Two-time Bram Stoker Award winner Paula Guran has brought together a diverse selection of toothy tales, all written by female authors, in Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women, which arrives in exactly one week from Night Shade Books.
From the Press Release:
Bram Stoker was hardly the first author in the world to fictionalize the folkloric fangs of the vampire, though with the publication of Dracula in the late nineteenth century, he was responsible for defining the iconic monster. Since then several other authors have had their chance to add to the world of the vampire. And while many men, such as Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and Richard Matheson, are known for their vampiric contributions, there have been just as many female authors who played a vital role in molding and shaping the immortal figure of the vampire.
Over the years, a myriad of women have revealed fresh and revelatory aspects of the vampire, many of which are not often seen: suavely sensual, fascinating but fatal, sexy and smart, undead but prone to detection, tormented or terrifying, amusing or amoral, doomed or deadly, badass and beautiful, cutting-edge or classic… though all with sharp fangs and a thirst for piercing necks.
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (Night Shade Books; 978-1-59780-818-7; May 5, 2015; $15.99) collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn and critically acclaimed writers including Chelsea Quinn Yarbo and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible mark on the vampire genre’s neck. Bloodsucking stalwarts Laurell K. Hamilton, Freda Warrington, and Charlaine Harris are represented as well.
Whether heroes or heroines, bloodthirsty monsters or tragic figures hiding in the suburbs or surviving in the far-flung future, the undead are a lively and varied lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the blood sisters, women writers who know the vampire best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.
Contents (in alphabetical order by author):
• Kelley Armstrong, “Learning Curve”
• Elizabeth Bear, “Needles”
• Holly Black, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
• Pat Cadigan, “The Power and the Passion”
• Suzy McKee Charnas, “Unicorn Tapestry”
• Nancy A. Collins, “Vampire King of the Goth Chicks”
• Storm Constantine, “Where the Vampires Live”
• Jewelle Gomez, “October 1927”
• Laurell K. Hamilton, “Selling Houses”
• Lisa L. Hannett, “From the Teeth of Strange Children”
• Charlaine Harris, “Tacky”
• Nancy Holder, “Blood Freak”
• Nalo Hopkinson, “Greedy Choke Puppy”
• Tanya Huff, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “Shipwrecks Above”
• Nancy Kilpatrick, “In Memory of…”
• Tanith Lee, “La Dame”
• Angela Slatter, “Sun Falls”
• Lucy Snyder, “Magdala Amygdala”
• Hannah Strom-Martin, “Father Peña’s Last Dance”
• Melanie Tem, “The Better Half”
• Catherynne M. Valente, “In the Future When All’s Well”
• Carrie Vaughn, “A Princess of Spain”
• Freda Warrington, “The Fall of the House of Blackwater”
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “Renewal”