Blood and Other Cravings: Original Stories of Vampires and Vampirism by Today's Greatest Writers of Dark Fiction

By Ellen Datlow

When we predict of vampires, immediately the picture arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the sufferer. yet bloodsucking is purely one type of vampirism. For this brilliantly unique anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned tales from a few of the such a lot powerfully darkish voices in modern horror, who conjure stories of vampirism that may relax readers to the marrow.

In addition to the conventional fanged vampires, Datlow provides tales concerning the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and different darkish deeds of predation and exploitation, infestation, and evisceration…tales of existence essence, literal or metaphorical, stolen.

Seventeen tales, by means of such award-winning authors as Elizabeth endure, Richard Bowes, Kathe Koja, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and Lisa Tuttle will petrify readers. With darkish stories by means of Laird Barron, Barry Malzberg and invoice Pronzini, Kaaron Warren, and different strong voices, Blood and different Cravings will redefine the phobia of vampires and vampirism.

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Don’t be ridiculous, she advised herself; still, she made sure that the door to her room used to be close tight. in a while, she didn't pay attention footsteps passing up and down the hallway. II Gert’s determination to pursue the query of the opposite girl, to envision her identification, used to be brought on no longer a lot by way of that almost all contemporary Christmas Eve dialog because it was once by way of an opportunity assembly with an outdated kinfolk pal within the din of Grand relevant the week after New Year’s. whereas ready in line to buy a round-trip price tag to Rye (where lived an obscenely prosperous customer of her firm’s who insisted on accomplishing all her criminal affairs within the convenience of her tennis court docket of a dwelling room), she felt a hand contact her elbow and a voice say, “Gertie? ” sooner than she grew to become, she well-known the intonations of her Aunt Victoria—not one in all her mom and dad’ sisters, or their brothers’ other halves, yet an outdated good friend, maybe their oldest, at a cocktail party at whose condominium their father first had met their mom. With whatever of the air of its presiding genius, Aunt Vicky, Auntie V, had floated out and in in their loved ones, regularly chuffed to credits herself for its life and hence, by way of extension, for hers and Web’s. in the course of Gert’s teenage years, Victoria have been a lifesaver, rescuing her from her mom and dad’ probably planned lack of information of every thing to do along with her lifestyles and treating her to buying journeys in new york, weekends on the south Jersey shore, even a five-day holiday on Block Island her senior 12 months of highschool. lately, Victoria’s presence of their lives had receded, the end result of her merchandising to vp of the advertisements corporation for which she labored, yet she was once nonetheless vulnerable to installed an visual appeal on the unusual vacation. Victoria’s status within the line was once because of a talking engagement with a sorority at Penrose university, in Poughkeepsie, to which she had made up our minds it might be friendly to journey the teach up the east shore of the Hudson. She used to be dressed with common splendor, in a black swimsuit whose brief skirt confirmed her legs healthy as ever, and even though her cheeks and jaw had misplaced a few of their firmness of definition, her character blazed forth, and Gert once again came upon herself speaking along with her as she may have with considered one of her girlfriends. the results of their short trade was once a call to satisfy for lunch, which session with their respective BlackBerrys decided could take place every week from that Saturday; there has been, Victoria stated, a brand new position in NoHo she was once demise to attempt, and this may give you the excellent chance. Gert left their assembly feeling as she consistently did after any time with Victoria—refreshed, recharged. now not till the opposite aspect of her stopover at with omit Bruce (ten mins of commercial wrapped inside of hours of formalities), as she was once gazing the tough reduce of Web’s most recent movie on her desktop, did the idea bob to the skin of her brain: probably Aunt Vicky was once the opposite lady. the belief was once past absurd: it was once perverse; it used to be obscene. Victoria Godfrey were a de facto member in their relatives, in the direction of the 4 of them than some of their blood family members.

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