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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-16 06:45 pm

[ SECRET POST #3725 ]

⌈ Secret Post #3725 ⌋

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
This is sort of backwards to the secret, but I got a couple of collections recently of older vampire/ghost short stories, 19th and early 20th century ones - things like "The Vampire of Croglin Hall" by Augustus Hare (supposedly based on a true story), "An Episode of Cathedral History" by M.R. James, or "The Room in the Tower" by E.F. Benson - and a lot of them actually seem quite fresh to me. Maybe because they predate a lot of the overused modern tropes or they use a lot of the older and weirder-to-modern-eyes folklore? I liked the Benson story in particular, it's got a nice gothic mix of prophetic dreams, haunted portraits and some of the older vampire ideas like the connection to suicides.

For a (somewhat) more modern rec, though, have you tried Barbara Hambly's James Asher series? They're set in the 1910s and they're sort of a weird mix of vampire detective stories and turn-of-the-century spy shenanigans, with the mix swinging more one way or the other depending on which book you're on. I found them really refreshing, both because the vampires are genuinely alien and predatory even when we're currently rooting for them, and also because in the first book a vampire threatens the main character's wife to ensure his cooperation and the first thing he does is go home and tell her about it. And discuss what they, not he, are going to do about it. I don't know, I just found that refreshing. No miscommunications, no horrible secrets to put a strain on their marriage while he fights for their lives, nope, he just goes home and has an honest conversation about it instead, and then they both proceed to unfold the plot of the book both together and seperately.