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Blood Lite II: Overbite (Blood Lite #2)

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Putting the fun back into dark fiction, this new collection of humorous and highly entertaining horror-filled tales features sidesplitting stories by such "New York Times"-bestselling authors as Heather Graham, L.A. Banks, and Kelley Armstrong.


Dark Carbuncle • (2010) • shortfiction by Kevin J. Anderson and Janis Ian
Death and Taxes • (2010) • shortfiction by Heathe
Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published September 11th 2010)
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Two of the Elder Gods are sitting around talking about how they maybe shouldn't have killed ALL the humans during the Apocalypse. The one with the carapace-covered head says, "We should have saved some for later."

The one with all the tentacles has his own theory.

"Sure, lunatics make for fantastic prophets and are great at parties but - I think one of his screams is still lodged in my teeth. No, wait," he said, picking at something among the rows of jagged thorns lining his mouth. "It's just a
Lisa Kessler
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun anthology! I haven't read all of the stories just yet, but the highlights so far as Kelley Armstrong's story with Hope and Karl. (my most favorite werewolf from her Otherworld series) They have an exciting evening at the museum with one of the Devil's minions... Whee!

And JA Konrath has a really short story that had a super twist at the end...

The other stories are quick "Bites" of light-hearted horror... :)
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Supernaturals
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Paranormals
One tiny little bite of this and you are ADDICTED!!! I WAS NOT prepared for how much of a little gem of a book this turned out to be, and I couldn't put it down AT ALL...!! Some short tales were kinda cute in their darkness, like "Tails", where humans naturally owned their own tails. They couldn't have them in politics or in business, where a poker face could be revealed by a naturally wagging tail. So they have them amputated as a course of action. Time to stuff that puppy and put it over the f ...more
Read only Kelley Armstrong's short story Lucifer's Daughter, the rest of the authors I've never even heard of.

Hope Adams and her werewolf squeeze Karl Marsten are attending a museum exhibition where Karl inadvertently releases a demon. Mayhem ensues.

The story is about 25 pages, short, cute, funny and with a sweet ending. Hope, naturally, faints a lot.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Lucifer's Daughter - 4 stars

In which Karl's sticky fingers unleash the soul of a demon to wreck havoc on unsuspecting museum guests. *snickers*

If you love Hope and Karl like I love Hope and Karl, this is definitely not one to miss.
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urbanfantasy
Okay, I just bought it for the Hope & Karl story by Kelley Armstrong. Which means I paid $10.89 for that short story.

I don't regret it, either. Enough said.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good collection of short stories, worth a read.
Pam Winkler
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Dark Carbuncle by Kevin J. Anderson and Jains Ian didn't really appeal to me.
Death and Taxes by Heather Graham was funny, and I liked it. It seemed to get a little overcomplicated toward the end, though.
Table for Two by Jeff Ryan was pretty disturbing.
Treatment by J.A. Konrath was nice.
Dead Clown Seance by Christopher Welch was not my kind of thing.
The Day the Devil Swallowed a Heapin' Helpin' of Pride at the Beaulahville Gospel Jubilee by Scott Nicholson was interesting. Overall, I pretty
T.W. Brown
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blood Lite II: Overbite Edited by Kevin J Anderson

Reviewing anthologies is a tricky thing. Reviewing one that consists solely of writers from the HWA…well, it’s not a problem unless you’re a fledgling member wondering how unlikely it is that you come away without alienating somebody. Regular readers of my reviews have come to expect an honest appraisal of the tomes I peruse and wax expositorily about. In plain speak: I don’t pull punches regardless if you are a friend or contributor to my own la
Ariana Carlos
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would give 5 stars to some stories and 4 to others and 3.5 to some.

Not all stories managed to get me engrossed in their worlds while reading, but they were fun and interesting. While this would usually be something I read without putting it down, I think I am now turning toward stories which are more about the plot and the characters than about the way they are written. I just don't seem to care that much anymore about how they are written. Also, I seem to prefer other genres these days.

