Seven Drops of Blood by Robert Weinberg

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Title: Seven Drops of Blood
Author: Robert Weinberg
In: The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic (Mike Ashley)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: CopsCrime
Dates read: 12th January 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 1992
5th sentence, 74th page: According to ancient Hebrew tradition, Ashmedai reigned as king of demons.

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He’s the resident psychic detective. His latest job? To track down the Holy Grail. What he discovers is nothing like what was expected.


This short story had a very noir detective feel to it. And, since it’s in a collection of Dark Magic short stories, I spent a very high proportion of it wondering where the dark magic actually was. That was kind of frustrating. Even once I found the “magical” aspect, it wasn’t anywhere near as intense as I was expecting and I kind of felt a little perplexed at its place in this anthology. But, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable story.

What I did love about this short story was that it featured the Holy Grail. It’s such an interesting topic, and one that I want more of in my reading. Actually, I think that I just want more of this noir detective feel in my reading in general.

This was a light, easy read. Not as dark and twisted as most of the other stories in this collection, and one that I seriously enjoyed reading. I was actually really disappointed when it was all over…

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