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Read all the books in the WRAPPED Series *Wrapped In Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror *Wrapped In White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits *Wrapped In Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, y Read all the books in the WRAPPED Series *Wrapped In Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror *Wrapped In White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits *Wrapped In Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, you are sure to find your... type - Wrapped In Red. 13 Authors. 13 Stories. Unlimited Vampire Nightmares.


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Read all the books in the WRAPPED Series *Wrapped In Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror *Wrapped In White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits *Wrapped In Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, y Read all the books in the WRAPPED Series *Wrapped In Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror *Wrapped In White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits *Wrapped In Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, you are sure to find your... type - Wrapped In Red. 13 Authors. 13 Stories. Unlimited Vampire Nightmares.

57 review for Wrapped in Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror (Wrapped #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    This is a good little collection of vampire tales. I can easily envision it as it as a weekly half-hour horror show à la Night Gallery only hosted by Vincent Price instead of Rod Serling. Three stories are of special note. Suzi M.'s "Blood in the Water" is a rich new take on vintage Western myth and literary culture. I'd love to see this writer produce more work with the character of Lilith. I was also entertained by "My Boss is a Vampire" by David Matula, which was easily the most amusing of th This is a good little collection of vampire tales. I can easily envision it as it as a weekly half-hour horror show à la Night Gallery only hosted by Vincent Price instead of Rod Serling. Three stories are of special note. Suzi M.'s "Blood in the Water" is a rich new take on vintage Western myth and literary culture. I'd love to see this writer produce more work with the character of Lilith. I was also entertained by "My Boss is a Vampire" by David Matula, which was easily the most amusing of the collection. I was charmed and delighted by the ending and I just adore the character of Cameron. My hands-down favorite, however, was "Daddy Used to Drink Too Much" by Michael G. Williams. The Appalachian voice rings true in this one, and it has a dark beauty which I love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat Yares

    Wrapped in Red is an anthology that includes not one or two great stories, but all thirteen stories in this collection are strong and well written. These vampires are old school, without a bit of sparkling in sight, for which I was truly grateful. From authors I love (i.e., Billie Sue Mosiman, Patrick Green, Suzi M and Chantal Noordeloos) to authors I've never read before, I enjoyed every story in this book. Just plain good old fashioned horror, well written, well edited and worth a read. When I Wrapped in Red is an anthology that includes not one or two great stories, but all thirteen stories in this collection are strong and well written. These vampires are old school, without a bit of sparkling in sight, for which I was truly grateful. From authors I love (i.e., Billie Sue Mosiman, Patrick Green, Suzi M and Chantal Noordeloos) to authors I've never read before, I enjoyed every story in this book. Just plain good old fashioned horror, well written, well edited and worth a read. When I was asked to review this by the publisher, I wasn't really sure. But in the end, I sat down and read the entire collection in a day, so if that isn't a collection worth a 5 star rating, I'm not sure what is.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Art Griswold

    I love reading about vampires, and this has it all. It covers conventional to the unconventional to the what the heck just happened there?!? 13 Tales in all, some obviously stand above the others but overall this is a very well done collection. Some of my personal favorites: Daddy Used to Drink too Much by Michael G Williams - Completely sad and heart breaking but oh so good at the same time. This was a great way to open the book. We have a vicious vampire, a weak willed and very flawed but loving I love reading about vampires, and this has it all. It covers conventional to the unconventional to the what the heck just happened there?!? 13 Tales in all, some obviously stand above the others but overall this is a very well done collection. Some of my personal favorites: Daddy Used to Drink too Much by Michael G Williams - Completely sad and heart breaking but oh so good at the same time. This was a great way to open the book. We have a vicious vampire, a weak willed and very flawed but loving father and an incredibly strong daughter. Nitghbound by Patrick C Greene - This makes me taste the blood in my own throat it was so well written. I feel this climbs the rungs of vampire stories almost to the levels just beneath 'Salem's Lot. Shattering Glass by Brian D Mazur - A completely new take on vampires and the delivery causes this story to rank up near the top in the entire book. Blood in the Water by Suzi M - only three words: I WANT MORE!!! Vermillion by Bryan W Alaspa - I love stories like this with old legends and isolated towns. The heritage mixed with ancient evil and revenge. The end result is great. The Blood Runs Strong by Chantal Noordeloos - It does not matter if it is in a stand alone book or a collection of authors, I am starting to realize that this particular writer shines brighter than them all. She manages to pull the table cloth out from under our expectations on every plot hang. A true wordsmith, Noordeloos is a name to remember. I kept thinking the vampires were one thing, and she flipped me over seamlessly without me knowing it until I was smack in the middle of it. These were just my personal favorites, the entire book is a solid and well done collection of wonderful vampire stories.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Willett

