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Some of Your Blood

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  733 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Named one of the Top 40 Horror Books of All Time by the Horror Writers Association, Some of Your Blood begins with a confidential folder belonging to army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge. Inside this folder are the letters, memos and transcripts for a young soldier named George Smith, a quiet young man with a terrible past and a shocking secret. As Outerbridge conducts Geo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Centipede Press (first published 1961)
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Wow! I loved this book! Let me tell you why.

I always have had a respect and love for older horror stories. I find it fun to read them and then speculate on what modern tales might be based upon these older works. In this case, I can see an even older story (Dracula) within. But what this book does is turn that classic tale upside down. In fact, I don't even consider this to be a true horror story.

This short book, originally written in 1956, is told mostly through letters back and forth between a
Mar 09, 2014 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Child of God.
Shelves: horror
Written in 1961, Theodore Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, is both a unique take on the vampire story (which is damn near impossible) as well a product of its times. But that doesn't mean it's dated. Generally, the story holds up quite well. References to Korea, Masters and Johnson, Havelock Ellis, human sexuality studies, and various breakthroughs in psychiatry keep coming up. And for good reason, since the story of "George Smith," a disturbed American soldier, is basically an unofficial case his ...more
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Apr 11, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bark's Book Nonsense by: Charlene
Shelves: horror
This is an older short story that GR says was first published in 1956. Admittedly, I haven’t read much in the way of classic horror and I wasn’t sure the story would work for me. I guess I was expecting it to be dry and slow. What I found instead was a deeply disturbing story with many images that will linger with me for months to come.

This story is about a soldier who calls himself “George”. George is being held in a crowded military psychiatric ward for assaulting a superior. It seems he’s bee
Charles Dee Mitchell
Theodore Sturgeon wrote some of the best and most formally inventive sf of its day. But remember, Sturgeon's Law states. "90% of everything is crap." This book is by no means crap, but it has a couple of stylistic choices that put it pretty far down on the Sturgeon list as far as I'm concerned.

Letters between doctors, transcripts of psychiatric sessions, journal entries -- these are Sturgeon's nod to Bram Stoker's epistolary construction of Dracula. And it all works well except for a long, narra
Ben Loory
theodore sturgeon has always fascinated me, although i've never really liked any of his books. i love his short story "the man who lost the sea," but the longer stuff always kind of bored me. it always gave me the sense that he'd rather be writing short but felt he had to pad the thing out so he could make some money off it. which, hey, is probably true. and i can't really say that i blame him.

anyway, this book didn't feel that way at all, which is strange because it is transparently padded. it'
4.5 stars. Sturgeon's classic take on the vampire myth as only he could do it. Original, provocative and disturbing.
Cheryl Anne Gardner
I read a lot. I have never consciously sat down to consider the numbers, but I can safely say: It's a friggin' lot. Even while I am working on my own fiction and reviewing for the peeps, I read. I try to keep the idiot box turned off as much as possible in order to get a good 1-2 hours of reading in every night. I think it keeps the brain sharp when it comes to abstract concepts. Reading requires visualization, which requires thinking.

have been asked fairly often, "What do you read besides rev
Randolph Carter
Theodore Sturgeon's brilliantly chilling and plausible twist on the vampire novel. He sheds most of the vampire genre tropes, often thumbing his nose at them in the process: the protagonist's real name is "Bela," his parents are from "Eastern Europe," the novel has a large epistolary content like Dracula, and the army psychiatrist stands in for Dr. Van Helsing, even as he gives us a vampire that requires almost no suspension of disbelief. Its almost as if Sturgeon bet that he could write a bette ...more
Aaron Polson
The book is written in fragments, semi-epistolary. I struggled through the first third because it was a narrative written by a semi-literate man. (the grammar was atrocious)

I'm glad I did. Since I've started writing, I've scared myself with what my mind was able to conceive, but only on rare occasions. Horror fiction doesn't scare me as it did when I was a child--it doesn't make me look around and put the book down and hope everything is going to be okay.

