A Whisper of Blood Author:Ellen Datlow (Editor) This consistently engrossing anthology of 18 stories is an extension of Datlow's first collection of vampire tales, Blood Is Not Enough . — But for the most part the vampires here are not literal, and can be seen as a metaphor for negative relationships. — In the bleak and Kafkaesque ``Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?'' by Chelsea Quinn Yarbr... more »o, a secret government agency is deliberately draining one of its agents of his identity. Further distortions of normal relations appear in the wry tale
``The Slug'' by Edward Wagner, in which one university colleague impinges on another's jealousy guarded creative time--with macabre results.
A novel form of bloodletting is viewed in ``Warm Man'' by Robert Silverberg, in which an enigmatic visitor to a small town exercises a sort of psychic vampirism when the residents inexplicably pour out their secrets to him.
Those who like their vampires in the traditional mold will take to Rose Blum in ``Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep'' by Suzy McKee Charnas. Rose has just died, but is willing to try anything to be able to stick around for a while longer.
Ranging from the grotesque to the pleasantly lurid, these tales are of unvaryingly high quality. Readers looking for shock and horror will be gratified; those who want fangs in the neck, however, must settle for tongue in cheek.« less