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Night Bites: Vampire Stories by Women Tales of Blood and Lust Paperback – January 18, 1996

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Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Brownworth has assembled a collection of stories that have varying degrees of merit. Some have heavy-handed feminist or political themes and are plagued by predictable plots or cardboard characters. Others, however, have unique offerings for those who enjoy offbeat literature. Judith Katz's "Anita, Polish Vampire, Holds Forth at the Jewish Cafe of the Dead" is a funny, quirky little tale with a lesbian twist. In "Sustenance," Susanna J. Sturgis evokes the surreal world of a woman's emotional collapse. The theme of vampire seduction plays a major role in Diane Lisa D. Williamson's "Best of Friends," but in DeKelb-Rittenhouse's "To Die For," seduction hits an all-time erotic high. Judith M. Redding's "Unexpurgated Notes from a Homicide Case File" features an African American female police officer investigating four murders that appear to be the work of a blood-sucking creature. Although all the stories have a vampiric element, the true emphasis is on feminism. Suitable for large collections.?Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Based largely on the murderous late-medieval figures Elizabeth of Bathory and Vlad the Impaler--both infamous for sucking or drinking their victims' blood--vampires seem to have become twentieth-century icons. Despite the plethora of vampire yarns and studies, Brownworth's is the first collection of vampire stories all by women. Particularly interesting are Toni Brown's "Immunity," set against a background of Afrocentric supernatural folklore, Judith M. Redding's "Unexpurgated Notes from a Homicide Case File," in which detective Teresa Dash considers the unusual case notes about four young black urbanites, Meredith Suzanne Baird's "They Have No Faces," which returns us to the original turf of the vampire in Eastern Europe, as does Judith Katz's chillingly funny and grotesque "Anita, Polish Vampire, Holds Forth at the Jewish Cafe of the Dead," in which the first Jewish vampire entertains a fascinated visiting scholar. Wonderfully broad-ranging, this anthology will find an appreciative audience among both vampire aficionados and just plain adventurous readers. Whitney Scott

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878067710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878067715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,527,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Victoria A. Brownworth is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated and SPJ and NLGJA award-winning journalist and has won the Lambda Literary Award for "Coming Out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic" and been a finalist for seven of her other books, including "The Golden Age of Lesbian Erotica: 1920-1940" and "Bed: New Lesbian Erotica." A long-time LGBTQ activist, she's been on OUT magazine's 100 list several times. She's also the author of "Day of the Dead," "Too Queer:Essays from a Radical Life," "Film Fatales," "Lost in America" and "Rock Hudson: A Biography" among other books. She is the editor of "Night Bites: Vampire Tales by Women," "Night Shade: Gothic Tales by Women,""Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability," among others. Her 2012 collection "From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth" won the Moonbeam Award silver medal for Cultural/Historical Fiction and was also awarded Honorable Mention by the ALA. Brownworth's novella, "Ordinary Mayhem," was awarded Honorable Mention in Best Horror 2012. Her fiction and essays have been published in over 70 anthologies. Her essays, stories and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, SPIN, Huffington Post,the Advocate, Curve and OUT magazine. Brownworth is a columnist for the Advocate, SheWired, the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter and the Journal-Register newspaper chain. She's the mystery editor for Lambda Literary as well as a regular columnist for the webzine. She's a columnist and contributing editor for Curve magazine. She reviewed for Publisher's Weekly for 18 years and has been a book, film and television critic for a plethora of other newspapers, magazines and journals. In 2010 she co-founded a program that mentors young inner-city writers--KITH (Kids in the Hood). Brownworth has written several award-winning independent short films, including "Mondays" and "but would you take her back?" both directed by filmmaker Judith M. Redding. She teaches writing and film at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and teaches private master classes in writing. In 2010 she co-founded Tiny Satchel Press, an independent publisher of young adult books for minority youth--youth of color, LGBT youth and kids of various economic and social strata. Read her political blog at www.victoriabrownworth.com, read her columns at www.curvemag.com,www.advocate.com, www.lambdaliterary.org,www.shewired.com, www.epgn.com and www.ebar.com. follow her on Twitter @VABVOX. Check out the Tiny Satchel Press website at www.tinysatchelpress.com

Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
I read this book. I live and thirst for vampire books and this one was truly unique. There was a wide range of difference in the topics of the stories. My favorite was "To Die For". This is a book worth reading.
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Format: Paperback
This collection of previously unpublished vampire stories will certainly whet one's appetite for fastasy fiction but never really delivers.
Of the 16 short stories present in this collection, only five are really engaging:"Refugio", "Bad Company," "Immunity," "Sustenance," and "Backlash"--and even these select few will leave the reader wishing that they were longer and contained in thier own volumes.
The other stories are either run of the mill or poorly written. If you are a die-hard fan of vampiric fiction you may enjoy this anthology but lesser fans would be better off checking this one out from the library.
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By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
A rather sophmoric collection of sub-standard vampire stories save the the fantastic tale of horror from the pen of unknown Joanne Dahme. This newcomer is sure to take a place next to the gothic Anne Rice in undead literature.
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