disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via gallery books in exchange for an honest review.
let’s get some details taken care of right up front. vampires should not glitter. vampires are not misunderstood, taciturn, emotionally invested, misunderstood heroes. did i say misunderstood twice? yes. yes i did. and, yes, i am a little pedantic on the subject.
now that that’s covered, let’s talk about seize the night: new tales of vampiric terror edited by christopher golden. i adore short stories. i adore scary stories. and i adored this collection of short scary stories. there are real vampires in here, vampires that will scare you, haunt your dreams (and sometimes your awakenings, too). vampires that understand that food is food, like is like, and never the twain shall meet.
the stories in this collection are incredibly well told and worth reading more than once. my favourite was definitely paper cuts by gary a. braunbeck. i didn’t just enjoy reading it, i haven’t stopped thinking about it since. in the entire collection, only one story failed to live up to the standards set by all the others. blood by robert shearman is a good story, don’t get me wrong, but it left me confused and i just couldn’t understand its inclusion in this particular anthology. i highly recommend seize the night to anyone who enjoys horror, vampires, or just wants a good short story collection to read close to halloween.
five out of five stars