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Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead Paperback – June 20, 2011
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"Nancy Kilpatrick is, quite simply, one of the finest anthologists of our time. Evolve Two contains beautifully written, edgy stories as mesmerizing as the archetype they celebrate—that predator par excellence, the vampire. From an homage to Twelve Angry Men to a trip to Mars; a heartbreaking deal made between two friends, and the promise of a year-long night—Evolve Two takes us far beyond nosferatu's origins, and blasts us along the vampire's evolutionary trajectory. Evolve Three, please?" — Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Crusade
"Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead is a full-spectrum vampire anthology, with stories catering to all forms of the vampire legend. There's something here to please all undead aficionados (or perhaps that should be 'aficionados of the undead'...I can't speak to the vital signs of all the book's readers)." — Kevin J. Anderson, Editor of the BLOOD LITE anthology series
"Vampire tales to quench everyone's thirst — a killer anthology!" — Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Blood and Ice and Eldritch Evolutions
"Vampire tales to quench everyone's thirst — a killer anthology! Nancy Kilpatrick shows us the future of all things vampiric: angst, dreams, medicine, criminal trials, apocalyptic cravings, and of course, blood." — Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Blood and Ice and Eldritch Evolutions
"Vampire junkies, vampire justice and a poignant meeting of the living and the undead. One of the most astonishing—and thought-provoking—short story anthologies I've ever read." — Elaine Bergstrom, author of Shattered Glass and Mina...the Dracula Story Continues
"In her introduction, Nancy Kilpatrick tells us there will be no stereotypes in Evolve Two, and she's as good as her word. The characters in these very original vampire tales range from hip urban huntresses to vicious cage fighters to lonely astronauts, the settings from isolated farms to futuristic underground courtrooms to post-holocaust deserts. Evolve Two is speculative fiction at its full-blooded best." — Lisa Morton, Stoker Award-winning author of The Castle of Los Angeles
About the Author
Nancy Kilpatrick was born in the U.S. and now lives in Montreal, Canada, with her black cat Bella. She has published 26 books, including 14 novels and 5 collections of short stories, and has edited 7 anthologies. When not writing she spends her time traveling the world, lecturing, visiting castles, cemeteries, ossuaries and mummy museums with her photographer companion Hughes Leblanc.
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Nancy Kilpatrick sets the bar high in the introduction of EVOLVE TWO . No vampire stereotypes allowed. Only archetypes. Only the original Nosferatu will be found in this collection of short stories.
EVOLVE TWO is a powerful collection of short stories divided into three sections; PRE-APOCALYPSE, POST-APOCALYPSE, and NEW WORLD ORDER. Each story is powerful enough to stand on its own merit while building on the preceding story and giving the reader new settings, characters, and storylines that go beyond the creative well of the ordinary.
Finish one story and you're eager to begin the next, and there are no disappointments. Each story lives up to and rises above expectations. The stories live on in memory - long after the book is closed. These are the vampires of the future. These are the tales that re-define vampires in the world of fiction.
EVOLVE TWO is destined to become a classic. Evolve Two is fiction at its very best.
In present-day Mexico, a street kid meets a female vampire and gives her some of his blood. She is on the run, because her kind is being hunted by the Mexican government, drug gangs and nearly everyone else. The night before liftoff, a male astronaut has a romantic encounter that ends with him being bitten by a vampire. What do you think will happen to the first manned mission to Mars?
A very high-class mausoleum, which involves preserving the dead and letting them float around inside a hollowed-out asteroid, allowing families to visit, is not what it seems. A jury has to decide if a young woman, who was beaten to death, was, or was not, a vampire at the time. A woman is truned into a vampire, and is forced to leave her husband and daughter; the temptation is just too strong. Decades later, the hunting of vampires has become established and part of society. In a world where the ozone layer has pretty much disappeared, blisters will form on unprotected skin within a few minutes. People are ripping vampire fangs right out of their mouths, because, when ground up and mixed with blood, it supposedly makes the ultimate sun-block.
This is an excellent group of stories. They are original stories that explore all parts of the vampire world. Individually, they are well-written, and, collectively, this is very much worth reading (even for those who are not vampire fans).
One of my favorites is "Six Underground" by Michael Lorenson: in a neat reversal of the film Twelve Angry Men, a lone juror who is convinced that a Guilty verdict should be returned sets out to convince the other 11. The story has cunning layers of logic and revelation, and more SF packed into its pages than any other three stories combined. "Toothless" is another standout, a detective story set in a near future where a few minutes of exposure to sunlight is enough to boil anyone's skin. (In both these stories, the differences between humans and vampires are vanishing.) The descriptions of how vampires are being affected by all the ambient radiation, and by human adaptations, are simultaneously hilarious and ghastly. "Nosangreal" by Ivan Dorin is the weirdest contribution, and yes, that's a compliment. The other two I enjoyed the most were "Out with the Old", a Post-Apocalyptic story by William Meikle, and Sandra Kasturi's "The Slow Turning of the World", which is the end piece, and an unusually successful example of pure narrative.
Ms. Kilpatrick did fine work here, and her Introduction essay is good to read in and of itself. Anyone looking for reading group material, or for examples of modern fiction to share with a literature class, should consider assigning some of these. Definitely recommended.
I wasn't a slow reader when I got my hands on it.
I devoured it as quickly as I could!
Each vampire story in this anthology is inventive and highly imaginative, unlike so many other vampire stories I read nowadays. Some were very much on the horror side of the coin. These I LOVED. Some were on the sci-fi end of the coin. Those I found interesting, but raised some questions about the science of certain situations.
Regardless, I loved this anthology and hope that there will be an Evolve 3!
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