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By blood we live
John Joseph Adams
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From Publishers' Weekly:

The usually superlative Adams (Federations) delivers a merely solid collection of modern vampire tales. Although most of the stories are reprints, John Langan's novella "The Wide, Carnivorous Sky," original to the volume, is the highlight, telling the tale of four Fallujah veterans who witness something even more horrific than war. Many of the classic reprints (including Stephen King's "One for the Road" and Jane Yolen's "Mama Gone") are worthwhile, but the newer reprints are a mixed bag. Bruce McAllister's "Hit" is witty and touching; Lilith Saintcrow's attempted hard-boiled pastiche, "A Standup Dame," completely flops. Vampire fans might wish for more humor and unusual twists on the theme, but there are enough standout stories-including Gabriella Lee's gorgeous "Hunger" and Michael Marshall Smith's melancholy "This Is Now"-to satisfy and entertain. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Literary interest in vampires never dies. Adams, assistant editor at the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and anthologist (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse), has assembled a superb mixture of modern vampire tales that range from humor to horror, from poignant to romantic. Neil Gaiman begins the volume with a macabre retelling of the Snow White fairy tale, "Snow, Glass, Apples." Barbara Hambly's "Sunrise on Running Water" is the hilarious story of a vampire who chooses to sail on the unsinkable Titanic. And in the chilling "One for the Road," Stephen King revisits Salem's Lot. Other authors include Kelley Armstrong, Lilith Saintcrow, Carrie Vaughn, Joe Hill, and Brian Stableford. Unfortunately, editor Penzler's compilation disappoints. Owner of New York City's popular Mysterious Bookshop and editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, Penzler gathered 84 stories in a volume of more than 1000 unwieldy pages. Present are well-known, nicely wrought stories like Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest," but missing are significant tales like Suzy McKee Charnas's "The Unicorn Tapestry" and the Saint-Germain stories by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Included is an extensive bibliography of vampire novels and short stories. Verdict Highly recommended for all vampire fiction fans. Only libraries with large horror collections should consider purchase of The Vampire Archives.-Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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