These three new books cover creepy creatures real and imaginary. But which is which?
Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures (Three Rivers) by Bill Schutt, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne, investigates ghastly but fascinating real-life sanguivores such as leeches and candirus.
The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You (Scholastic) by Vlad Mezrich is an antidote for swoony Twilight addicts — a hilarious dating guide, complete with quizzes, playlists and decorating tips, for vampire fans "ages 12 to 1,200."
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (Tor/Forge), edited by Carol Serling, collects spooky new stories in the spirit of the groundbreaking TV series, by Harlan Ellison, Whitley Strieber, R.L. Stine, Loren D. Estleman and more.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor