Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror
Simon & Schuster, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
lthough there are no nice vampires in this collection of eerie tales, there weren't any that kept me awake either. No tingle of terror like that felt from reading
so long ago. That's not such a surprise, considering that these days the news alone offers daily doses of intense anxiety. Even evil vampires are put into perspective.
espite the lack of terror, there was plenty of suspense and a lot to enjoy in this anthology. It was also a pleasure to find some of my favorite writers among the contributors. As usual Charlaine Harris pulled me right into her story with very few words. She writes about an energy sucking vampire who is renowned as a middle school teacher. Children in danger always make a story more exciting.
We Are All Monsters Here
was my favorite overall. The vampires aren't the only ones to fear in a world where a vampire virus runs wild. Although, I found the ending satisfying, I'd love to read a novel featuring the young heroine, a former college student, who finds herself in an apocalyptic world where the remaining humans are as terrifying as the vampires.
hese are great reads. If you think you've burnt out on vampires, check out this tome of eternal darkness edited by Christopher Golden.
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