Blood and Other Cravings by Ellen Datlow

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Taken overall, Blood and other cravings shows Ellen Datlow at her best. Although the theme is set, the diversity of responses from the authors is remarkable. Indeed, it’s entirely possible that, if you picked up the book without the jacket (more slasher than vampire) and skipped the introduction, you might not realise this was a themed anthology.
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When we think of vampires, instantly the image arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the victim. But bloodsucking is merely one form of vampirism. For this brilliantly original anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned stories from many of the most powerfully dark voices in contemporary horror, who conjure tales of vampirism that will chill readers to the marrow.

In addition to the traditional fanged vampires, Datlow presents stories about the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and other dark deeds of predation and exploitation, infestation, and evisceration…tales of life essence, literal or metaphorical, stolen.
Seventeen stories, by such award-winning authors as Elizabeth Bear, Richard Bowes, Kathe Koja, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and Lisa Tuttle will petrify readers. With dark tales by Laird Barron, Barry Malzberg and Bill Pronzini, Kaaron Warren, and other powerful voices, Blood and Other Cravings will redefine the terror of vampires and vampirism.

 

About Ellen Datlow

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Multiple award-winning editor ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI magazine and SciFiction and has edited more than fifty anthologies. She lives in New York City. TERRI WINDLING is a writer, artist, and book editor interested in myth, folklore, and fairy tales. She lives in a little village at the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Tor Books. 320 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jan 15 2012

Taken overall, Blood and other cravings shows Ellen Datlow at her best. Although the theme is set, the diversity of responses from the authors is remarkable. Indeed, it’s entirely possible that, if you picked up the book without the jacket (more slasher than vampire) and skipped the introduction, you might not realise this was a themed anthology.

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