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Author: Theodore Sturgeon Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481552714

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Named one of the Top 40 Horror Books of All Time by the Horror Writers Association, Theodore Sturgeon’s dark and foreboding look at the vampire myth was an instant classic when it was originally published.

Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge receives a confidential folder containing the letters, memos, and transcripts for a young soldier named George Smith—a quiet young man with a terrible past and a shocking secret. As Outerbridge conducts George’s therapy, he gradually discovers the truth about George’s traumatic childhood, his twisted romance with an older woman named Anna, and the unusual obsession George keeps hidden from the world.

With the masterful touch that earned him the Hugo and Nebula awards, Theodore Sturgeon creates a character of both unsettling violence and irresistible humanity, eliciting both horror and sympathy.

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I first encountered Theodore Sturgeon in my early teens by way of a curiously twisted little horror tale, "The Professor's Teddy Bear." The story was included in a paperback anthology called "The Unexpected," edited by Leo Margulies (though, reputedly, the actual editor may have been Groff Conklin). As fate would have it, I also hit upon Ray Bradbury for the first time in the same anthology: his grisly story, "The Handler," also occupied the fictional roster. From that point forward, Sturgeon and Bradbury became my favorite authors in high school, and they remain strong presences to this day. But while Bradbury achieved honors well beyond genre fiction, Sturgeon is still underrated. I believe they should be linked, however, inasmuch as both, despite humble beginnings, had special gifts as stylists, gifts which transcended the genre writers of their day. In short, Bradbury and Sturgeon were prose poets who just happened to find their metier in the realms of fantasy fiction. Both had exceptional lyrical facility --- their command of rhythm, imagery, and metaphor displayed itself in everything they wrote. One reason for their excellence was that both read widely outside of pulp genres --- James Joyce, Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Steinbeck, and Sherwood Anderson, to name a few. Sturgeon, in particular, found Ring Lardner a significant influence on his more humorous fiction. Of the two, Bradbury had more grandiose literary ambitions, while Sturgeon seemed content within the confines of genre fantasy. "Some of Your Blood" was the only full-length work of horror fiction Sturgeon wrote, and it's arguably his last novel of enduring stature. But Sturgeon wrote a number of other first-rate stories in the horror genre, all displaying his originality and stylistic panache. "Bianca's Hands," "It," "Talent," "Bright Segment" (already mentioned by another reviewer) and "A Way of Thinking" --- these, along with the aforementioned "Professor's Teddy Bear," rank with some of the best horror fiction of the 20th century. One could also cite "Fluke" (aka "Die, Maestro, Die") --- a tour-de-force of jazz fiction that doubles as a horror tale --- it clearly influenced later jazz-oriented stories like Charles Beaumont's "Black Country," Donald Barthelme's "King of Jazz," and Richard Matheson's multi-page poem, "The Jazz Machine. "Blood" is fascinating, not merely for its original take on vampirism, but because it employs a variety of different styles and points of view, and for the way it contrasts the backwoods colloquialisms of "George's Account" with the alternately "professional" and lower-class vernacular of the two psychologists. With the former, Sturgeon was clearly inspired by the opening chapter of Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" (i.e., the portion "told by an idiot"), but Sturgeon makes it completely his own --- moreover, the "George" character, rustic and psychopathic though he is, cannot be summarily dismissed as moronic without obscuring Sturgeon's intentions). "Some of Your Blood" should be studied (like all Sturgeon's best work) as a model of stylistic virtuosity. You cannot really understand Sturgeon (any more than one can understand Bradbury) by focusing on plot alone. One could question some of the psychological elements in the book --- one critic, for example, spurned its use of Freudian association tests and Rorschach blots as dated bric-a-brac, but this strikes me as absurd. We might as well criticize 14th century medical tracts for their references to leeches and bloodletting. In any case, Sturgeon also used psychology in other works like "Baby is Three" (the middle chapter of "More Than Human"), which more than likely stemmed from Sturgeon's experience as a psychology patient. For more in this context, I'd recommend Sturgeon's non-fictional pamphlet, "Argyll," where the author recounts his agonized relationship with his stepfather --- surely one source of the angst Sturgeon suffered throughout his life (and which may partially account for the many episodes of writer's block which plagued him in later years). By all means read (or listen to) "Some of Your Blood." Like poetry --- and poetry it definitely is --- it begs to be read aloud. Open your ears as well as your mind, and you will not be disappointed. "

    - Paul Kesler, 7/6/2020
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " reading e-book on PC "

    - Tina, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One could blurb this short novel, 'If William Faulkner penned 'Dracula', this would be that book' - and in some ways, I'd have to agree. Sturgeon crafts a diligent, experimental study of vampirism, not of a vampire. There are no gothic trappings, no castles, virginal damsels in distress - nor are there any sexual-romantic idlings, which seem to be the mainstay of vampire fiction and film today. The story does take some from the Stoker novel by using a method of telling the story via letters between a military psychiatrist and his superior. And Sturgeon further illuminates the narrative by using interviews, and in the most illuminating element of the book, a journal written by the main character, George. Instead of going for the obvious terrors, Sturgeon weaves a disturbing undercurrent about a man growing up in the Southern backwoods (in a life worthy of inclusion in the Faulkner, O'Connor universe) and how his family shaped him into what he's become. Instead of fangs and bloodletting, the reader is given glimpses into disease and the damage, the subtle elements that gradually seep under the skin, leaving behind that dirty itch that only the best of fiction can give. What is also wonderful is the way Sturgeon opens the book in present 'you and I' tense, and then ends with a similar point of view as it wraps up a dark story with a uniquely odd optimism ( be the judge). For a cinematic pairing, try George Romero's 'Martin'. The Centipede Press edition I've read also includes Sturgeon's 'Bright Segment' a nauseous tale that predates King's 'Misery' and is far more sinister than anything I've read in current collections of horror. "

    - Douglas, 1/29/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 4.5 stars. Sturgeon's classic take on the vampire myth as only he could do it. Original, provocative and disturbing. "

    - Stephen, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A stunning novel. High art. "

    - John, 1/2/2014
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    " At least it was short. "

    - Jackie, 12/3/2013
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    " A peculiar and powerful read, especially considering its provenance--written about 50 years ago by an author principally known for SF. "

    - Cooper, 8/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a Freudian epistolary novel about a soldier called George/Bela who drinks blood when he is feeling stressed. It sounds very simple but is really far more complex than the bare bones summary makes it sound. Read it. "

    - Thomas, 7/14/2013
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    " Shockingly humanist. "

    - Daniel, 4/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Theodore Sturgeon had a real understanding of human psychology. His characters are believable and sympathetic, even when they are also disturbing or even repellent. The difference is that Sturgeon makes you understand the characters and their motivations even as you cringe at what they are doing. "

    - Pamela, 2/7/2013
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    " I was too impatient, I absolutely could not stand the build up "

    - Kaethe, 11/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is a strange novel with an unexpected twist. Don't look for your typical vampire here. Even though it is old, Sturgeon's works are classics and this one is worth reading for anyone wanting a comprehensive review of vampire literature. "

    - Donna, 5/13/2012

About the Author

Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is one of the great figures of the golden age of science fiction. He wrote over two hundred stories, several novels, scripts for film and television (including two of the most famous episodes of the original Star Trek), plays, and dozens of nonfiction reviews and essays. His many literary awards include the Hugo, the Nebula, and the International Fantasy Award. His most famous novel, More Than Human, won serious academic recognition as literature, a rarity amongst science fiction works of the 1950s.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.