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The Vampire Sextette

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Six pulse-pounding tales.

Original novellas by the modern masters of vampire fiction:

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Ace
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“The Other Side of Midnight” by Kim Newman
It is nice to see Genevieve again, and she fits the role of private detective very well. There is a beautiful and fitting twist on the Beverly Hillbillies.

“Some Velvet Morning” by Nancy Collins
This short novella made me pick up the Sonja Blue series, far superior to the Anita Blake series. In this story, Collins makes use of the legend/story of the Blood Countess but tells it from the other side as it were. In some ways, the story is like a fairy tal
It was a good read, definitely different takes on vampires than are normal now. I'd say they're more traditional, but that doesn't really cover it. No explicit sex or gore, although there is plenty of action. Each story is excellent, with the exception of the last, the one by Tanith Lee. If you like her style of writing, it's probably a good one. As usual, I got bored with her word play about 1/3 of the way through. I found all the other stories intriguing, though.
Bark's Book Nonsense
The Vampire Sextette is an anthology that sets out to stray from the same-old tired vampire themes. It accomplishes this goal, the stories are not your run of the mill vampire tales, but only three out of the six thrilled me.

The first story, The Other Side of Midnight by Kim Newman, gets off to a slow start and never fully recovers. It is a mishmash of several elements but is basically the tale of a Genevieve, an ancient female vampire, who spends her time as a private investigator in Hollywood.
Woo Hoo! Finally, vampires written by authors who've been doing it for ages and who are far better than most of the dreck being foisted off these days. These are the kinds of vampires a nosferatu snob like moi have sorely missed. And Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has a story in this anthology? Too sweet!
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S.A. Parham
REREAD. The theme of this collection was vampires and sex, obviously. To be honest, I expected more out of some of the authors listed, but the book was a good read. "The Other Side of Midnight" by Kim Newman was passable, but relied too much on fake news reports to keep my attention (2 stars out of 5). "Some Velvet Morning" by Nancy Collins featured her Sonja Blue vampire slayer character and whetted my interest in finding those books (4 stars out of 5). "Sheena" by Brian Stableford won't qualif ...more
six short stories about vampires. most were good and fun but 2 were only so-so.
good book but found some stories just weird good for a vampire fan
I only got this because Tanith Lee's story is in it.
Just could not get into these stories....
I enjoyed this book.
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