By Ellen Datlow
Once we reflect on vampires, immediately the picture arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the sufferer. yet bloodsucking is purely one kind of vampirism. For this brilliantly unique anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned tales from the various such a lot powerfully darkish voices in modern horror, who conjure stories of vampirism that would relax readers to the marrow.
In addition to the normal fanged vampires, Datlow offers tales in regards to the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and different darkish deeds of predation and exploitation, infestation, and evisceration...tales of existence essence, literal or metaphorical, stolen.
Seventeen tales, by means of such award-winning authors as Elizabeth undergo, Richard Bowes, Kathe Koja, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and Lisa Tuttle will petrify readers. With darkish stories through Laird Barron, Barry Malzberg and invoice Pronzini, Kaaron Warren, and different robust voices, Blood and different Cravings will redefine the fear of vampires and vampirism.
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Bunches of drying burley tobacco leaves hung from poles along the rafters behind him. Lucas’s wife had driven a steel spike used to string the leaves on the stakes through the palm of her hand during the harvest last month. She merely wrapped the wound with a rag and kept on working. And Marge thought she had problems when their swimming pool pump broke. As though an electrical switch had been thrown, the hounds headed through the gate, followed by the whips. They raced across the field toward the West Woods, one swelling and contracting mass, a cell about to divide.
Journal of Kentucky Studies 23 (2006): 137–46. Fred Chappell 23 Nikki Giovanni Progress i’m looking at old men . . pregnant bellies hanging over worn blue jeans shirts open to expose old dried breasts were they on a woman . . but since they are on men just fatty useless tissue hanging . . they are riding yellow machines that shake my house . . that scatter brittle white hairs that the crows collect for nests . . that smile stupid toothless smiles . . because they are once . . again . .
They’d barely started. Wasn’t it too soon to have picked up a scent? He waited for Julius to recognize his mistake. Colonel tensed his muscles for the chase. Soon Julius was joined by the rest of the pack, howling like air-raid sirens. There was no question they were in serious pursuit of something. Palmer slackened his reins, and Colonel surged forward, nearly catching him off balance. They cantered toward the West Woods. Taking the fence, Colonel careened across a carpet of leaf mold, weaving among the tree trunks like a slalom skier.