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This is one of my placeholder reviews - which means that I have this book on my to be read anthology shelf (probably inherited from my sisters holdings, as Im not a big vampire fan but cant pass up an anthology) but havent read it yet, but I did just read a story that appears in it (probably online) because said story appears on my to be read short fiction list, and I have to put the review SOMEWHERE - so putting it here, where it will likely end up anyway, come the day, just makes the most sense (yes, Im *that* insanely organized).So, heres the review (with more to come eventually):Bewitched by Edith Wharton was a new read for me and I liked it quite a lot. Its got that stiff/starchiness of Wharton, so if you dont like genre stories from lit writers, or find classic construction and pacing too slow for these fast-paced times we live in, well.... This is essentially a vampire/witch story (from 1925, just as WEIRD TALES and just before Universal Films and monster manuals, etc. codified such complex folkloric constructs into rules and types, etc.) but a *very* New England version of the same. A wife pleads with fellow local landowners to save here husband, who is wasting away as he visits with a dead girl down at the pond. This story really entertained me with its deliberate mixture of raw-boned, crusty old New England archetypes and Gothic literature touches (a snowbound, abandoned shack at sunset, a man wasting away, personal stories of madness in a characters past trip to an insane asylum). This, to me, was actually a great example of how Lit Horror does not always need to mean high-falutin concepts and deep meditations on uncomfortable, universal truths - sometimes all it means is careful character work, well-crafted dialogue, deliberate pacing and plot construction. The climax is especially well-handled, moody and powerful without recourse to tone-ruining grue. Turn-of-the-century New England is also engagingly represented with a nicely subdued clash between strongly felt old world religion and Yankee pragmatism (when prayer is suggested as a recourse to solve the problem, the wife openly scoffs at the ideas as impractical and indirect!). As a minor note - checking my references, it seems this story is not particularly liked by the standard references. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural - usually reliable if occasionally stuffy - thinks the story is weakened by a prosaic ending (which was one of the best parts in my view) and St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers thinks the story veered off track because of the supernatural content (which seems like wishing for the story you didnt get, to me!)

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