Greg Herren's "The Nightwatchers," the first story in Midnight Thirsts, is a thriller. Nightwatcher Nigel informs Rachel that friend Philip has been seduced by the evil vampire Gunther, who is seeking to replace his lost love; with Nigel's help, Rachel must save Philip before Gunther kills him--or worse. In Michael Thomas Ford's "Carnival," a mysterious Mr. Star brings his exotic cadre to a traveling carnival; proprietor Joe becomes increasingly suspicious of Star but is drawn to a young man in Star's employ who harbors a dangerous secret. An antique box brings vampire Rocceres and antiques dealer Roland Weir together in Timothy Ridge's "The Vampire Stone," but Roland's decision to become a vampire reveals a startling secret about his lover. An exciting, sexy collection.