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Some of Your Blood

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Named one of the Top 40 Horror Books of All Time by the Horror Writers Association, Theodore Sturgeon's dark and foreboding look at the vampire myth was an instant classic when it was originally published. Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge receives a confidential folder containing the letters, memos, and transcripts for a young soldier named George Smith--a quiet young ...more
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Lyn
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wayne Barrett
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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Steve
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Child of God.
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 ...more
Bark
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bark 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
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Tom LA
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nancy Oakes
Sleepless nights are perfect for reading and since this book was close at hand, and because I couldn't fall asleep last night, I started it. Then after reading the first few paragraphs, I got up, went downstairs with pen & notebook in hand because I knew this was going to be something intensely different than normal and notebook-worthy, and sat and read slowly for hours before I absolutely had to stop. Then I picked it up again today and finished it.

I have to digest what I've just read
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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 ...more
Randolph
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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,
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Ben Loory
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Short novel told through letters, interview transcripts and a "diary" of sorts, about a patient in a VA mental ward. Lots of psychology and disturbing confessions. This novel by Sturgeon was published in 1961 and is similar to Matheson's I AM LEGEND in taking a modern, scientific approach to an old horror tale. There is some pretty disturbing stuff in this book, considering the year it was published. It's an example, for me, about what "genre" writers were doing while the mainstream lit crowd ...more
Tom Mathews
Horror? I'm not so sure. Mystery? Maybe a bit. It's hard to stick a label on this book but I can say for sure that it is a very unsettling story.
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
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
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Alondra Miller
Review to follow.

I will have to think about this one
Chris
Feb 29, 2016 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
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Jim Dooley
Theodore Sturgeon's SOME OF YOUR BLOOD suffers from the DRACULA syndrome. That's not to say this is a vampire story. It isn't. However, DRACULA was primarily written in a journal format ... and while that should provide closer access to the thoughts of the characters, it also kept the story more at arm's length so that I was less involved.

Sturgeon's book is comprised of documents. Most of these consist of a large journal entry and various psychiatric reports. In a way, it unfolds a bit like the
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Sandy
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Brandon Petry
A classic for a reason. I will not summarize the plot because the sooner you go into this cold the better I think your enjoyment will be. This was listed in HWA top 40 Horror Novels some years ago.

I will say that you might like this if, like me, you love stories made up of found documents. This one has memoirs, letters, transcripts of interviews, case studies etc which add a layer of plausibility and voyeurism to the mystery. This coupled with the clear amount of research that went into the
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Aaron Polson
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Riju Ganguly
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books which just can't be reviewed. Anything that a reader tries to say about them either becomes spoiler, or turn out to be more of self-exploration than actual assessment of the book.
THIS is one such book.
I can only say two things:
1. The Millipede Press Edition does justice to this book. In it, Steve Rasnic Tem candidly describes how disturbed he had felt, once he had read this book. I can feel it. Even in these days when humanity surpasses bestiality in its treatment of fellow
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Emlymom
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Simon
Sep 17, 2013 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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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.
Glen Engel-Cox
I greatly admire Sturgeon’s writing, but this novel, ostensibly a mystery, is not a highlight of his career. It has a certain fame because of the taboo nature of its subject material, which I will not reveal here—not for reasons of prudishness, but because if you ever wanted to read this novel yourself, knowing the subject is a horrible spoiler. For that matter, the title is also something of a spoiler, akin to Brian W. Aldiss’s Non-Stop.

What I did find interesting about the book was its method
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Jamie
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timeless, creepy tale masterfully told by Theodore Sturgeon. Not really a vampire story as such, as I had believed, but perhaps more what I would think of as a psychological thriller than horror or fantasy.
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
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Ash
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aric Cushing
This novel is stuck in the VAMPIRE fiction category, which it definitely is not. Very little horror involved, although (perhaps) for the 60's (when it was published), it might have been shocking. The reader guesses the result of the novel far in advance, and most of the text is mired psychiatric jargon regarding personality disorders and sociopathic behavior. The ending builds and answers most questions, but this feels like a sketch for a more 'planned' novel, than the actual finished novel that ...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 ...more
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