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Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Stories [Paperback]

Pam Keesey
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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition edition (10 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573440140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573440141
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,682,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text presents a series of stories involving lesbian vampires. It reclaims the vampire as a sensual, homoerotic being, whose female essence has been falsely overwritten by Hollywood images of heterosexual seduction. Revealing a more dangerous and contemporary vision of lesbian sexuality, the book gathers together new fiction that describes the dangers of the darkside of life.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I was introduced to this book a few years ago by a friend, after reading a few snippits i was adamant that i had to have this book for myself. Once I started one story I couldn't put it the book back down, and once that one was finished I had to go on to the next. The collection of short stories have been written with a great degree of passion for them and in them. It is this passion that keeps your imagination totally engrossed in the narrative. The sense of erotic lust and love in this collection mingle wonderfully with that dark erotic side to vampirism without being too gruesome. For me it captured a wonderful sense of desire that until I read the book seemed somewhat out of reach. Each of the stories places vampires -somewhat fictional characters- and lesbians - who definately are not- in everyday situations. It almost reflects the parrallel of vampires wanting to be accepted and being creatures of love and lust just like the rest of us. I felt quite moved by some of the stories, amused by others and completeley captured by all. Dark Angels is part of a collection of two books which also includes Daughters of Darkness. This book also wonderfully written, has the fantasic story of Camilla, a story very old but evocative in it's essence and by knowing how old it is. Daughters of Darkness really captured my imagination as the combination of stories old and new are fantastic, but Dark Angels is somewhat more satisfying (and is one of the reasons why my nickname is now Angel!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of erotic vampire stories 9 April 2004
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm always on the quest for a good vampire novel. I have read my fair share of good vampire books and atrocious vampire books. My favorite are Anne Rice's vampire chronicle series. I first stumbled upon Pam Keesey with her first collection "Daughters of Darkness". I was curious when I saw a picture of Kim Deal reading this book in a local magazine several years ago. When I came across the book, I thought I would check it out. Being a big vampire fan, I am extremely open-minded about this particular subject matter. In this case, I thought the idea of lesbian vampires was intriguing.
I enjoyed "Daughters of Darkness" a lot. A few years later in 1999 when I was still living in another state, I had the opportunity to meet Pam at a book signing for her latest book (at the time) "Dark Angels". This time the stories in "Dark Angels" focused more on vampires while "Daughters of Darkness" focused more on lesbianism. I found myself enjoying "Dark Angels" slightly more. The stores aren't as lengthy as say "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu or "Louisana: 1850" by Jewelle Gomez. I didn't care if the vampires in a lot of these stories weren't your atypical vampire ala Dracula. It gets pretty old reading vampires who just sucks blood and terrorize people. Throughout both books, there is a huge female empowerment theme that runs throughout the stories. For those who have a disdain for feminism or wants vampires to be one dimensional and cartoony Pam Keesy's books aren't for you. For vampire fans who considers themselves feminists, Pam Keesy's books are certainly worth looking into.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not scary. Not erotic. Disappointing. 2 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was the sequel to Pam Keesey's other lesbian vampire anthology, "Daughters of Darkness", which was actually a better collection. Both books, however, suffer from too much lesbian politics and not enough raw eroticism. Maybe that's because Pam solicits her stories from the serious "women's issues" oriented writers who are fine in their way but can't write erotica worth a damn! VAMPIRES DON'T LOOK FOR CONSENTING PARTNERS TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS WITH! They're rapacious and evil and prey on the young & beautiful. These stories could easily be creative & imaginative and incredibly hot... but they're NOT, at least not the majority of them. But if you're looking for an ideological study of feminist lesbian thought, then I heartily recommend you purchase this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read It for the Vampires and Not for the Sex 3 Dec 2010
By Randy Stafford - Published on Amazon.com
All lesbians all the time every story. So this anthology's title is truth in advertising - though a slightly broader definition of vampire is in play rather than the standard bloodsucker. Though a Cleis Press book, this isn't a book of erotica. Not every story has sex and not all the sex is erotic, and the blood comes in the regular and menstrual variety. As a male reader, I almost think I've learned something about female sexuality and some of the things menstruation means to women.

Here's the rundown, in order.

"Wandering", Amelia G - Lesbian makeup artist reunites, after 15 years, with a goth musician. A hot time ensues with ropes and ice cubes. Didn't much care for the smart-alecky tone of the narrator's voice.

"Blood Wedding", Gary Bowen - Effective, sensual erotica of the swirlings about in Victorian society when a pale and beautiful Russian bride shows up.

"Presence", Melanie Tem - Tem is an interesting writer. This is no exception. Not erotic in the least, it's a story, in brief scenes, of an 80 year old woman's life. Death as the ultimate sexual transport, a reunion with old lovers? Senility or literal vampires? Not sure, but I liked it.

"The Countess Visonti", Cora Linn Daniels - Actually this is an excerpt of the 1891 novel Sardia, a Story of Love. Not a bit of sex here but plenty of erotic tension as the young Lulu becomes psychologically subjugated by Sybil.

"Medea", Carol Leonard - Not erotic and full of Goddess mythology nonsense but its fixation on menstruation was fascinating.

"Femme-de-Siecle", Lawrence Schimel - More of a joke story about vampires and diets. Not a lot of onstage sex and nothing erotic.

"The Tale of Christina", Cecilia Tan - An interesting story, another one erotic with little sex. Vampires, here, are not exclusively bloodsuckers but creatures of generalized wanting, self-created and self-damned to an eternity of needing.

"Orphans", Thomas S. Roche - The meeting of two women at the Orphanage goth club is not very interesting, clear, or erotic.

"Cinammon Roses", Renee M. Charles - One of the better stories here, an erotic day at work for our barber narrator who shaves "heads and tails" and her encounter with one particular customer.

"The Bloody Countess", Alejandra Pizarnik - Condensed novel-like account of the original lesbian vampire (according to legend, at least): Countess Erzebet Bathory. Bloody and horrifying and not in the least bit erotic. Seemingly drawn from Valentine Penrose's The Bloody Countess: Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory.

"Daria Dangerous", Shawn Dell - Dyke on a bike and the old plot of sexual desire being pursued at all costs, nigh unto death.

Pam Keesey's introduction is somewhat informative on the various sexually rapacious, lethal female figures of world mythology: lamia, Kali, and Lilith.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic lesbian vampire fiction! 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was awesome. The stories were diverse and exciting, all containing the common thread of lesbian vampires. Many were erotic (though that was not the point of the book), and all had good action in them. If you haven't read this book, and its companion Daughters of Darkness, you're missing out on the best lesbian vampire fiction around.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is ELECTRIC sweaty fiction 12 Oct 1998
By aussies@erols.com - Published on Amazon.com
Each of the tales takes a different slant. My favourite is Medea, very difficult to read on an airliner. The prose is excellent the sex stalks you as does the tiger the deer. The pounce is just as fast.
Highly recommended for the "higher mind"
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