From the White Wolf catalog:
“The Scarlet Letters” by Scott H. UrbanEdit
A young woman discovers that her favorite poet has a close connection to the dark subject of his poems.
“The Voice of the Hummingbird” by S.P. SomtowEdit
Awoken from torpor, an Aztec priest comes to terms with the modern world and an old enemy.
“Power” by Don BassingthwaiteEdit
A Ventrue forensic scientist uses her position in the morgue to gain influence in kindred society.
“Darkening of the Light” by Bill BridgesEdit
“Descent” by Sam ChuppEdit
Anastasia must return to the Tremere in order to save her lover from the Sabbat.
“Expendable” by Lois TiltonEdit
A homeless Caitiff finds himself introduced into kindred schemes and rivalries.
“Homecoming: Affairs of the Heart” by James A. MooreEdit
Nosferatu Jeremy Wix returns from exile, but to be accepted he must confront old enemies.
“Undercover” by Matthew J. CostelloEdit
A San Francisco police officer gets more than she expected when she makes contact with a vampire gang.
"Inquiry" by Gherbod FleminingEdit
"Third Angel" by Eric GriffinEdit
- Several of the characters highlighted in these short stories also appear in Dark Prince, Prince of the City, and Strange City. Unlike the 1994 edition, the revised edition does not include a glossary or illustrations.
- The 1994 edition of The Beast Within featured numerous stories set at least partially in San Francisco. These stories introduced an error in continuity, however, as some stories referenced Prince Vannevar Thomas while others named the city's prince as Jochen Van Nuys. Several of these stories were reprinted in Strange City, which attempted to reconcile this error by changing references to Jochen Van Nuys into references to Vannevar Thomas. However, in the Revised era, a different solution was found in San Francisco by Night in which Van Nuys was revealed to have replaced Thomas as prince in 1996, and he himself was in turn later replaced by Sara Anne Winder. In the revised edition, all references to Vannevar Thomas were updated to refer to Jochen Van Nuys, implying that those stories happened after Van Nuys' coup. This does lead to some confusion as to who the sire of Donna Cambridge, the prince's childe, really is.
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