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The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women Hardcover – 2001
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This book is a hardcover, published by Caroll & Graf Publishers of New York, and copyrighted in 2001. It was manufactured in the United States.
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Top Customer Reviews
The short stories contained are fine, but I really didn't love the book overall.
Was I ever pleasantly surprised, especially after opening it up only to discover that Anne Rice's "The Master of Rampling Gate" was the first one in the book! Of the 34 stories in this anthology, only two or three failed to hold my full interest; and several presented very enjoyable, unique twists on the meaning of vampire. If asked to name my favorites, it would be difficult, but they would probably be "Services Rendered" by Louise Cooper (a story with an ending you can't help but figure out and yet it made me mentally shout, "No! No! No! Don't do it!" and enjoy it just the same); "Butternut and Blood" by Kathryn Ptacek (a story set in a makeshift field hospital during the Civil War and a bedridden soldier helplessly watching Death come closer each night); "Venus Rising on Water" by Tanith Lee (about something that comes to earth through a portal opened by an astrologer's telescope, and a really creepy painting!); "A North Light" by Gwyneth Jones (it's hard to figure out if there's really two or three vampires in this tale that takes place in an out-of-the-way B&B in Ireland!); and "Jack" by Connie Willis (an unforgettable, rather sad story set during the London Blitzkrieg). Overall, I found all the stories to be haunting more than horrifying, ethereal more than erotic. It struck me as a book I might give to friends to read as a way of introducing them to the vampire genre; there is so much more to it than Dracula, and I am so often ridiculed and misunderstood for my interest in it. I gave the book 4 stars because I enjoyed almost all of the stories in this anthology, and will most likely read several of them a second time or more.