Vampire Stories from the American South

Vampire Stories from the American South Few parts of America are as historied as the South so it s no surprise that many southern horror stories feature the long lived vampire Vampire Stories from the American South is a feast of fear for

  • Title: Vampire Stories from the American South
  • Author: Lawrence Schimel Martin H. Greenberg
  • ISBN: 9780760791219
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Few parts of America are as historied as the South, so it s no surprise that many southern horror stories feature the long lived vampire Vampire Stories from the American South is a feast of fear for lovers of vampire fiction, offering a dozen tales in which insatiable vampires prowl plantations and scour the bayous in search of mortal blood.Spanning settings that range fFew parts of America are as historied as the South, so it s no surprise that many southern horror stories feature the long lived vampire Vampire Stories from the American South is a feast of fear for lovers of vampire fiction, offering a dozen tales in which insatiable vampires prowl plantations and scour the bayous in search of mortal blood.Spanning settings that range from Virginia to Louisiana, and from Florida to Texas, these stories feature creatures of the living dead that are haunting incarnations of local color and folklore unique to the southern states Some of those raised here include a blood drinking monster of the Mardi Gras in Susan Shwartz s The Carpetbagger femme fatale who stalks the Civil War battlefields in Manly Wade Wellman s The Cursed Damozel an Elvis Presley immortalized by than his music in Tracy A Knight s Blessed By His Dying Tongue The South rises again in these eerie tales of the supernatural, and the shape it takes is sure to bring a chill on the most sultry southern summer night

    One thought on “Vampire Stories from the American South”

    1. Bad book. Bad, bad book.Apparently, this was the opening in what was supposed to be a series of regionally-centered short stories about vampires. For all I know, the series worked out just fine. But from the evidence of this book, the editors didn't care very much about it.The first insult is the introduction, which trots out every known cliché about the South in two pages. Tied to the past, wrapped up in the civil war, plantations and magnolias. And yet, somehow, the introduction manages not t [...]

    2. A few interesting bits interspersed among genre cliches, trying desperately hard to be edgy. Mostly seem to be written by people whose only exposure to the American South came from watching Gone with the Wind and Deliverance. A few flickers of stomach-turning misogyny just for spice.I added a star back for "The Silver Coffin" - the oldest piece in the book, I believe - and "The Cursed Damozel". "Blood Kin" was nice and eerie, too.

    3. A collection of short vampire stories that all take place in the American South. Nothing groundbreaking and full of clichés.

    4. This anthology includes 12 vampire stories set in the south. Being a southerner myself, I thought this would be a neat little read. Honestly, I only enjoyed about half (maybe less) of the stories. The short stories included in this anthology are:*The Carpetbagger (Louisiana) by Susan Shwartz*Claim-Jumpin' Woman, You Got a Stake in My Heart (Georgia) by Esther Friesner*The Silver Coffin (Virgina) by Robert Barbour Johnson*Like a Pilgrim to a Shrine (Florida) by Brian Hodge*The Cursed Damozel (Ten [...]

    5. Lots of uncaught typos and errors and very distracting giant capital letters at the beginnnings of chapters, but solid collection of stories. I noticed one was recycled from Vampire Detectives, which is a little annoying. Above all I was pleased with these, especially with "Claim-Jumping Woman You've Got a Stake in My Heart" by Esther Friesner, which I originally read 20 years ago in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. It was my all-time favorite short story from the years I subscribed, and I [...]

    6. A middling collection of vampire stories. Some were--of course--more creative and enjoyable than others. And the American South is--of course--an excellent setting for vampire lore. Still, I was hoping for more. Vampires make for such great stories; it's a shame this collection didn't boast better ones. The editors, too, have much to answer for, as the text has more than its fair share of typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes. Still, it's not a bad way to pass the time while traveling, s [...]

    7. Thanks to my dear daughter-in-law, Jamilyn, this book appeared on my doorstep last week. We had talked about the "sparkily" vampire stories that are all the rage and how they do not compare to the real vampire tales. I enjoyed the short story format. The variety was also excellent. Some were very imaginative (Elvis wanted to live forever, so) but some were very graphic. Still--better than the fluffy, so called vampires that are popular. A little too intense for a junior high library though, so t [...]

    8. This took me a lot longer to read than I thought it would.I liked it but some of the stories were really long and seemed to drag in places.I like the re-imaginings of vampires for some of the stories. Vampires that can be in the sun and don't have fangs but still drink blood. Vampires that feed off of energy and can be in the sun. I just really like vampires. Because vampire stories have fascinated me ever since I was a child. But it was fairly enjoyable.

    9. While it wasn't the greatest anthology of vampire based stories, it was a refreshing break from the overabundance of "fluffy bunny" vampire fiction that's grown abundant, though there are bits that leak through. The attempt at capturing local dialects was delightful. Fewer tourist based stories would have been nice in an attempt at grabbing local color. All in all, neither a great nor an awful read.

    10. This book is okay. I did not love a lot of the stories in this book and felt that they were borderline paranormal romance. At least half the stories in this book are fantastic and well worth the price I paid. I will admit that I purchased this book used and did not have to pay the MSRP, so if you can find it the same way it's worth a few bucks.

    11. My parents got me this for Christmas and it is a worthy addition to my growing collection of vampire books. I love the Southern Gothic genre and this is a great representation of it! Fun stories, well told, and engaging.

    12. I love both horror and short stories, so I had hoped this book would be a win. Unfortunately, the stories in it were poor choices. The only reason it gets more than one star is the inclusion of Carrion Comfort, the only good story in the book.

    13. Like any anthology, this had some interesting stories and some that didn't work out. I liked the Southern flavor, but most were not scary enough for my taste. If you are a fan of the vampire genre, it's worth a read, but only after you've exhausted the works of Anne Rice.

    14. I just enjoyed it. There were a few stories that left me wanting, such as The Silver Coffin, The Cursed Damozeley could have been so much more. But, the new vs. ancient view of the absurd with Dracula and Kraekenfun!

    15. This book was just ok. The only reason why I finished it so quickly was because I was stuck at a gas station for 5 hours and nothing better to do.

    16. Some of the stories are weaker than others, but most of them are fantastic. I do love me some vampires, and revisiting the Lowcountry via these works was a pleasant treat!

    17. I enjoy vampire stories. It is one of my guilty pleasures. I really liked some of these stories and some of them were kinda silly. I still think Victorian vampire stories are the best though.

    18. Well chosen anthology. Would recommend to vampire fans and anyone looking for a slightly different view of the vampirt mythology.

    19. Terrible collection. Really the worst vampires stories I have ever read. I couldn't even bear to finish the book.

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