Book Review: Evolve, Vampire Stories of the New Undead

Evolve is a different kind of book for me; I usually don’t read either anthologies or vampire fiction. I’m more of a novel reader and while I enjoy vampire fiction the recent trends in that genre haven’t really struck a chord with me.

Still, I think I was fated to read this book. When I first opened it to a random page, the story was taking place in Calgary where I live. That doesn’t happen every day so I picked up the book. I read it cover to cover over the course of a week during my daily commute.

Evolve has a nice assortment of 24 short stories from a wide-range of authors including Kelly Armstrong and Tanya Huff as well as many others. You might even run across a character or two you already know.

The vampires in the anthology are not the sparkly kind, in case you are wondering, but instead pay a much closer homage to Dracula with a few modern twists. The stories feel both familiar and, at the same time, new.

The anthology was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It contains mystery, fantasy, intrigue and, of course, horror. Naturally, vampires are central to every piece.

Correction: Evolve was released in Canada in April 2010, will be released in the US in August 2010 and is available on for $12.24 Canadian. (Thanks to Janice Shoults for the correction)



  1. The book was actually JUST released in April, 2010, and will be released in the US in August 2010. If you could let people know that, it would be appreciated. 🙂 Let me know when you want to set up your interview with Nancy.

  2. Great review, sounds pretty good. I want to write a whole bunch of short stories, and I’d love to read more. I should look into this and more anthologies. Thanks Mike!

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