|Editors:||Stewart Wieck and Anna Branscome|
|Publisher:||White Wolf Publishing, Inc.|
|Imprint:||White Wolf Game Studio|
|Publication #:||WW 11080|
|Reference #:||ISBN 1-56504-864-4|
The Essential World of Darkness is an omnibus collection of five World of Darkness novels, one for each of the five core World of Darkness game lines (Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Wraith: The Oblivion and Changeling: The Dreaming). The Vampire novel in this volume, Vampire Diary: The Embrace, is actually a reprint of a novel that was previously published as a standalone book in a nontraditional format.
From the White Wolf catalog:
- One world.
- Five visions.
- Enter White Wolf Game Studio's World of Darkness through the eyes of six master storytellers.
- Vampire Diary: The Embrace
- Mark Rein•Hagen (Vampire: The Masquerade)
- Robert Weinberg (Blood War)
- In the shadows of Los Angeles, a young artist fights for love and life among black lights and wild music. Then he catches the attention of an ancient vampire...
- Shaman Moon
- Owl Goingback (Crota - winner of the 1997 Bram Stoker Award)
- In the wilds of the Great Smoky Mountains, a young orphan werewolf must prove her right to power as a Guardian of the Fang, defender of Gaia against the foul spirits of the Wyrm. But a blood-red moon is rising...
- Lightning Under Glass
- Scott Ciencin (The Lurker Files: Incarnate)
- Three mages - one mercenary, one rogue, and one very wild talent - race against fate, corruption and each other in a contest for control of reality. But no matter how fast they go, their old enemies are always one step ahead...
- Except You Go Through Shadow
- David Niall Wilson (To Sift Through Bitter Ashes)
- A loyal suicide cultist finds himself dead - a wraith - not in the Paradise he was promised, and sets out to find the Prophet who led him there. But the Prophet is looking for him, too...
- Playing With Fire
- Esther M. Freisner (The Psalms of Herod)
- In San Francisco's Chinatown, a Fae youth wrestles with his Chinese and Changeling heritage and learns to wield strange powers. Everything's aces - until a friend falls into the clutches of the Unseelie Court...
- Vampire Diary: The Embrace by Mark Rein•Hagen and Robert Weinberg, illustrated by Daniel Thron and Chris Elliott (referred to as "Vampire Diary: The Embraced" on its title page)
- Shaman Moon by Owl Goingback
- Lightning Under Glass by Scott Ciencin
- Except You Go Through Shadow by David Niall Wilson
- Playing With Fire by Esther M. Freisner
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