Book Review: The Vampire Connoisseur

Hello vampire lovers and bloodthirsty fans,

Halloween is over. Bummer, I know. But that doesn’t mean the blood fest has to end! I’m continuing my horror reads with a review of The Vampire Connoisseur.

Okay, I’ll admit, I mainly bought this vampire anthology because my great friend Priscilla Bettis (you can check out her awesome blog here or my interview with her here) is one of the featured stories. After following her for a long while here on WordPress, I just had to get a good sampling of her work!

Also, if there’s one thing we authors know, it’s that supporting your indies is very important, so please consider giving this a look at the links below!

Alrighty, on to the book review!

 

Links

GoodReads

Amazon

***Brief disclosure***

I am an Amazon affiliate and earn a tiny commission for purchases made through the Amazon links in this post. It’s a great way to help me keep things running on my blog if you’re already intrigued enough to make a purchase. 

 

The Review

It’s always been hard for me to rate an anthology, but here goes!

I’ve been a fan of vampires since I read some of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in high school. They were my first supernatural creature, and I’ll always have a soft spot for the vengeful bloodsuckers.

Going into this book, I had high hopes. There’s plenty of room to reimagine the concept of vampires. Overall, I had a good time!

Favorites of mine were The Red Angel, A Fiend Indeed, The Sun Sets Nonetheless, Splinter, and Take Me Home Tonight. Each of these had a unique take on vampires that made it hard to stop flipping those pages, especially The Red Angel, The Sun Sets Nonetheless, and Take Me Home Tonight. These stories really made this book shine!

Honorable mention goes to A Visit from Saint Vic. We don’t see enough Christmas-themed vampire stories out there!

I will say that in between my favorite were a number of stories that felt a bit lackluster in comparison (that dragged my rating down a bit), but I did enjoy each story in some way, so they each have their merit.

Overall, this anthology had some real gems within, and I had fun exploring these vampiric worlds and realities. If you’re looking for new vampire stories by talented indie authors, definitely pick this book up!

 

That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!

 

Join My ARC Review Team | Subscribe

 Facebook | GoodReads | Bookbub | Tumblr | Instagram

 

40 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Jonny, and thanks for reviewing The Vampire Connoisseur.:-) You’re right, it IS hard to review anthologies. It’s rare that I like every story because of the different story themes and writing styles. I usually do what you did and pick out the ones that stood out as faves.

    • Very welcome! Your story was so much fun. 🙂 I knew you were a great writer! Yeah, with every anthology will be a few duds, but hopefully like this one the ones that shine make the difference.

      • Haha, fair point. I hadn’t read a vampire book for months before reading these. I’m also overdue for a zombie read in the near future. So many books, so little time!

      • Oh! If you’re still sticking to quick reads? Check out Mira Grant’s ‘Final Girls’ it’s a great sci-fi horror. That’s about as close to vampire/zombies as I’ve been in a while.
        And I know.. isn’t it great? 😁

      • Oh, that sounds right up my alley! Just added to my TBR. I’ll have to see if my library has it or not. Yeah, I have this zombie series I could start, but it has to be when I’m in between semesters in grad school because it’s like 9 books.

      • Oh, I bet! My library doesn’t seem to have her stuff, but I can put in a suggestion and they’ll usually buy it. 🙂

        Sure, it’s the Dead Meat series (zombies) by Nick Clausen. He’s another author that I almost always rate a 4-5.

      • Well, that sucks! Hopefully they’re able to get it for you, it’s a really great read. She has a zombie series too called “Feed”.. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it’s supposedly fantastic.

        Dead.. Meat. I don’t know if that sounds questionable or promising. Lets go with.. Both. I’ll definitely check it out, though! 😋

      • Basically I just tell them what I want and they always get it, with one exception because they had something in a different format that I didn’t see.

        Actually feed is on my tbr, but books do go there to die lol.

        Lol look up some of my nick Clausen reviews. I can almost guarantee it’ll be good, but you could always wait and see what I think once I get to it.

      • That’s nice.. our library is a little too small to be very helpful. I mostly stick to reading e-books now.

