A super queer, very bloody short story collection about vampires? Hi, yes, the perfect read once you’ve finished Midnight Sun and feel a new emptiness in your soul.
Short story collections are really hit or miss for me, and I hadn’t read a good portion of these authors before, but I found this fun, kind of sexy, pretty bloody selection enjoyable! It’s got humor, heart, angst, desire, blood sucking, parental hangovers, and more.
I won’t go into every single story in Vampires Never Get Old, but there’s stories about vampire queens in New Orleans falling for dangerous men, cheerleading slayers and one minute in heaven (or hell), a blog run by a vampire teen who thinks he’s all alone in the world, lots of romance, lots of queerness, some threats of violence, a bite or two or a dozen, and unique takes that explore vampires beyond the usual whiteness of Edward Cullen.
I’m not going to pretend that any of these stories are going to stick with me forever, or that I found a new favorite author from this collection, but I had an enjoyable time reading this, laughed a few times, and I didn’t hate myself when I finished reading it. And that’s good enough for me, honestly!
This would be a great addition to anyone’s shelves who loves vampire books or fantasy in general, and while this is a YA collection, and a lot of it is set in high school, it does feel a little more “new adult” in places for me–aka, the sex references.
Vampires Never Get Old is on sale everywhere September 22, 2020.