100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories by Robert Weinberg
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What is a vampire? Evil incarnate? A creature in the Dracula vein, whose gruesome means of sustenance contradicts the norms by which civilized human beings measure what is natural and morally proper? Or is a vampire, with his nocturnal habits, a potent symbol for humanity's unenlightened superstitons--a counter symbol of the divinity who turned the darkness of the void into light?
As the tales in 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories make clear, this is no simple answer to the question: What is a vampire? For in this volume, no two vampires are exactly alike, and readers will find that their presence is not limited to the worlds of fantasy, horror, and science fiction; the vampire is equally at home in mundane worlds in which any suggestion of the supernatural is conspicuously lacking. Consider the vampire's relationships. Typically it is one of predator (vampire) and prey (human). In this book, you'll also find atypical predator/prey relationships: the Internal Revenue Service stalking tax delinquents, viruses attacking the bloodstream, radio ""shock jocks"" baiting their audiences. Readers will also find that beyond the classic bloodsucking vampire who lives off the life force of his victim lies the more sinister type of vampire: the one who feeds on the sympathy rendered by unsuspecting caregivers, on the affection of incautious lovers, on the tithes donated by the religious faithful.
In ther effors to wreak original variations on the vampire theme, the writers represented in this collection have imagined ingenious new means of vampire disposal, envisioned vampires interfacing with computers and piloting time machines, and even proposed more than a few reasons why people might want to be a vampire--or at least have one as a close friend. (Not that there aren't a few traditional vampires lurking between these covers.) As editor Stefan Dziemianowicz writes, "There are vampires here to suit every taste--an intentional pun meant to warn that several of the selections are intended as comic relief."
Authors represented here include: Ramsey Campbell, Robert Weinberg, Lois H. Gresh, Hugh B. Cave, Karl Edward Wagner, Joe R. Lansdale, Will Murray, Manly Wade Wellman, and many others.
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