Why I
Melissa Hayden
With this anthology I'm not going to try to give a short synopsis of each story, as the stories are so short I don't want to give anything away. There are many authors in here I have never heard of, then there are a few I have. These stories were all short segments and great for reading in brief moments when I need a book fix and can't read a whole story. Or even between books.

But as a few of these stories where great fun there where a few that didn't click with me. I have to mention a few of th
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It took me quite some time to work my way through these short stories. It was most certainly not because they were bad...they were all incredibly good! Unfortunately, I had some reviews to finish before I could give all my attention to this one. (Okay, I've cheated. I still have three reviews to do, but soaking in a bath is more conducive to paperbacks than iPads!) I love horror short stories! There's something amazing about the briefness and knowing you can knock off a few quick stories before ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
So I finally made my way through this one. As mentioned before, the people-eating got really tiresome. Let's see..the stories I enjoyed:

Death and Taxes (Heather Graham) was fun. You really can't escape taxes, no matter your state of death.

The Day the Devil... (Scott Nicholson) was just great. The end was a little anticlimactic, but the devil was nicely imagined.

The Halloween War (Brian Hatcher) had promise. The ideals of imaginary monsters vs. the reality-based monsters negotiating for control o
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another great anthology, this time from the Horror Writers Association. The theme for this anthology is dark humor, which is one of my favorites! Dark humor can make even a horrifying subject enjoyable, and some of these stories are so dark that they border on twisted!

Don't think there's a weak story in this collection, but some of them just aren't my taste. I can still appreciate them though, so think this is a great collection! My favorites are Dark Carbuncle by Kevin J Anderson and Janis Ian
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthologies, ebook
Dark Carbuncle by Kevin J. Anderson and Janis Ian is about the rockstar who cant seem to escape his fate even when he is dead - 4.5
Death and Taxes by Heather Graham - 4.5
Table for two by Jeff Ryan - 3
Treatment by J. A. Konrath - 3
Dead Clown Seance by Christopher Welch - 3.5
The Day the Devil Swallowed a Heapin'Helpin' of Pride at the Beaulahville Gospel Jubilee by Scott Nicholson - 3.5
Piecemaker by Don D'Ammassa - 4.5 (Unexpected twist of story)
Good Breeding by Lucien Soulban - 4
Tails - 3
Dog Tri
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anthology
Overall, this anthology has some good, decent, and not so good stories, about par for the course for any short story collection. I give it a 2, thouhg, because precious few of them are actually funny.

Maybe I wasn't in a funny frame of mind when I read this, but only a few stories drew even a chuckle. Some tried way too hard to be funny, and forced humor rarely succeeds. Others went for more of a playful tone or humorous situation rather than laughs, and those stories tended to be very good, jus
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like mild horror stories
Recommended to Julia by: the cover caught my eye
Shelves: vampires
I thought this was a good collection of short stories. Most of them were only a few pages long, so it was easy to fly through them. There are too many stories to go over each one so I will just hit the ones that stood out the most for me.

My favorite was Daycare of the Damned. Whats not to like about creepy kids with weird powers. I would love to see this one expanded on. I also liked American Banshee, Death and Taxes, and Dark Carbuncle. My least favorite story was Table for Two. This one seemed
Shannon McGee
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the second book in this anthology theme. Inside is a collection of short stories that connect fantasy and a little humor.

I think it was a great idea to shoot for a sequel anthology because the first one had a little magic in it’s writing. Some stories from the original still linger in my brain.

After reading and enjoying the first anthology, Blood Lite, I expected not just funny stories in fantasy settings but memorable. Fact is I can only remember one story in Blood Lite II:Overbite an
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were a few short stories that I enjoyed. Kelley Armstrong, as always. L.A. Banks, Allison Brennan and Heather Graham. Lucien Soulban's story was interesting.

