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Many Bloody Returns (Vampire Files #11.25 (Grave-Robbed))

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  12,647 Ratings  ·  529 Reviews
Never-before-published vampire stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and many others.

Suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous-these all-new stories will ensure that readers never think of vampires (or birthdays) in quite the same way again.

In New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris's "Dracula Night," Sookie Stackhouse
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Ace (first published September 1st 2007)
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dracula Night is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Eric invites Sookie to celebrate Dracula Night at his nightclub, Fangtasia. Dress-code cocktail wear, so she buys a new dress, pink with sequins. She’s quite amazed at Eric’s almost groupie-like hope that Prince Dracula himself might grace their humble club, and consequently, his judgement is a little off. But Sookie has her finger on the pulse, and takes the necessary action, although th ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I love these Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance anthology mashups focusing on themes. I have now read the one with weddings (My Big Supernatural Wedding), now here we are with birthdays.

Charlaine Harris opened the anthology with a Sookie book (be still my heart.) Oh my, Dracula Night was SO much fun. It was a delight to read an old-school style Sookie story with Eric there in all his original glory, before Harris decided to flatten with a hammer into a one-dimensional toon. Plenty of Sookie detail
Overall, I'm giving Many Bloody Returns three stars, but that's for the general quality of the three stories I read, the value of the theme, and the collection of popular authors. Since all of these stories seem to be set in continuing series, I only read the ones for series I read, since these are unlikely to be good introductions.

Reviews of the stories themselves:

Charlain Harris contributes a rather mediocre Sookie Stackhouse story set on Dracula's Birthday. The story is passable, but it revol
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm not nearly as "into" vampires as I once was- Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton pretty well cured me of THAT phase... Blech. However, I was hunting for more Dresden Files material, since I've read all the books and am between series, and this book popped up on my search. There are a lot of interesting stories in here. Unfortunately, many of them kind of blur together at this point, which is the problem when one reads a lot of short stories in a short amount of time. I'll review what stuck out ...more
I wasn't as thrilled with this as I thought I'd be, but it wasn't bad. It mostly interested me for the new talent. Several short stories were by authors who normally don't write in the genre & I found them to be the best. I won't go into all the stories, but hit some of the high points.

Since the TOC isn't listed in the blurb, here it is:
Introduction: A Few Words by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P.
Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris
The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden
13 stories in this anthology have a theme in common - vampire birthdays. I didn't really read the entire book, simply because after a few failures I realized that I rarely like anthologies and only enjoy the stories written by the authors I know. Therefore out of 13 short stories published in this book I read only 2.

"Dracula Night" by Charlaine Harris - a Sookie story about Eric's party in honor of Dracula's birthday. In one word, disappointing. While I enjoyed some insight in vampire tradition
Sep 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
What a letdown :( Craving more from Charlaine Harris I picked this one up because of the Sookie/Pam/Eric story. Unfortunately, even that wasn't as good as I expected. Without giving away specifics or spoilers, let me just say that at the climax of the story, Sookie acts very out of character. In fact, the vampires act out of character, too. Although I enjoyed the brief trip to Harris' Bon Temps and Shreveport, I was left feeling ripped off. I mean ~ I sort of enjoyed Harris' story because I alre ...more
I should not buy urban fantasy anthologies anymore because most of them - like this one - are an overpriced jumble of seemingly cast-off chapters from paranormal or urban fantasy series. Some well-known author or editor has some time to spare in between series' installments and is asked to use his or her name for a speedy publication of left-over ideas and writing exercises. Reading this collection especially feels like watching the bonus material of some blockbuster on DVD or like reading a few ...more
Emily Seelye
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, vampires
I bought this for the Sookie Stackhouse novella. Ended up reading and liking most of them.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bunch of well written short birthday-related vamp. stories from some great writers.
The Flooze
Enjoyable anthology, with several solid contributions-some of which have encouraged me to check out new writers.

Harris: Dracula's birthday party, hosted by Fangtasia. I love anything Eric-related. Pam continues to be the funniest character of the series.

Golden: Eastern European folklore brings a twist to a 16 year old's life. I like Golden, but I think the story would've been better had we seen more of the character post-"big reveal".

Crider: Teenage vampire tells his tale. Trite. Ends very abrup
Becca Kay
I enjoyed the stories in this book, but I primarily read it for Charlaine Harris' contribution because I'm in love with Sookie Stackhouse, which I think draws a lot of readers to this selection, so I'll focus my review on that. It was a great story and exactly what I needed to hold me over while I acquired the next novel in the series. It left a lot to be desired, which isn't necessarily a strike against it because what was desired was a new novel.
Althea Ann
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
A vampire needs to kill at least once every year in order to live. But this one year, Cassandra duCharme (really?) cannot bring herself to do it.

