Plot: Ellen Daltow and Terri Windling present twenty tales of vampires from some of the greatest authors in YA fiction today. Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and many more offer us, as Datlow and Windling, a collection of vampire stories that you can really sink your teeth into.
Before you dismiss this anthology as just another vampire book, read Genevieve Valentine’s tale of a young jiang-shi, a Chinese vampire, entitled Things to Know About Being Dead. It sets the tone for what is a unique collection of stories that brings fresh blood (if you’ll forgive the pun) to an oversaturated genre. Some of the tales are romantic but most are not; there are stories for all types of vampire fans and some I could not even have imagined (such as Garth Nix’s Amish vampire story).
Some of my favorite stories include The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black about two vampire siblings finding their place in the world, Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci about the friendship between a vampire and a dying girl and The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren about a vampire who brings relief to those who are already dying. But I’d be hard pressed to name a story I disliked. Meanwhile the introduction to the anthology presents a concise and fascinating overview of vampire mythology throughout history and the world.
Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
All Smiles by Steve Berman
Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
Flying by Delia Sherman
Vampire Weather by Garth NIx
Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren
Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci
Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford
Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud
Baby by Kathe Koja
In the Future when All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente
Transition by Melissa Marr
History by Ellen Kushner
The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard
My Generation by Emma Bull
Why Light? by Tanith Lee