Stagestruck Vampires

Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms

Suzy McKee Charnas

Hugo, Nebula, and Tiptree award–winning author Suzy McKee Charnas offers up her lush stories in this extraordinary retrospective collection. A villainous maestro is redeemed by his apt pupil, a psychotherapist stalks a vampire, and a dazzling performance of Tosca is marred by a shocking murder.

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Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms

by Suzy McKee Charnas

ISBN: 189239121X, 1892391392

Published: 2004

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Hardcover

Hugo, Nebula, and Tiptree award–winning author Suzy McKee Charnas offers up her lush stories in this compelling retrospective story collection. In Stagestruck Vampires, the supernatural and the real intertwine seamlessly. A villainous maestro is redeemed by his lovely, apt pupil in “Beauty and the Opera or The Phantom Beast.” Inside the “Unicorn Tapestry,” a psychotherapist stalks a vampire. A dazzling performance of Tosca is marred by a shocking murder during “A Musical Interlude.”

This collection features original work by Charnas—the mystical novelette, “Peregrines,” and two original essays. Also included is a collaborative story on vampire themes, “Advocates,” written with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of the Saint-Germain Chronicles.

Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms exhibits the author at her wide-ranging best.”
Asimov’s Science Fiction

“So, broad range of talent, nonfiction essays, engaging fiction that dates back 20 years and that was written recently along with a spot-on collaboration. What are you waiting for?”
January Magazine

Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms is a feat of storytelling showcasing an extremely talented writer undergoing a broad scope of undoubtedly personal experiences.”
Bella Online

Suzy McKee Charnas’s ground-breaking novel The Vampire Tapestry was a popular and critically acclaimed exploration of the vampire mythos. The Holdfast Chronicles, a quartet of books that has been hailed as a great work of feminist science fiction, garnered her several Tiptree Awards. She has also won the Hugo, Nebula, and Mythopoeic awards. Charnas adapted The Vampire Tapestry into a two-act play entitled Vampire Dreams. The play had runs in both San Francisco and New York, debuting as part of Springfest in San Francisco in 1990.

Praise for Suzy McKee Charnas

“There’s no greater magician than Suzy McKee Charnas.”
—Peter S. Beagle

Praise for The Vampire Tapestry

 “Probably the best vampire novel ever written.”
Oxford Times

 “Devastatingly powerful…[s]avage and intense and brilliantly satisfying…rich and impressive…a serious, startling, and revolutionary work.”
Washington Post

 Praise for The Furie

 “Rich and powerful…. Charnas has a clear-eyed, complex view of how the search for power, security, and freedom fuels a constant evolution in human relations.”
New York Review of Science Fiction

 “Charnas’s clear thinking and exposition avoid most of the pitfalls that a nakedly political and allegorical book risks; her fems are complex, varied, and flawed human beings, and her depiction of the gender wars is perceptive and intelligent. A moving, thoughtful novel set in a gritty and believable dystopian future.”
Kirkus

 Praise for My Father’s Ghost

“…a moving, thoughtful…never sentimental account of how daughter and father get to know each other in middle and old age…Robin’s unique combination of eccentricity and strength speaks for itself…. Charnas’s story is bound to be a guidebook and an inspiration for anyone caring for aging parents.”
USA Today

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Introduction Paul Di Filippo

A Musical Interlude
Beauty and the Opera, or, the Phantom Beast
Boobs
Evil Thoughts
Listening to Brahms
Peregrines
The Stagestruck Vampire
They’re Right, Art Is Long
Unicorn Tapestry
Advocates