This story would've been greatly improved by at least some hint of the reasons behind the main character's troubles - as it stands it's just an inconclusive, random-feeling episode.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars really. A couple of the stories were reasonable but the majority were lacklustre and just teen vampire romance type stories. I can't recommend it to you all except to say that if you were stuck in a cabin in a snow drift and it was the only book around, well .....
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This anthology required authors to write a short story themed around vampires and their birthday (whether it be the day they were born as a human or re-born as a vampire). I've had this one sitting around for years, only bought it because it had a Cassandra story from Kelley Armstrong. And now, several years later, I unearth it and go 'Oh! A sookie stackhouse story is in here too!' and then just kept reading. It's amazing, I never thought I'd gotten so bad at shunning authors just because it eve ...more
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dracula Night is book 4.1 in the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris. In this story, Sookie receives an invitation to Dracula Night at Fangtasia. (view spoiler) ...more
Morgan Dhu
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Keiner, is a vampire anthology with a twist. The theme that ties them all together is the idea of birthdays - birthday parties, birthday gifts, public or private ways of commemorating birthdays.

I picked this anthology up because it had a Henry Fitzroy story by Tanya Huff (Blood Wrapped, in which Henry and Tony hunt monsters and debate what to give Vicky for her 40th) and a Garnet Lacey story by Tate Halloway aka Lyda Morehouse (Fire
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This anthology is dedicated to Joss Whedon. = )

Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris - enjoyed the Sookie tale

The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden - odd story with a uniquely interesting concept that didn't make as much sense as it could have

I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider - boring and seemingly pointless

Twilight by Kelley Armstrong - interesting twist to vampire lore, enjoyable read, makes me want to read her novels

It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher - enjoyable Dresden tale with
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of any of the authors featured, urban fantasy fans
This was a great mix of authors, each of whom had their own take on the vampire mythos. Of course, my favorites were the stories featuring familiar chararacters, like Charlaine Harris' Sookie story, "Dracula Night," and Jim Butcher's "It's My Birthday, Too." I also found a few new authors, as well. I definitely plan to check out Tanya Huff's Smoke series, since I really enjoyed the the interaction of the characters in her offering in the anthology, as well as Tate Halloway and Jeanne C. Stein, a ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Oddly enough (as the Sookie series is one of my most favorites), the story I liked the least was Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris. The whole premise was so out-of-character for Eric it was silly. Eric has a bad case of hero-worship to the point of being fooled by an imposter? Ridiculous. And it reads even worse. That said several stories were very enjoyable. My favorites included It’s My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher (never read anything of his before but you can bet I will now), Grave-Robbed by ...more
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
2 Stars:
Fun short stories staring some of our favorite characters. Very entertaining.

I didn’t like the book. However, the characters were borderline from unlikable to a few exceptions the plot was a bit poor. The writing was poor at worst and bad at best. I developed some interest in the book but not enough to sustain me. If part of a series, at least one thing peeked my interest to continue. Even though the plot was uninteresting, not original or unique in any way and contained an overload of
I've wanted to "try out" some of the authors in this colletion of short stories and I thought this would be a good way to do it. There were no stories which I didn't like but I had come across two in other anthologies. I'll probably not read any more of some of the authors included in this, but that's just due to personal taste and not a refl;ection of the quality of their writing. I did think there was a slightly odd balance of stories though. The majority appeared to be about vampires in one f ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I liked about half of the stories in this collection of short stories. The ones that really stick out in my mind as ones that were really enjoyable are: It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher, Grave-Robbed by P.N. Elrod, and The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine. I also liked, Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris and I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider but they weren't so good that I would seek out more stories by them. The rest were just "ok" or down right bad.

The narrator's wer
Jessie Harrell
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I found this collection of short stories fun and easy to read. I could finish most in about 1/2 hour, which made them perfect for the gym or pre-bed. Never up too late turning pages b/c I couldn't stop in the middle of what I was reading. Not all of the stories are created equal, of course, but I enjoyed the variety of different takes on the 2 common themes of vampires and birthdays.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I only read the section by Charlaine Harris, to be quite honest. I didn't really want to dig into other "vampire" authors until I've maybe read more of their stuff. And I was semi disappointed that each chapter was so short, I think less authors with longer short stories would have been more enjoyable.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This anthology contains 14 stories from famous authors that mix vampires and birthdays. Some of my favorite stories were the funny ones, such as "I Was a Teenage Vampire" by Bill Crider, and the mystery ones, such as "Grave-Robbed" by P. N. Elrod. Of course, I really enjoyed the funny mystery "How Stella Got Her Grave Back" by Toni L. P. Kelner, which was the perfect ending to the collection.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Sookie 4.3

Dracula Night basically encapsulates everything that we all love about Eric--his boyishness, mischievousness, humor, and authoritativeness--all in one short story. It's a bit far-fetched that the Eric we know and love could allow himself to be even momentarily hoodwinked in such a manner, but overall, it's just adorable.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2007
This is a fun collection of short stories from some amazing fantasy authors. I must confess that I did not read it all but I read a good many and really enjoyed the side stories of some of my favorite characters.
Sammy Loves Books
This was a compilation of short stories. I read "Dracula Night", which was a short story from the Sookie Stackhouse series. This story was all about Pam, Eric and Sookie getting ready for Dracula's birthday party!It was very cute.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
As a rule, I don't usually end up liking most of the stories in these kinds of books, but this is an exception to that rule. I was entertained the entire way through. No, not all of them were great, but I enjoyed the vast majority of them.
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Kelley Armstrong 2 13 Nov 23, 2012 07:05PM  
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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