Stagestruck Vampires and Other PhantasmsSuzy McKee Charnas
fantasy, horror, short stories
Themes of transgression, eroticism, and violence thread through this retrospective collection of short stories and essays. A psychotherapist falls under the spell of her vampire patient in "Unicorn Tapestry" and in "Beauty and the Opéra or the Phantom Beast," an evil maestro finds redemption in his lovely pupil, and additional essays "Art Is Long" and "The Stagestruck Vampire" offer autobiographical reflections on the art of writing. Combining lush prose with a biting wit, this terrifying collection will appeal to fans of fantasy, romance, horror, and character-driven suspense.
- Introductionby Paul Di Filippo
- Beauty and the Opéra or the Phantom Beast
- Unicorn Tapestry
- Evil Thoughts
- Advocates (with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
- A Musical Interlude
- Listening to Brahms
- The Stagestruck Vampire (essay)
- They're Right, Art Is Long (essay)
Suzy McKee Charnas (born 1939) is an American novelist and short story writer, writing primarily in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. She has won several awards for her fiction, including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. A selection of her short fiction was collected in Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms in 2004. She lives in New Mexico.
Suzy McKee Charnas has written one book under the pseudonym of Rebecca Brand.
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