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Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror Writers Association (Dark-Hunter World) by [Butcher, Jim, Harris, Charlaine, Kenyon, Sherrilyn]
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The Horror Writers Association Presents


...a collection of entertaining tales that puts the fun back into dark fiction, with ironic twists and tongue-in-cheek wit to temper the jagged edge.

Charlaine Harris reveals the dark side of going green, when a quartet of die-hard environmentalists hosts a fundraiser with a gory twist in "An Evening with Al Gore"...In an all-new Dresden Files story from Jim Butcher, when it comes to tracking deadly paranormal doings, there's no such thing as a "Day Off" for the Chicago P.D.'s wizard detective, Harry Dresden...Sherrilyn Kenyon turns a cubicle-dwelling MBA with no life into a demon-fighting seraph with one hell of an afterlife in "Where Angels Fear to Tread"...Celebrity necromancer Jaime Vegas is headlining a sold-out séance tour, but behind the scenes, a disgruntled ghost has a bone to pick, in Kelley Armstrong's "The Ungrateful Dead." Plus tales guaranteed to get under your skin -- in a good way -- from

Janet Berliner Don D'Ammassa Nancy Holder Nancy KilpatrickJ. A. Konrath and F. Paul Wilson Joe R. Lansdale Will LudwigsenSharyn McCrumb Mark Onspaugh Mike Resnick Steven SavileD. L. Snell Eric James Stone Jeff Strand Lucien Soulban Matt Venne Christopher Welch

So let the blood flow and laughter reign -- because when it comes to facing our deepest, darkest fears, a little humor goes a long way!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (April 2 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DTVNI
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This anthology of short horror stories exceeded my expectations. I liked reading all of the authors different stories and most of them were humourous. There was only one story in the book that I did not like, it was morbid and not funny (the second story in the anthology). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who does not see the humour or the brightside of horror.
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HASH(0x9bb81378) out of 5 stars Chuckles outweigh the clunkers Oct. 29 2008
By R. C. Mulhare - Published on
Format: Paperback
I mostly got this book for the offering by Jim Butcher, but I felt it a disservice to the other authors if I didn't read the rest. Granted, the other stories are a mixed bag in terms of quality, and some of the humor is of the splatter and potty-joke variety, but it's still worth a reading if you want an easy giggle and a mild case of the shudders:

"The Ungrateful Dead" -- A Necromancer finds a clever way to ward off a pesky spirit and his zombie cousin.

"Mr. Bear" -- The unnerving true story of a celebrity bear gone bad.

"Hell in a Handbasket" -- A surprise delivery to the infernal gates winds up more than the nether regions can handle

"The Eldritch Pastiche from Beyond the Shadow of Horror" -- Part tongue-in-cheek parody of H.P. Lovecraft's works, part shivery meta-fiction.

"Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues" -- What happens when the King of Rock and Roll becomes a king of the night...

"No Problem" -- A mad scientist's descendant discovers his heritage and starts to experiment with his findings... with disastrous results.

"Old School" -- A ritual gone wrong when the practitioners failed to read the fine print...

"A Sound of Blunder" -- A gleefully splatter-laden parody of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" featuring two inept gangster-wannabes' attempts to make a bad deal go away.

"An Evening with Al Gore" -- A satiric look at going green -- and what happens when the preternatural fights back to protect the natural.

"Dear Prudence" -- A blackly witty tale in letters as a man contemplates offing his shrewish wife...

"A Good Psycho is Hard to Find" -- A spoof on chainsaw murderer flicks -- and a rip on who the real psychos might be..

"High Kicks and Misdemeanors" -- A skeezy talent scout finds a strange use for a gift left to him by his Native American uncle.

"PR Problems" -- A ghoul gives us a look into the sorry lot he has in being overshadowed by other, cooler preternatural beings.

"Where Angels Fear to Tread" -- An office worker is called to a higher order when he picks up a mysterious sacred coin.

"A Very Special Girl" -- A group of Damon Runyon-esque paranormal gangsters juggle a sticky bit of bookmaking with a dame you don't want to mess with.

