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Best New Vampire Tales (Vol 1) Paperback – March 11, 2011
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Now against that background, I was drawn to Best New Vampire Tales (Vol I), a 2011 anthology of stories featuring those cursed creatures of the night, vampires.
This vampire anthology brings together the assorted talents of some of the finest genre writers that we have today and the short stories contained within are perfect for anyone looking to get back into horror books but has neither the time nor patience for something more voluminous. These short stories are by and large pacy, engaging and entertaining.
My main criticism of this book is the use of the word "new" in the title. Indeed, many of the stories have been conjured up within the last one to five years but the oldest of them are from the early 90s, about twenty years ago.
However, this does not detract from the quality of the work here, which NY Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry has described as "Best New Vampire Tales goes for the throat with chilling and innovative new takes on the undead. Highly recommended for the bloody-minded!"
With Best New Vampire Tales Matt Hults starts proceedings with his North American vampire story, Through the Valley of Death.Read more ›
This was a decent short story collection. All vampire themed stories, some much better than others. The standouts for me were as follows:
Through the Valley of Death by Matt Hults. I believe I read this story in a collection of Mr. Hult's works. Nevertheless, I was happy to read it again and I liked it just as much as I did the first time.
A Sunset So Glorious by Rycke Foreman. I liked the originality of this story of vampire and djinn.
The Verbpire by Frederick Obermeyer. At first the idea seemed pretty silly, but by the end of the story, I thought it was awesome.
Morning Sickness by William Meikle. Just plain awesome. (This was my first experince with this author, it won't be my last.
Preserver by Tim Waggoner. A unique look at what else a vampire can suck away from you.
The Sabbatarian by David M. Fitzpatrick. I thought that not only was this a good story, it was kind of funny too.
Moving Lines bt Steve Vernon. Having a gypsy read the palm of a vampire is probably not going to turn out well.
A total of 18 stories, with 7 standouts (for me), leaves me with a 3.5 rating. Because the stories that stood out REALLY stood out, I rounded it up to 4 stars.