than just pure horror. Some of the stories were really good but some were just okay. That's pretty typical of the anthologies I've read. My favorite stories in the book were "Day Off" by Jim Butcher (I'm a huge Dresden Files fan), "Hell in a Handbasket" by Lucien Soulban, "Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues" by Matt Venne, and "Dear Prudence" by Steven Savile. I was really looking forward to Charlaine Harris' contribution since I like her other work, but I was a bit disappointed with it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kazza on December 1, 2008
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I picked this up at the bookstore on a lark. I'm a dedicated Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher fan, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. This is a book for entertainment; it's very light-hearted, and yes, it's full of the "gross" factor, but it was fun to read some of my favorite authors take a side trip from their usual series that I know and love. It was also a great way to experience some previously unread authors for me so I can be on the lookout for their books. All in all, it was worth purchasing and even the few that were just not my bag were far outnumbered with enjoyable stories.
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