Another exceptional collections of short stories penned by Eugie Foster this one with a vampire theme I loved the retelling of the final story I m not normally hugely interested in vampire fiction but I ve been a fan of Foster for a while and this was the last collection of her work that I didn t already have I also recently started a Vampire The Masuerade RPG so I thought it might help me get into character as well And it s a solid set of stories It s a short book at under 100 pages but with a number of interesting takes on the vampire mythosFirst up we have an origin story The
Son That Pain Made In That Pain Made in the rape and desecration of a Muse leads to the birth of her son who would avenge her Still my Beating Heart is probably the story that I enjoyed the most about a newly turned *VAMPIRE STRUGGLING TO LET GO OF HIS HUMANITY WHILE * struggling to let go of his humanity while Few the Proud Leech Corps is a sort of cyberpunk near future story about a military vampire organisation and an opposition that s better than it should be Inspirations End is a sort of follow up to The Son That Pain Made with similar themes and finally we have Ascendancy of Blood which is a vampiric take on the story of Sleeping Beauty and when you think about it the story really does the story of Sleeping Beauty and when you think about it the story really does itself to a bloodsucking retellingThis is a good range of stories that find different takes on a classic theme from a still missed storyteller This ha. In these five sinister and seductive vampire stories from Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster There is an enchanted castle where a golden princess languishes in her rose strewn bower waiting for her prince charming But the princess sleeps with a black wood stake through her heart and her petal soft lips conceal a pair of razor fangs A violated woman's vengeance spawns a blighted curse upon the world A near future urban cityscape is the base for shock troops that only come out at night to vie in a cyberpunk turf war of technology and power William’s heart thrums in his chest a rhythm his mistress abhors Not dead enough not cold enough to walk the night at her side but too bloodthirsty to dwell with men Waiting in the wings backstage Cybele is inspiration incarnate a lissome goddess who metes out passion releasing the words and melodies that seethe locked in Rail’s mind She is everything he desires and gives him everything he’s ever dreamed of having But she reuires payment her fair due Table of Contents 1 The .
Cted as both the source and destroyer of inspiration I admit I loved those stories the best There s also a story that was oddly different from the others in which there is a war between vampires and Humans In A Fascinating World I Wanted in a fascinating world I wanted see of And one incredible story that re envisions the Sleeping Beauty story short collection of short vampire stories by the late and much missed Eugie Foster each of which managed to cast the concept of vampires in a slightly different way drawing on Buffy of course but also on other vampire tropes I suspect including also Charlaine Harris who I haven t read and turning it into something different and original Eugie does beautiful things with vampires that few have done as elouently or uniuely The Son That Pain Made is a brutal opener to this collection with one conception of the vampire myth that loosed this beast upon the world Still My Beating Heart covered the dissolution of the humanity of a vampire far effectively and compactly than Rice ever could Ascendancy of Blood explores sleeping beauty as vampire and deconstructs power structures woven through with bloody creeping vines The Few the Proud the Leech Corps makes me wish Eugie has written fiction for White Wolf because good uality work for hire is underappreciated Inspirations End doubles down on this with a muse as vampire that would be stunning in a changeling campaign. Ow Muse Naamah’s Journal Praise For “THE FEW THE PROUD THE LEECH CORPS” 'The
Few the Proud the Leech Corps’ mixes elements from different genres and while technology and urban guerrilla tactics certainlythe Proud the Leech Corps’ mixes elements from different genres and while technology and urban guerrilla tactics certainly a role in the action parts of this graphic story it is the immortal fascination with vampires and the attractive sensual imagery associated with them that captivates reminiscent of one of David Cronenberg’s nightmarish scenes Yael Artom Tangent Praise For “ASCENDANCY OF BLOOD” Combining elements of Sleeping Beauty and vampire tales Ascendancy of Blood is a uick sharply told gorgeously described chapbook by up and coming author Eugie Foster Her strength here lies in the lush prose and seductive imagery that permeates the pages Michael M Jones SF Site Ascendancy of Blood is Eugie Foster’s retelling of the fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ But this retelling is sinister a children’s tale no fraught with peril and filled with blood Michael Gabriel Bailey Tangent A refreshing look at a traditional tal. S the most original takes on the
Vampire Genre That I Ve Found Ingenre that I ve found in while The stories are mostly dark fantasy with a dose of vampire cyberpunk mixed in written due to the author s flibbertigibbet crack whore of a muse I especially love the dark twist on Sleeping Beauty in the final story I would have never discovered Eugie Foster if it weren t for K Tempest Bradford s call to read diversely I would have never discovered Eugie Foster if I hadn t taken a look at my own reading and realized it was 99% white women and vowing *To Change That I Would Have Never * change that I would have never Eugie Foster if I hadn t started following SF fandom closely I would have never discovered Eugie Foster and my life would have been the poorer for itReading her stories is a bittersweet feeling They are all amazing Her talent shines through each one and she completely reinvents the vampire mythos in several different ways in this collection and tells each story in a compelling fashion Each story is different the voice of each story is different But each is wonderful But it s hard to read anything she s written without experiencing incredible sadness nowing that she s gone and there will be no These stories are dark They re gritty They re hopeful They re inspiring Several of the stories play around with Eugie s own relationship with her own muse which she admittedly calls a crack whore and vampires are depi. On that Pain Made 2 Still My Beating Heart 3 The Few the Proud the Leech Corps 4 Inspirations End 5 Ascendancy of Blood Praise For “THE SON THAT PAIN MADE” Eugie Foster’s darkly fantastic take on the origins of the vampireThis is a wonderful story the other standout of the issueFoster is meant for great things James Palmer Tangent Praise For “STILL MY BEATING HEARTINSPIRATIONS END” Eugie Foster’s vampire stories have everything a good vampire story needs to haveThe author is a great story teller who pays attention to details creates great characters and uses a highly enjoyable style Her choice of words and her use of language gives a very special flavour to these writings which makes it hard to put this book down For those who enjoy vampire fiction this book is highly recommended Ilona Hegedus Novelspot these two vampire short stories are beautifully written and darkly unsettling each with a twist on accepted conventions that makes them at once familiar and newBeautiful and recommended Amanda A Gannon Shad. ,