The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into 21st century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums - there's even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery - no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slake your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge.
Full list of authors: Holly Black, Michael Marshall Smith, Charles de Lint, J.A. Konrath, Kelley Armstrong, Tanith Lee, Rachel Caine, Jeanne C. Stein, Stephen Dedman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Conrad Williams, Susan Sizemore, Tina Rath, Mary Turzillo, Carrie Vaughn, Barbara Roden, Charlaine Harris, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Albert Cowdrey, Nisi Shawl, Kim Newman, Grove Karen Russell, Nancy Kilpatrick, and John Langan.
The full list of narrators includes: Bahni Turpin, Jonathan Davis, Kevin Pariseau, Susan Duerden, Khristine Hvam, Victor Villar-Hauser, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, and Edoardo Ballerini.
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Don't waste your time or credit on this mess!
The reason I bought this book was to sample a wider group of authors. I did enjoy a few of the stories but most of those were by authors I already know and enjoy. I was disappointed.
Several of the short stories seem unfinished. Some seem to be sketchy outlines with little content while others just end as if the author gave up in the middle.
The narration was not the issue with this book.
This is a long book, 19 or 20 hours. So it is a big investment of time. I would have to say that the few good, well written stories do not make up for the rest of it.
Great Number of Above Average Stories
- Arthur Lueder