Daughters Of Darkness

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Lesbian Vampire Erotica Has Arrived

For the die hard vampire genre fan this is a great read! The stories are lush, erotic and about a section of vampirism that sometimes gets overlooked; the lesbian vampire. Some of the stories are classics and some are quite contemporary but all have something to offer the interested reader.
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Pros:
Lush, erotic stories written in a variety of styles by a variety of writers
Cons:
Some styles of writing are dated and might not appeal to the average reader
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
I love vampire erotica it's just one of my many unique quirks. There's something about the power exchange inherent in a great vampire story that thrills me. I have read traditional Vampire stories that portray the vampire as a true monster as in Bram Stoker's Dracula all the way to Laurell K. Hamilton's extremely sexy and not at all the bad guy 'Jean-Claude'. Along the way I met a few dozen female vampires but none who were completely lesbian! Along comes Daughters Of Darkness and I prepared to be thrilled and titillated by yet another face of vampirism.


Editor Pam Keesey shares in her Introduction to the book that she is also a fan of vampire erotica and specifically lesbian vampire erotica which started after she saw a screening of the movie The Hunger. She embarked on a search for more about lesbian vampires expecting that it was a new fad. What she discovered was that lesbian vampire erotica is as old as storytelling and some of the oldest stories are just as erotic as anything currently being written. In some circles the belief is that the Countess Bathory was the basis of the Dracula story not Vlad Tepes though both legendary characters can be combined to form a terribly evil monster! Ms. Keesey traces her research for the reader in her introduction and sets up the stories in an attractive and interesting way.


In Dracula Retold by Zana, we meet a repressed housewife by the name of Lucy Harker who meets a female Dracula and all sorts of hardship befalls poor Jonathan! He finds out whether life as a ladybug is more to his liking.

In medieval Sibiu, Transylvania it is a crime to either be a vampire or a lesbian but the main character in I, Vampire by Jody Scott, is rather vague about what has really caused her family to go insane! Obviously they are not at all pleased that she has admitted she sucked the blood of a priest but she hints that her lesbian tendencies might also be an unforgivable crime. Either way the story is quite compelling and actually one of my favorites in this anthology.

Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu is almost novelette length and is written in an old style that might be a tad boring to some readers. It was written in 1871 and attempts to retell the poem Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Carmilla chronicles the story of Millarca Karnstein who calls herself Carmilla and seduces a very young and impressionable Laura. The story is timeless and well worth the read.

Elaine Bergstrom offers up a retelling of Countess Elizabeth Bathory's tale with a more appealing and needy heroine who just wants understanding and love from another of her 'kind' in Daughter Of The Night.

For a real departure from the norm of vampire lore we are offered Louisiana 1850 by Jewelle Gomez. In this story Gilda is black, female, a slave, a lesbian and a feminist! She embraces vampirism and escapes her slavers after losing her Mother, her only salvation in a world completely bent on her destruction. This is a very strong story and the imagery is disturbing at times.

In Oh Captain, My Captain by Katherine V. Forrest we are taken on a science fiction adventure where we meet Captain Drake the vampire commander of the Scorpio IV. She is totally vampire but also totally lesbian and in search of something more than just existence.


Daughters Of Darkness features 10 stories written by various authors most of whom I had never met before. In this anthology the editor Pam Keesey did not offer up her own work but rather collected the work for her reader's enjoyment that best exemplified the subject matter in her opinion. The author's she chose are: Zana, Jody Scott, J. Sheridan LeFanu, Elaine Bergstrom, Jewell Gomez, Robbi Sommers, Karen Marie Christa Minns, Pat Califa, Katherine V. Forrest and Anna Livia.

Though some of the works were long I found them very compelling and fun to read. This is not, however, a book best suited to reader's who prefer contemporary vampire stories heavy on mysticism and erotica.
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Continued from above: The cover art of the book isn't terribly sexual but highly erotic and possibly not safe for work. It features two lovely female faces about to either kiss or attack each other. Both mouths feature prominent red lipstick and vampire fangs.

The end of the book features a filmography of all the films mentioned in the book as well as a complete bibliography.
Follow-up commentary
I still like the book but we have seen that it really isn't a book that appeals to everyone. Even in my small circle of family/friends/lovers the book has gotten mixed reactions. Personally? I really like it and read some of the stories again and again. This really is targeted toward a specific segment of the reading populace.
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  • Kaltir
    Kaltir  
    Thanks for the review:-D
  • The Curious Couple
    The Curious Couple  
    Very nice review, thank you!
  • Ivy Wilde
    Ivy Wilde  
    Thanks for the review. I haven't read this book, but hubby has, and I must admit, he HATED it. He said there was almost no sex at all, and in one story there was sex involving a 13 year old girl which completely horrified him, and not in a fun way.

    It's interesting to read a completely different viewpoint.
  • Airen Wolf
    Airen Wolf  
    You have to take into consideration the mores and morals of the people at the time the story was written! It was illegal to have raw sex scenes in a story for most of the longer stories in this book. That being said this really isn't a book that has wide appeal, the subject matter alone will squck out some and the writing styles are vastly diferent than popular culture. Also if the story that horrified him is the one I'm thinking of...good for him! It was meant tobe horrific and unfortunatey happened all too often (the underage sex bit not the vampirism).
  • Diabolical Kitty
    Diabolical Kitty  
    I've still got to do my review on this. I'm not too excited to do it either. Great review.
  • WildeKnight
    WildeKnight  
    Good review. Glad you could appreciate it. I couldn't.
  • TexasBrat
    TexasBrat  
    Thanks for the review!!!
  • Emma
    Emma  
    cool reiview
  • CadmiumKitty
    CadmiumKitty  
    nice review
  • subwayrailings
    subwayrailings  
    thanks for this review !
  • Dirtydiggins
    Dirtydiggins  
    Awesome.
  • chicmichiw
    chicmichiw  
    Interesting! Wishlisted
  • LoooveMonkey
    LoooveMonkey  
    Thanks for reviewing this, Airen. ^^
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