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Nice Review: Lifeblood

And in other news...

In August, Nightshade Books will be publishing the collection of vampire stories By Blood We Live edited by John Joseph Adams. Jennifer Brozek has reviewed the book, and had this to say about my contribution, a reprint of my story "Lifeblood":

For me, there are three outstanding stories in this collection that shine above the rest. It is their writing, perspective, and originality that made these stories stick in my head long after I finished reading them...

“Lifeblood” by Michael A. Burstein – This story tells the tale of combating a vampire with faith – Jewish faith rather than the traditional Christian faith. The use of song and prayer within the song is a brilliant reinterpretation of brandishing the crucifix.

It's very high praise to have a reviewer cite my story as one of the three outstanding ones in the book, even more so when the name writers in the book include Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.

The review can be found here: Review of By Blood We Live. It's also on her blog at jennifer_brozek.

Maybe I should start writing my own vampire trilogy...


Ok, but no sparkly vampires.
Congratulations! That's very cool.
Maybe you can be bold and unconventional, and write a trilogy in which the vampire characters are creatures of the night, unbounded by any sense of morality or compassion, whose sole ambition is to feast on human blood.
just write it quickly before things move on to the Next Big Thing...!

(not sure when/what, but it seems about the right span of time...)

very cool about the review!
I read that earlier today and was suitably impressed :)
Yours sounds like one of the very few vampire stories over the last few years I would be interested in reading!
The story originally appeared in New Voices in Science Fiction, if you want to track it down before By Blood We Live is released.

December 2016

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