Sunday, February 06, 2011

A Book in Review: Blood Thirst

Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction Edited By: Leonard Wolf
Non-fiction: Classics, paranormal 379 pages
Book Count: 7

This book was published on the 100th anniversary of Dracula by Bram Stoker. It deals with the way vampires were used in fiction since this time by using short stories or excerpts from longer works and divides the book into the different types of vampire stories that have been used. These groups were: classic adventure tales, psychological vampires, science fiction, non-human vamps, comic and heroic vampires. Overall I liked the book. Along with each story there was a brief bio of each author including when they lived and the dates of major works by them, helping you to see when they wrote compared to the other works in this book. The one major area in this book that was less then stellar was the comic section. This was due to 2 issues, one of which was beyond the editor's control. The first issue was that the 100th anniversary of Dracula was 1997 before the current writers of humorous vampire stories were writing/well known. The second issue was the editor believes that Woody Allen is one of the funniest filmmakers in America. Not that it changed the small list of funny vampire stories from well known published author's, but it was a second thing that made me question the editor. (He also worked on the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula which was nothing like Dracula as written by Bram Stoker.) Besides my issues with the small humor section and the editor's taste in movies this book was a great way to see the many types of vampires used in fiction and the way that changes in society and culture change how we see the vampire.

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