    Over the years, I've learned that stories about vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are scary. Some are romantic. And some are even funny. Wrapped In Red is some of everything. This eclectic collection of vampiric short stories takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, full of spiraling terror, screeching laughter and plummeting sorrow. And lots and lots of stomach-churning ugh! Each of these thirteen tales have their own coppery flavor, velvety premise and grisly set of characters. Jus Over the years, I've learned that stories about vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are scary. Some are romantic. And some are even funny. Wrapped In Red is some of everything. This eclectic collection of vampiric short stories takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, full of spiraling terror, screeching laughter and plummeting sorrow. And lots and lots of stomach-churning ugh! Each of these thirteen tales have their own coppery flavor, velvety premise and grisly set of characters. Just see for yourself in the brief, spoiler-free reviews below. "Daddy Used to Drink Too Much": I like this story for the sheer fact it doesn't revolve around the protagonist and her relationship with Percy, the elfin vampire she meets in the woods (which, let's face it, most young-girl-meets-cute-vampire-boy sagas do). It revolves around her relationship with her abusive father and the destructive power of grief and sorrow. Daddy Used to Drink Too Much is a quick, smooth read that's sure to have you "thirsting" for more...Sorry, I couldn't resist. 3/5 stars "Nightbound": Here's a good ol' escaped convict adventure with a bloody flair. You're sure to be entertained with Nightbound's revolting descriptions, oily thugs and, best of all, ravenous vampires. Although the premise flirts with predictable, the ending still gives the reader a satisfying case of the heebie-jeebies...And a good dose of fear for dark basements and abandoned homes. If you're looking for a story in the genre "Ca-reepy", this is it! 3/5 stars "Promises": This beautifully told story reminds me of a fairy tale. Not the happy, cotton candy kind, but the bitterly twisted kind, filled with tragedy and despair. And love. True, soul mate love that endures the test of time...But, perhaps not the test of ultimate willpower? Although promises are made and kept, other promises are made and broken. Is it weakness that finally conquers the protagonist, Amelia? Or freedom? Or heartbreak? Or revenge? It's a question you'll keep asking yourself long after you finish. Promises is one of those short stories I wouldn't mind seeing expanded into a full novel. I'd like to learn more about Amelia and Nathan's intriguing past, doomed present and mysterious future. 4/5 stars "Ye Who Enter Here, Be Damned": Here is a sinister tale of vengeance gone wrong. Supported by vivid descriptives and black-souled characters, Ye Who Enter Here, Be Damned takes the reader on a fast-paced, topsy-turvy journey filled with dirt, blood and Southern hospitality. Well, more like Southern hostility. Trust me, you'll shiver and shudder to the very end of this one. 3/5 stars "The Blood Runs Strong": This one has just as much "ugh!" in it as it does "ooh!". I've always found wannabe vampires ridiculous and disturbing. And worse than absurd impostors with a vicious streak are arrogant people who think they're above the rest of humankind. This story takes on both. And I love it. Even though it's easy to predict what's going to happen, The Blood Runs Strong is thoroughly entertaining, highly amusing, and disgustingly chilling. Best of all, it's completely satisfying. 4/5 stars "Blood ties": Intriguing! This is one of the most unique vampire stories I've ever read. No garlic, no sun, no exposed jugulars, no coffins...Blood Ties takes us to Hell--literally. At first I was confused since the story revolves around Lucifer's throne and his battle with Heaven and its angelic guardians. Then we discover the vampiric twist and...oooh! All I can say is this is an original read that felt like an entire novel in just a few pages. In fact, this is another short story I wouldn't mind seeing as a novel, or even a series. 4/5 stars "Born of the Earth": Here's a traditional vampire tale that's reminiscent of those like Bram Stoker's Dracula (a stunning young woman bitten and transformed into a bloodthirsty, lustful, demonized being). Fear not, though. Despite Born of the Earth's less than unique take on the canine-toothed creature, I found it refreshing. It's always a pleasure to read a story rooted in classic vampiric lore. They're hauntingly beautiful and perfectly disturbing. 3/5 stars "Shattering Glass": Yet another entertaining take on vampires. Once again, we depart from the norm of Crosses and coffins and read a soul sucking story about an old man and his two neighbors--two seemingly friendly women with a sinister agenda. I applaud Shattering Glass's originality, and appreciate the creepy dynamic it added to Wrapped in Red. 3/5 stars "The Scarlet Galleon": If you like vampiric stories with a historical-fiction base, check this one out. The Scarlet Galleon is brimming with a tasty narrative, a mysterious plot and a horrifying twist that left me shuddering and grimacing. More than anything, I loved not knowing what was bombarding the Orenta and its crew members. Mere shadows and blinding darkness can wreak more havoc on a reader's nervous system than red-eyed monsters with bloody fangs and rotting skin. 4/5 stars "Dangerous Dan Tucker: Vampire Gunslinger": Everyone loves a good ol' western, especially one that has a gruesome, mythical angle. Dangerous Dan Tucker: Vampire Gunslinger entertains us with watered down whiskey, pearl handled, nickel plated Colts, and punctured throats and dripping fangs. Gross, but so good! Plus, it's always fun to read with an accent...And even more fun when that accent is Cowboy! 3/5 stars "Blood in the Water": Heebie-jeebies galore! Blood in the Water wins the award for having the most nose wrinkling moments. And not because the story is filled blood and gore (though there is some of that, too), but because of the character Cthulhu and his slimy, snaky body...Yes, I just wrinkled my nose again! Just for its repulsing descriptions and shudder-worthy premise, I give this short story two thumbs up! 4/5 stars "Vermilion": This one is great because it's hard to predict how vampires are going to play into the story. I know that may sound confusing or even annoying, but honestly, I found it exciting. So many times, a reader can tell within the first few lines who the villain is or how the villain is going to play their sinister role. But not so much in Vermilion. Here, you'll find a cursed town, threatening floods, and fiery explosions. But no obvious vampires...So how is it a vampire story? Guess you'll have to read it to find out! 4/5 stars "My Boss is a Vampire": Most stories about vampires make you go, "AH!". Others make you go, "HA!" Like My Boss is a Vampire. With a Sophie Kinsella-like protagonist and plenty of chuckle-worthy moments, this comedic take on the blood sucking beings will have you rolling your eyes and laughing the whole way through...And grimacing a few times, too. It is a vampire story, after all. 3/5 stars Whether you're in the mood for something gruesome, heartbreaking or funny, Wrapped in Red delivers! So check it out! If you dare... Read more book reviews at Jen's Pen Den

