Item description for Some of Your Blood by Steve Rasnic Tem Theodore Sturgeon...
Theodore Sturgeon's dark and foreboding look at the vampire myth was an instant classic when originally published in 1956. When George Smith is arrested for assaulting a senior officer, a military psychiatrist is assigned to the case. The secret of George's past is unearthed, and a history of blood lust and murder. Innovatively told through letters, interviews, and traditional narrative, Some of Your Blood effectively portrays the tragic upbringing of George Smith to his attempts at a stable life and the great love of his life to his inevitable downfall. Millipede Press is proud to present this masterpiece of macabre literature in a brand new edition.
Theodore Sturgeon wrote science fiction, horror and fantasy over a four decade career. He also won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Theodore Sturgeon died in 1985.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher Millipede Press
ISBN 1933618000 ISBN13 9781933618005
Reviews - What do customers think about Some of Your Blood?
something about George.. Jul 23, 2007
'Some of Your Blood' is a very interesting and creepy novella by Theodore Sturgeon. The story is basically told through mail correspondence between a military psychiatrist and his colleagues. The topic? A fellow identified as George. George is twisted, backwater monster. Through very clever writing the author reveals George's true maladies bit by bit. In the end we understand he is a bit ghoulish, and very dangerous.
Although the plot by itself is unique, .. I think it would make a great horror movie .., I think it's the author's narrative and characterizations that shine through. I have read a few short stories by Theodore Sturgeon before and have been impressed. This longer work is the best I've read from him. Thankfully he was a prolific writer; I plan to read a lot more of his works.
Bottom line: a unique, nightmare-ish story that is somehow believable. Recommended.
eilath giladi May 6, 2007
Although it belongs to the old SF books (or maybe because of that) it is a well-written and interresting book. I liked the idea presented as a new way to understand vampirism. I'd give it 4.5 stars if that was possible.
Some of Your Blood Nov 28, 2006
Do not read this book. It will give you nightmares. If you do choose to read it, leave yourself plenty of sunlight before finishing.
Gets You In An Unexpected Way May 4, 2004
I just finished reading SOME OF YOUR BLOOD, a short book by Theodore Sturgeon which has been reissued by Carroll & Graff publishers. This is a subtly disturbing story about a private in the armed forces who is accidentally stuck in the nut bin after striking an officer. Another officer asks the head psychiatrist to expedite matters and get the man out of there.
The story is told in a series of documents. First a couple of letters and then a journal detailing the private's life to date. Slowly a true picture of George, as he is referred to in the third person in the journal. Who is this man? How does he think? How does he react? These are questions that are slowly answered as George is interviewed and tested.
The story is very cleverly written in that all you need to know is at the beginning of the book but you don't recognize it for what it is. Wording is chosen with extreme care to convey just the right meaning. I am glad that this book was originally released in 1961 and was written by someone like Sturgeon. Written today by someone else and the subtlety would be gone and we would have an explicit shocker. I highly recommend this story to any who enjoy delving into the mind.
Wow. Dec 23, 2003
Theodore Sturgeon, Some of Your Blood (Carroll and Graf, 1961)
In the world of what we shall call "psychological fiction," for lack of a better term (to wit: that fiction that deals with a person being psychoanalyzed, psychologized, and/or psychiatrized), Theodore Sturgeon's short novel Some of Your Blood occupies a very odd position. It s recognized by the Horror Writers' Association as one of the Top 40 horror novels of all time (despite it being more of a novella) despite not really being a horror novel. Yet it is largely unknown to the larger mass of horror fans (look at the number of reviews written at this site. A backlist tile from Stephen King may have five to seven hundred customer reviews (The Stand seems to be the king, with seven hundred fifty-five); Some of Your Blood has six. What's up with that?
Maybe it's all about the presentation. Some of Your Blood is about a guy who hits a superios officer during his army days, and gets sent to a psychiatric facility for observation. On the surface, he seems to be perfectly all right; his doctor's CO wants him out, they need the bed. His doctor, on the other hand, senses something deeply wrong with the prisoner's autobiography.
The autobiography takes up the first seventy pages (short the beginning frame setting everything up) of the novella, and it alone is an amazing piece of writing, with a gentle wit about it and a naïve, but subtle, eagerness to please. Once we are out of the autobiography, and into the doctor's notes and correspondence with his superior officer, things get even more interesting. The prisoner is not all he seems...
This is a stunning little tale, neatly wrapped, waiting for the masses to discover it. Please, do so at your earliest opportunity. **** ½