        And that really is what happens, isn’t it? 😂

        Why choose? I’ll check him out And keep my eye out for your reviews.. I probably won’t be able to get to his stuff all that soon anyway.

      • Oh I feel you. I used to use another library and their selection and process of adding to their collection left a lot to be desired. My current library is amazing, I definitely know a lot can’t compare. I like ebooks too mainly but they usually have the physical books available.

        Lol it really is. I have some that have been on there since 2014.

        Sounds like a plan! Actually if you sign up on his website you get a bunch of free stories to see if you like him or not.

      • That sounds wonderful. I miss having the option of losing a few hours in a good library. E-books are great for convenience and all but holding a book in your hands, the smell, the pages.. Not much beats it.

        Oh wow! I only just started putting together a Tbr at the beginning of the year and it’s already out of hand.. I don’t want to imagine what it will look like in 5+ years!

        That’s pretty cool, I’ll look into that, thanks! And his ‘Dead Meat’ series sounds like a young adult Dawn of the Dead.. I might actually read that.

      • Yeah, I usually don’t browse the stacks at mine due to how crazy my TBR is, but I think from time to time it’s nice to just browse and see what’s there that you may not have seen before.

        I totally agree! Nothing beats the feel of a real book in your hands.

        Haha, get ready, because your TBR is gonna go nuts! I think I have 600 or so books in my to-read pile. It used to be 800 though, so I feel like I’ve gotten a bit better at managing it and occasionally taking a second look and getting rid of books I’m not really all that into.

        Sure thing! I just have a few more weeks of grad school, then I’ll try to give Dead Meat a shot.

      • I’ve always loved getting lost in libraries and book stores, you can find all kinds of new adventures you might not have on here.

        Tablets are great.. they’re just not the same!

        Bring it on! My Tbr..s can handle it!

        I have five Tbr lists. One is at over 2,000.. I think it might be time to go through and organize them some. 😅

      • Exactly!

        I’ve grown to accept and even enjoy tablets, they just won’t ever quite compare to actual books.

        Hahaha, that’s a great attitude to have. Bring on the fattening of the TBR!

        Oh my! I stick to just one, but I have categories for everything. I kind of grade everything by interest level first. There’s ‘Gotta read this NOW!’, ‘Maybe I’ll read soon’, and of course, ‘Meh, maybe.’

      • I think the best thing about tablets is that you never have to worry about reading when it’s dark.. The newer generations will never know the struggle of trying to light book pages after lights out. 😆

        And I figure that we’ll never finish our Tbr’s before kicking the bucket anyway but.. Challenge accepted.

        Omgosh, that’s exactly what I do, that’s so great! 😂
        ‘must-read’ ‘priority reads’ ‘will eventually read’ You have to keep that stuff organized!

        Thank you, I needed that laugh! Have a great evening! 😁

      • Yeah, fair point. Reading a physical book in my bedroom is really tough because my lights are relatively dim in there, so I have to go into the living room.

        Yeah, the odds aren’t great, but I welcome the challenge as well!

        Haha, great minds think alike! Once I’m done reading I also categorize them by genres, but only if I actually read it. No free tags on GoodReads from me!

        Haha, always welcome!

      • There are few downsides when reading.. finding good lighting is one of them.

        The odds are way better when you’re stubborn, determined, and motivated..

        And I haven’t yet been able to get as organized with tags and such as I’d like. Blogging seems to be a constant work in progress. 😅

        I hope you had a beautiful weekend and get to enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving week! Stay safe!

      • For sure! I don’t read at night much these days though. I typically try to wind down a bit more in those hours (I feel like such an old man!). Electronic devices are better for nighttime reading in my opinion, but determination wins out regardless of the medium of book.

        No worries, it’s all a learning process and can take a while. My entire first year was just figuring out what worked and what didn’t. With my break from grad school I hope to blog a bit more about random things so it’s not only book reviews.

        Thanks! I’ll be with family out in the boonies so it’ll be an experience for sure! You stay safe as well!

      • They say any kind of reading at night is bad for your eyes and sleep.. But everything is these days. “These days.” Now who’s old? 🤭
        You’re right about determination! If there’s a will, there’s a way!

