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Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon

Some of Your Blood (1961)

by Theodore Sturgeon

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Disturbing psychology of what makes a vampire a vampire. The novel presents as a case file of Dr. Philip Outerbridge. Dr Philip is terrified by the case of George and hopes to present his findings to the colonel who wants to know what made George so angry that he hit his commanding officer. The possibilities explored are tremendous.Some of your blood is a vampire psychological novel that examines the matriculation of evil from birth to the age of twenty three.
Theodore Sturgeon does a great job looking at developmental physiologically and especially keen observation o the Havelock Ellis Principal. The Havelock Ellis principle states:"That any mutual act - any one, providing only that it was not forced by one upon the other, and was an expression of love is moral." Sturgeon yields a command of psychology as a tool.
From the tool he asks the following terrorizing questions: Is it possible to create a vampire by defining social norms which would reward the blood sucking event? What would happen if love was connected to the harm of the giver? George learns to seek the comfort of blood because his mother sacrifices herself. Sturgeon further examines: What if the social conditioning and the pain from punishment came with crimes or no crime committed, would this create a psychopath? What is role of punishment? What should punishment's role be in society? How do the first two years socially construct an individual? Is an individual beyond the ability to be reconditioned from a traumatic childhood? How much are we products of our parents and the environment we are born into?

The book was terrifying . The middle section, George's story, might get a reader bogged down, but blast through that part and you will find a blood red orange. ( )
1 vote Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
Thoroughly engrossing and disturbing, this story is partly a third-person narrative written about himself by an Army psychiatric patient who attacked an officer, and partly a series of letters exchanged by the doctor who is determined to get to the bottom of the patient's motivation and his superior officer (though not superior in the field of psychology.) Sturgeon reveals things little by little until the whole picture adds up--and it is a memorable one, though to try to describe the plot more would spoil the pleasure of discovering it for yourself. I found this to be an altogether better written and more memorable work than his more celebrated MORE THAN HUMAN. ( )
1 vote datrappert | Jan 6, 2013 |
Wow. I finished this book in all of 36 hours. Though it's widely considered a "horror" novel, it really isn't. In fact, it has much more in common with something like "Sybil." I wouldn't even call it a thriller, so much as a psychological (or psychiatric) drama. It does, however, deliberately mirror "Dracula" in structure, and it is disturbing--although not as much, I would argue, as your average episode of "Criminal Minds." It's also very, very good. Well worth the read. ( )
5 vote TheBentley | Jun 23, 2011 |
Interesting but dated, as it's pretty much a straight ahead fictional case history of mental deviance as if one were reading the contents of a file. Kraft-Ebbing and Havelock Ellis are even name checked in the book. The ending might have had some shock power in 1961, but I'm not sure why people find it that now -it's almost anticlimactic. There are more quietly disturbing elements in the body of the story than in the conclusion.
The edition I have contains an additional short story "Bright Segment"-a gruesome, twisty, gritty nugget of hard boiled fiction that features a pathetic, monstrous outsider similar to the one in the novel.
Problems aside, anything by Sturgeon is always worth a read. ( )
1 vote arthurfrayn | Nov 4, 2010 |
I read this book many years ago but have never forgotten it. It is a fascinating study of strange folkways in the Appalachians. I don't want to be a spoiler, but this has one of the most amazing and chilling endings I ever read. The book made my hair stand on end. One non-spoiler note: this book is NOT about vampires. ( )
1 vote Clarencex | Mar 6, 2010 |
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Buccianti, RosalbaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, Harry OCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tem, Steve RasnicIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ziel, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 078670103X, Mass Market Paperback)

Author Theodore Sturgeon's style is to write a story of horror (but not a horror story). Sturgeon's warped and twisted character elicits the readers sympathy to the point that the reader--though horror struck by his deeds--wishes a happy solution for the monster. Sturgeon is a Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards winner and the author of four previous books.

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Named one of the Horror Writers Association's Top 40 Horror Books of All Time, Theodore Sturgeon's gripping psychological thriller both fascinates and terrifies with the story of a troubled soldier and his bizarre, violent obsession with vampirismAt the height of an unnamed war, a soldier is confined for striking an officer. Referred to as George Smith in official papers and records, the prisoner comes under the observation of Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge, who asks the young man to put his story down on paper. The result is a shocking tale of abuse, violence, and twisted love, a personal history as dark and troubling as any the doctor has ever encountered. Believing the patient to be dangerously psychotic, Dr. Outerbridge must dig deeper into his psyche. And when the truth about the strange case of George Smith is fully revealed, the results will be devastating. Told through letters, transcripts, and case studies, Some of Your Blood is an extraordinary, poignant yet terrifying, genre-defying novel.?This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.… (more)

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