I felt that way again in a couple of pl
Robert Beveridge
Theodore Sturgeon, Some of Your Blood (Carroll and Graf, 1961)

In the world of what we shall call "psychological fiction," for lack of a better term (to wit: that fiction that deals with a person being psychoanalyzed, psychologized, and/or psychiatrized), Theodore Sturgeon's short novel Some of Your Blood occupies a very odd position. It s recognized by the Horror Writers' Association as one of the Top 40 horror novels of all time (despite it being more of a novella) despite not really being a ho
In the 1978 horror movie "Martin," writer/director George A. Romero presented us with a young man who enjoys killing people and drinking their blood, but who may or may not be a so-called "vampire"; the film is wonderfully ambiguous all the way down the line on that score. Seventeen years before Martin skulked through the dreary suburbs of Pittsburgh, however, another unconventional vampire was given to the world, in the pages of Theodore Sturgeon's "Some of Your Blood." (Actually, an apology ma ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
This is a very disturbing book. A backwoods, undereducated kid is raised in a miserable, shabby home with a mean drunk of a father and an abused, arthritic mother. Life is hellish, but it's all George Smith (not his real name) knows. There are days with no food on the table, and days when he hides in the woods to escape his father's drunken rages. His life is so meager and mean that when he is sent to a troubled children's 'prison' for two years for burglary, he feels really pleased with the cle ...more
This isn't the horror novel I thought it was going to be and it's not the "straight crime" novel that the blurb on the front claimed it to be. In fact I'm not really sure how to classify it but maybe I shouldn't worry about it.

There were elements of horror, there's a kind of non supernatural notion of a vampire here, and there are crimes but this doesn't start with the crime and then try to work out who did it, rather it starts with the perpetrator and then tries to find out what it is he did (
Braden A.
It actually took me some time to trule appreciate this book - I had to reflect on it, as well as discuss it with a friend before understand what it really had to offer.

Talk about deceiving cover blurbs - to future readers, this is NOT a horror story. Nor is it the dark tale of a vampire. Vampirism has little to do with the story, which is actually a very human story, about a very damaged man.
While it was short, it was the perfect length for this tale. The author did a spectacular job of presenting the facts for the reader through letters of correspondence (subtly amusing and very interesting), an autobiography (requested by the doctor), and notes on therapy sessions. A really in depth look into the mind of a sociopath, I was fascinated to get to the bottom of his warped sexual deviance, (view spoiler) ...more
Andrew Hudson
FULL DISCLOSURE - quite the opposite of CONFIDENTIAL .

I see a lot of reviews marked up with "disclosure"or "disclaimer" or something similar these days - a note to cover the reviewer's back, because of how they got the particular book in hand. Well, full disclosure: the book in my hand just now came to me not as a review copy (it is over 50 years old, after all) but as a sort of payment in kind.

Lots of small magazines offer their authors a nominal fee - enough to buy a "thank you" drink, th
This book is brilliantly, cleverly, skillfully written. I especially love the whole Arthur Hitchcock this going on at the beginning and end, where the author/narrator (whom you do not hear from the rest of the time) puts in that little nudge, amps it up a bit, draws you in and makes you think about what you just read. Could it be real? How would you like it to resolve? Why? The author must have had knowledge of psychiatric analysis to use it so skillfully to draw out a fuller picture of the main ...more
Wow. Very interesting. Not SF, despite the author and the section of the bookstore where I found it. Not horror, despite the title and the overt Dracula shout-outs (it's written in epistolary/journal form, the protagonist is named "Bela"). Rather, it's what I'd have to call a psychological novel about vampirism, rationalized in terms of mental illness resulting from child abuse. I'd have to say it's a pretty daring book for 1961. Not sure that the metafictional elements add anything (the book be ...more
I started and finished Some of Your Blood in less than a day. Granted it was a short novel, only 143 pages, but it drew me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down. And dark and intense story about vampirism and mental illness, the story is not gory or frightening as much as eerie and unsettling. The main character possesses an almost charming and childlike innocence while unfolding his erotic and violent behavior. Some of Your Blood also managed wry humor and wit to counterbalance the ...more
Greg Kurzawa
Not really a horror story by today's standards of ultra-violence and gore. Because we've been somewhat numbed to the ever-escalating levels of terror in literature and movies (and news) over the past decades, the reveal is hardly as disturbing now as it probably was back in the early 60's, when it was written. In fact, the ultimate act isn't even explicitly stated. Rather, it is so strongly alluded to that the fact of it can't be missed. In that sense, it hardly registers as a "horror" novel, bu ...more
This book starts out innocently enough. No hint that it is a horror story. A young soldier has been labeled as mentally ill and dangerous because, according to the medical officer in charge of the Army's mental hospitals, he punched an officer. The soldier is returned stateside for evaluation, but he and his medical file get lost -- he is found first; the file later. All that is known is that when ordered to visit the officer (as a result of a letter he sent to his girlfriend that the censors tu ...more
First of all, let me say that Theodore Sturgeon is in the upper echelon of all contemporary writers, science fiction or not.

