Even if it's not going that those fifteen formerly released vampire tales are literally "the greatest" of their box, they're definitely good written, such a lot through amazing authors. past that, it's tricky to make generalizations in regards to the tales during this quantity. a few are lengthy and a few are brief; many of the vampires are antagonists, yet a number of are reliable men, or a minimum of attempting to do the suitable factor. there's romance and tragedy, suspense and comedy.
Sillier entries comprise "The Bat Is My Brother" by way of Robert Bloch, an early sturdy vampire-bad vampire tale, predictably cliched in its portrayal of the evil vampire, and "Dayblood" via Roger Zelazny, a topsy-turvy standpoint on vampires that by no means really overcomes its strained premise. "Valentine from a Vampire" by means of Daniel Ransom, with its victimized reliable vampire and the fellow who falls in love together with her, additionally by no means relatively manages to be convincing. on the contrary finish of the spectrum are the darkly romantic "In Darkness, Angels" by means of Eric Lustbader and Tanith Lee's "Red as Blood," a fairy story long gone deliciously bad.
Seldom-reprinted tales contain Jane Yolen's "Mama Gone," a child's personal story of redeeming the undead, and "Child of an old City," Tad Williams's vampiric version at the Thousand and One Nights.
There is a intensity and beauty to the easiest; the weakest are at the very least fascinating as curiosities. even supposing this booklet has little new to provide the proven vampire fiction collector, it's a sturdy start line for someone interested by the diversity of vampire fiction available.
CONTENTS: Robert Bloch, "The Bat Is My Brother"; Eric Lustbader, "In Darkness, Angels"; Roger Zelazny, "Dayblood"; Brian Stableford, "The guy Who enjoyed the Vampire Lady"; Philip okay. Dick, "The Cookie Lady"; Robert McCammon, "The Miracle Mile"; David Drake, "Something needed to be Done"; Daniel Ransom, "! Valentine from a Vampire"; Jane Yolen, "Mama Gone"; Karl Edward Wagner, "Beyond Any Measure"; Tanith Lee, "Red As Blood"; Richard Matheson, "No Such factor As a Vampire"; S. P. Somtow, "The Vampire of Mallworld"; Tad Williams, "Child of an old City"; Dan Simmons, "Shave and a Haircut, Bites"