By Ellen Datlow
When we expect of vampires, immediately the picture arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the sufferer. yet bloodsucking is purely one kind of vampirism. For this brilliantly unique anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned tales from some of the such a lot powerfully darkish voices in modern horror, who conjure stories of vampirism that would kick back readers to the marrow.
In addition to the normal fanged vampires, Datlow offers tales concerning the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and different darkish deeds of predation and exploitation, infestation, and evisceration…tales of lifestyles essence, literal or metaphorical, stolen.
Seventeen tales, by way of such award-winning authors as Elizabeth undergo, Richard Bowes, Kathe Koja, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and Lisa Tuttle will petrify readers. With darkish stories through Laird Barron, Barry Malzberg and invoice Pronzini, Kaaron Warren, and different strong voices, Blood and different Cravings will redefine the fear of vampires and vampirism.
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