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Dark Thirst by [Tyree, Omar, Hill, Donna, Jackson, Monica, Addison, Linda, Brockenbrough, Kevin S.]
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From Publishers Weekly

This uneven anthology of sensual vampire stories by and about African-Americans breaks little new literary ground, but it provides a dose of pure escapist fun just in time for Halloween. Psychically commanding vampires, both men and women, both willing and unwilling killers, seduce unwitting humans and lead them to the slaughter. The majority of the stories share themes of beauty, power and the desire for love or approval—themes that Monica Jackson's "The Ultimate Diet" riffs on wonderfully as the obese Keeshia, rather than beginning another diet, figures out how to turn into a vampire so she can be slender and irresistible, just like her beautiful serial-killing neighbor. Donna Hill's "The Touch" follows Selena, a masseuse who uses sensual touch and sex to sate her desire for humans so she will not feed on them, as she begins to lose control of her urge for blood. Kevin S. Brockenbrough's outstanding "The Family Business" mixes vampires and werewolves with the real monsters—wife beaters and uncaring neighbors—as Shelly agrees to become a werewolf like the men in her family to get back at her abusive husband, only to have him return from the dead as a vampire eager for payback. The vampires are all ultimately alone, even as they reach out to the humanity that they themselves lack.
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From Booklist

In the introduction to Dark Thirst, whose contents are by African Americans, editor Allen notes that vampires of color have long been part of bloodsucker lore. The vampire hero of Allen's "Vamp Noir" was banished by his kind for harboring a human and now hunts criminals. In Monica Jackson's humorous "The Ultimate Diet," Keeshia envies a thin, sultry neighbor with many lovers; when she realizes the woman is a vampire, she takes steps to become just like her, jeopardizing her closest friendship in the process. Selena, vampire heroine of Donna Hill's "The Touch," longs for a man to satisfy her cravings but continues to exhaust and consume many lovers. A steamy, sensual gathering. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416507582
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 30, 2004)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2004
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC2LT6
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By Mocha Girl VINE VOICE on January 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dark Thirst is a distinctive collection of six short stories that focuses on vampires and their victims of color in varying eras and circumstances. However, the central theme uniting the stories is the ugly consequences of their existence - a hunger for blood that is never sated, the clandestine lifestyle necessary for survival, and the bouts of loneliness that eternal life brings as they lurk incessantly throughout the night. The stories are authored by some of today's popular writers and a few newcomers - each with a different slant on the age old villain:

* The Ultimate Diet (Monica Jackson) - an overweight woman envies a svelte, beautiful woman who appears to eat all she wants and never gains a pound. After discovering the secret of success, she loses weight and much more,

* Vamp Noir (Angela C. Allen) - one of my favorite stories in the book is about a black, female vampire who is an enforcer for the mob but has her own hidden agenda,

* Human Heat: The Confessions of an Addicted Vampire (The Urban Griot/Omar Tyree) - another one of my favorites in which an old-school, New Orleans Creole "Casanova" scorns a lover's advice and develops an addiction to a highly dangerous and callow blood source with disastrous results,

* Whispers During Still Moments (Linda Addison) - a half-human vampire hunter struggles to battle a First and save himself and his love,

* The Touch (Donna Hill) - a sensual tale in which a sophisticated vampire is running out of time in which to find her human soul mate,

* The Family Business (Kevin S. Brockenbrough) - and the best was saved for last (in my opinion), this is a page-turning story of monsters in the `hood - were werewolves and vampires collide and a battered mother's love prevails.
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DARK THIRST is a very eclectic mix of the increasingly popular genre of vampire lore. Noted authors, Donna Hill, Monica Jackson and Omar Tyree, have stepped out of their respective genres to pen the odd mix of science fiction which include threads of romance, comedy and urban fiction.

The most memorable of the six short stories is Monica Jackson's 'The Ultimate Diet'. The storyline is hilarious from beginning to end. I volleyed between laughing out loud and pure shock. The main character Keeshia wants to lose weight and become as sultry as her mysterious neighbor, without the hard work of diet and exercise. When she finds out her neighbor's secret, she will stop at nothing to achieve the image she so covets.

Donna Hill's 'The Touch' is a dangerously sensuous tale of a vampire looking for her one true love. Selena has learned that sexual release can keep her bloodlust at bay, but not for long. She must find the one man who can put her fire out and keep it out. I enjoyed the romantic twist to the typically bloodthirsty vampire story.

Kevin S. Brokenbrough takes it to the streets in 'The Family Business'. A street punk abuses his wife and son and is dealt with in the most heinous fashion for the pain he has caused them. Shelly has a family secret that allows her to fight back when she can no longer take the abuse. At times this story was so out of the ordinary, even for science fiction, I would question what is going on here, but I could not stop reading. I had to know what happened next

Three memorable stories out of six is not bad, but it averages out to be just that, average. The three remaining short stories did not give me the same emotional response to reading them as the one's mentioned above; they were decent, but not memorable. All together it was a great effort, but not great enough to be ranked amongst the best in the genre.

Reviewed by Aiesha Flowers

of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book contains 6 stories of vampires who happen to be black. For me, it was a twist on folklore that, outside of television, hasn't been established before in print. Stories about a woman wanting to be turned into a vampire so that she can lose weight, a man who was turned and longing to find the love of his long life, a vampire who works for the mob, a sensuous vampire who uses sex to soothe her body's need for blood, and (the best of the bunch) spousal abuse, vampires & werewolves....OH MY!!! The stories were a little long in the tooth for me and I had to keep reading just to get to the good part. However, when I did, then it was all worth it. Pretty good selection here.
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I would say overall this was a great anthology of black horror writing. However, there were some stories that I enjoyed more than others, which is to be expected. Out of six stories I felt as if only two were not stand-outs.

The Ultimate Diet (Monica Jackson) - This was a great way to start off the book. The story was light, had great humor in it and of course the expectant twist. I even consider it to be one of my favorites. The main character is always in search of a diet when she finds out that her sexy thin neighbor is a vampire she stops at nothing to achieve her goal. I especially loved the twist at the end.

Vamp Noir (Angela C. Allen) - This story is slightly different take on Vamp mythology and it took a while for me to truly get into the story. I feel as if the story could be better suited as a longer short story or novella. I felt as if the length was too short and I wanted to know a little bit more by the end b/c I felt as if there was a lot left out. It just seemed like an intro and not a self contained story. This really is a noir story about the mob and vampires. It has it's share of violence and the update on vampire telepathic abilities was facinicating. Will the character's plan pay off or will the mob discover her secret and kill her first.

Human Heat: The Confessions of an Addicted Vampire (The Urban Griot/Omar Tyree - This was a fascinating tale that I thoroughly enjoyed because of Tyree's set up. I felt like the entire story was a generally good read and even though it was a short story it seemed to cover so much. I actually felt sad for the main male character because as he stated in the beginning of the story women often misunderstood him. This story is thinly about the lost of love and tragegy.
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