- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Aspect; First Soft Cover Edition edition (October 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446671439
- ISBN-13: 978-0446671439
- ASIN: 0446671436
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,924,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sisters of the Night Paperback – October 1, 1995
From Library Journal
This collage of short stories centers on the theme of the female vampire. Some stories are eerie or despairing, while others show a glint of humor. In George Alec Effinger's "Marid and the Trail of Blood," the wisecracking narrator lives in a future Arabic society where computer chips for the brain can make folks believe that they're anything, even vampires. Deborah Wheeler's "Survival Skills" finds a vampire single mom, much to her chagrin, turing into a normal, mortal-like PTA member. Editor Hambly's contribution, "Madeline," strikes a slightly more somber note with a ruthless vampire who becomes cursed with hearing the voices of her victims. In "La Dame," the lyric prose of Tanith Lee shows that vampires come in other than human form. Fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld (Ballantine, 1985) will be pleased to find the beginnings of a sequel in the novella "Song of the Night People." There are 14 original stories in all, several by well-known science fiction and fantasy writers. For most popular collections.
Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As Hambly says in her introduction, there was no way to know in advance what she would find. Would the stories sent by men be dramatically different in focus and treatment from those of the women writers? And in the end, it seems to me that for the most part, there is a kind of unity of thought expressed in these stories which are at the same time, all quite different from each other. That unity - a real sense of what it means to be female first and foremost - is the thread that truly makes this volume fascinating. These creatures are women first, and vampires second.
In this volume you'll find all manner of vampire. Michael Kurland checks in with the most familiar take on the subject in his old-world, but deliciously perverse "In the Blood." Diana Paxson gives us a myth with the feel of a Norse saga and Pat Cadigan scrapes nerve endings raw with a contemporary tale of life and death on the trash-heap in "Sometimes Salvation." Tanith Lee offers her special brand of slow, languid, gorgeous horror in "La Dame" and George Alec Effinger even manages to work in a little cyberpunk with "Marid and the Trail of Blood. To my way of thinking, though, the true stand-out in this book is the last, shortest story, a powerful, stark, wrenching piece entitled "Sister Death" by Jane Yolen. If any of the stories have you in tears by the end, it will be this one.
If you're a fan of vampires or of horror, this book is a good bet. There's something for every taste here, and the over-all theme is well served by the editorial choices. Buy it.
Highly recommended for anyone with a liking (or even a lack of antipathy) for the subject matter. Some of the best vampire fiction I've read.
SISTERS OF THE NIGHT is a collection of fifteen stories concerning female vampires, and for the most part, it doesn't try hard enough. Contained within are stories of vampires among the homeless, a dying elderly man who is visited by the vampire lover who left him decades before, a couple old world vampire tales and a detective story. There is also an excerpt from one of Larry Niven's RINGWORLD novels -- a questionable practice, as it invariably ends up looking like an advertisement for another book, as well as making it seem like the editor couldn't find enough new material to fill the page count.
There may be variety to an extent, but few of the stories are original enough or good enough to be memorable afterward. I often found myself bored as I paged through most of them. One exception is Tanith Lee's "La Dame," which offers something truly different by broadening the definitions of both "vampire" and "female." The other is Steve and Melanie Tem's "Mama," which is the type of perverse familial horror story at which both authors always excel.
If vampires in any form still fascinate you, you'll probably want to pick up this volume as you'll surely enjoy it. If, like me, you think the vampire subgenre should be laid to rest at last, pass on it or check out the above mentioned entries only. Note: Lee's story also appears in Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling's YEAR'S BEST anthology for 1995. Unfortunately, the Tems didn't make it.
The 14 stories featured in this anthology is full of unique, engaging female vampires. Not all the vampires are your typical Dracula cape and fang types. Some want a bit of your soul instead, some harvest the dead, and some aren't even easily recognizable as women, actually.
Most of the stories will have you hungering for more. The only one I really was bored with was Song of the Night People by Larry Niven. This is actually the first part of a novel and should have been left out of this anthology. It's 50 pages and doesn't really have any ending at all, so you don't know what happens unless you buy the book.
Still, if you want something different than the "normal" Dracula vampires and feel like reading something smart, funny, and original, than pick up a copy of this classic anthology.
everything from lesbian relationships, the vampire mother,
ethnic vampires, and basis of origin for the myth. A must
for any vampire book collectors shelf.