Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite

Imprint. Sept. 2020. 272p. ed. by Cordova, Zoraida & Natalie C. Parker, eds. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250230010.
Gr 7 Up–Gathering a range of voices and narrative styles, this collection centers stories in which vampire tropes are reimagined with an eye toward diverse intersections of identity. To name just a few, there is an advice guide for the recently-turned Desi vampire, including suggestions about maintaining close family ties and feeding on colonizers, by Samira Ahmed; queer tales of the tangled attraction between slayers and vampires, one from Victoria “V.E.” Schwab and another from Julie Murphy; and an exploration of the power and risk of online friendship with a vampire by editors Córdova and Parker. Each story is followed by a short interjection from Córdova and Parker commenting on an aspect of vampire lore that is explored in the story, making the collection appealing for young adult scholars as well as adolescent readers. With dark humor and compelling narratives, this collection invites readers to reconsider what they know about vampires. The stories are bite-sized and well-crafted windows into various vampiric worlds that will leave readers wanting more.
VERDICT Fans of the paranormal will sink their teeth into this one.

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