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Love in Vein II Mass Market Paperback – 8 Dec 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; Reissue edition (8 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006105657X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061056574
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Poppy Z. Brite is the author of seven novels, three collections of short stories, and much miscellanea. Known for her horror fiction, at present she is working on a series of novels and short stories set in the New Orleans restaurant world. Her novel Liquor was recently published to general critical acclaim, and her followup novel, Prime, will be released in 2005. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Chris, a chef.

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I have read some other reviews of this collection of eighteen short stories which took issue with the sub-title for this volume of "tales of Vampiric erotica". The readers pointed out that this was not really accurate as not all the tales involved vampires or were indeed erotic in content. I find such reviewers make a fair point. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. I think that compiler Poppy Z. Brite was brave to be eclectic in the subject matter involved in these stories - it would have been boring if she had slavishly adhered to the erotic vampire formula in choosing the tales. Before I started reading, I suspected that I would be facing a collection of stories from writers who had watched too many sexy vampire television series or listened to too many Nick Cave, The Cure or Bauhaus albums. Having said that, I found that most of the stories were not to my taste and that this collection as a whole was a disappointment.

It starts well with a Neil Gaiman story "Snow, Glass, Apples" which I could imagine being turned into a comic book. Gaiman is a poetic, stylish writer and this was well-written. However, it relied for most of its impact on turning on its head the expected fairy story and once you realised what was happening, any suspense was lost and it moved slowly towards an inevitable climax, which was rather over-egged. In this case, less would have been more. So, not perfect but still one of the better stories here and full marks for a great idea. Caitlin Kiernan's "Bela's Plot" was disappointing - as a Lugosi fan I wanted to enjoy it but felt that it never really got off the ground. "Armies of the Heart" by Christopher Fowler also promised more than it delivered.
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This collection will appeal to those who enjoy vampire stories and erotica -- if you're looking for straight erotica, be warned that this stuff can get pretty violent and weird. It delves a bit too much into the Goth scene at times, but still outdid collections like Hot Blood. Overall, it was an enjoyable and erotic read.
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I bought this after reading the original Love in Vein anthology and was impressed once more. The stories range in how they delve into vampirism and vampires themselves and usually involve some form of erotica. While I am not normally a fan of erotica, this book and it's predecessor were both worth the money I spent on them.
The authors that provided the stories in the book are varied nd show very different and distinct writing styles, some I like, some I do not but still find the stories and the ideas behind them interesting.
I would give this one a 2 fangs up, but I found a couple of the stories a little substandard. However, it is still worth reading.
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At first i was unsure if i would like it, because Poppy Z. Brite had only edited it and i was really looking forward to reading some more of her stuff after reading Lost Souls, Wormwood and Drawing Blood, but as i started to read it i realized that since she did edit it, that the work was very similar to hers. there were a few stories in the however that were VERY bad and i would recomend skipping them, some being "kinyo no fun"-icky. and hmmm.....the really long one something "sundering wineskins..." or something. horrible. but as a HUGE poppy fan, i was impressed overall and really look forward to the next one.
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I thought Love In Vein II was merely 'okay' until I read Brian Hodge's and Pat Califia's submissions. That's what made this book truly amazing. I highly recomend it, though some parts, I admit, are a little inane and repetitive. Once you get hooked, though (and I know you will!), I suggest following with Brite's collection of short stories, "Wormwood."
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