Vampire Stories and Poems

Fiction - Supernatural
116 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2019
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Author Biography

Glenn grew up in Chicago glued to the TV watching Dark Shadows every afternoon. In that highly-rated series, it was Barnabas Collins who first ignited Glenn's passion for blood and vampire stories. The more romantic and erotic vampire stories like Dracula and the many films by Hammer set that passion ablaze.

To satisfy Glenn's thirst for more - more blood, seduction, suspense, romance, passion, sex, realism, and of course bite scenes, Glenn set out to write his own flavor of vampire stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Vampire Stories and Poems by Glenn Stevens is an interesting collection of stories with vampire and Halloween themes and beautifully crafted poems that are delightful to read. And then there is a story about the vampire teddy-bear that bites as a bonus. Two cheerleaders are invited to a Halloween party, thrown by the Count at Dracula Castle, but they just have not the slightest clue of what awaits them. Karen is babysitting little Johnny, a vampire baby, but vampire babies also get hungry, and Karen can't imagine how strong this baby can be. There are many more such stories, each featuring a twist, and I enjoyed how they are crafted.

Glenn Stevens is a great storyteller and a wonderful poet and has created a collection of stories that are hard to put down. The diction is superb and the writing tight. It takes a lot of skill to create strong plotlines for short stories and this author has that skill, keeping readers engaged with each story. Vampire Stories and Poems has an irresistible appeal for fans of horror and vampire stories. The poems are also exciting, and while they capture strong emotions and scenes, they are also laced with symbolism. Here are lines that are beautifully rhymed and that portray the perfect image of a lost soul:

"Inside this beast lays an empty soul,
feeding his hunger has taken its toll.
For he has no life, no friends, no lovers,
his life is empty, for eternity he suffers."

This collection will delight fans. A must-read for readers who are looking for fast-paced stories to entertain them.

K.C. Finn

Vampire Stories and Poems is a concise collection of bloodthirsty works by author Glenn Stevens. Set in the stylish and fun vein of horror with a few thrills, this adventurous collection contains six full-length stories and a poetry collection for fans of the vampire genre to explore. The stories contain both vampire and human characters, with the humans often fighting for their survival against charismatic and/or creepy characters. Settings in the stories range from traditional horror locations such as Dracula’s Castle to more modern and urban settings like suburban homes and downtown Chicago, and the poems turn to a more reflective consideration of vampire life, love, and experience.

Author Glenn Stevens has a clear passion for vampires, their lore and adventures, and it hums with every enthusiastic word of each story, which makes them strangely joyful to read. I particularly enjoyed Babysitting a Vampire, in which little Johnny and his babysitter have a great and frightening twist very late at night. The concepts and imagination of each tale are really excellent and engaging and will provide plenty of fun ideas and food for thought for readers who know the genre well and enjoy a good old spooky yarn. The poems were a cute extra touch. Overall, Vampire Stories and Poems is a good solid read to add to your vampire bookshelf. Fans of horror, the paranormal and the supernatural will find something for everyone in this collection. A fun read!

Jamie Michele

Vampire Stories and Poems by Glenn Stevens is a compilation of the author's previously published work, bringing together a collection of six original short stories and seven original poems. Each individual tale is a stand-alone that contributes to the underlying theme of the undead, with the anthology kicking off by introducing none other than the Carpathian King himself, Count Dracula, along with his Countess, Lilith, in Halloween Ball at Dracula's Castle. It is followed by Babysitting a Vampire, Living Next Door to a Vampire, The Vamp and the Tramp, The Black Widow, and the newly released bonus story, The Valentine Gift. The seven lyrical poems, written in freestyle verses, round out the themed collection.

Vampire Stories and Poems is a fun book that offers a variety of stories for lovers of folklore. Glen Stevens' anthology comes just in time for Halloween, with a Valentine surprise that will spill over into the New Year. The style of writing is straightforward, which makes this an easy read. I particularly enjoyed the poetry, my favorite being Our New Day, wherein a vampire delicately describes the transformation of a young woman by his own embrace. The story The Vamp and the Tramp has some serious sizzle and ties in with a poem featured in the final section. Encounters of the everyday living and the undead, along with many other infamous supernatural beings (who even give us a 'live' version of the Thriller dance at the behest of Count Dracula), weave through each story and make this compilation the perfect read for those who enjoy the genre.