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.