Vampires never get old Tales with fresh bite
Book - 2020
Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction's leading voices! 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. Vampires Never Get Old includes stories ...by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria 'V. E.' Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
- Seven nights for dying / Tessa Gratton
- The boys from Blood River / Rebecca Roanhorse
- Senior year sucks / Julie Murphy
- The boy and the bell / Heidi Heilig
- A guidebook for the newly sired desi vampire / Samira Ahmed
- In kind / Kayla Whaley
- Vampires never say die / Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker
- Bestiary / Laura Ruby
- Mirrors, windows & selfies / Mark Oshiro
- The house of black sapphires / Dhonielle Clayton
- First kill / Victoria "V.E." Schwab.
In their introduction to this bloodthirsty anthology, Córdova (The Way to Rio Luna) and Parker (the Seafire trilogy) note that, "despite queer subtext and outstanding nonwhite examples," the most famous vampires are "predominantly men, white, cisgender, straight, and able-bodied." This boundary-pushing collection seeks to upend the default with 11 toothsome stories that stake a new claim on old tropes, centering an intersectionally diverse range of protagonists. Reflecting pop culture touchstones, Julie Murphy's nod to Buffy, "Senior Year Sucks," centers a fat white Texas teen who juggles cheerleading and vampire hunting; "The Boys from Blood River" by Rebecca Roanhorse stars a gay Indigenous teen who invokes an urban legend in hope of a better life. Samira Ahmed's tongue-in-cheek "A Guidebook for the Newly Sired Desi Vampire" looks at vampire tropes through a self-aware, social media–savvy Indian filter; Kayla Whaley's wheelchair-using heroine confronts her murderer in "In Kind"; and Dhonielle Clayton's "The House of Black Sapphires" presents a lush picture of a New Orleans populated by immortals. If some stories end abruptly, it seems within the bounds of the vampire canon to leave readers wanting more. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 7 Up—Gathering a range of voices and narrative styles, this collection centers stories in which vampire tropes are reimagined with an eye toward diverse intersections of identity. To name just a few, there is an advice guide for the recently-turned Desi vampire, including suggestions about maintaining close family ties and feeding on colonizers, by Samira Ahmed; queer tales of the tangled attraction between slayers and vampires, one from Victoria "V.E." Schwab and another from Julie Murphy; and an exploration of the power and risk of online friendship with a vampire by editors Córdova and Parker. Each story is followed by a short interjection from Córdova and Parker commenting on an aspect of vampire lore that is explored in the story, making the collection appealing for young adult scholars as well as adolescent readers. With dark humor and compelling narratives, this collection invites readers to reconsider what they know about vampires. The stories are bite-sized and well-crafted windows into various vampiric worlds that will leave readers wanting more. VERDICT Fans of the paranormal will sink their teeth into this one.—Jen McConnel, Queen's Univ., Ont. Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.
Featuring contributions by such leading young-adult authors as Samira Ahmed, Natalie CParker and Tessa Gratton, a diverse collection of vampire tales features supernatural characters engaged in social-justice movements, attempting to take selfies without reflections and avoiding family matchmaking. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Presents a diverse collection of vampire tales features supernatural characters engaged in social-justice movements, attempting to take selfies without reflections and avoiding family matchmaking.Review by Publisher Summary 3
"Boundary-pushing... Stories that stake a new claim on old tropes." —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewEleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices in this bestselling anthology!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.Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.An Imprint Book"Vampire fans, sink your teeth into this satisfying collection." —Kirkus Reviews