Review of Seize the Night edited by Christopher Golden

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Seize the Night is a great collection of twenty vampire stories by best selling authors. I liked some more than others, but they were all well written. There are mentions of rape, drugs, violence, swearing and, of course, lots of blood. If you don’t like reading about those things, you might not like this book.

The editor, Christopher Golden, starts the book off with “Reclaiming the Shadows” An Introduction.” In it, he mentions that vampire myth and legend has expanded a lot since Dracula and touches on some of the vampire legends of various ethnic and religious groups.

“Up in Old Vermont” by Scott Smith is about a woman who’s down on her luck until she gets a job offer from an elderly couple and moves in with them. Things are going well for her until one night when everything goes wrong. I like the ending of this one. It’s a great start for the book.

“Something Lost, Something Gained” by Seanan McGuire is a completely different take on vampires.

“On the Dark Side of Sunlight Basin”  by Michael Koryta is based on a Native American legend and features a camping trip gone wrong.

“The Neighbors” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is about a curious young boy spying on his neighbors. What he finds terrifies him. I thought this one was fun and it has a nice little twist at the end.

“Paper Cuts” by Gary A. Braunbeck is another completely new approach to vampires. This one is about a woman who gets more than she bargained for at her local used book shop. I really liked this one. The backstory is interesting and the monsters are nothing I would’ve ever thought of.

“Miss Fondevant” by Charlaine Harris is about a sixth grader who’s trying to find out what her teacher is up to. This one has some good suspenseful moments.

“In a Cavern, in a Canyon” by Laird Barron is told by a woman who is facing a monster from her youth. This one was ok.

“Whiskey and Light” by Dana Cameron is about a community who fears a demon who lives on a rocky hill. Each harvest season, a priest comes to bless them and keep it at bay, but what happens when the priest doesn’t come one year?

“We Are All Monsters Here” by Kelley Armstrong is about a college student trying to survive a mass wave a vampirism. This one was good. I like that the main character was smart and strong.

“May the End Be Good” by Tim Lebbon is about a Monk trying to survive the vampire apocalypse, but it’s the humans that might be the real monsters.

“Mrs. Popkin” by Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry is about a boy named Todd who lives an isolated life with his bipolar mother until some new neighbors move in. I felt bad for Todd and Cecilia. This one has magic and monsters.

“Direct Report” by Leigh Perry is about a woman who is looking for work after the company she previously worked for went out of business. She gets more than she bargained for. This one is a pretty messed up, but then ending was good.

“Shadow and Thirst” by John Langan is about a creepy tower and what evil secrets it holds. It’s a weird and sad tale.

“Mother” by Joe McKinney is about a man named Ed Drinker who makes documentaries and writes non-fiction books about murders, chupacabras and debunking legends of backwoods monsters, until he comes face to face with one.

“Blood” by Robert Shearman is about a high school teacher from England who falls in love with one of his students and brings her with him on a vacation in Paris. They do all the touristy stuff and then have dinner at a strange restaurant. I didn’t really like this one. It ended abruptly and it was just weird.

“The Yellow Death” by Lucy A Snyder is about a tough woman trying to survive the vampire apocalypse after her fiancé goes crazy. When she is reunited with her sister, she thinks everything will be ok, but all is not as it seems. I like the way vampires can be detected in this one.

“The Last Supper” by Brian Keene has a lonely vampire as a main character who is wandering around North America looking for companionship.

“Separator” by Rio Youers is about a man working for a development company in the Philippines who should have listened to the local legends.

“What Kept You So Long” by John Ajvide Lindqvist also features a vampire as a main character and takes place in Sweden. He is a truck driver who picks up hitchhikers for food. The woman he picks up on this trip is a little different from the rest.

“Blue Hell” by David Wellington is the last story and was a good way to close out the book. It wasn’t scary, but it was good.

My favorite stories were “Up in Old Vermont”, “The Neighbors”, “Paper Cuts” and “Miss Fondevant.” My least favorite was “Blood.” I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good vampire or horror story.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Review of The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book by Daria Song

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The Time Chamber is a beautiful book full of amazing drawings. They’re so pretty that I didn’t want to mess it up by coloring in it, but I gave in and colored a page. It reminded me of my childhood and it was pretty relaxing.

My coloring skills are not the best.
My coloring skills are not the best.


The book is about a little fairy who lives in a cuckoo clock in a human girl’s room. One night, she ventures out of the clock and explores the human world. There isn’t much story there, but the pictures sort of make up for it.

The only problem I really had with the book is that it was a bit hard to color. Some of the lines are so thin that, even with a freshly sharpened colored pencil, it was hard to color in. Other than that, it’s great.

I would recommend this to people who like fairies, pretty pictures and coloring.

Disclaimer: I got this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Seize the Night Feature Post

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Reading to SEIZE THE NIGHT!

Indulge yourself and read SEIZE THE NIGHT: NEW TALES OF VAMPIRIC TERROR, the new “stellar anthology of tales” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review), sure to quench your thirst for a horrific read! Conjuring reactions such as “Going back to the heydays of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot” and “For anyone who likes tales of the creepy sort like Stephen King’s short stories in Everything’s Eventual or Nightmares & Dreamscapes,”  how can one resist?

