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Features stories by Tanith Lee, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Esther Friesner, Barbara Hambly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbo.
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Having this collection does have its goods and sort-ofs goods. Editor Martin H. Greenberg who has done both Stalkers and Classic Tales of Horror in the past. Sharing tales that show us that are vampires really bloodthirsty menaces of all mankind? Or are the simply misunderstood creatures struggling to survive?
These stories featuring the horrifying to the humorous.
Of course the first one is Tanith Lee's slow and some what none terrifying Bite-Me-Not, or Fleur De Feu. Telling of a lonely handmaiden who is a miserable servant to a cursed Duke or Count of some far off European country. Susan Anspach reads a great job capturing the story's soul and characteristics of what Lee had written.
All of the sudden the character of the story is abducted by a black winged-feathery creature with glowing red eyes and physically powerful. Of course the story is hard to follow sometimes and it sometimes gets off trace but if you like something like a Beauty and the Beast tale, than this one is just your type. 2 STARS
Food Chain by Nina Kiriki Hoffman is a disturbing tale of women living under the same roof with a vampire or an immortal child. It does have a lesbian nature towards it as each woman must nourish or get nourishment by their master or mother who happens to be a living dead girl. One of the characters in the story suddenly realize that her time there has run out, when she learns that she cannot make her fill with the one that made her a slight immortal. Karesa McElheny does a superb job of capturing the emotions of the story. 3 STARS
Moonlight in Vermont by Esther Friesner is perhaps one of the best stories in this small anthology. It tells a rather humorous tale of modern day vampires living or existing in New England when a smart-ass trouble maker decides to make trouble, named Venom. The main character is Albert who happens to be a vampire living with his adopted parents and sister. Friesner has wrote this story very well and has more humor than fright as the boy tries to dodge Venom's blackmail attempts and wants to be a vampire too.
However the way that Venom is acting against the vampires, well this makes the vampire clan of Vermont do drastic things. So do the members of the township and they begin to make plans if the boy does decide to try anything reckless. A get Gotcha! ending at the very end and like I said, real funny and very well written and narrated. Joe Barrett is amazing and has a great New English accent. The Vampires in this story are more human than monster and that makes a great change in the nature of these creatures.
Humorous to the end. 5 STARS
Madeleline by Barbara Hambly is a true horror story. Hambly if any of you have been living in a trunk for 19 years; she is the original queen of vampire lore and eve modern British horror, she is the first original and not Anne Rice.
Here we read about a cold-blooded, murderous lady vampire existing in the older days of Victorian London. Madeleline is trying a killer, wearing beautiful dresses as she not only hunts victims during the night but also psychically ventures out into the world with her powerful mind during the day while she is in her coffin.
Of course she soon becomes more of a victim than of the predator when the tides suddenly changes against her. She even tries to cheat of the fate that is about to come cross her and meets her demise but if does have a tragic lost towards the main character, that is Madeleine towards her consequences of her actions, her gluttony and her desire to murder and mutilate.
Stephanie Beacham is absolutely wonderful of capturing all of the characters' voices, accents in the story; including the suffering of Madeleine, she has the ability of pitching her voice her or low to make the characters work. 5 STARS
Victims by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is sort of a mixture of Weird Tales, gentle horror, California living, politics and the Coming Out of Vampires in a Modern world that doesn't trust or even understand their positions, like True Blood. Richard Cox is sort of good in this and it does have a personal way of the story, not really horror or non-fiction.
Seat Partners by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is mysterious and fun. A woman gets a seat on the First Class area of a plane where she meets a stranger and the two do a deep discussion about the myths and legends of vampires.
At the end, it makes you think. Is he a real vampire? Or a very well mannered European? Who only wants' to take the woman of the story out or a meal. 3 STARS