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Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories

Vampires Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Stories [Kindle Edition]

Scarlette D'Noire , Karen Dales , Kurt Kamm , Elita Daniels , Carole Gill , J.B. Stilwell , Laura Enright , Terri Reid , Fiona Skye , Bertena Varney
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Vampires! Sixteen authors give you a glimpse into the dark worlds of lost love, murderous rage, and undeniable sex appeal where deadly quests and blood lust spanning centuries of time reign supreme. Explore some of the most unique vampires to exist on this side of the grave. Essays, excerpts, and short stories from award winning authors Karen Dales, Kurt Kamm, Bertena Varney and more including veteran horror writer Carole Gill. They will entertain you, thrill you, and bewilder you as they reveal the dark secrets of the most beloved creatures of the night, including eleven times bestselling author Terri Reid creator of the Mary O'Reilly Series. There is something for everyone in this book from Paranormal Vampire Romance to Vampire Horror.  So, which will it be: the romantic vampire, the revenant vampire, the elemental, the fanged vampire, or the mythological female vampire? Begin reading and find out!

Carole Gill

In the attempt to find the just measure of horror and terror, I
came upon the writing of Carole Gill whose work revealed a whole new
dimension to me.
The figure of the gothic child was there. Stoker's
horror was there. Along with the romance! At the heart of her writing
one stumbles upon a genuine search for that darkness we lost with the
loss of Stoker."

Dr. Margarita Georgieva ~ Gothic Readings in the Dark

Karen Dales


Siren Books Best Novel of the Year

Best Horror Novel of the Year


Sizzling Hot Books Best Novel of the Year, Runner up

Kurt Kamm


2012 International Book Award

2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award

2012 USA Best Book Award


2012 Hackney Literary Award

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940871018
  • Publisher: Indie Publishing House; Original edition (13 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #724,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exploring a spectrum of the vampire genre 20 Oct 2013
By Taliesin_ttlg VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Anthologies are a strange beast. In many respects we have grown past the anthology subject being simply "vampires" but, because of the breadth of the genre, we have now a market for anthologies that look at an aspect of vampirism.

Vampires: Romance to Rippers tries to step beyond this by presenting vampire stories from a spectrum, from the romantic to the violent, and this is an interesting take. However just the spectrum choice might leave some readers cold at one end of the spectrum and others cold at the opposite end - though it may also serve to broaden the tastes and experience of other readers.

What left me, personally, slightly cold was the inclusion of a lot of excerpts from larger works. Don't get me wrong, I have submitted an excerpt for publication myself, before now, and in this volume there was one particularly excellent one I'd like to point out later in the review. However, the trouble with excerpts is that you often feel that you are in a larger story (which, of course you are) and so you get less of the self-contained exciting vignette that, to me, showcases the skill of the short story writer. However, this anthology contains some well received stories (by me) but also some poorer ones and I will touch on one or two of each.

Unfortunately the anthology began with probably the two stories that left me coldest. Karen Dales The Guest had the interesting setting of a Buddhist temple but really did feel like it was just a smaller part of a greater whole. The story seemed to want to build a mood rather than tell an interesting tale and, on a personal taste level, I didn't like her prose.

This was followed by two pieces by Elita Daniels.
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By claire
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I like anthologies.
Theyre normally a collection of short stories not needing much concentration and a great quick fix to quench the reading bug.

This was a little different than the ones i have read before - but by no means is that a bad thing.

There were 16 stories, or sometimes excerpts from a wide selection of authors - some i hadnt heard of before but will be definitely looking for more work by them.

The stories that were told and completed were fulfilling.
The excerpts and the short stories that left you with more questions than you should...a little bit less more so.

But all in all, a good read, good variety of techniques of writing, complete array of how vampires are perceived and received.

