The Mammoth Book Of Vampires edited by Stephen Jones, part 2
A not overtly horrific tale of urban decay and unusual vampires.
An over written tale of the long shadow cast by a despicably pragmatic relative.
A vile, awful resentful mobster obsesses over his transcendent new neighbour. This was screechy rubbish and I will judge yesterday’s behaviour by today’s expectations and point out that the late Robert Bloch had sexism issues.
The Legend of Dracula Reconsidered as a Prime-Time TV Special
To begin with let me ask WTF is a radiopager? A would be screenwriter is eaten alive by the TV biz and the overpaid tools that run it. This was good.
“I ain’t that desperate. Yet.”
“I am sporting that “just got attacked in the park” look,”
A short dark poem.
A pulp story from 1932 in which two shipwreck survivors find themselves on a death ship. This was tired and with no menacing characters.
A Week In The Unlife
WTF is a datafax? A vampire hunter goes about his work with an intense presence. This is an okay unnerving tale.
The House At Evening
Two women go a hunting. Creepy.
A woman experiences the malignancy of solitude. Okay.
A couple get lost and make the mistake of stopping at a strange old house for help. Okay.
“So I was merely tied to a tree and flogged.”
Beyond Any Measure
An American in London falls in with a decadent crowd whilst having strange dreams. It all comes together in a tale of death and a twist that is an audacious conceptual preamble. Good.
A tale of a vampire with a twist.
Straight To Hell
A band gets an unholy ‘helper’. Good.
“With a talent for delivering bad poetry with utter conviction.”
It Only Comes Out At Night
A creepy tale of an ill-advised stop at a rest stop. Excellent.
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbo. The IRS investigates why an entire town has stopped paying taxes. This was excellent.
An antique chair leads to a time warp. Mediocre.
A Taste For Blood
A reporter is initiated into an exclusive club. Okay.
The Better Half
A woman meets her old college friend and is shocked by the change in her. This is a chilling tale with a dark ending.