SEIZE THE NIGHT

Edited by Christopher Golden

Gallery Books

October 6, 2015

ISBN: 9781476783093

Trade Paperback

$18.00

Once upon a time, vampires were figures of terror…and they can be again. Legends of these dark creatures sprang from every corner of the world and infinite variations throughout history—with even more of them waiting in the farthest corners of the imagination. SEIZE THE NIGHT takes hold of a popular culture environment where the vampire has largely lost its ability to inspire fear, and now brings out the dread, showcasing twenty all-new tales of horrifying evil from an extraordinary lineup of twenty contributors:

John Ajvide Lindqvist

Kelley Armstrong

Laird Barron

Gary A. Braunbeck

Dana Cameron

Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry

Charlaine Harris

Brian Keene

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael Koryta

John Langan

Tim Lebbon

Seanan McGuire

Joe McKinney

Leigh Perry

Robert Shearman

Scott Smith

Lucy A. Snyder

David Wellington

Rio Youers

The dusk is upon you, and your fright-filled journey to the shadows of the hereafter is about to begin with SEIZE THE NIGHT—old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

“The notion of the romantic vampire is transcended to chilling and even heartbreaking effect in this stellar anthology of talesThese stories move smoothly from the subtle to the horrifying…”

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“Twenty stories of varying lengths offer quick bites of otherworldly entertainment. Edited by Christopher Golden, this collection takes vampire fiction back to its bloody, frightful roots. Readers looking for old-school horror laden with darkness will appreciate these diverse stories from some of the best writers in the genre…all are entertaining…With new spins on classic traditions and inventive, unexpected twists, it’s the perfect spooky read for Halloween — or any night that calls for a touch of terror.”

RT Book Reviews

“The twenty-one authors collected in this volume have…succeeded in returning vampires and their ilk back into our nightmares where they belong…each tale delivered the goods. And by goods, I mean terror…These are not your Count Dracula vampire stories, but thankfully they’re not of the friendly variety either. What they all have in common is that each and every story is a cut above the ordinary. My highest recommendation.”

—Cemetery Dance

 

Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror is a highly successful anthology, one that puts vampires back into the shadowy, hidden corners where they belong and makes them creepy, chilling, at times downright frightening…we’re getting back to the old-school roots of vampiric lore, going back to the heydays of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot…this is a vital return to form for these stoic, and historic, universal baddies…Seize the Night has the singular aim of making vampires terrifying again, and it heartily succeeds in its mission. Golden and the contributors deserve a fair amount of applause for their work here, and this anthology is a wonderful reminder of what made vampires such a popular horror staple, and why they continue to endure across the ages.”

Michael Patrick Hicks

“Anthologies have always been one of my favorite things. A chance to read old favorite authors and a chance to also find some new favorites as well, all based on some short stories. Which is, of course, why I chose to read Seize the Night – New Tales of Vampiric TerrorSeize The Night –New Tales of Vampiric Terror is slated to be released on October 6, 2015. Be sure to get your copy before they disappear! Anyone who likes tales of the creepy sort like Stephen King’s short stories in Everything’s Eventual or Nightmares & Dreamscapes should check out Seize the Night.”

—The Goth Girl Reads

“…a diverse and high quality collection of new stories from some great names within the horror and paranormal sub-genres…Quite simply, if you are a fan of vampires, do not miss this one. 4 Throbbing Carotid Arteries for Seize The Night.”

—Horror After Dark

“Sink your teeth into this collection with caution, it’ll bite back.”

—Hardboiled Wonderland

 

“I would really recommend this wonderful book to anyone who wants to read a vampire anthology that harks back to the heyday of quality horror fiction.”

Book Nutter’s Reviews

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Seize The Night…well-written with plenty of frights to keep any horror fan awake at night.”

Coffee Addicted Writer

“I really prefer my vampires evil, so this anthology was just what I was looking for. It opens with a novelette by Scott Smith, and that one story is worth the price of the book. The victims are suitably disgusting and deserve their fate, which is rapid and brutal. Michael Koryta suggests a rather different cause for vampirism. Charlaine Harris has a very nice story about an energy vampire rather than a blood drinking one. Kelley Armstrong suggests there is a genetic marker for vampirism. Tim Lebbon takes us back to a particularly brutal period of history for his story. John Langan presents a time traveling vampire that can duplicate bodies to ensure it has a steady source of prey…well above average.”

Don A’mmassa On Horror

“…Brings out the dead and dread, showcasing 20 all-new tales of horrifying evil from a coffin full of different writers who dabble in the undead from various angles, from horrific to heart-wrenching, romantic to rough. We especially feasted on Rio Youers’ “Separator”, set in a typhoon-devastated Philippines where a land developer gets a brutal taste of local legend. Ouch!”

Examiner.com – A Tricky Treat for Fright Night

“I honestly had nightmares reading this anthology, which is a first for me, and found the writing samples to be strong and powerful tales that twisted an already frightening lore. I definitely recommended reading Seize The Night as a Halloween novel. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy horror, frightening tales, anthologies and short stories, gruesome and violent vampires. I would wholeheartedly recommend reading Seize The Night if you are a horror fan or a supporter of real, gritty vampire novels without the romanticism and moral questions.”

Silk & Serif

 

Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again.”

Bookgasm – Halloween-Ready New Release Awaiting You to Treat Yourself

 

About the Editor

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Christopher Golden is the #1 New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Snowblind, Tin Men, Of Saints and Shadows, and The Boys Are Back in Town. His novel with Mike Mignola, Baltimore; or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, was the launching pad for the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series Baltimore. As an editor, he has compiled the short story anthologies The New Dead, The Monster’s Corner, and Dark Duets, among others, and has also written and co-written numerous comic books, video games, and screenplays. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at christophergolden.com.

 

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