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Review: Vampires Never Get Old by various

In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.

Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.

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What is Vampires Never Get Old about?

This collection of stories is an update on the state of vampires in our modern world. Stories including blogging vampires, vampires with popular Instagram accounts, and vampires in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world mingle to explain what might happen to vampires in a modern age.

Genre: Short Stories

This anthology is put together with a variety of stories by different authors, tied together by interludes written by the editors Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker. The interludes discuss the implications of the story just read, and examine the unique perspective that each individual author brings to the vampiric table.

The Good

These tales were each distinct, unique, and rang with their own narrative style. Though most are an update for a more modern age, a couple of them look into the past of vampires with a fresher perspective. The perils each vampire faces are different, ranging from simply fear of the unknown to entire vampire wars being waged over human based conflict. There are vampires that were made willingly, and vampires who were forced into the immortal life. Each story is incredibly unique and enjoyable in its own way.

The Okay

The interludes are entertaining, and do serve as a good palate cleanser between the stories, but I wish they did more to connect the stories and explain why they are ordered they way they were. It was occasionally jarring or confusing to go from one story to the next, since they have so little in common with their companion pieces.

The Bad

I don’t really have any major criticisms for this book, largely because it’s hard to do so with a short story anthology.

Final Thoughts

Some interesting thoughts about vampires in the modern world were posed here! I wish there was more world building in some of the stories, but of course that’s a difficult feat in such a small amount of writing. I thin the authors chosen were all excellent choices, and that the unique blend of voices and approaches to each story was a great choice. I do wish there was more cohesion, perhaps a single time period or a definite theme to the works. I think perhaps they could have been ordered a bit differently, as well.

By Catherine

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