        And I don’t mind the learning, love it actually.. it’s the not knowing that sucks.. On the plus side? I’ve been able to meet all of you incredible people! Everyone’s been so supportive and helpful that it’s made the whole process a fantastic experience.

        I literally just choked on my water from laughter. The boonies? That’s great! 😂
        Let me guess.. NC, SC, or Georgia?

      • Yeah, but cuddling with a kitty and reading at night can be the best thing sometimes. I’ll take my chances lol.

        Oh, I agree. I got a lot of inspiration by looking at other blogs and taking little pieces of how they execute their posts. It’s a great community for sure! Lots of great people who care about each other.

        LOL actually it’s Missouri boonies. Nothing but dried up corn stalks as far as the eye can see and dreary weather where I’m headed for Thanksgiving.

      • My cat does love the cuddles.. and there’s nothing sweeter.

        Everyone’s so willing to help one another on here.. it’s beautiful thing.

        Ooh! That is the boonies.. and you’re probably going to be quite cold. Best of luck? I’m sure you’ll still find some way to make it a fun trip. Be sure to stay safe!

      • Totally! Ajax just got a box from Chewy for winter toys and stuff. I’m slowly giving him some of the toys so he doesn’t get tired of everything super quickly.

        Oh totally! I’ve rarely seen anything negative at all.

        Yeah, tomorrow’s supposed to be a little cold, but it’s nothing for this Midwestern guy. Thanks! I’ll be playing my Halloween playlist most likely, bopping my head and making crazy faces at people I drive past.

      • Awwh, that’s so sweet.. We get our fuzzy family Christmas gifts too. And that’s such a smart idea, doling out the gifts, I’ll have to try it! The poor spoiled creatures get bored so quickly.

        💕

        Lol, that sounds entertaining. Do you have the cover soundtrack for The Nightmare Before Christmas? They did a pretty great job. Annnnd now ‘Monster Mash’ is playing in my head.

        Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe and have a great time!

      • Yay! All pets need some spoiling if you ask me, though finding the right amount can be tricky. I jokingly refer to Ajax as my cat husband due to how much I spoil him.

        Actually, the specific playlist I created is more adult songs that you would hear at a party. It has taken me so long to find them all and compile it, but I also love me some Hocus Pocus, Nightmare before Christmas, and Monster Mash on occasion.

        Thanks, happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      • They really should.. I don’t understand the ‘they’re Just animals’ way of thinking. And, lol, your kitty husband.. that’s cute. He’s lucky to have you.

        That’s actually pretty cool.. I can’t imagine what great finds you have on there! I may have a similar playlist of Disney songs.. I have been known to, on occasion, embarrass myself with. I guess we all have our guilty pleasures.

        And you’re very welcome! We had a great time over here, thank you, how about you?

      • Oh, people with that mentality are definitely not my friends. Pets must be cuddled and loved all the time! 😀 Aww, thank you! I think I’m pretty lucky too. He’s a total sweetheart.

        Yeah, I’m very picky with what I add to it, but it gets better with time as more stuff comes out that I can add. Exactly! Or if almost any 90’s song comes on the radio get ready, I’m about to make a fool outta myself haha.

        Great to hear! I had a rather uneventful Thanksgiving at my mom’s, so I’m very grateful. There were prior incidents where some drama was involved, but everything went by smoothly.

      • I couldn’t do it. The minute they turn those giant eyes my way.. I’m a complete goner.
        And Ajax sounds like such a little lovebug.. My Enzo is too. They’re capable of so much love if you treat them right.

        Lol! The 90’s has some of the best jams.. It’s a go-to for sure!

        Uneventful is good! Any family gathering you can walk away from, where no one’s been arrested or sent to the hospital, and the minimum amount of drama has occurred? Is a lucky break, I say!
        I’m happy you had a good Thanksgiving.
        Now?.. for Christmas!

      • Right? Cats make me melt! Ajax can be super sweet, he just has a limit before he starts nipping you.

        Totally! Most of my karaoke escapades have centered around 90s songs.

