Vampires- The Recent Undead

Vampires: The Recent Undead

Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Anthology 

Genre and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantacy


The undead are more alive today than ever.

Editor and AuthorsEdit

Editors: Paula Guran (Fantasy, Horror)

Contributors: Albert Cowdrey (Scify-Fant, Hor), J.A. Konrath (Humor), Jeanne C. Stein (UF), John Langan (Non-Fict), Karen Russell (Fict, Humor, Shorts), Kelley Armstrong (UF), Kim Newman (Scify-Fant, Hor), Mary Turzillo (Scify-Fant), Michael Marshall Smith (Myst, Hor, Scify-Fant), Nancy Kilpatrick (Horror), Nisi Shawl (Fant, Horror), Barbara Roden (Hor, Shorts), Rachel Caine (UF), Stephen Dedman (Scify-Horror, Weird-Fict), Susan Sizemore (PNR), Tanith Lee (Fant, Hor, YA), Tanya Huff (UF, Fant, Hor), Tina Rath (Hor, Myst), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Hor, Fant), Carrie Vaughn (UF), Charlaine Harris (UF, Myst), Charles de Lint (UF-Fant), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (UF, Vamp-Fict, Hor, Myst), Conrad Williams (Hor, Myst, Fict), Holly Black (UF, YA)


Guran's introduction gives an excellent history of the evolution of the vampire story from Bram Stoker's Dracula to the present day. All stories in this anthology were written by a variety of talented fantasy authors between 2000 and early 2010 and have appeared in other collections. Although each selection centers on the vampire there are a diversity of themes. ~ Patricia's Vampire Notes: Vampires

The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into twenty-first century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums – there’s even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery – no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slack your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge. ~ TOC: 'Vampires: The Recent Undead' Edited by Paula Guran - SF Signal

Supernatural ElementsEdit

Vampires, ghouls, psychic

List of Stories Edit

Story Title Series and Order Number Author Lead(s)
"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" none Holly Black
"This Is Now" Marshall Smith
"Sisters" Charles de Lint
"The Screaming" J.A. Konrath Van Helsing
"Zen and the Art of Vampirism" Women of the Otherworld series #9.2 Kelley Armstrong Zoe
"La Vampiresse" Tanith Lee
"Dead Man Stalking" The Morganville Vampires #4.5 Rachel Caine
"The Ghost of Leadville" Jeanne C. Stein
"Waste Land" Stephen Dedman
"Gentleman of the Old School" Vampire Files Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"No Matter Where You G" Victoria Nelson series Tanya Huff Vicki Nelson
"Outfangthief" Conrad Williams
"Dancing with the Star" Susan Sizemore
"When Gretchen was Human" Mary Turzillo
"Conquistador de la Noche" Kitty Norville series Carrie Vaughn
"Endless Night" Barbara Roden
"Dahlia Underground" Sookie Stackhouse series #9.3 Charlaine Harris Dahlia
"The Belated Burial" Caitlín R. Kierna
"Twilight States" Albert Cowdrey
"To the Moment" Nisi Shawl
"Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977" Kim Newman
"Vampires in the Lemon" Karen Russell
"Vampires Anonymous" Nancy Kilpatrick
"The Wide, Carnivorous Sky" John Langan

Synopsis by StoryEdit

"The Coldest Girl" in Coldtown by Holly Black

Story of a teen trying to overcome odds. Being the teen she is, she decides to fight this epic battle alone and w/out any help or support (because no one will help). In the end she has a choice to martyr herself and save her friends or save herself. ✥ This is the tale of a girl trying to resist vapirism. She sacrifices to save others, and uses the consequences as a lesson to others. ✥ bleak look at what it means to trade your humanity for immortality and a constant thirst for blood. ✥

"This Is Now" by Marshall Smith

About has-beens and wasted life. ✥ ✥

"Sisters" by Charles de Lint

about sisters, and whether they will let vampirism come between them. ✥ ✥

"The Screaming" by J.A. Konrath

An odd tale where a druggie has an unexpected encounter with Van Helsing. ✥ ✥

"Zen and the Art of Vampirism" by Kelley Armstrong — Women of the Otherworld series #9.2

The story of Zoe and how she handles being bullied. — Tale of a vampire territory dispute.

