In a time when the undead bloodsuckers of legend have become a shadow of their former selves thanks to watered-down romance novels like Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series, horror author C. Dennis Moore returns the icons to their former glory with his collection of six short stories, Icons to Ashes. Featuring three previously published stories plus three all-new tales, Icons to Ashes doesn't shy away for one moment from the bloodshed and ferocity of these killing machines.
In "Become", Brian wakes up one night to find his girlfriend Jennifer trying to get into his room. The problem is, Jennifer was buried only a few days ago. But she tells Brian she needs him to come with her, that something's happened and her parents have been slaughtered. With an orgy of the damned that trumps anything in The Howling series of movies, "Become" is a perfect blend of sex and death, written just for the hardest of hardcore horror fans.
In "Birth Day", Douglas Neville wakes up battered and bruised in an alley with a severed head belonging to no one he knows not far from him. He's confused and unsure of who he even is, and when the police show up and take him into custody, he wonders who's the worse off for it, himself or the cops who think he's at their mercy.
"Day Sleeper" sees a world where the vampires have become citizens with equal rights. Some people still hold prejudices, though, and when Dale learns of an opportunity to move somewhere no vampires are allowed, he jumps at the chance. Maybe a little too quickly.
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Short stories don't seem like movies, but there's so much graphic detail helping you to imagine it and be right there that if you actually saw it there would be sensory overload exploding your brain and consuming you with the terrifying distortions of a dying person...or of brand-new vampires you've heard of from Moore.
Mostly from a male perspective, but, notably, the last story comes with a female perspective when an eternally-pregnant female vampire takes centerstage. It confused me because I didn't know vampires could remain pregnant so I didn't know she was one until the end. interesting take!
- Jan Peregrine