BITES – TEN TALES OF VAMPIRES
Copyright: © 2012 Rayne Hall
From Amazon Description:
Are vampires to be pitied for their vulnerabilities, or envied for their powers? How do we know who is a vampire? How do we know what vampires want from us? What if they are expressions of our own forbidden desires?
What if the victims give their blood willingly, in return for a boon? What if they drain from their victims not blood, but something more precious – their courage, their faith, their ability to love?
Is what they offer a fair exchange for what they take? Do you yearn for thrills, for immortality, for everlasting youth? Would you be willing to pay for this with your blood, your life, your soul?
Ten authors probe these questions in their tales. Each story in this book explores a different concept of vampires, a different question, a different danger. To reflect the authors’ individual voices, you will find both American and British words and spellings in this book.
1. TANGLED DREAMS by Liv Rancourt
Sometimes it’s safer to leave history’s secrets alone.
2. REALITY BITES! by Jim Bernheimer
Vampires have problems just like the rest of us.
3. NIGHT TRAIN by Rayne Hall
The train is about to enter a tunnel – and vampires are on board.
4. WINTER FLOWER by Jonathan Broughton
Dark desires unfurl where shadows thrive.
5. IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD by Pamela Turner
Be careful when accepting an invitation.
6. THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN by Debbie Christiana
When you help someone, it may come back to bite you.
7. THE FLEDGLING DOUBT by Lana Bange
What if you’re one moment too late to protect a victim?
8. THE DHAMPIR’S KISS by Carole Ann Moleti
Can any vow survive immortal life?
9. EXILE by April Grey
Death could be just the beginning.
10. WHY I WON’T READ SONG OF SOLOMON by Douglas Kolacki
A vampire may feed off a victim without leaving bite marks on the neck.
I have always been intrigued by undead, mythological, and sea creatures. The stories in this collection explore the different beliefs surrounding one of the undead creatures, vampires. Vampires as we know them have been around for almost 200 years. In that time a lot of superstitions and beliefs have come and gone. Some that have endured are explored in ten short stories are written by the talented authors; April Grey, Douglas Kolacki, Carole Ann Moleti, Debbie Christiana, Pamela Turner, Liv Rancourt, Rayne Hall, Jonathan Broughton, and Jim Bernheimer.
The Night Train written by Rayne Hall was one of my favorite stories in this anthology. As I had traveled alone when younger, I could relate to the young woman traveling alone at night. Not knowing who to trust and wishing for the morning light to come.
I also really enjoyed Exile by April Grey. This story makes you ponder your choices in life. How many of us would ignore the consequences and let ourselves get swept up by the thrills of passion and desire?
Another good read was The Land of the Rising Sun by Debbie Christiana because it brought a humanitarian element to the story. But like many of us with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and food – a vampire’s need for blood is his undoing.
All of the stories are well written by some very talented writers. I enjoyed each one and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a traditional vampire story.
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