Saturday, 17 October 2015

Review - Seize The Night

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

I believe my first introduction of a vampire was in the 1985 made-for-TV movie, The Midnight Hour, when I was a four-years-old. Then of course I went a little crazy for Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was a teenager. I even collected the Buffy novels that were published, which were written by a variety of authors, including Christopher Golden. Sadly, I no longer have a taste for reading vampire fiction; mostly thanks to the glitter-versions that appeared in the Twilight Saga, though I have read several of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris over the last few years.

Nevertheless, when I realized that Christopher Golden was the editor of the new vampire anthology, titled Seize The Night, I thought I would try reading about blood-sucking vamps once again. Here there are 20 new tales of terror from the talented authors of: John Aivide Lindqvist, Kelley Armstrong, Laird Barron, Gary A. Barunbeck, Dana Cameron, Dan Chaon & 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 and Rio Youers.

The purpose of the anthology is to make vampires scary again, which is explained in the introduction by Christopher Golden. While I'm not too familiar with all the authors in this collection, I have read past titles from Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kelly Armstrong. Now it would take me forever to write a seperate review on every story in the anthology, so I'm only going to mention my favorites.

The Neighbors is written by Sherrilyn Kenyon and is the shortest tale here, but for some reason it stood out for. The plot involves a teenager that believes his neighbors are murderers. It reminds of the movie Fright Night, but with a twist at the end. Next is Paper Cut by Gary A. Braunbeck, which happens to be the strangest vampire story in the collection; putting a whole new spin on the genre. Lastly, is the first very first tale in the anthology,  Up In Old Vermont by Scott Smith, a slow moving story that involves a women that takes refuge with an elderly couple.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Seize The Night. While I only mentioned my three favorites above, the other seventeen are well-written with plenty of frights to keep any horror fan awake at night.

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