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Even if it's not going that those fifteen formerly released vampire tales are literally "the greatest" of their box, they're definitely good written, so much via distinct authors. past that, it's tricky to make generalizations concerning the tales during this quantity. a few are lengthy and a few are brief; lots of the vampires are antagonists, yet a number of are sturdy men, or a minimum of attempting to do definitely the right factor. there's romance and tragedy, suspense and comedy.
Sillier entries comprise "The Bat Is My Brother" through Robert Bloch, an early strong vampire-bad vampire tale, predictably cliched in its portrayal of the evil vampire, and "Dayblood" via Roger Zelazny, a topsy-turvy viewpoint on vampires that by no means fairly overcomes its strained premise. "Valentine from a Vampire" by means of Daniel Ransom, with its victimized solid vampire and the guy who falls in love along with her, additionally by no means particularly manages to be convincing. on the contrary finish of the spectrum are the darkly romantic "In Darkness, Angels" by way of Eric Lustbader and Tanith Lee's "Red as Blood," a fairy story long past deliciously bad.

Seldom-reprinted tales comprise Jane Yolen's "Mama Gone," a child's personal story of redeeming the undead, and "Child of an historic City," Tad Williams's vampiric version at the Thousand and One Nights.

There is a intensity and charm to the easiest; the weakest are at the very least fascinating as curiosities. even if this ebook has little new to supply the proven vampire fiction collector, it's a solid starting point for somebody serious about the diversity of vampire fiction available.

CONTENTS: Robert Bloch, "The Bat Is My Brother"; Eric Lustbader, "In Darkness, Angels"; Roger Zelazny, "Dayblood"; Brian Stableford, "The guy Who enjoyed the Vampire Lady"; Philip okay. Dick, "The Cookie Lady"; Robert McCammon, "The Miracle Mile"; David Drake, "Something needed to be Done"; Daniel Ransom, "! Valentine from a Vampire"; Jane Yolen, "Mama Gone"; Karl Edward Wagner, "Beyond Any Measure"; Tanith Lee, "Red As Blood"; Richard Matheson, "No Such factor As a Vampire"; S. P. Somtow, "The Vampire of Mallworld"; Tad Williams, "Child of an historical City"; Dan Simmons, "Shave and a Haircut, Bites"

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Boons One Kindred’s promise to another is known as a boon. Boons come in a variety of significance, from a trivial boon to a life boon. In some domains, boons operate like credit, in that a vampire must owe a boon for another vampire to extend him a boon; other Kindred must see the individual vampire as trustworthy. In other domains, the opposite is true — the more debts a Kindred owes, the less capable of repaying those boons she is assumed to be. The one universal truth among all domains, however, is that a boon is a boon and there’s no way to get out of it other than to satisfy it or to have it excused by individual to whom it’s owed.

But such shifting debts and allegiances are the trademark of the Camarilla. The Camarilla is unique in that it allows for the open transference of boons among Kindred. So long as all parties agree, a Kindred can name another of the Damned as the recipient of his boon. Alex LeMont, for example, may owe a Toreador a favor while a Malkavian owes him a favor, and if everyone is amenable, LeMont may simply pass the Malkavian’s favor to the Toreador, removing himself from the recursive mire of prestation.

Note that it’s not possible to purchase a life boon in this manner. Such a “get out of jail free” promise is outside the scope of experience point expenditures. Boon Trivial boon Experience point cost 3 Minor boon 7 Major boon 20 Life boon — Optional System: Liar, Liar A character may choose to falsify the condition of a boon, declaring it either absolved or still intact, whichever is the opposite of the truth. At the Storyteller’s discretion, some clue as to the actual state of the boon may circulate among the gossip networks and private conversations of the Damned.

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