Blood and Other Cravings
When we think of vampires, instantly the image arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the victim. But bloodsucking is merely one form of vampirism. For this brilliantly original anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned stories from many of the most powerfully dark voices in contemporary horror, who conjure tales of vampirism that will chill readers to the marrow.
The majority of them were so-so for me, mostly because they were confusing and unexplainable--the style not unlike the stories you heard around a late-night campfire as a kid. If you like dark fantasy for the sake of the mysterious and cr...more
Alas, that is not the case. The point of Blood and Other Cravings is to show vampires that take something different than blood, or more than only blood. Says the description on Amazon, the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and other dark deeds of predation and exploitation, in...more
For instance in Needles, by Elizabeth Bear, there are two different types of vampires that work together. However the female? Yes I want to read more about her! Rather than drinking the blood of humans she somehow suc...more
Am I kidding? Heh. No. As some of you know... I enjoy my HEA. I crave it. However, not one of these stories has an HEA. Not really even and HEA of sorts. In fact the best y...more
Blood and Other Cravings isn't strictly a vampire...more
(originally reviewed on starmetal oak book blog)
I don't I ever reviewed an anthology before and so I struggled with how I would review this one. I decided not to review each story individually since I think this book works better as a whole and so I'll review it as such.
I really enjoyed most of these stories. Of course there were a few that I didn't care for but I found new authors that I never heard of before. What this anthology offers is a great array of tales of vapirism that don'...more
Not for just vampire lovers, this is another compelling and diverse collection of horror from some of the best in the genre, edited by Ellen Datlow. What’s great about these stories, is they are not all based upon traditional “fangy” blood suckers since the cravings and feedings in this book are not only about blood.
About: Published in the Fall of 2011, this is my second horror collection edited by Ellen Datlow. Although all the stories in this collect...more
Some of my personal favorites included;
"Needles" by Elizabeth Bear
"Miri" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"First Breath" by Nicole J. LeBoeuf (go VP alums!)
While there were a few I simply did not care for, one can always expect excellence when Ms. Datl...more
She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter...more