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    I have always been a fan of vampire stories. The Vampire Lestat is one of my favorite books ever. And I know you will judge me, but I devoured the Twilight series in two weeks. Doesn’t mean I liked it, but I read it. So I was super excited when the publisher offered me an advanced copy of this anthology. Vampire short stories? Yes, please! Though no story was terrible, some were better than others, as with any collection of short stories. There were three that stood out for me. “Nightbound” by Pa I have always been a fan of vampire stories. The Vampire Lestat is one of my favorite books ever. And I know you will judge me, but I devoured the Twilight series in two weeks. Doesn’t mean I liked it, but I read it. So I was super excited when the publisher offered me an advanced copy of this anthology. Vampire short stories? Yes, please! Though no story was terrible, some were better than others, as with any collection of short stories. There were three that stood out for me. “Nightbound” by Patrick C. Greene was excellent. He has an amazing talent at developing characters with few words. I also loved “Ye Who Enter Here, Be Damned” by Billie Sue Mosiman. It was unique with a Southern style to it that I loved. Another one that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go was “Vermilion” by Bryan W. Alaspa. Bryan is a new author to me, I have never read his work and this was a great introduction. He sets the perfect sinister scene. This was a wonderfully put together anthology. There are some familiar authors in there, and some who this was the first thing I have read by them. Overall, the stories are terrific. There are all types of vampires in here, from the traditional blood-sucking fiends to fun, outgoing hot chicks. The stories flowed perfectly from one to the next and I really couldn’t put the book down. This book is highly recommended to any fan of vampire fiction. Thanks again to Sekhmet Press, not only for the ARC but for the entertainment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara Young

