New Blood Anthology Edited by Diane Raetz

New BloodI always love a good vampire story, so when this anthology came up for review, I jumped to read it.

“Like Part of the Family” by Jonathan Maberry is the story of a private investigator hired to look into the odd changes in a woman’s husband. This story was a great start to the anthology. It was descriptive, detailed and very well written.

“By Any Means” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail is a futuristic story of a man turned into a monster to survive. This was a good story with an interesting twist on the vampire theme.

“Tequila Sunset” by Brad Aiken is the story of a woman who brings home more than she bargained for from a bar. This story was very vividly detailed and a delight to read.

“Whispers During Still Moments” by Linda Addison is a story about a vampire who is trying to become human again. This story was detailed and well written. Honestly, I think this short story has the potential to be expanded into an interesting series.

“Holiday’s Bite” by W. H. Horner is the story of a man who works as a mall elf where he finds a woman who changes his life one holiday season. This was a good story with great details and well developed characters.

“Lo’ Pontogo Madness” by T.L. Randleman & Neal Levin is the steampunk story of an adventurer who encounters vampires while seeking a tribe of cannibals. This was an interesting story filled with vivid details.

“Box Lunch” by James Chambers is the story of a newly turned vampire and his quest for acceptance. This was one of my favorite stories in the anthology. I loved the interesting twist and detailed thoughts of the main character.

“Kashrut” by Bernie Mojzes is the story if a woman at a dance club and the older vampire she encounters there. This was a funny story with great characters making it a great read.

“The Vampire Escalator of the Palisades Promenade” by Hildy Silverman is the story of a mall security guard and his battle with an evil escalator. This was a good story with a weird aspect that I thoroughly enjoyed.

“Love and Other Excuses” by Terri Osborne is the story of a young woman who strives for perfection and the choice she is given. This was a very good story with lots of details and endearing characters.

“The View Never Changes” by KT Pinto is the story of a young punk who wakes up in an interesting boarding house. This was my favorite story in the anthology. I absolutely loved the twist at the end.

“Cauterize the Wound” by Jeffrey Lyman is the story of a scientist looking for a cure to a mysterious sleeping sickness. This is a great story. I enjoyed watching as the main character’s perspective expands and changes.

“If at First You Don’t Succeed” by C.J. Henderson is the story of a man in an interesting bar telling an interesting story—I know that is terribly vague, but this is story is filled with interesting characters.

“Tripp’s Raid” by John Sunseri is the story of a man who is turned into a vampire by a scientific experiment. This was a good story with an interesting twist.

“Pig Boy, the Vampire” by Rowena Morrill is the story of a glutton and a junkie. This a very descriptive and very interesting short story.

“Cannibalistically Incestuous Vampire Penguin from Coney Island” by Diane Raetz & Patrick Thomas is the story of… well the title is pretty self explanatory. I loved this story. It was fun and funny and has awesome characters.

This is a delightful and diverse collection of stories that is well organized and a very enjoyable read.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Padwolf Publishing Inc. (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189009644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890096441

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I always love a good vampire story, so when this anthology came up for review, I jumped to read it. “Like Part of the Family” by Jonathan Maberry is the story of a private investigator hired to look into the odd changes in a woman’s husband. This story was a great start to the anthology. …

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2 comments

  1. While I’m not a short story reader, I do love to get a hold of a new anthology as it is a fabulous way to get a taste of new writers. Off to add to my wishlist.

  2. Sounds like some new authors that I will like looking into.

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