When did the King of the Undead become become a glamour boy or poster girl?
Vampires are creatures of unholy legend who prey on human victims. Inside this vault you will discover that vampires do not sparkle or seek out humans as friends and companions…
Forget the romanticism. In these pages, fangs flash and blood will spill. Grab a cross, some holy water, and sharpen your stakes…and remember…
Vampires Aren’t Pretty !
Inside you will find thirteen stories including: Tempest in the Sewer by Gail McAbee, Critique by RB Clague, Julian by David Landrum, Death’s Eager Bride by Jeremiah Coe, Don’t Feed the…by Chantal Boudreau, The Suckiest Bunch of Sucks by John Lemut, the Shifter by Mark Jones, Vampire Ritual by Greg Austin, Vampires of Winnipeg by David Perlmutter, Extreme Helsing by Gary Mosca, Dark Carnival by Mary Parker, and Good Vampires by Michelle John
This anthology I rated at 4 Stars in general, but there are several stories included which definitely rate 5 stars, in my opinion; and the entire anthology is worth a read.
Best are: “Don’t Feed the -” by Chantal Boudreau (really special), Jeremiah Coe’s tongue-in-cheek “Death’s Eager Bride,” R. B. Clague’s “Critique” (which should be read weekly by certain novelists LOL), John Lemut’s hilarious “The Suckiest Bunch of Sucks”; the excellent and well-characterised “The Shifter,” from the smooth Mark Jones.
The apparent theme of this anthology is found in the title: vampires aren’t pretty-they’re gross, gory, ugly, hateful, and determined. To vamps, humans are not quality of life: they’re cattle-livestock-food. Does a human look at a field of corn or a cattle ranch and say, “save it”? (well, yes, in some cases). Vampires NEVER see a human and remark, “Oh, let’s save that one-quality of life-moral integrity-contribution to the future.” No way! That’s the aim of this anthology-on the surface-but as one reads through the various stories, an astute reader will discover another expanded theme, perhaps more subterranean than obvious:
The contemporary trend toward viewing vampires as friendly, shining, beings who are simply “hemo-challenged”, a different but still valued species-actually brainwashes humans into not fearing vampires, thereby making the situation of humans far more dangerous than ever! Listen, humans, and learn: Multicultural diversity is a fine thing-but don’t extend it to include vampires!!