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Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror | Kelley Armstrong
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A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO s hit show "True Blood," and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since "The Ruins." Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by "New York Times" bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, "Seize the Night" is old-school vampire fiction at its finest."
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I started this anthology a couple of weeks ago & dipped into it when I was in between books. Editor Golden states his intentions in the introduction of reminding readers how terrifying vampires are. Like all anthologies this collection had strong, as well as weaker, pieces. The number of outstanding & unforgettable stories in this volume really sets it apart. Personal favorites are the opening piece (& at 43 pages the longest) by Scott Smith👇

vivastory "Up in Old Vermont." If you have never read Smith before I think it will send you running for his books, & if you have it'll make you cry out for him to publish more books. Also loved the cosmic horror of Langan's "Shadow & Thirst," vampire as metaphor for modern disease in Lindqvist's "What Kept You So Long?", the quirky narrative voice coupled with sinister creature in Laird Barron's "In a Cavern, In a Canyon" & the upending of ? 1mo
vivastory sympathies in Brian Keene's "The Last Supper." Golden accomplished his goals, & more, in this clever anthologies best consumed in *ahem* small bites. 1mo
rohit-sawant The ones you mentioned are amongst my favorites too. This was a fun antho. Also cool collage! 1mo
vivastory @rohit-sawant Thanks for bringing this anthology to my attention! Speaking of Golden & anthologies, happy publishing day!!! 1mo
rohit-sawant @vivastory My pleasure! And thank you, man! 😀 Means a lot how supportive you always are. 1mo
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Thanks @rohit-sawant for this rec!!! It totally scratched that itch for vicious vampire stories. I liked all the stories in here and there were some new to me authors that I‘m gonna check out. There was a nice variety of story, mind bending, suspenseful, eerie, some even had heart, and others were all action. My favorites were Mrs. Popkin, The Separator, and The Yellow Death. I give it an enthusiastic 5 incisor puncture wounds to the neck!!!🧛‍♂️

LibrarianJen Oooh! I don‘t really like horror but I cannot pass up vampires. 🧛‍♂️ 6mo
Reggie @LibrarianJen get it for Halloween and then read one a night. 6mo
GhostStories @Meredith_From_STL Sounds like something you would like! 6mo
LibrarianJen Good idea! 6mo
rohit-sawant Only now seeing your post! So glad you enjoyed reading the anthology! 🙌🏼 1mo
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#adayinthelife of reader me at work has had enough!!!I‘m gonna have to start taking my breaks and lunches in our office to avoid people just so I can read. The book in front of my face is almost like a beacon telling people I wanna talk. Maybe I‘ll buy one of these partitions. #BeatleMaynia

Sace I hear you! I am constantly amazed how rude people can be. I get interrupted while I'm reading all the time. 6mo
Centique That‘s frustrating 🙄An invisibility cloak would come in handy. Wish I had one to send you! 🧙🏻‍♂️ 6mo
Eggs I can relate-it seems, to nonreaders, that preferring books to chatter is incongruous and socially errant!!!! Such is the nature of the peopley workplace... 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz I used to leave my work place for lunch, drive home, (I'm lucky my work place is close by) then read 😅 When I was a new staff, I tried reading at my work place. Didn't work. Too much interruptions. So I resorted to reading at home hahahaha 6mo
Reggie Lol, thanks @Centique. At this point I‘d settle for a nice nook in the room of requirement. I can‘t wait to hear your podcast episode!! 6mo
Reggie @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Eggs @Jee_HookedOnBookz Unfortunately we can‘t leave work for lunch. There is this security guard who watches sports and he knows I‘m not watching and he still asks,”Did you see that sick play bro?” Lolol I bring the book down from my face and he explains what I missed. Argghhhh!!! Lol I put my book back up only for the cycle to being again in a couple of minutes. He‘s 1 of 3 I try to avoid. They‘re all so nice, but I 6mo
Reggie Just wanna read. 6mo
minkyb Oh...my heart feels for you... 6mo
Reggie Thanks @minkyb!!!! I‘m just being a crabby patty. I can usually knock out 50-100 pgs on my breaks at work but it‘s been rough lately. 6mo
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This short story is called “Mrs.Popkin” and I don‘t exactly know who or what is the vampire in here, yet, but there‘s multiple POV‘s and it‘s all very compelling. This passage has a little of #letitbe and some #dontstopmenow. #BeatleMaynia #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏻 I‘m sure there are some #clues 😉😉😉 #StarTrekSummerMay 😘😘 7mo
Eggs Well done🤗 7mo
rohit-sawant Great pick! This was a fun one, too. 7mo
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Reggie @Cinfhen oooh I see what you did there. Lol 7mo
Reggie @Eggs Thanks! 7mo
Reggie @rohit-sawant I liked this weird, creepy, one. Makes me want to read more by Dan Choan and Lynda Barry. 7mo
Megabooks Yes, there are definitely some clues! 6mo
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This is definitely a #herecomesthesun to save the day kind of vampire short story. In it, Kristen thinks “I can‘t believe #howfarIllgo.” She‘s a librarian, who after a vampire kills her boyfriend on a secluded mountain late into the day, has to spend the night in a dead elk carcass for warmth on some rocks in the middle of a stream. Side note: did you guys know vampires can‘t cross water? I had no idea. #MayMovieMagic #BeatleMaynia

