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No Sparkles Here: Old-School Vampires

It's that time of year again.  The air is getting colder; trees are shaking off their summer raiment to reveal the skeleton branches beneath.  With each passing day, we lose a few more minutes of precious daylight.  The burgeoning moon is cold comfort to those who already yearn for the vanishing sun.  As the shadows lengthen, the 31 titles of this month's speculative fiction list lie ready to remind you why we should fear the long night.

You won't find any pale-but-sexy, misunderstood immortals in this month's offerings.  No compelling, tall, dark strangers with an unfortunate dietary requirement.  No soulful soulless writhing in metaphysical melodrama, no Byronic brooding.  (Okay... maybe a little brooding.)  No vegetarians.  And most definitely, positively, and categorically: NO SPARKLES.

No, the vampires in these pages are strictly old-school: sunlight is anathema to them.  They never drink... wine.  In the Stygian depths of racial memory, right next to our fear of falling, you will see the red gleam of their eyes.  They are predators, pure and simple; the night is their hunting ground and we are their favorite prey.  They want blood-- warm, fresh, human, RED-- and there is precious little we can do to stop them from taking it.  They are death, and worse than death.  They are hunger, and in a world where we are daily reminded of how fragile life is, they are eternal. 

Keep to well-lit streets, leave your nightlight burning if you like... our cold, artificial fires are no protection against these creatures of the night.

Welcome to the darkness.

Sleep tight.  Don't let the vampires bite.

Poppy Z. Brite.  Lost Souls  (Horror Brite)
Octavia Butler.  Fledgling  (Horror Butler)
Ellen Datlow, ed.  A Whisper of Blood  (Horror Short Stories Whisper)
Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan.  The Strain  (Horror Del Toro)
Tananarive Due.  Blood Colony  (Horror Due)
Mick Farren.  The Time of Feasting  (Horror Farren)
B. H. Fingerman.  Bottomfeeder  (Horror Fingerman)
Barbara Hambly.  Those Who Hunt the Night  (Horror Hambly)
Charlie Huston.  Already Dead  (Horror Huston)
Jasper Kent.  Twelve  (Exp Horror Kent)
Elizabeth Kostova.  The Historian  (Horror Kostova)
Tim Lebbon.  30 Days of Night: A Novelization  (HorrorPbk Lebbon)
Tanith Lee.  Dark Dance  (Horror Lee)
John Ajvide Lindqvist.  Let Me In  (Horror Lindqvist)
Brian Lumley.  Blood Brothers  (Horror Lumley)
John Marks.  Fangland  (Horror Marks)
George R. R. Martin.  Fevre Dream  (Horror Martin)
Richard Matheson.  I Am Legend  (Horror Matheson)
Robert R. McCammon.  They Thirst  (Mystery McCammon)
Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson.  City of Others  (741.5973 Niles)
Marcus Pelegrimas.  Blood Blade  (Pbk-Horror Pelegrimas)
Otto Penzler, ed.  The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published
    (Horror Vampire)
Michael Sims, ed.  Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories  (Horror Dracula's)
David J. Skal.  Vampires: Encounters with the Undead  (398.21 Vam)
Bram Stoker.  Dracula  (Horror Stoker)
Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt.  Dracula: The Un-dead  (Horror Stoker)
Terence Taylor.  Bite Marks: A Vampire Testament  (Horror Taylor)
David Wellington.  13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale  (Horror Wellington)
F. Paul Wilson.  Midnight Mass  (Horror Wilson)
Leonard Wolf, ed.  Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction  (Horror Short Stories Blood)

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