Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Nancy Kilpatrick has written, edited and published a large number of books, much of which involves vampires. Nancy writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror under her own name. Her nom de plume is Amarnatha Knight, and her newest pen name is Desiree Knight (Amarnatha’s younger sister!). She edits books and stage plays and non fiction, including the book The Goth Bible (St. Martin’s Press – October 2004). Nancy has won the Arthur Ellis award for best mystery story, and is a three-time Bram Stoker finalist, and five-time finalist for the Aurora Award.
- File size : 1462 KB
- Publication date : November 30, 2013
- Print length : 304 pages
- Publisher : EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications (November 30, 2013)
- ASIN : B005Z7TWXY
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#917,211 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,281 in Vampire Horror
- #2,129 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
- #2,565 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
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I bought Evolve several months ago at a vendor's table here in town. The cover art is what struck me to pick it up. The cover is stunning, capturing the "demon inside" part of the vampire myth. I enjoy a good anthology on occasion, as it exposes me to authors that I have never heard of, and yet write things I might enjoy. Evolve has added several authors to my "must read" list.
While the anthology is classed as "horror and dark fantasy," it really isn't what I'd class as horror. Don't get me wrong; there are some horror stories. In particular, I made the mistake of reading "All You Can Eat, All The Time" by Claude Lalumiere before supper. However, most of the stories focus on the day-to-day culture of vampires in our society. A few were quite funny.
Many sported "Canadian Endings" (not happy ever after, not even happy right now; just plain acceptance of life and circumstances), which I enjoyed seeing. No surprise since nearly all of the authors are Canadian-born. I enjoyed the touches of Canadiana, such as Kevin Cockle's "Sleepless in Calgary."
I didn't enjoy all of the stories. I'm not a fan of present tense nor second person (i.e. You walk into a room), unless it's in a choose-your-adventure novel. Still, I enjoyed plenty of the stories, with "Learning Curve" (Kelley Armstrong) and "The New Forty" (Rebecca Bradley) at the top of my list. It was great to see Tanya Huff contributing to the anthology as well.
I highly recommend picking up this collection if you are a fan of vampires and want to see a new take on the supernatural beings.
My favorite is "Red Blues" by Micheal Skeet. It's written in second person and as I was reading I was beginning to see myself as the protag. It's very well written. My second favorite is "Soulfinger" by Rio Youers and is also well written. I loved it. My least favorite is Sleepless in Calgary, but it does have one of my favorite vampire evolutions, unfortunately, I just couldn't get into the story itself. "Learning Curve" by Kelly Armstrong was a fun and interesting read.
The stories are very well-written, except one and it because I couldn't get into the non-standard writing style; it was hard to understand what was happening or what it was about. There's also a poem, but I didn't read it since I don't like poetry. There was only one story that was a standard vampire story, but for the most part the stories are very well-written by skillful authors that bring to life a world of evolved vampires. I definitely recommend it.