Daughters Of Darkness - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by WildeKnight

Daughters of Weak Innuendo

For the love of the Gods, Goddesses or anything you consider sacred, if you like lots of hot and heavy vampire sex, don't waste your time reading the rest of this review. Hit the back button, and go somewhere else. The sex in Daughters of Darkness isn't worth the wait.
Buying it supports the paper publishing industry?
Hardly any sex
Non-consensual UNDERAGE sex. Ew, ew, ew.
Stories not terribly interesting.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

Pam Keesey is the author of "Vamps: An Illustrated History of the Femme Fatale" and editor of "Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Stories", "Women Who Run with Werewolves: Tales of Blood, Lust and Metamorphosis" and of course, "Daughters of Darkness" She has a M.A. in Women's studies from the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, and currently resides in Minneapolis.

Authors included in the Anthology are:
Zana "Dracula Retold" (Proper names are capitalized goddamnit)
Jody Scott "I, Vampire"
J. Sheridan LeFanu "Carmilla"
Elaine Bergstrom "Daughter of the Night"
Jewelle Gomez "Louisiana: 1850"
Robbi Sommers "Lilith"
Karen Marie Christa Minns "Virago"
Pat Califia "The Vampire"
Katherine V. Forrest "O Captain, My Captain"
Anna Livia "Minimax"
    • Dull
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

If you like lots of stories with lots of sex... You're looking at the wrong book. The first story in the book, “Dracula Retold” not only had no sex, but also refused to use any sort of capitalization, as well as using the feminist spellings of “womon” and “wimmin”, which are just plain annoying. Not only was I not turned on, I spent the rest of the night cradling my copy of the Strunk & White Style manual, and cried myself to sleep lamenting the rise of revisionist grammar. The next story, “I, Vampire” reads as more of a coming out story, rather than erotica. Carmilla, the third story, would be a good story if it were in a book of vampire fiction.

But, this is supposed to be an erotica anthology and in my opinion, a 62 page story with no sex, is not a wise use of space. The book continues on very much in the same vein until you get to "Daughter of the Night", where a vampire *FORCES* an of-age farm boy TO HAVE SEX WITH A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL. THAT IS NOT EROTICA, THAT IS PEDERASTY. I had half a mind to chuck the book into the fireplace and use it as kindling.

The first true instance of Lesbian sex doesn't occur until you get to "The Vampire", page 167. And honestly? It wasn't worth the wait. I really can't in good conscience call this book a book of erotica. Marketing it as a collection of vampire stores that just so happen to have lesbians in them would be more accurate.
    • Fiction


Daughters of Darkness is a 248 page trade paperback that measures 5.75" x 8.5" x .62". The cover graphic isn't terribly discreet, but it's not particularly risque either. The cover depicts two fanged and lipsticked women facing each other that look like they're preparing to either kiss or bite.
    • Soft cover


I'm not sure I can overstate how disappointed I was in this book. I love vampires, and I love erotica, so when I ordered this, my attitude was, “How can they possibly screw this one up?!”

Apparently by forcing the reader to slog through 167 pages of a 235 page book before there's any Lesbian sex to speak of, And by including a story where a man is forced to have sex with a 13 year old against his will. I could have forgiven the 167 page wait for Lesbian sex if it was worth the wait (it wasn't.). But the FORCED underage sex in "Daughter of the Night" is completely unacceptable. I picked up this book hoping to be turned on, not disgusted.
Follow-up commentary
I've since read Girls Who Bite, which is what I was *hoping* Daughters of Darkness would be like. I stand by my original assertion: Skip Daughters of Darkness and buy Girls Who Bite instead.
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  • Kaltir
    Thanks for the review Sounds like a huge waste of a book:-/ Sorry it was such a disappointment.
  • MrWishyWashy
    Cool, thanks for the review!
  • SMichelle
    Thanks for the review.
    I think I'll avoid this one as the poor grammar would drive me crazy.
  • unfulfilled
    Thank you for the review, and sorry it wasn't what you were wanting. I hate when that happens. Great first review!
  • WildeKnight
    Thanks, y'all. I'm sorry it wasn't what I was wanting, too.
  • Ivy Wilde
    Great first review! I look forward to reading more from you!
  • arewehavingfun?
    What lousy book, even for fiction. 13 year old girls--not cool!!
  • subwayrailings
    the nonconsent is what really freaks me out
  • Mediumsizedman
    Nonconsent? No way.
  • Dirtydiggins
  • LoooveMonkey
    Thanks for the review.
  • treehugger
    Ugh sounds terrible.
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