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By Blood We Live

An anthology of tales about the vampire. Edited by John Joseph Adams

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Different takes on that legendary creature of the night

  • Jul 10, 2010

Vampires have become an overload. From cinemas to TV series, and even romantic novels, the vampire has evolved from its mythological, supernatural niche to pop culture. Yet the allure of these blood-sucking creatures is strong enough to draw us nearer still – precisely because vampires are mysterious, powerful and intriguing. By Blood We Live will surely entice you as it contains tales that have romance, predators, infestations, sexy vampires, etc.  They are an old nightmare come to haunt us anew, an icon for hellish realities. This thrilling new anthology should definitely be included in the horror novels enthusiasts’ library.  The volume unfolds into an ensemble of tales each exciting in its own right. Each story incarnates the vampire in its own way. 
It is a collection from renowned talents that includes Anne Rice, L.A. Banks, Stephen King, Harry Turtledove, Neil Gaiman, Lilith Saintcrow and our very own Gabriela Lee with her rendition, Hunger is very well interwoven with Philippine culture that of a manananggal - the eastern version of a vampire. Edited by the renowned Joseph John Adams, he brings the collaboration of these exciting writers to indulge us into the best of vampire fiction.
This compilation takes us from Fallujah, retracing our steps to Transylvania, right under Rome, the Arctic, a sinking Titanic, Roanoke, an exotic eastern island and into our wildest imaginations. Whether in the guise of romantic alluring woman, a calculating predator, a timeless English gentleman or a vicious killer, a survivor of secrets, we can never get enough of these beautiful immortals.
The originality and freshness of each tale spans from different timelines and distinctive locations.
The authors merely use history, culture and places as focal points but pushes it further to delve deep into it's real nature and myth. It is an invitation that will surely satisfy your thirst for these blood craving creatures.
Below are the featured stories with their corresponding authors: 

  • Snow, Glass, Apples — Neil Gaiman
  • The Master of Rampling Gate — Anne Rice  (This is the first short story that Ms. Anne Rice has ever published)
  • Under St. Peter’s — Harry Turtledove
  • Child of an Ancient City — Tad Williams
  • Lifeblood — Michael A. Burstein
  • Endless Night — Barbara Roden
  • Infestation — Garth Nix
  • Life is the Teacher — Carrie Vaughn
  • The Vechi Barbat — Nancy Kilpatrick
  • The Beautiful, The Damned — Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Pinecones — David Wellington
  • Do Not Hasten to Bid Me Adieu — Norman Partridge
  • Foxtrot at High Noon — Sergei Lukyanenko
  • This is Now — Michael Marshall Smith
  • Blood Gothic — Nancy Holder
  • Mama Gone — Jane Yolen
  • Abraham’s Boys — Joe Hill
  • Nunc Dimittis — Tanith Lee
  • Hunger — Gabriela Lee
  • Ode to Edvard Munch — Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Finders Keepers — L. A. Banks
  • After the Stone Age — Brian Stableford
  • Much at Stake — Kevin J. Anderson
  • House of the Rising Sun — Elizabeth Bear
  • A Standup Dame — Lilith Saintcrow
  • Twilight — Kelley Armstrong
  • In Darkness, Angels — Eric Van Lustbader
  • Sunrise on Running Water — Barbara Hambly
  • Hit — Bruce McAllister
  • Undead Again — Ken MacLeod
  • Peking Man — Robert J. Sawyer
  • Necros — Brian Lumley
  • Exsanguinations — Catherynne M. Valente
  • Lucy in Her Splendor — Charles Coleman Finlay
  • The Wide, Carnivorous Sky — John Langan
  • One for the Road — Stephen King

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July 12, 2010
Loved your review, it was beautifully written. From the use of your words to the arrangement, I thought I was seeing something from the New York Best seller review! I love vampire stories and can't wait to check these out. Thanks so much!
July 13, 2010
Wow! Thank you so much for the compliment :) I am truly flattered and inspired to show more of my upcoming reviews. I hope that you will appreciate them just as much. Thank you, again!
July 14, 2010
I'm sure I will!
July 12, 2010
I agree with Bethany! I enjoy anthology books a lot. I will have to check this one out soon. Thanks for sharing the wonderful review!
July 12, 2010
That is quite a collection of stories and authors. Sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
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