"Love Seat Solitaire" -- A shivery duel between a group of slackers and an angry old poltergeist.

"I Know Who You Ate Last Summer" -- A pair of washed-up rock stars' foray into the Other white meat comes up to bite them.

"Bitches of the Night" -- Ever wondered what it must really be like for Dracula and his brides? Here's a sneak peek into the other side of the coffin lid...

"The Bell... FROM HELL!" -- A nerve-jangler featuring a man with a shockingly simple demonic artifact... and where the real horrors lurk.

"Dead Hand" -- A car-racing crew member tries to get his team ahead by resorting to Cherokee magic, but only annoys the spirit he calls up.

"Day Off" -- Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden is looking forward to a relaxing day with his lady friend... but life on both sides of the Never-Never has other plans for him.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf7cd80) out of 5 stars stories in a lighter vein Oct. 25 2008
By dunefan - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a great idea for an anthology! I picked up this book because I am a big fan of Kevin J. Anderson, -- I was disappointed he doesn't have a story here. These stories range from laugh-out-loud antics (Joe Lansdale, Dond'Amassa, Christopher Welch) to cute twists (Eric James Stone, Jeff Strand, Mark Onspaugh), to just plain enjoyable romps (Lucien Soulban, Jim Butcher). I had never read Jim Butcher before, but I'm sold after reading his "Day Off" in the Harry Dresden series. Since humor is a subjective thing, you probably won't like ALL of the stories here, but you'll certainly find something to tickle your funny bone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcaa45c) out of 5 stars To Say This Book is Bad Doesn't Cut It July 31 2013
By Garnet - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I read about 3/4 of the stories in this book and then started just skimming them to see if there were actually any good ones in this collection. I think the idea of humorous horror stories is great...but where did they get these pieces? Most of them are badly written and honestly awful.

The ones that come to mind (unfortunately) that totally turned me off included the "Smokey the Bear" story and the "Elvis as Vampire" story. They were full of insulting and extremely crude descriptions, especially in regards to women, and weren't funny at all. Some of the scenes described were simply gross. Which is right in line with most of the stories in this book--They Are Not Funny. They read like they were written by those who think that dumb and sick and twisted equates to funny.

One story was only a few pages long. Anyone in some beginner writer's class could have written it and there was no shock or suprise to it, let alone any humor. While I couldn't even get into the Charlaine Harris story, which was one of the key big name authors. I finished reading it and I could see how it was meant to be ironic in a way, The only story I found an amusing idea and half-way decent was the Lovecraft story.

I finally flipped to the back of the book and read some of the biographies of the authors and was surprised to see that some of them have written novels and movies and so on. I can only assume then that what I saw in this book was something they wrote a long time ago when they were first starting out or that they slapdashed it together to meet a deadline for this book. IMO, the editor should have rejected half or more of these stories and gone looking for something better.

Not worth reading. Not worth recommending. Honestly...blech.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b6ee8) out of 5 stars Dark Humor May 17 2009
By J. Baker - Published on
Format: Paperback
Blood Lite is an anthology of short stories from some of today's most prominent horror writers. The stories in Blood Lite all have a dark humor edge to them which I think makes them more enjoyable than just pure horror. Some of the stories were really good but some were just okay. That's pretty typical of the anthologies I've read. My favorite stories in the book were "Day Off" by Jim Butcher (I'm a huge Dresden Files fan), "Hell in a Handbasket" by Lucien Soulban, "Elvis Presley and the Bloodsucker Blues" by Matt Venne, and "Dear Prudence" by Steven Savile. I was really looking forward to Charlaine Harris' contribution since I like her other work, but I was a bit disappointed with it.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By kazza - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at the bookstore on a lark. I'm a dedicated Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher fan, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. This is a book for entertainment; it's very light-hearted, and yes, it's full of the "gross" factor, but it was fun to read some of my favorite authors take a side trip from their usual series that I know and love. It was also a great way to experience some previously unread authors for me so I can be on the lookout for their books. All in all, it was worth purchasing and even the few that were just not my bag were far outnumbered with enjoyable stories.