Indiana writer James Dorr’s The Tears of Isis is a 2014 Bram Stoker Award® Fiction Collection finalist.  Other books include Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance, Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, and his all-poetry Vamps (A Retrospective).  Dorr invites readers to visit his blog at


New Arrival

James Dorr


She was new to the vampire game.
You could tell she was unsure of
trajectories, splash patterns.
She showed the signs;
soaking dresses in cold water
to remove telling stains,
wearing a bib on the evenings
when she was on the prowl
in bars and nightclubs
seducing new men.