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Shepeard, M. (1996). Roses for the prince. In E. Garber & J. Gomez (Eds.), Swords of the rainbow (pp. 21-32). Los Angeles: Alyson.

Ruadh is a young adept out gathering damine, a magic flower of love, when he sees a royal carriage.  The passenger inside, a mysterious and handsome stranger, is not what Ruadh expects, especially when the man winks at him.  Borras, his master, and another magical practitioner and herbalist, Ragallach, know that the nobleman is Prince Laon, a lobais.  The lobias have long fangs and claw-like hands, and although it is a genetic trait that is passed down in some families, the lobias can also convert a human with a blood exchange.  Ruadh is kept ignorant of Laon’s true nature, and does everything in his power to get closer to the nobleman, including casting a forbidden love spell that summons Laon to him.  They have a night of passion together which culminates in Ruadh’s conversion to lobais.  He awakens to his new lover, as well as the corpse of his master who tried to kill them in the night.  Shaking the death off easily, he begins his new life.

Ruadh’s tale is that of a rebellious teenager whose first stirring of sexual awakening leads to bad decisions and the literal loss of his humanity.  One cannot help but empathize with his frustration with adults keeping him away from arcane, but vital, knowledge (e.g. sex, magic). This story would make an interesting addition to a course on science fiction and fantasy, giving students a chance to explore a wider spectrum of storytelling than is typically included in most anthology texts.

If you want more gay blades & space escapades, try:

Decarnin, C., Garber, E., & Paleo, L. (1994). Worlds apart: An anthology of lesbian and gay science fiction and fantasy. Boston: AlyCat Books.

Urban, M. (2008). Far from home: A collection of three M/M science fiction novellas. Frisco, TX: Dreamspinner Press.

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Tremblay, A. (2006). Taken. In B. de Moss (Ed.),  Blood sisters: Lesbian vampire tales (pp. 16-29). Los Angeles: Alyson.

Corinne is the object of the protagonist’s love and affection, but Corinne identifies as straight, so the protagonist cuts off the friendship to avoid being hurt. One night in the park, she is musing pensively about Corinne when she is accosted by a female vampire, Kyrelle. She awakens a vampire and begins to learn about her new unlife, learning to hunt for blood and severing ties to her old life, all except for Corinne who confronts her at a club. They quarrel and then begin a passionate encounter that ends in Corinne’s death, our protagonist learning too late that Corinne was in love with her. Falling asleep next to the body, she wakes to find that Corinne has come back to her!

A story of one-sided lesbian love that ends with its blossom into requited love, this erotic vampire tale offers danger, sex, and a happy ending. Recommended for an adult audience that is comfortable with reading erotica of a lesbian nature.

If you want more vampiric lesbian erotics, try:

Stark, N., & Tam, T. (2009). Everafter. New York: Bold Strokes.

Claxton, C. (2002). Scarlet thirst. London: Red Hot Diva.

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Vincent, R. (2008). The midday mangler meets his match. In Telep, T. (Ed.), The mammoth book of vampire romance (pp. 379-405). Philadelphia, Pa: Running Press.

Keziah (aka Kez), Oscar and Lucinda (aka Luci) are young vampire siblings in a vampire-run society. They eat food, blood comes in cartons like milk, or in tins and jars like preserves, and biting is seriously taboo. The news channels say a killer is on the loose nearby and each young victim is drained dry and left to die in the sun. Luci is lured into a car by a man pretending to know her father, and while trying to rescue her, Kez is captured too. It turns out that the “Midday Mangler” as he is dubbed by the news media, is draining young children and trafficking in their blood. He goes after Luci, but Kez instinctively lashes out and Luci joins the fray and chomps on his arm, causing him to drop his gun. Together they manage to force the Mangler out into the sun and save themselves.

This story takes an interesting look at how a sustainable vampire society might be run. Members of society exist and thrive in a carefully-regulated manner with a highly sanitized method of blood consumption, ostensibly for the purposes of keeping things on an even keel and suppressing the more feral instincts of most vampires. In a society that forbids biting, it is lucky that Luci is able to instinctively cast that stricture aside. With some mild sexual content, this story is recommended for ages 14+.

For more sweet sanguinary sibling stories, try:

Griffin, A. (2007). Vampire Island. New York: Putnam.

Mercer, S. (2007). Switched. New York: HarperTrophy.

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Yolen, J. (1998). Mama gone. In A. Durant & N. Hardcastle (Eds.), Vampire and werewolf stories (pp. 126-133). New York: Kingfisher.

Mandy Jane’s part-vampire mother dies tragically in childbirth, which means she is doomed to rise from the grave as a full vampire.  In order to prevent this, Mandy Jane’s father was supposed to chop off both her hands and feet, as well as fill her mouth with garlic, in order to prevent such an occurrence, but he is too grief-stricken to comply and Mama rises on schedule.  Mama’s first stop is at her old home, but Mandy Jane has rubbed every entrance with garlic and Mama preys on someone else.  Papa prepares to kill Mama, but Mandy Jane bravely goes to face Mama alone.  She calls up tender family memories, and at last her mother cries and remembers who her daughter is and meets the dawn gladly.

Mama Gone takes place in a rural mountain community, one in which superstitions that normally run rampant are actually founded in reality. Mandy Jane is a strong, stoic young girl. She does what must be done when her father cannot. Only once her mother is truly at rest does Mandy Jane give herself permission to grieve. One cannot help but feel sorry for her and her siblings with a father too engulfed in his own grief to care for his children. A sad vampire tale that gives a realistic portrait of a small, isolated culture.

If you want to read more teen vamp stories, try:

Cooper, M. (Ed.), & Kiwak, B. (Illus.). (1996). Classic vampire stories: Timeless tales to sink your teeth into. Los Angeles: Lowell House Classics.

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Zana. (1993). Dracula retold. In P. Keesey (Ed.), Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian vampire stories (pp. 19-22). Pittsburgh, Pa: Cleis Press.

Lucy and Jonathan Harker lead a happy, traditional newlywed life where she tends to his needs. She finds her excitement only in new recipes, until a new lesbian neighbor, Dracula, moves in. Dracula exerts a sinister influence, causing Lucy to stray from Jonathan and wish to subvert the dominant paradigm. Dr. Van Helsing, a psychiatrist, advises Jonathan to chase Dracula away with a Hustler magazine and other unpleasant symbols of patriarchy, and to put his “stake” in her. However, Dracula, Lucy and a cabal of witchy feminist women turn Jonathan into a ladybug and Dracula and Lucy (now known as Amazon Clit Womon) lead a happy life together.

Dracula Retold is a scat be-bop freeform prose romp that tells a story of lesbian liberation. Though it is amusing in how it takes on the vampire trope, the story underneath is a typical lesbian cliché: woman is trapped by man who oppresses her but is liberated by lesbian desires. That cliché can be poignant, but it sits better in works that deal with pre-1980s culture. Nevertheless, it is a quick, fun read for those who like lesbian tales.

If you like empowered lesbian vampires, try:

Pantaleo, J. (2000). Mother Julian & the gentle vampire. Roseville, Calif: Dry Bones Press.

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