Eleven diverse vampire stories from YA s leading voices, including V.E. Schwab's First Kill, soon to be a major Netflix adaptation!
SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS...
In this delicious new collection, you'll find eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction's leading voices. Enter 'The House of Black Sapphires' by Dhonielle Clayton, and discover the secret world of vampires and magic behind the doors of New Orleans. Meet ‘The Boys From Blood River’ by Rebecca Roanhorse and their enticing power and terrible sacrifices. And in V.E. Schwab's 'First Kill', witness the centuries-old struggle between vampire and slayer – and the thrill of forbidden love. Vampires lurking on social media, vampires hungry for more than just blood, vampires coming out – and going out for their first kill – this collection puts a new spin on the age-old classic.
WELCOME TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE VAMPIRE – AND A REVOLUTION ON THE PAGE
ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA AND NATALIE C. PARKER
VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB
In their introduction to this bloodthirsty anthology, C rdova (The Way to Rio Luna) and Parker (the Seafire trilogy) note that, "despite queer subtext and outstanding nonwhite examples," the most famous vampires are "predominantly men, white, cisgender, straight, and able-bodied." This boundary-pushing collection seeks to upend the default with 11 toothsome stories that stake a new claim on old tropes, centering an intersectionally diverse range of protagonists. Reflecting pop culture touchstones, Julie Murphy's nod to Buffy, "Senior Year Sucks," centers a fat white Texas teen who juggles cheerleading and vampire hunting; "The Boys from Blood River" by Rebecca Roanhorse stars a gay Indigenous teen who invokes an urban legend in hope of a better life. Samira Ahmed's tongue-in-cheek "A Guidebook for the Newly Sired Desi Vampire" looks at vampire tropes through a self-aware, social media savvy Indian filter; Kayla Whaley's wheelchair-using heroine confronts her murderer in "In Kind"; and Dhonielle Clayton's "The House of Black Sapphires" presents a lush picture of a New Orleans populated by immortals. If some stories end abruptly, it seems within the bounds of the vampire canon to leave readers wanting more. Ages 12 up. \n