        Haha exactly! I’ll consider it a win. Yeah, I’m not quite ready for Xmas. Gifts are all said and done, but my decorations in my place could be better. May have to hit up the thrift store or a discount place and see what’s available. Christmas is punching holes in my wallet!

      • I’m a sucker for animals in general.. it’s people I tend to be a little abrasive with. Blogging has been great for expanding my social interactions. 😅

        Lol! So relatable! Recently ‘American Idiot’ has taken up residence in my brain and I can’t seem to shake it.

        Take the win! Take it and run while you still can!

        And, hey, at least the gifts are done! That’s usually the hardest part.
        I haven’t decorated yet.. I’m not even sure I will this year. Just can’t seem to find any Christmas spirit.

        Stay safe and have a beautiful week!

      • Me too, except for strange pets like snakes or spiders. No thank you!

        Yeah, blogging is great for making new connections. I’ve made many friends on here over the past few years.

        Oh, I love Green Day! My go to karaoke song is Holiday or Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

        Haha, consider it done! *runs off at an alarming pace*

        They really were this year. I love when people just tell me what they want specifically. When they’re vague or want to be surprised then I tend to run in circles.

        Awww, well maybe just do what you’re comfortable with. I have a tree in storage but haven’t used it in years because I don’t like my apartment being cramped. I just have stuff on my small entry table and on the table in my living room. I would like some lights up, but I’m terrible at hanging them up.

        You do the same! 🙂

      • And I’m absolutely one of those weirdos who likes snakes and spiders.. Lol!

        It’s surprisingly easy to grow attached to the people on here. Even when you know only a little about the other person, everyone’s kindness, the willingness to help.. it’s not something you get a lot of IRL (unless you’re very lucky.)

        Omgosh, that’s so great, I am literally the only person in my life right now who can say (or will admit) they enjoy Greenday. Basket Case for me. 😋😆

        Agreed! Unfortunately everyone I shop for is vague or all ‘Oh, you don’t have to do that..’ ‘Just having you there will be gift enough.’ Really? No.

        I usually love decorating. The lights and shinys and sparkles.. but with most of my family away this year? It’s just not the same.
        And a great way to do the lights is to get some of those stick to the wall hooks? The ones that don’t damage anything? I like those for practically everything Christmas related.

        I try, thank you!

      • Snakes aren’t the worst, but spiders and that evil web magic? Nope!

        Oh, totally! Real life is way different. I have a small group of friends that I hang out with frequently, but a lot of friends on here that I enjoy talking with.

        Ooo nice song choice! Well, you’re not alone in your love of Green Day!

        Haha, my mom always does that when I ask her what she wants. So frustrating!

        Yeah, not having family around can kinda dim that holiday spirit. I hope you find that Christmas spirit regardless 🙂

        Ooo, great recommendation! I think I’ll try that out for decorating.

      • Lol! I think for me it’s all those legs. I’m cool so long as I know where the creatures are.. but the minute my personal space is infringed upon? I’m less friendly.

        And I have no friends.. I tend to keep to myself. Any social interactions are basically just with you guys.😅

        It is! My dad! He insists on never getting him anything. He just wants a good hug.. and maybe baked goodies.
        They know you’re going to get them a gift either way.. why not just. pick. something?

        Family is the best and craziest part of what makes the holidays special so.. Thank you!
        I’m taking aggressive action: Christmas books, music, movies, and soon.. baking! I’ll find my holiday cheer in there somewhere.

        Hope it makes things easier for you! Take care and have fun!

      • Yes, way too many legs indeed! That really is a part of it, the not knowing until maybe you feel something scurry across you. Totally freaks me out.

        Oh, well then this is a great outlet for you to socialize! I’ll admit, since the pandemic started I have actually lost friends and have not made many more with the exception of on here. I just stick to my inner circle for the most part.

        Haha, glad you understand 100%. I actually never really considered baked goods. What’s wrong with me? That’s a perfect low-cost solution!

        Oh, for sure. Plus there’s all the great constant sarcasm between family members at least in my family lol. There you go! I actually watched a Christmas movie this weekend, which I rarely do, so I’m kind of in the mood for some holiday festivities.

        You take care as well! 🙂

Leave a Reply