Vampires: The Recent Undead

Laurell K. Hamilton, Author, Charlaine Harris, Author, Kelly Armstrong, Author, Holly Black, Author, Rachel Caine, Author, Kim Newman, Author, Michael Marshall Smith, Author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Author
Edited by Paula Guran. Prime (www.prime-books.com), $14.95 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-1-60701-254-2
Reviewed on: 04/25/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
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Guran (Zombies: The Recent Dead) compiles 25 21st-century vampire stories, with an all-star author lineup. Several stories focus on vampirism as a cure for disease, as in Mary A. Turzillo's "When Gretchen Was Human," in which a mother sacrifices her humanity for the chance of curing her daughter's cancer, and Charles de Lint's "Sisters," in which a lonely vampire persuades herself that her frail human sister ought to be turned. Tanith Lee's "La Vampiresse" has a satisfyingly twisty ending. In "Dahlia Underground," Charlaine Harris's titular character, a vampire who hates humans, finds herself forced to work with them. In Kelley Armstrong's hilarious "Zen and the Art of Vampirism," vampire Zoe repels a team of takeover wannabes. The stories mostly harp on familiar themes: death, immortality, loss. Only a few standouts provide real insight into the (in)human condition. (June)
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