Some of Your Blood

Some of Your BloodNamed One Of The Top 40 Horror Books Of All Time By The Horror Writers Association, Some Of Your Blood Begins With A Confidential Folder Belonging To Army Psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge Inside This Folder Are 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 Capable Both Of Unsettling Violence And Irresistible Humanity. A dark and creepy novella.Theodore Sturgeon s 1961 psychological thriller reminds me of the films Birdy Alan Parker 1984 and Vampire s Kiss both featuring Nicholas Cage because of the subject matter but this never goes over the top and Sturgeon s great ability to produce an understated and minimalistic page turner is in rare form Presented in epistolary novel form, written a
Wow I loved this book Let me tell you why.I always have had a respect and love for older horror stories I find it fun to read them and then speculate on what modern tales might be based upon these older works In this case, I can see an even older story Dracula within But what this book does is turn that classic tale upside down In fact, I don t even consider this to be a true horror story.This short book, originally written in 1956, is told mostly through letters back and forth between an overworked Army psychiatrist, Doctor Phil , and his superior The letters discuss one George Smith who was arrested and thrown into the psych ward for punching an Army officer in the face after the officer questioned him about a letter he mailed No one knows exactly why because that officer is now dead and no one knows what happened to the letter Unfortunately, George is forgotten for about three months and now Dr Phil s boss wants him to be released before anyone finds out about the Army s neglect Doctor Phil needs to find out a little something about the patient before releasing him, so he begins by having him write out a bio in the third person This is where things get
Big George didn t have fangs, nor did he sleep in a coffin But big George did like to drink blood It is discovered by an Army psychiatrist that this soldier has some serious issues and that he has a deadly past George had an abusive, drunken father and developed an unnatural taste for blood from his mama s breast Aside from this upbringing I get the feeling that Big George was probably still going to grow up a few clowns shy of a full circus, but the overall combination was one that created a mindless monster that might be a combination of Frankenstein and Dracula The most disturbing part of this story was a scenario in which, it wasn t the details, but rather what was not said That poor boy in the snare Theodore Sturgeon
Written in 1961, Theodore Sturgeon s Some of Your Blood, is both a unique take on the vampire story which is damn near impossible as well a product of its times But that doesn t mean it s dated Generally, the story holds up quite well References to Korea, Masters and Johnson, Havelock Ellis, human sexuality studies, and various breakthroughs in psychiatry keep coming up And for good reason, since the story of George Smith, a disturbed American soldier, is basically an unofficial case history, revealed via a series of letters primarily between Smith s doctor and his commanding officer The main letter however, and longest section of the book, is told by Smith himself It s a remarkable piece of writing, and one where you have to play close attention Smith s condition is both revealed and cloaked at the same time To my mind it s quite a high wire act George Smith is an original wild child of the hills, but one who has had a horrible childhood How he copes and ada
This is an older short story that GR says was first published in 1956 Admittedly, I haven t read much in the way of classic horror and I wasn t sure the story would work for me I guess I was expecting it to be dry and slow What I found instead was a deeply disturbing story with many images that will linger with me for months to come.This story is about a soldier who calls himself George George is being held in a crowded military psychiatric ward for assaulting a superior It seems he s been forgotten there though and they really need his bed for another patient Psychiatrist Dr Phil is tasked with going over his case before his release What he discovers is bizarre and chilling.George s story is told in various ways He writes his own biography for the doctor which takes up a large chunk of the book This part explores George s sad, desperate childhood growing up poor with a sick mom and a mean ass drunkard father I listened to this on audio and narrator Malcolm Hillgartner does an amazing job with these characters, especially George Initially, I found George s section sad but as he revealed tidbits about his past, I could see that he was developing some very dangerous tendencies and a simmering anger t