Read on behalf of Bewitching Tours for an honest review
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good cross-section of the genre 18 Oct 2013
By Kristen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic anthology of current authors exploring the entire genre of vampire literature. From Gothic to angst-ridden to romantic, these short stories run the full range. As with any anthology, there will be some the stand out over others depending on the reader. Here are some that stood out to me, in no particular order.
"Stillness (The Vampire's Lament)" by Audry A'Cladh - This stood out first because it's the only poem in the collection, and second because of the haunting quality of her writing. This was one of those pieces that I read through, paused to hold onto the moment just a little longer, and read it again. By far, one of my favorites.
"More Than Friends" by Terri Reid - As a long-time reader of Terri Reid, I was excited to set her name in the list of authors for this collection. And she did not disappoint! Her characters are so richly defined and easy to relate to. Rarely, if ever, will you find a weak, fainting damsel in distress. No, her female leads are strong women who will do what it takes to get the job done, and this story was no different. I was only disappointed that it ended so soon, but that's the trouble with short stories. Perhaps she will continue this storyline in a longer format? Please?
"Dark Comfort" by J.B. Stilwell - I enjoyed this excerpt as it gave a new twist to the idea of vampires becoming acceptable as members of society. Her writing style is easy and comfortable - almost as if you are sliding back into a conversation with an old friend. Even though I had not read the book leading up to this excerpt, I found it very easy to relate to the characters & their struggles. As soon as I finished this story, I immediately downloaded the first book in her series.
Overall, I enjoyed reading all of the stories with all of their different viewpoints of the vampire genre. I think that the best part about any collection like this is finding new authors to follow. I found quite a few!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new read! 20 Oct 2013
By lorminno - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Who knew there were so many different ways to view a vampire? Sixteen authors take you on their own different and enthralling journey to introduce you to their vampire. You will find that you can't decide which one you like better!
This is a great book for readers who have a little free time and for those who want to read all the stories in one sitting.
You will truly enjoy these stories.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good cross-section of vampire styles and stories 19 Oct 2013
By GhostWriteHer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"Vampires Romance to Rippers An Anthology of Tasty Stories" brings to life many different types of vampire tales from a variety of authors. You begin by learning about why vampires fascinate people in an excerpt from Bertena Varney’s "What is the Lure of the Vampire?" From that point on, it’s an anything-goes collection of vampire tales from the classic Dracula story to modern tales of fantasy and downright horror. These are definitely not the "Twilight type" of sparkly, feel-good vampires.

While not being a hardcore vampire fan, most of the stories held something that grabbed my attention. I prefer the classic Dracula-type stories more than the more modern tales, but I have to admit being fascinated by one story about twins, where one was a vampire and one was not. The non-vampire twin was tied to her sister in that she remained alive as long as her sister did.

All in all, if you love vampire stories or are interested in learning about the different types of vampire stories, this is a great book for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Tidbits 17 Oct 2013
By Ronald C. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you can't get enough of vampires, no matter their differences, you will like Vampires Romance to Rippers An Anthology of Tasty Stories. Nineteen short stories/excerpts of lustful, alone, lost or sexy vampires and their victims(?).

These tasty tidbits are offered up to tease you. Many are excerpts of novels, a few are very short stories, and all have varying views of vampires. From sweet to bloody there is something for most every vampire lover out there. Many will leave you craving for the rest of the story.

If these tasty tidbits leave you lusting for more, you can search for your favorite offering by author after each tale to see what more the author(s) have for your reading pleasure.

All in all a delightfully shivering offering for vampire lovers everywhere.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Lovers Buffet of Treats 18 Oct 2013
By DebbWel - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A delightful collection of stories that lets you sample the sweet, the conflicted and the menacing varieties of fanged night creatures. It is highly successful as an anthology. You're sure to find some new and exciting writers as well as some favorites. The variety offered is sure to please, like all good Buffets, it offers something for everyone's taste. After nibbling on these creative little offerings, you are sure to find some sweet surprises and some new favorites. An easy read that leaves you craving more.
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