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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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Lyn
Oct 18, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
A dark and creepy novella.

Theodore Sturgeon’s 1961 psychological thriller reminds me of the films Birdy (Alan Parker 1984) and Vampire’s Kiss (both featuring Nicholas Cage) because of the subject matter; but this never goes over the top and Sturgeon’s great ability to produce an understated and minimalistic page-turner is in rare form. Presented in epistolary novel form, written as a series of documents – was this a tribute to Bram Stoker?

This is also reminiscent of the The Great God Pan in its
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Char
Jan 25, 2014 Char rated it it was amazing
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
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Steve
Mar 08, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
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
Wayne Barrett
Sep 16, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it

Big George didn't have fangs, nor did he sleep in a coffin. But big George did like to drink blood. It is discovered by an Army psychiatrist that this soldier has some serious issues and that he has a deadly past. George had an abusive, drunken father and developed an unnatural taste for blood from his mama's breast. Aside from this upbringing I get the feeling that Big George was probably still going to grow up a few clowns shy of a full circus, but the overall combination was one that created
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Apr 07, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bark's Book Nonsense by: Char
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
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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
Randolph Carter
Sep 12, 2011 Randolph Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fiction, owned
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Tom Tabasco
Jan 08, 2013 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing
Superb work. Like any other novel by Theodore Sturgeon that I've read, this is a literary masterwork, original, dark and deeply unconventional. Sturgeon wrote more with his guts than with his mind, and he was able to create dream-like stories that spoke straight to your subconscious, whether simply weird dreams or flat-out terrifying nightmares. However, he never lost a great sense of balance, an elegance in his writing, and a sense of beauty.

Sturgeon has often been expressing his annoyance with
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Ben Loory
Mar 30, 2011 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
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'
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Apr 02, 2011 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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
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Stephen
4.5 stars. Sturgeon's classic take on the vampire myth as only he could do it. Original, provocative and disturbing.
Cheryl Anne Gardner
May 07, 2009 Cheryl Anne Gardner rated it really liked it
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
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Brian
Feb 04, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
Almost everyone has Citizen Kane forced on him by a film buff, and almost everyone has the same reaction: "What's the big deal?" To appreciate how groundbreaking it was, you'd have to watch a month's worth of other films from the period. Citizen Kane's hype only makes sense after you've almost forgotten what modern movies look like.

Novels like Some of Your Blood suffer the literary equivalent of the Citizen Kane effect. A groundbreaking, chilling thriller in its day, in the Twenty-Teens it look
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Sandy
Oct 18, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
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
Robert Beveridge
Jan 22, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
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
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Aaron Polson
Jul 01, 2009 Aaron Polson rated it it was amazing
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
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Emlymom
Jun 30, 2010 Emlymom rated it it was amazing
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
Raeden Zen
Slow start but it gets better; try to stick with it. Though I liked the story, I'm not sure I'd include SOME OF YOUR BLOOD among the top 40 horror books of all time.
Ash
Feb 13, 2015 Ash rated it it was amazing
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
Simon
Sep 17, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (
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Derek
Apr 09, 2009 Derek rated it it was amazing
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Braden A.
Feb 14, 2008 Braden A. rated it really liked it
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.
David
Aug 24, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Solid story. Fucking harrowing and anxiety-inspiring... Is that Freudian "angst" the thematic linchpin of an good horror story?
Andrew Hudson
Dec 15, 2014 Andrew Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, reviewed
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, t
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Bev
Anthony Boucher says (on the front cover of my edition): "...his first straight crime novel. Plausible and fascinating...one of the season's most absorbing."

I hate to disagree with Anthony Boucher, but a straight crime novel is not how I would describe Theodore Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood. Is there crime in it? Sure--although you won't really know it until the end. But there is nothing "straight" about this twisted story of the sociopathic psyche of "George Smith." This book really lives in th
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Chris
Feb 29, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I'd been looking for a copy of Some of Your Blood for a while now: I noticed that Amazon had it for a dollar recently, in Kindle format, but I hate paying for digital books - so I kept looking. Turns out, I wasn't exactly stumbling over piles of Sturgeon books anywhere. There are all kinds of first editions and collectors copies hanging out at Half Price Books, and a few collections of stories at Barnes and Noble, but damnit, I only wanted this one fucking story.

I ended up buying a mouse-chew
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LindaJ^
Apr 13, 2015 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, horror
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
Graham P
Aug 08, 2011 Graham P rated it really liked it
One could blurb this short novel, 'If William Faulkner penned 'Dracula', this would be that book' - and in some ways, I'd have to agree. Sturgeon crafts a diligent, experimental study of vampirism, not of a vampire. There are no gothic trappings, no castles, virginal damsels in distress - nor are there any sexual-romantic idlings, which seem to be the mainstay of vampire fiction and film today. The story does take some from the Stoker novel by using a method of telling the story via letters betw ...more
Greg Kurzawa
Aug 27, 2015 Greg Kurzawa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2015, ebook
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
Lee
Jul 24, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is considered one of the godfathers of contemporary science fiction and dark fantasy. The author of numerous acclaimed short stories and novels, among them the classics More Than Human, Venus Plus X, and To Marry Medusa, Sturgeon also wrote for television and holds among his credits two episodes of the original 1960s Star Trek series, for which he created the Vulcan m ...more
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