Ellen Datlow (ed.) - Blood Is Not Enough: 17 Stories Of Vampirism (Berkley, July 1990: Grafton, 1990)
Introduction - Ellen Datlow
Dan Simmons - Carrion Comfort Gahan Wilson - The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be Garry Kilworth - The Silver Collar Harlan Ellison - Try A Dull Knife Scott Baker - Varicose Worms Leonid Andreyev - Lazarus Harvey Jacobs - L'Chaim Sharon N. Farber - Return Of The Dust Vampires Edward Bryant - Good Kids Fritz Leiber - The Girl With The Hungry Eyes Tanith Lee - The Janfia Tree Susan Casper - Child Of Darkness Steve Rasnic Tem - Nocturne Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann - Down Among The Dead Men Chet Williamson - To Feel Another's Woe Joe Haldeman - Time Lapse Pat Cadigan - Dirty Work
In this stunning new collection, GAHAN WILSON invites two hungry strangers to a beach party. One sports a grin, the other a saw .... TANITH LEE invokes a dreadful demon in the mind of a love-starved woman ... JOE HALDEMAN carves a chilling verse of terror and rage in the shadow of a heinous family secret ... HARLAN ELLISON clocks the final hours of a doomed man ... FRITZ LEIBER is seduced by the unearthly allure of an irresistibly fatal beauty .... AND MUCH MORE!
As Fritz Leiber points out in his masterpiece, The Girl With The Hungry Eyes, "There are vampires and vampires and not all of them suck blood." As well as the more traditional fang-faced horrors, we meet a number of variants in this one, some familiar, some not: psychic sponges, energy vampires, other people ....
Leonid Andreyev - Lazarus: He disappears from the Bible after Christ restores him to life, so Andreyev takes up the story of a living dead man, shunned by all and cursed to walk the earth for all eternity.
Harlan Ellison - Try A Dull Knife: Based on the author's own experiences in early 'sixties Hollywood. Eddie Burma is gradually being drained by all the losers and hangers on who plague his existence. "I live in a hungry world", he reflects, miserably.
Gahan Wilson - The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be: A party of drunks are waylaid by the walrus and the carpenter from Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass. The pair bring serenity to the world-weary four who, blissfully unaware, follow them to their deaths, all save Phil, the narrator, who recalls the poem.
Harvey Jacobs - L'Chaim: Members of the Tentacles Club won't settle for any old blood - they like a good vintage. Delmore Grobit arranges his birthday treat. Yuppie slime barbies as vampires.
Edward Bryant - Good Kids: The Work-At-Night Childcare & Parenting Service, New York. Donnie, SL, Cammie and Angelique's new supervisor, Mr. Vladisov, is a vampire. When he begins to feed off Donnie, they gang up on him to save their friend, pooling their strange talents to suck the life out of him.
Grafton edition: cover illustration Fred Gambino
Chet Williamson - ..... To Feel Another's Woe: The gorgeous Sheila Remarque is a stage actress of exceptional ability, but her gift is not merely for acting. She vampirises the emotions of all she comes in close contact with, leaving a trail of burnt out zombies in her wake.
Garry Kilworth - The Silver Collar: On a remote Scottish island, the recluse relates the story of how, in his youth, a beautiful lady called in at the jewellers and requested he enclose her throat in silver as her husband-to-be is a man possessed of strange needs.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.