Table for Two, though, was the most 'meh' story I've ever read. When I read the end, I grimaced. What was the point of it? I do not understand how some reviewers liked it. At all. (view spoiler)
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful collection of humerous horror stories. My favs would be the Hope and Karl engagement story half demon / were style that involved a loose demonic spirit.

Table for two was very creative. A nice guy takes his disgusting blob of a date to a nice resturaunt with some pretty gross effects.

Tails was also a unique story of humans with tails and all their emotions played out by the movements and raising of this appendage.
Son of a Bitch made me chuckle as the friendly golden retrieve
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology of never before published stories in the unusual genre of ‘humorous horror”. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, demons, ghouls, and assorted monsters- some original- populate the book. As in any collection, the stories are uneven. Some are ironic, some made me laugh out loud, some made me go “Huh?” But it was a perfect, easy to read but engaging companion for a day on the sofa with the flu- although you might want to remember that this recommendation is coming from someone who t ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Either I don't care for horror, or I just don't care for horror writers. "Ooh, I am edgy monster, I use the r-word because I'm SO NAUGHTY!"
"What, there are lots of women in this short story! I mean, yeah, they're unnamed, barely speak, and are almost all reduced to boobs and meat,"
"...what's a non-white person?"

There were exceptions, of course; mainly by the bigger-name authors, ones I tend to read by choice. And of course there were a few clever stories in both this book and the prev
May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really just bought the book for Kelley Armstrong's short story "Lucifer's Daughter". I like that most of the stories are really short and are written by authors that are new to me, but overall most of the stories did not really click with me. It took me almost a month to get through the whole book which is rare for me. If you are a Kelley Armstrong fan I do recommend buying the book for the Hope and Karl story, but otherwise I would pass on the book.
Penny Ramirez
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed the Hope story by Kelley Armstrong - the primary reason I checked this book out. Was entertained by Konrath's VERY short (5 pages) story, and the Kevin Anderson/Janis Ian story about a washed-up rock star who is brought back from the dead by his "true fans" was absolutely hysterical. I may read a few more, but for the most part they're by authors I don't know, and I've got sooooooo much more to read right now!
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'd heard Edward Bryant read his story, "Bad German," and when I heard this collection had it, I just had to check it out. I'm not a huge one for reading the normal stuff classified as horror fiction anymore, but I did have a good time reading this. I liked some stories more than others, but they were all a lot of fun. It's always a good time when a group gets together to perhaps poke a little fun at themselves. It makes for good stories.
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I only read 3 stories out of this one. The story by JA Konrath, was super short and bizarre. Allison Brennan's a quick read about the choices you make. The best was Kelley Armstrong's, a quickie with Karl and Hope, who are some of my favorites of her series. This story took us back to the place where they met.
Jenni V.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Very ambitious to have so many stories in one anthology. I really enjoy short stories, but the majority of these stories were too short (most were under 10 paperback pages). Loved the content of most of them, love the genre of humorous horror, and now have new authors I would like to read more things from.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
As with all short story collections some are better than others and some are crap. Of the authors in this collection,based only on the stories, I'd read a Kelley Armstrong novel, none of the others really made me want to look up more of their work or commit to a longer work, though the Clowns story was kinda great.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Kelley Armstrong's "Lucifer's Daughter" is part of her Otherworld series. This story is narratored by Hope. Any story with Hope has her guy Karl and involves chaos, thievery, and usually demons. It takes place in the same museum that they met at 4 years ago.

L.A. Banks's "Dog Tired (of the Drama)" is about a lonely beta werewolf out with her her alpha female for a night out.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
There were so many short stories in this book. Some were great, some were ok, and some just didn't even rate. I didn't like a couple of the stories in this book at all. They just didn't make sense to me or peek my interest. There were a couple of amazing stories that had some crazy imaginations. Great to pass the time. Many short stories.
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