Diverse vampires? I am so here for it! Considering how prevalent the idea of a vampire is throughout the world, this diverse collection feels long overdue. With a fabulous author line up, I’ve been looking forward to these vamp-y stories! Keep reading this book review to see what I enjoyed in Vampires Never Get Old!
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
It’s been long overdue for a collection of diverse vampires. They’ve become rooted in our cultures, stories, memories, and nightmares. In some they’re charming slightly arrogant immortal beings. In others they’re the terrifying darkness in the dead of night. From a purely conceptual idea, I loved the backbone of Vampires Never Get Old. A collection of stories of vampires that reflect the diversity of our world. It’s a collection that asks questions not only of vampires, but of our fascination with them as well.
The author line up for this anthology is fabulous, full of some of my favorites out there. However I found myself wanting just a bit more out of the stories. I’m not sure if it’s the length, but as soon as I found myself sinking into the story, I found I needed a bit more. It was one of those situations where I loved the concepts discussed, but just needed a bit more space for the ideas to manifest into something more. Something larger. I will say that Samira Ahmed’s story is probably my favorite not only for the tone, contemporary feeling, and examination of vampires and colonialism.
Vampires Never Get Old questions who gets to be a vampire, what kind of vampire they are, and who gets to tell their stories. It’s an anthology that brushes the surface of what humans see in vampires. What pieces of our fascinations, fears, and intrigue are present in their fangs. At the end of the day, I just wish there was something more to most of the stories. The kernels of the ideas are there, I just wanted to find more space for them to grow.