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Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!
In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out—and going out for their first kill—and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire—and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
★"Boundary-pushing... Toothsome stories that stake a new claim on old tropes."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Meet the Creators
SAMIRA AHMED is the New York Times–bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, and Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies including Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Ink Knows No Borders, Who Will Speak for America, This is What a Librarian Looks Like, and Universe of Wishes. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira has taught high school English, worked in education nonprofits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns. She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. She has lived in Chicago, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. Visit her online at samiraahmed.com and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm. Samira’s problematic blood-sucking fave is Spike.
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DHONIELLE CLAYTON is the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series and the New York Times–bestselling author of The Belles series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary—a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers—and COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She’s got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. Visit her online at dhonielleclayton.com and @brownbookworm on Instagram and Twitter. Dhonielle’s favorite vampire is Count von Count from Sesame Street.
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ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, most recently the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate. She is the co-host of the podcast Deadline City. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning a new adventure. Visit her online at zoraidacordova.com. Her favorite vampire will forever be Angel . . . but Damon Salvatore is a close second.
TESSA GRATTON is the author of adult science fiction and fantasy novels The Queens of Innis Lear and Lady Hotspur, as well as several young adult series and short stories which have been translated into twenty-two languages. Her most recent YA books are the original fairy tale Strange Grace and Night Shine. Though she’s lived all over the world, she currently resides at the edge of the prairie with her wife. Visit her online at tessagratton.com. Tessa’s favorite vampire is Gilda, from The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez.
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HEIDI HEILIG is the author of the acclaimed Girl From Everywhere series, as well as the Shadow Players series. Her books have made the Indies Next List and both the Andre Norton and Locus Recommended Reading lists and she has a past life as a musical theatre writer. Visit her online at heidiheilig.com or on Twitter @heidiheilig. Heidi’s favorite vampire is the Titular character in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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JULIE MURPHY lives in North Texas with her husband, who loves her, her dog, who adores her, and her cat, who tolerates her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is the author of Side Effects May Vary, Ramona Blue, Dear Sweet Pea, Faith Taking Flight, Puddin’, and Dumplin’, which was adapted into a film on Netflix. You can visit Julie online at imjuliemurphy.com. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @andimjulie. Julie’s favorite vampire is Edward Cullen and she’s not even a little bit ashamed.
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MARK OSHIRO is the award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert. When not writing, editing, or traveling, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world. You can visit them online at markoshiro.com or @MarkDoesStuff on both Twitter and Instagram. Mark’s favorite vampires are Blade and Angel.
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NATALIE C. PARKER is the author and editor of several books for young adults including the acclaimed Seafire trilogy. Her work has been included on the NPR Best Books list, the Indies Next List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List, and in Junior Library Guild selections. Natalie grew up in a Navy family, finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now she lives with her wife on the Kansas prairie. Find her online at nataliecparker.com. Her vampire queen is Caroline Forbes.
REBECCA ROANHORSE is a New York Times–bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Astounding awards. Her novels include Trail of Lightning, Storm of Locusts, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, and the middle grade novel Race to the Sun. Her latest adult novel, Black Sun, comes out Fall 2020. Her young adult short fiction can be found in Hungry Hearts, A Phoenix First Must Burn, and A Universe of Wishes. She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband and daughter. Find her online at rebeccaroanhorse.com or on Twitter @RoanhorseBex. Rebecca’s favorite vampire is Jean-Claude from the Anita Black: Vampire Hunter series, but the Blood River Boys are an ode to her teenage faves, Michael and David from The Lost Boys.
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LAURA RUBY writes fiction for kids, teens, and adults, including the young adult novel Bone Gap, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Printz Medal. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFAC program. Visit her online at lauraruby.com and on Twitter and Instagram @thatlauraruby. Laura’s favorite vampire is the girl from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
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VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times– and Indie-bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, been translated into more than two dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones.” Visit her online at veschwab.com and follow her on Twitter @veschwab. Victoria’s favorite vampire is obviously Lestat.
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KAYLA WHALEY is an essayist and novelist living outside Atlanta. Her work has appeared in Catapult, The Toast, and Michigan Quarterly Review and in the anthologies Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World and Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. She holds an MFA from the University of Tampa and was formerly senior editor at Disability in Kidlit. Visit her online at kaylawhaley.com and follow her on Twitter @PunkinOnWheels. Kayla’s favorite vampire is Claudia, especially as played by Kirsten Dunst.
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