"La Vampiresse" by Tanith Lee

reflective look at forgotten being - a blending of Transylvania and old Hollywood. ✥ ✥

"Dead Man Stalking" by Rachel Caine — The Morganville Vampires #4.5

Shane is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to become a vigilante. ✥ ✥

"The Ghost of Leadville" by Jeanne C. Stein

Famous gunslingers, saloons, vampires. ✥ A lovely romance featuring western hero Doc Holliday. ✥

"Waste Land" by Stephen Dedman

brief end-of-the-world snippet ✥ ✥

"Gentleman of the Old School" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

A femme reporter interviews a suave, philanthropist with a secret. ✥ ✥

"No Matter Where You Go" by Tanya Huff

A vampire makes an unexpected trip to another world with a few teenagers. ✥ Vicki Nelson (from the Blood Books series) has accepted the vampire life without ever giving up her compassion or generosity. In fact in the story "No Matter Where You Go", Vicki unselfishly follows three desperate teens into a hellish alternate universe. She may be their only way out. ✥

"Outfangthief" by Conrad Williams

A fugitive story. ✥ ✥

"Dancing with the Star" by Susan Sizemore

Vampires, ghouls, an actor, and a psychic dance. ✥ ✥

"A Trick of the Dark" by Tina Rath

A sickly girl watches a vampire walk by her window in the evenings. ✥ ✥

"When Gretchen was Human" by Mary Turzillo

What if Vampirism was a cancer that made its hosts immortal? ✥ ✥

"Conquistador de la Noche" by Carrie Vaughn — |Kitty Norville series

The story of Rick and how he came to be who he is. — A former conquistador is unwillingly changed into a night walker by an evil friar.

"Endless Night" by Barbara Roden

A group of men set out to explore the Antarctic. Along the way, they pick up a very interesting companion.

"Dahlia Underground" by Charlaine Harris — Sookie Stackhouse series #9.3

This story occurs immediately following All Together Dead. ✥ An extremist group of vampire-haters launch an attack on humans & vamps alike. The vampires the turn their minds to retribution. — Dahlia is rescued from the bombed out hotel by humans. She proves herself useful and resourceful in assisting the humans (and vampires) catch the crooks. The ending is my favorite because of the irony of how the situation changes for her and who her new friends turn out to be. ✥ ✥

"The Belated Burial" by Caitlín R. Kierna

A vampire endures a ceremonial burial. Odd. ✥ ✥

"Twilight States" by Albert Cowdrey

This appears to be almost part of a memoir for a weird, psychotic dream vampire. ✥ ✥

"To the Moment" by Nisi Shawl

A short tale that featured a pregnant vampire on a ship. ✥ Combines the themes of love and the predatory nature of the vampire. ✥

"Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977" by Kim Newman

A retired private investigator needs the help of an ancient vampire to try to save a young girl. ✥ ✥

"Vampires in the Lemon" by Karen Russell

A story about an old vampire couple in Italy. ✥ ✥

"Vampires Anonymous" by Nancy Kilpatrick

vampires with "known" histories are contributing to a blog to entice new victims in. ✥ ✥

"The Wide, Carnivorous Sky" by John Langan

Tale of a creature that haunts the lives of four American soldiers recently returned from Iraq. ✥ In the aftermath of a vicious attack, a few survivors (soldiers) attempt to reconstruct and explain the event lest they have to face the "Shadow" again. ✥

~ Source

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: none listed

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Prime Books
  • Book data: Paperback, 431 pages, Pub March 15, 2011—ISBN: 1607012545

Cover Blurb Edit

Nothing has sunk its teeth into twenty-first century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums--there are even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, sucking on the sociopolitical, titillating teens, meandering through mystery, heating up supernatural sex, or charming children--no icon is more versatile than the vampire.

Slake your insatiable thirst and drink deeply of twenty-five of the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, badass or beneficent, romantic or rude, funny or frightening, wily or weary, classic or cutting edge...

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