Daughters Of Darkness - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Starkiller87

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Daughters of Darkness

'Daughters of Darkness' is a mix of stories from very talented authors all giving their take on the lesbian vampire genre. It might be a book for a very particular person. Although this book doesn't have too much sex, some of the stories were very creative.
Variety, different story lengths.
Not a lot of sex
Rating by reviewer:
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About author

The editor of this collection of stories is Pam Keesey. Pam Keesey considers herself to be a vampirologist who wrote her master's thesis on lesbian vampires in literature. So, she seems to be very knowledgeable and qualified to piece together this group of stories.

The authors for the stories in this book are: Zana, Jody Scott, J. Sheridan LeFanu, Elaine Bergstrom, Jewelle Gomez, Robbi Sommers, Karen Marie Christa Minns, Pat Califia, Katherine V. Forrest and Anna Livia.

All though I haven't read any of the author's previous work, I am interested to read more from some of these creative minds after reading some of their stories.
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

The whole book is geared towards the supernatural, thriller, and horror loving type. Although it is marketed as a lesbian vampire book, there was really not a lot of sex. So, I found myself describing it more as just a vampire book when asked what it was about.

Each story is slightly different writing-wise, most have a more creepy romantic period feel to them, while others had a very modern perspective. While some were very short stories around 10 to 15 pages, others were much longer hitting about 60 to 90 pages. I liked this approach instead of every story being the same length. It really gave you the option to pick based on what kind of mood you were in-do you want a quick story or something long that you can find yourself immersed in?

My favorite story was one that had a much more sci-fi style to it. It's set in space, where the moon is always full, thus perfect for a vampire to always play! Some of the other stories were touch and go. While I enjoy reading new things, I'm not a lesbian vampire enthusiast. I think this was much more up my alley as it didn't talk too much about it.
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Queer


The cover of the book is very orange, giving a warm feeling to it. It does say that it is a lesbian vampire book, so don't be surprised if someone asks you about it. It is a nice size, about that of an average paper back novel. The binding and everything is very professional and well made. The font was a little small for my liking, I would have been happier with one size up.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made
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  • SMichelle
    Great review.
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    Great review
  • arewehavingfun?
    Good review--disappointing book for us Anne Rice fans.
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    Thank you~
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