J.A. Konrath


Anthologies: Blood Lite (2008), Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008), Vampires: The Recent Undead (2010)




Blood Lite (2008) edited by Kevin J. Anderson

This anthology came out in hardback last year, but considering the theme, I was more than content to wait until it came out in paperback. Which it recently did.

As with most anthologies, there are good stories and bad stories, but there weren’t too many stories that I hated, though there also weren’t too many stories that I adored. So I’d say it all came out in the wash.

The Ungrateful Dead - Kelley Armstrong
Mr. Bear - Joe R. Lansdale
Hell in a Handbasket - Lucien Soulban
The Eldritch Pastiche from Beyond the Shadow of Horror - Christopher Welch
Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues - Matt Venne
No Problem - Don D'Ammassa
Old School - Mark Onspaugh
The Sound of Blunder - J.A. Konrath and F. Paul Wilson
An Evening with Al Gore - Charlaine Harris
Dear Prudence - Steven Savile
A GOod Psycho Is Hard to Find - Will Ludwigsen
High Kicks and Misdemeanors - Janet Berliner
PR Problems - Eric James Stone
Where Angels Fear to Tread - Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Very Special Girl - Mike Resnick
Love Seat Solitare - D.L. Snell
I Know Who You Ate Last Summer - Nancy Holder
Bitches of the Night - Nancy Kilpatrick
The Bell...FROM HELL - Jeff Strand
Dead Hand - Sharyn McCrumb
Day Off - Jim Butcher


But over all, the stories were pretty good, and the series was worth reading. I would have been annoyed if I’d bought this in hardback, but it’s not a bad buy as a paperback.
Rating: 6/10

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008) edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

Wolfsbane and MistletoeGift Wrap - Charlaine Harris
Haire of the Beast - Donna Andrews
Lucy, at Christmastime - Simon R. Green
Night Things Changed - Dana Cameron
Werewolf before Christmas - Kat Richardson
Fresh Meat - Alan Gordon
Il Est Ne - Carrie Vaughn
Perfect Gift - Dana Stabenow
Christmas Past - Keri Arthur
SA - J.A. Konrath
Star of David - Patricia Briggs
You'd Better Not Pout - Nancy Pickard
Rogue Elements - Karen Chance
Milk and Cookies - Rob Thurman
Keeping Watch over his Flock - Toni L. P. Kelner

Vampires: The Recent Undead (2010) edited by Paula Guran

Vampires: The Recent UndeadAs with many anthologies, this one has some stories I especially liked, and others I didn’t care for at all. I believe I’ll focus on the ones I liked.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown -  Holly Black
This Is Now -  Michael Marshall Smith
Sisters -  Charles de Lint
The Screaming -  J.A. Konrath
Zen and the Art of Vampirism -  Kelley Armstrong
La Vampiresse -  Tanith Lee
Dead Man Stalking -  Rachel Caine
The Ghost of Leadville -  Jeanne C. Stein
Waste Land -  Stephen Dedman
Gentleman of the Old School -  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
No Matter Where You Go -  Tanya Huff
Outfangthief -  Conrad Williams
Dancing with the Star -  Susan Sizemore
A Trick of the Dark -  Tina Rath
When Gretchen was Human -  Mary Turzillo
Conquistador de la Noche -  Carrie Vaughn
Endless Night -  Barbara Roden
Dahlia Underground -  Charlaine Harris
The Belated Burial -  Caitlin R. Kiernan
Twilight States -  Albert Cowdrey
To the Moment -  Nisi Shawl
Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977  -  Kim Newman
Vampires in the Lemon Grove -  Karen Russell
Vampires Anonymous -  Nancy Kilpatrick
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky -  John Langan


Expectedly, the stories I liked the least were the ones with the strongest horror bent. Doesn’t mean they were bad, but they were not my cup of tea.

Published by Prime Books
Rating: 8/10