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I remember really loving this book when I read it in 7th grade.

Though the only story in the book I explicitly remember is one about a future in which vampires have taken over the country and use human servants, who wear crescent moon earrings, to find their victims.

The story is told from the perspective of a vampire's servant who references the Metallica song "Enter Sandman". The protagonist is lured into a trap and is killed at the end by a nun who turns out to be a murdering vigilante who kills vampires and their servants.

The book had to be released sometime inbetween 1991 (since it references the Metallica song) and 1999.

I also remember at least one of the stories being sexually explicit with a graphic depiction of sex; whether it found its way into the school library by mistake or it was just tame enough to still be YA, I'm not sure.

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  • You say "...the only story in the book..." Does that mean it was a collection of short stories/an anthology or that that is the main plot line you remember?
    – Pants
    Sep 16 '16 at 16:02
  • It was an anthology of short stories. I meant that was the only short story whose plot I could explicitly remember.
    – Ddowler
    Sep 16 '16 at 16:04
  • They were all vampire stories?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 16 '16 at 16:08
  • Yes, I believe so.
    – Ddowler
    Sep 16 '16 at 16:12
  • Do the details from this unanswered reddit ring any bells by chance?
    – Pants
    Sep 16 '16 at 16:34
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness

book cover, picturing a black-and-white Dracula

This anthology of vampire tales was published in 1992, so it fits the time frame. The story you remember is probably “The Lord’s Work,” which features a vampire-killing nun. It seems to match the details you remember:

  • The nun does say “I’ll stop when they stop.” She also has an internal voice like the one mentioned in the linked Reddit post.

    And I suppose you’ll be starting up this same awful sinfulness again, won’t you? When is it going to END, Carole? When are you going to STOP?

    “I’ll stop when they stop,” Sister Carole said aloud to the night

  • The vampires’ servant references “Enter Sandman.”

    He closed his eyes as the body tumbled downward. He hummed Metallica’s song “Enter Sandman” to blot out the sound it made when it hit the pavement.

  • And of course, the crescent earrings:

    Twenty years, and out. Like the army. They gave you those crescent-moon earrings to wear, so they’d know you were on their side when they ran into you at night, and they’d let you do pretty much what you wanted.

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  • By F. Paul Wilson, no wonder that story was memorable. Apparently he later included this story as a chapter in his "Midnight Mass" novel as well. I greatly appreciate the help. Now off to Amazon!
    – Ddowler
    Sep 16 '16 at 20:44
  • {throws hands up in the air} I ran into "Midnight Mass" in my search, but discounted it because I didn't think the other details matched. Go figure. :-P
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 16 '16 at 21:13
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Under the Fang (1991). This was an anthology about vampires that took over the world released about that time; think zombie apocalypse but in lieu of zombies it was vampires.

book cover, title and author's name stylized as coffin

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