Superb work Like any other novel by Theodore Sturgeon that I ve read, this is a literary masterwork, original, dark and deeply unconventional Sturgeon wrote with his guts than with his mind, and he was able to create dream like stories that spoke straight to your subconscious, whether simply weird dreams or flat out terrifying nightmares However, he never lost a great sense of balance, an elegance in his writing, and a sense of beauty.Sturgeon has often been expressing his annoyance with social s and conventions, and in this story he is at it again, through a main character who is a prototype of the pure, natural man, clean of social rules and acquired behaviors or pre fabricated thoughts This love for the uncommon is typical Sturgeon A writer of the greatest originality, and an anticonformist to his bones An example He used to walk around naked in his LA house, because why wear clothes, if they are purely a useless habit imposed by society and apparently he would ask that his whole family would do the same, too Some of Your Blood was written in 1961 It s about a soldi
Sleepless nights are perfect for reading and since this book was close at hand, and because I couldn t fall asleep last night, I started it Then after reading the first few paragraphs, I got up, went downstairs with pen notebook in hand because I knew this was going to be something intensely different than normal and notebook worthy, and sat and read s
Theodore Sturgeon s brilliantly chilling twist on the vampire novel He sheds most of the vampire genre tropes, often thumbing his nose at them in the process the protagonist s real name is Bela, his parents are from Eastern Europe, the novel has a large epistolary content like Dracula, and the army psychiatrist stands in for Dr Van Helsing, even as he gives us a vampire that requires almost no suspension of disbelief Its almost as if Sturgeon bet that he could write a better vampire novel without using any of that hackneyed crap.Hillbilly Army chump George Smith gets himself in trouble by punching an army officer when questioned about something the military censors found in a letter to his sweetheart back home in Podunk Through a bunch of typically Kafkaesque Army mix ups ol George gets himself shipped back home to isolation in a rubber room and a straitjacket for three months When the Army figures out it has made a huge mistake and may have taken a guy who was already having some problems and put him completely off the rail
This is a very disturbing book A backwoods, undereducated kid is raised in a miserable, shabby home with a mean drunk of a father and an abused, arthritic mother Life is hellish, but it s all George Smith not his real name knows There are days with no food on the table, and days when he hides in the woods to escape his father s drunken rages His life is so meager and mean that when he is sent to a troubled children s prison for two years for burglary, he feels really pleased with the clean bed, the three meals a day, and that he actually finds school a joy since the teachers take the time to bring him up to speed Eventually, his mother dies and then his father, but the damage is done He goes to live with his aunt and uncle.George was always a terrific hunter of small animals, and when hunting one day, he meets a woman So, he, at age 16, secretly begins to date an equally unloved and unlovely 24 year old neighbor, but he really needs her when he is upset by feelings of being lonely From his story, it is clear he s a sociopath, but he made a decision to never talk unless he must, so he is an unknown mystery except to the locals who know his parents But even they know nothing of his hunting When he impregnates Anna, the neighbor woman, he decides to enlist in the Army, another place he feels safe, until after two years in the service, he had to unload a plane of dead soldiers It shakes him up and he writes a short letter to Anna, which reveals a dre
Theodore Sturgeon wrote some of the best and most formally inventive sf of its day But remember, Sturgeon s Law states 90% of everything is crap This book is by no means crap, but it has a couple of stylistic choices that put it pretty far down on the Sturgeon list as far as I m concerned.Letters between doctors, transcripts of psychiatric sessions, journal entries these are Sturgeon s nod to Bram Stoker s epistolary construction of Dracula And it all works well except for a long, narrative section that is supposed to be the patient, George, writing his life story in the third person George turns out to be an excellent writer, a natural storyteller, and Sturgeon requests an enormous willing suspension of disbelief on the reader s part if we are to find this conceivably the work of the character The exposition is necessary, and maybe there was really no other way to handle, but George is quite the stylist What works much better is the psychiatrist s ability to take his story, detect the gaps and lies in it, and pull those from George using hypnosis, that tried and true technique certainly practiced and with better success in fiction that anywhere else.George drinks blood I don t think that s a spoi

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  • Paperback
  • 143 pages
  • Some of Your Blood
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • English
  • 20 June 2018
  • 9780345257123