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TEETH by Ellen Datlow


Vampire Tales

edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Pub Date: April 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-193515-2
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Once again, Datlow and Windling (Troll’s Eye View, 2009, etc.) have pulled together a who’s who of teen-literature and genre luminaries, this time telling tales of vampires. Despite the sexy cover model, these stories largely cast back to the pre-Twilight tradition and are more likely to elicit chills than swoons. The introduction lays out the history of vampires in literature with great detail and a fair amount of analysis. Standout stories include Genevieve Valentine’s wonderful Chinese-American “Things to Know About Being Dead,” the incredibly creepy “Baby,” by Kathe Koja, and Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s “The Perfect Dinner Party,” which conveys the horror of being not-even-teenage forever. There are a few disappointments and a few stories that just, well, are, but readers interested in vampires as something more than leading men will find plenty that's tragic or scary here, often leavened with a bit of (largely snarky) humor, and lots of thought-provoking material about life and death, friendship and loneliness. Great for diving in and out, although a bit overwhelming cover-to-cover, this collection might even win boys back to vampire lit. (author bios) (Horror/vampire anthology. YA)