Cinfhen Really??? Like the Wicked Witch of the West??? #WaterIsMyNemesis 7mo
Reggie @Cinfhen I looked it up on the internet, because you know it never lies, but it says that beside sunlight, water in motion is the only other natural vampire killer. Who knew! #vampiresoflitsy are probably pissed about this post. (edited) 7mo
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rohit-sawant This was one of my faves from the collection! 7mo
rohit-sawant Have you read "Paper Cuts," "Shadow and Thirst" and "We are all Monsters here" yet? Those ones really stayed with me. Can't wait to read your review of this. Speaking of, I should get around to reviewing it myself ? 7mo
Reggie @rohit-sawant I‘m up to We are all Monsters here right now, but honestly I‘ve liked all of them except for the firefly interpretation and even then Seanan McGuire still writes the most beautiful 2 paragraph metaphor about the real impending storm and the one we all go through with puberty. Anyways, yeah, Paper Cuts was good. Vampires as books, with a Nazi intersection. It was pretty good. This book is definitely scratching an itch. 7mo
Megabooks I did not know this. I have the tagged book in my #Audible TBR. (edited) 7mo
TrishB I learned that in the Hammer films 😁😁 always good to know. 7mo
Reggie @TrishB I don‘t know why I‘m thinking Terminator but what are the Hammer films? 7mo
TrishB https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammer_Film_Productions the original Dracula films with Christopher Lee scared me so much when I first saw them! 7mo
Eggs Great use of media/books 7mo
gradcat I‘m stuck on vampires not being able to cross moving water...nice little factoid there. 😂 7mo
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About halfway into this anthology and really enjoying it. Love the various creative, and terrifying, takes on vampires. One story in particular did the unimaginable: made books frightening!

DivineDiana Now, that is hard to believe! 😲📚😣 9mo
Ddzmini Is it short stories... how big is the book 📖 9mo
rohit-sawant @DivineDiana Right? Made me glad I was reading it digitally. 😬😅 9mo
rohit-sawant @Ddzmini Yes! It's about five hundred pages and has twenty short stories. 9mo
Ddzmini Great I‘ll add it to my tbr list for some reason I‘ve been reading more Vampire stories 💁🏼‍♀️ 9mo
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Reading some more short stories before hitting the road with an audiobook to head home! #24in48

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Girl, don't get out of the car! Move over and drive away!!!

Yelling at book characters like they can hear you: #booknerdproblems #photoadaynov16

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I wasn't really online much yesterday, so I'll be updating things today. But I did have time to read some short stories! So far, these are really good! Chilling...

TheLondonBookworm Ooooh yes please! 3y
readinginthedark @TheLondonBookworm It's perfect if you want something creepy! Very good distraction for me right now! 3y
TheLondonBookworm @readinginthedark I always want something creepy! Okay that sounded weird but you know what I mean! 😃 3y
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This is one I plan to read based on @ReadingOver50 recommendation. Thanks, @Litsy #ThursTag.

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This was an amazing book. I started reading it. I loved the first story. And the next. And the next. Most of the stories were excellent. The few that weren't excellent were still pretty good. This has to be one of the best anthologies I have ever read.

BeckyLeJ Agreed! It's one of my favorite anthologies as well :) 3y
BookishFeminist Yes please! 💉 3y
readinginthedark Several great writers! 3y
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