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Seize The Night: New Tales Of Vampiric Terror edited by Christopher Golden, part 2

We Are All Monsters Here
A woman engages in a quiet sort of horror as she fights to survive in a post-apoc world caused by vampires. This was commendable, sad, nostalgic and the grimmest.

May The End Be Good
During the Norman Conquest, a disquieting mood covers the ruined land. A cautiously polite monk feels a sense of peril about his life circumstances. This was okay.

Mrs Popkin
A tale of 2 weird families and unfettered horribleness. This was less than it could have been.

Direct Report
A woman’s quest for a job led her into a dark situation. And then she realised her situation was even darker than she thought. This was a good gritty urban tale.

Shadow And Thirst
A man’s father seemingly turns into a vicious madman after a visit to a mysterious tower that has suddenly shown up. This started out good, creepy and Lovecratian raising terrible questions. But the injection of humour and a massive exposition dump detracted from it. Still I enjoyed this and its unhurried pace and its unascertained baddie.

Best Lines:
“Had his father ever verified that what he’d been told was a well was, in fact, a well?”

“Well, that’s reassuring.”

Mother
A frothing-at-the-mouth cryptid hunter wades into a volatile and dangerous situation. Insinuations are made. When you commit aggressive trespass into a monster’s territory, you will regret it. Okay.

Best Line:
“Respectable people don’t believe it, of course.”

Blood
People act wrongly with the greatest vigour. Weirdness doesn’t register on an emotional level. This was not raw, startling, lethal or brutal.

The Yellow Death
A resourceful woman survives, belatedly she realises why. This was okay.

The Last Supper
A vampire walks the earth alone after a plague has wiped out humanity. Okay.

Best Lines:
“Accusatory screams.”

“Carter had seen enough post apocalyptic movies and read enough dystopian fiction that visions of leather-clad punk rock marauders filled her head.”

Separator
Horror in the Philippines. Dull.

What Kept You So Long?
A Swedish trucker is a vampire. Dull.

Blue Hell
An excellent and horrifying tale of human sacrifice.

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Schoolgirl Chums by Peter Glidewell
A tale of a new girl at a boarding school and an evil teacher. This was okay and made into a BBC drama.

St Ursula’s In Danger by Peter Glidewell
A ghost torments the school! Or does it. This was good and was also made into a BBC drama. I never read book 3 ‘Miss Prosser’s Passion’.

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