    Not the expected collection of Ho-Hum Bloodsucker Tales! Every horror junkie needs a good anthology around. The right collection of stories to be devoured in a sitting keeps the fan engaged, thoughtful, in suspense, or full of adrenaline for as long as the reader draws it out. Wrapped In Red is that collection. Smart, stimulating and wide-ranging, it’s not another group of ho-hum bloodsucker tales. Thirteen different writing styles bring as many varieties of the undead to life. Besides having at Not the expected collection of Ho-Hum Bloodsucker Tales! Every horror junkie needs a good anthology around. The right collection of stories to be devoured in a sitting keeps the fan engaged, thoughtful, in suspense, or full of adrenaline for as long as the reader draws it out. Wrapped In Red is that collection. Smart, stimulating and wide-ranging, it’s not another group of ho-hum bloodsucker tales. Thirteen different writing styles bring as many varieties of the undead to life. Besides having at least one horrifying beastie to suit any vampire fan, the book touches the spectrum of genres, settings and themes. From romance to western, comedy to sci-fi, vampires are taking over the shelves. They’re invading the gates of Hell, bodies of water, Appalachia and suburbia. They could show up anywhere, for anyone, any time at all. The refreshingly unexpected is what made it so much fun to turn each page. Anyone who likes to put down a story only to have it creep up on them later, laugh aloud, or look at familiar things in a new light will get a thrill from Wrapped In Red, and it is a must read for children of the night everywhere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    G.A. Miller

    I enjoyed this...a collection of tales, each looking at the vampire from a different perspective...and not a single sparkle between the covers. Win!

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Morris

    A highly enjoyable read! I wasn't sure about a collection of short stories featuring the undead but, nevertheless, gave it a try. To my surprise I really enjoyed this book. The stories were all different. To be sure , the vampire theme was a constant but, each story appeared fresh and absorbing. I would recommend this collection to all fans of the paranormal genre. A highly enjoyable read! I wasn't sure about a collection of short stories featuring the undead but, nevertheless, gave it a try. To my surprise I really enjoyed this book. The stories were all different. To be sure , the vampire theme was a constant but, each story appeared fresh and absorbing. I would recommend this collection to all fans of the paranormal genre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Denise Keef

    Being a fan of a few of the authors, Patrick C. Greene, Mark Parker and Bryan Alaspa I knew I had nothing to lose by buying this anthology containing thirteen vampire stories and with luck I would like some of the other stories too. Well…I can say that I was not disappointed by ANY of the stories and have now found ten new authors to follow! The stories contained in this book are so very good and so engrossing that I hated it when I came to the last page. Each author brings his own flavor to eac Being a fan of a few of the authors, Patrick C. Greene, Mark Parker and Bryan Alaspa I knew I had nothing to lose by buying this anthology containing thirteen vampire stories and with luck I would like some of the other stories too. Well…I can say that I was not disappointed by ANY of the stories and have now found ten new authors to follow! The stories contained in this book are so very good and so engrossing that I hated it when I came to the last page. Each author brings his own flavor to each of the stories with none being the same. There is something for everyone and I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did and you too might find an author or two that you have never read anything by and also fall in love with! So…grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage…find a comfortable chair and snuggle in with Wrapped in Red and be prepared to be frightened! Merged review: Being a fan of a few of the authors, Patrick C. Greene, Mark Parker and Bryan Alaspa I knew I had nothing to lose by buying this anthology containing thirteen vampire stories and with luck I would like some of the other stories too. Well…I can say that I was not disappointed by ANY of the stories and have now found ten new authors to follow! The stories contained in this book are so very good and so engrossing that I hated it when I came to the last page. Each author brings his own flavor to each of the stories with none being the same. There is something for everyone and I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did and you too might find an author or two that you have never read anything by and also fall in love with! So…grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage…find a comfortable chair and snuggle in with Wrapped in Red and be prepared to be frightened!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Schubert

    this is my 1st vampire book so dont know how to compare to other books but was very different

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tomson Jane Oliver

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Addington-white

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  14. 4 out of 5

    Con

  15. 5 out of 5

    deanna blais

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Nealon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Josh Strnad

  21. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea McLean

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Pack

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Smart

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mira Kristell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

  31. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Balazs

  33. 4 out of 5

    Janice

  34. 4 out of 5

    Rachella Baker

  35. 4 out of 5

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    Sarah

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    Sharon

  38. 4 out of 5

    Lestat

  39. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  40. 4 out of 5

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    Callie

  42. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  43. 5 out of 5

    xXQueenofHeartsXx

  44. 5 out of 5

    Jose

  45. 5 out of 5

    Haven Gordon

  46. 4 out of 5

    Colette Reilly

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    Rose

  48. 4 out of 5

    Paul

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    Leigh Lane

  50. 4 out of 5

    Tara

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    Kim Hathorn

  52. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Willcoxbrackeen

  53. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

  54. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

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    EveLyn

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    Denise Keef

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    Susan Pigott

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