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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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