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Book spotlight (Fantasy fiction): A Whisper of Blood by Ellen Datlow

A Whisper of Blood, edited by Ellen Datlow. Caution: spooky stories are contained within!
A Whisper of Blood, edited by Ellen Datlow. Caution: spooky stories are contained within!
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This book is actually a compilation of 35 short stories from various authors and edited by Datlow. The main feature of A Whisper of Blood is that it contains short stories about modern vampires; that is, vampires that go beyond the traditional night-haunting, bloodsucking demons. In A Whisper of Blood, you meet vampires that feed on all aspects of humanity - emotions, dreams, our own human nature... and sometimes, those who claim to be humanity's defense against vampires turn out to be the worst kind of vampire of all.

Authors such as Tannith Lee, Gahan Wilson, Harlan Ellison, and Dan Simmons (among many others) have all contributed their own version of the vampire gothic tale in this collection. Some are suspenseful, some mysterious, and others downright scary, and all of them are unique.

There are no traditional "Dracula-style" vampires featured here, so if you are purely a traditionalist, you may not like this collection. However, if you are interested in seeing a broader view of the vampire character, then this collection may be for you.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in dark fantasy fiction or horror stories, but I add this note of advice: this is not a book appropriate for younger audiences. Some stories are eerie and disturbing beyond the level of young adult readers and I strongly suggest this book is for adult audiences only.

Barnes and Noble is the official carrier of this book - you can either order a copy online or else head into town to purchase one. For Midland readers, Barnes and Noble is located in the Midland Mall, and if it is not in stock, you can place an order in-store. Currently there is no ebook version available. If you are hesitant about purchasing, head to your local library to check out a copy. Unfortunately, it looks like Grace A. Dow library does not own a copy, but they can do an inter-library loan for you if you are still interested.

For more information on Ellen Datlow and the books she edits, visit her website.


  • Melody 5 years ago

    New takes on classic legends are always a toss up because sometimes we get very attached to the original ideas. Of course, vampire lore is always evolving and changing. I'll have to check out this collection and see how I feel.

  • Dagda 5 years ago

    I love things dark and spooky! This sounds like a fun read for me. Have you ever read any of H.P. Lovecraft's work? He has been called the father of Horror. I can't wait to read this!

    Still would like a Coffee IV,

  • aslindy 5 years ago

    This sounds really interesting. I'll have to at least look for it at the library.

  • Addie.Aynsley 5 years ago

    I like new age vampires better, although I probably enjoy them in a more comedic sense. Buffy anyone?

    Still, sounds like it'd be an interesting read. I'm thinking when I get to University I'm a have to check out the sweeeet library there.

  • aslindy 5 years ago

    Addie... you are a Buffy fan? I loved the TV show... and Angel, of course. Buffy got a little strange in the later years, but I still enjoyed it!
    I am a 'fan' of vampire stories of all kinds. =)

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