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Vampires Don't Sparkle!

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or woul
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Published March 15th 2013 by Seventh Star Press (first published March 12th 2013)
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Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The introduction to this book, written by editor Michael West, starts out with the following…

”The 1988 concert film Rattle and Hum opened up with a familiar sounding tune. Lead singer Bono took the microphone in his hand and announced to the crowd, ‘This song…Charles Manson stole it from the Beatles. We’re stealin’ it back.’ And the band then produced to rock a huge arena with their amazing rendition of Helter Skelter

...he then goes on to say…

”Stephenie Meyer stole the vampire from Bram Stoker.
Michael West
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My first time as editor on an anthology. And what an anthology it is! Some of the best writers working in Horror and Dark Fantasy today have each brought their own unique spin to the vampire. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to help fight cancer. If you love your bloodsuckers dark, animalistic, and above all, scary, this is the book for you!
Are you surprised I am reviewing this? Really? Well than you are new to Kriss’ world because in my world, vampires… THEY DON’T SPARKLE!!! I will hold back because there are tons of new readers this week and promise to keep most of my normal diatribe free of my colorful vocabulary.. promise. On that note, vampires were the first monster my father handed me in a book and my grandmother had me watch with her in a movie and have always terrified me. I mourn for the terror they used to bring into our ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
See my full review at Bitten By Books:

Vampires Don’t Sparkle! is a collection of stories that have one thing in common: they all highlight the good old-fashioned vampire. The vampires here are evil, wicked, and glory in all the blood they can. There are no creatures that regret their existence, pine after mortals, or limit themselves to subsist on animal blood. These are the vampires of old, the vampires that make us humans crave the daylight and fear the
Shan Winslow
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology and the fact that it took the vampire myth back to its horror roots, as well as adding some new flair to these creatures of the night. Not all of these stories are about the vampire that many have come to know and that's a good thing. If you're into vampires and/or looking for something fresh and new in the horror genre, check this one out and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Out of 15 stories, I'm sure there is something for just about anyone.
Michael Smith
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is an awesome book. Each story was a completely different take on vampires and each one was creepy and scary in its own way.
Robin Blankenship
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a throwback to old school vampires as they should be. They are evil, scary and bloody. I knew Michael West would pick awesome tales and he did not disappoint. All the stories were very readable and enjoyable. My favorites from the group were “Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon,“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer, “A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus and “Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan. This book is not for the Twilight fans this is for fans of horror and of Vampires the way they were m ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This anthology of vampire stories is coolly scary and entertaining, ranging from convincingly traditional to jarringly modern, through everything in between. A fantastic old-fashioned and wholly new Curtain Call from Gary Braunbeck leaves readers haunted as the last page closes, while petty thieves and the depressed bereaved share intervening tales with horror, humor, mystery and fun. Two stories that truly stand out for me are Douglas Warrick’s terrifying Rattenkonig, for its haunting sense of ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it took me back to the roots of where vampire stories started. Back to where vampires are creatures that have no soul and are meant to be feared rather than befriended or fallen in love with.
None of these stories have vampires that mourn their old existence or crave the company of humans to try and remember what life used to be like. Every creature in this book is evil and heartless and meant to be feared, just the way vampires
Craig Rettig
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
As with all anthologies, there are going to be stories you enjoy more than others, but the majority of the stories in this book were enjoyable and a refreshing return to actual horror stories involving vampires.

Because some of the proceeds of the book's sales go towards cancer charities, this is definitely a worthy book to add to your collection.

On second thought... maybe not if your name is Bella.
G.A. Miller
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting collection of stories, some better than others. One with Bram Stoker taking center stage (literally) in a unique spin, and one about Dracula's "Wee Winkie" that goes beyond "too much information" to "what the hell is this author smoking?"

More of a 3.5 rating than a 4, but we don't have divisions available.
"Skraeling" by Joel A. Sutherland and "Dracula's Winkee" by Gregory L. Hall were 4 star reads, the rest of stories were 3-star ish. The whole book is definitelly worth reading though.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Funny and inventive. And not at all cute or filled with angst and unrequited passion.
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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indiana ...more