Vampire Detectives

Vampire Detectives
Review by Beverley Richardson, submitted on 29-Mar-2002

VAMPIRE DETECTIVES edited by Martin Greenberg. 1995

A mixture of stories about detectives hunting vampires and detectives who are vampires. Authors include P.N. Elrod, Tanya Huff, Richard Laymon, J.N. Williamson and others.

One of my favourites was "This Town Ain't Big Enough" by Tanya Huff. In this story, Victory Nelson a detective recently turned vampire has to win back her city from a much stronger and older rival. Well done story with a unique way of winning a battle against a much stronger vampire.

In Richard Laymon's "Phil the Vampire", a detective is put into a peculiar position when a woman hires him to kill her vampire husband. An enjoyable story with a most unusual ending.

Douglas Borton's "Fangs" is the story of a police hunt for a serial killer who drains the victims of all their blood. That description makes it sound like standard cops and vampires fare, but the ending of the story is unusual and rather poignant.

There are many other interesting stories in this book. I'm not usually a fan of short story fiction, but for the vampire fan, this book is worth getting.

Fanged Films

USA, 1974
USA, 2012

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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