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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC; First Edition edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937929604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937929602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you surprised I am reviewing this? Really? Well than you are new to Kriss' world because in my world, vampires... THEY DON'T SPARKLE!!! I will hold back because there are tons of new readers this week and promise to keep most of my normal diatribe free of my colorful vocabulary.. promise. On that note, vampires were the first monster my father handed me in a book and my grandmother had me watch with her in a movie and have always terrified me. I mourn for the terror they used to bring into our lives!

What caught my eye when I saw the announcement of this new anthology at the beginning of the year was the title and it's promise to back the night. Also who the editor would be and later the list of authors I got even more excited. It is now almost June and I have read it through and through more than a few times and fallen a little more in love with it each read.

Some of my favorite comments and quotes from some of these deadly creatures and their hunters:

"If your victim didn't die, you might as well be drinking water."

"Al liked to wait a bit before disposing of his empties, just in case they turned."

"My official title is `occult detective' and yes, I wear a trenchcoat and fedora. Some clichés are just too good to mess with."

"Van Dyck? Van Buren? Van... who knows? Don't worry... I'll come up with something."

"...if Jesus loves him as much as those bumper stickers say he does, then he can shovel that stuff down himself."

"As the sun rises, the fiend dies before our eyes, its body bound by the twinkling lights of a Christmas Angel.
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I have to admit that I had given up on the world of vampire literature. Thanks to a suburban housewife in America, vampires had become a race of sulking, bloodless, pedophiles who glittered in the sun like cheap dime store jewellery.

In the sun??

Growing up on a steady diet of Hammer Horror (and yes the capitals are required) and discovering films like Near Dark, The Hunger, Fright Night, et al; I was disgusted at the thought of a "tween" vampire written by someone who did not even like vampires. It was a joke with a bloodless punchline that left a foul taste in one's mouth.

I had given up hope of ever reading a vampire tale that would affect me so much that I had to sleep with the light on and nervously peer into darkened corners or jump, heart pounding, at every creak and pop as the house settles for the night.

But...

I had not counted on Horror Master (again the capitals are required) Michael West to collect such an array of brilliantly bloody and violent "old-fashioned" vampires. Vampires who: cannot walk in the sun and don't look like a tawdry bit of moving glitter dust when they do, rip out throats, are cruel and vicious, have super-human strength and require a stake, and a hammer to kill.

It appears that I am not alone in my disgust at the current fad of foppish, shiny, reflective pompadour wearing sweetie-cakes who'd rather starve than rip out a throat and glut themselves on human blood. It appears that Mr West also longed for the more "traditional" Dracula type vampire and set out to find a collection of short stories where the vampires don't sparkle...they kill.
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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.
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I've had the esteem pleasure of being on the Seventh Star Press Blog Tour for Vampires Don't Sparkle a new anthology edited by Michael West. In a world which has become oversaturated by creatures of the night, this anthology brings the topic of conversation back to the monster, back to the old-fashioned vampire of lore. The vampires in this collection are meant to be terrifying, to cause suspense, to enthrall you rather than make you squee like a teenage Twihard. There are no vegetarian vampires in this book.

There are fifteen stories in this Vampires Don't Sparkle and each piece of this collection adds a new layer to the vampire mythos. Whether its by reimagining old tales or looking toward the future, these stories fit together in a brilliant tapestry with the common thread of the classic, fearsome vampire. I think that the stories flowed together quite well and I liked to see different themes within the book including the vampire hunter, which in my opinion is a very important part of the vampire mythology. Where there is a creature of the night there will (most likely) be someone who wants to figure out what makes them work and put an end to the terror.

For the purposes of this review, I wanted to briefly touch on two stories in the collection which stood out as my personal favorites: Robot Vampire by R. J. Sullivan and Beneath a Templar Cross by Gordo Rollo. Firstly, I think that Robot Vampire was a truly unique idea. There was a quick pace to the story, but the different parts were brought together so well that everything fit together nicely. The author presented us with a short prologue which linked very well to the main story. Sullivan even presents us with a good villain. It's easily my favorite of the collection.
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