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Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 10/06/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.
Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.
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Anthologies have always been one of my favorite things. A chance to read old favorite authors and a chance to also find some new favorites as well, all based on some short stories. Which is, of course, why I chose to read Seize the Night – New Tales of Vampiric Terror.
The foreword by the editor, Christopher Golden, talks about how the vampire myth hasn’t been diluted or gone away in this world of sparkly or overly-friendly vampires, but that it’s time we return to the world of the scary, horrifying versions of these creatures. The only problem is – not all the stores are really about vampires.
Oh, don’t get me wrong – most of them are. And it’s possible I’m just not seeing how the rest are about vampires. But to me, not all are about vampires. It doesn’t detract from the book being a solid read though. I only really had a problem with one story – for some reason it just seems that the story by Sherrilyn Kenyon ended in such a way that it didn’t seem finished. Of course, I was reading an ARC of the book and so the final version could be a bit more filled out, but as it stands as of my reading, it seemed the story ended a bit too abruptly.
A few of the stories have a hint of The Walking Dead in that they’re apocalypse driven – just with vampires instead of zombies. Those stories were very good. Even the stories where the vampires are creatures and not human are very good. And I was thrilled to see a psychic/energy vampire story (you just don’t see those very often).
My favorite story is probably Miss Fondevant simply because of the uniqueness of the story. I also was very fond of In a Cavern, In a Canyon and Mother. All of them were great stories, but those three stand out to me as my favorites.
Seize The Night – New Tales of Vampiric Terror is slated to be released on October 6, 2015. Be sure to get your copy before they disappear!
Anyone who likes tales of the creepy sort like Stephen King’s short stories in Everything’s Eventual or Nightmares & Dreamscapes should check out Seize the Night.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.