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Apprehensions and Other Delusions [Hardcover]

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Yarbro is best known for her long-running series about the vampire Saint-Germain, who is nowhere to be found in these 13 stories retrieved from magazines, a horror convention program, and a chapbook. The stories explore a weird, eerie, and bizarre world--the one we all inhabit. In "Fugues," about a pianist who leases a piano with a curse attached to it, Yarbro plays with readers' expectations of what will happen. In "Renfield's Syndrome," a teenager finds that drinking the blood of small animals gives him power and helps him escape his unhappy home. The hero of "Giotto's Window," an American boy abroad in Florence, sees people as monsters and is believed to be insane, but the nurse sent to bring him home soon realizes otherwise. "Traditional Values" is a good, old-fashioned sf yarn in which humanity has embraced the practice of having each person change gender at crucial stages in his or her lifetime. An excellent collection for Yarbro's fans and horror aficionados in general. Kristine Huntley
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5.0 out of 5 stars strong collection Dec 26 2003
By Harriet Klausner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If readers are like me, they will first search this thirteen, mostly longer short story horror anthology to seek out any Saint-Germain tales. While there are no direct Saint-Germain entries, one inclusion "Fruits of Love" is a well written "tangential to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA", which of course this reviewer read first (nothing says one must read an anthology in sequence; nor read every contribution though you will with this compilation).
The other twelve tales match the excellence of "Fruits of Love" while displaying the vastness of Ms. Yarbro's talent to write outside or on the peripheral of the vampire novel realm. Twelve of the stories were initially released in other publications with two from the 1980s, six from the 1990s, and four from the current decade. There is also one new delightful story, "Fugues" that highlight the author's ability to keep the reader in suspense as to whether it is about a psychological problem or possession. No delusion, APPREHENSIONS AND OTHER DELUSIONS is the real thing when it comes to strong horror suspense.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars strong collection Dec 26 2003
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Format:Hardcover
If readers are like me, they will first search this thirteen, mostly longer short story horror anthology to seek out any Saint-Germain tales. While there are no direct Saint-Germain entries, one inclusion "Fruits of Love" is a well written "tangential to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA", which of course this reviewer read first (nothing says one must read an anthology in sequence; nor read every contribution though you will with this compilation).
The other twelve tales match the excellence of "Fruits of Love" while displaying the vastness of Ms. Yarbro's talent to write outside or on the peripheral of the vampire novel realm. Twelve of the stories were initially released in other publications with two from the 1980s, six from the 1990s, and four from the current decade. There is also one new delightful story, "Fugues" that highlight the author's ability to keep the reader in suspense as to whether it is about a psychological problem or possession. No delusion, APPREHENSIONS AND OTHER DELUSIONS is the real thing when it comes to strong horror suspense.
Harriet Klausner
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