Second, allow me to make a bold statement: This is one of the best vampire novels of all time. (Although, to be fair, "vampire" is a bit of a misnomer here.)

Third, it is one of those rare pieces of literature that continues to replay in your mind, as you rethink what you have read before in a completely different light.

Just get a copy and read it, okay?
Written in epistolary form, this short novel takes an interesting look at the vampire myth. George Smith comes from an abusive home life and his only solace is the forest. As he grows older the orphanage/youth detention center makes him into a man. When he comes home he's ready for a relationship with a girl named Anna. But he is addicted to violence, and it's hard for George to abstain. Part thriller, part horror story, this book is easy to read yet brilliant in execution.
This was read for a book club.

I found the character of George to be fascinating, and I was disappointed at how much time was spent on the therapist's correspondence with others. Many people feel it is integral, but I felt it was just distracting. I really would have preferred for this book to follow a more linear structure so that I could have been immersed in George's life/story instead of being interrupted by the drivel of other nonessential characters.
Бранимир Събев
Джордж Смит е млад, як войник от селски район на Щатите и е, меко казано, особняк. Чувства се най-щастлив, когато броди самичък из гората и ловува каквото му попадне. Проблеми в детството му го изграждат като затворена личност и провокират в него една странна страст. Военният психолог, заинтригуван от уникалния случай, започва да нищи личността на Джордж и да я бели подобно огромна глава лук... или зелка. Какво ли се крие обаче под всичките пластове?
Gregg Bromgard
what a disturbing brilliant book! as a psychologist i found the correspondence between the two psychiatrists interesting to say the least (and also the banter between the two hilarious). i love the way the author presents the biography of the main character and then later fills in the holes. this is not a vampire book!!!! but a book of a sociopath. i must read for those who enjoy dark horror fiction.
This classic tale of murder and psychosis by Sturgeon was a breakout hit at the time of its publication in 1956. Despite the intervening years it is still just as effective in the 21st century. Sturgeon is the master at sleight of hand. While consciously you are reading one thing and coming to one conclusion it is only at the end of the novel that you realize how limited your vision was.
I really liked the book. The form was very engaging. However, sometimes it's just hard to read Sturgeon. It's like having a conversation with a genius. You'll sit there and nod, sometimes you get it, and sometimes you'll just miss a whole bunch of it. The story at the end of this edition, "Bright Segment", was terrific.
Theodore Sturgeon had a real understanding of human psychology. His characters are believable and sympathetic, even when they are also disturbing or even repellent. The difference is that Sturgeon makes you understand the characters and their motivations even as you cringe at what they are doing.
It's hard to describe this novel. A soldier, during some war, strikes an officer, and is thrown in a psychiatric ward. He hit the officer because the officer asked him, "Why do you hunt?" The psychiatrist charged with evaluating him asked "George" to write his autobiography in the third person. George writes a tale of poverty, abuse, and deprivation and his time in the woods hunting to relieve his stress. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. The story is told ...more
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