This anthology of thirteen vampire tales is the first in a series from White Wolf exploring the darker world of San Francisco. The characters of The Beast Within correspond with those featured in our popular Vampire: The Masquerade storytelling game.
The Beast Within contains stories by S. P. Somtow, Lois
Tilton, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Matthew Costello and nine others.
A compilation of short stories set in San Francisco, this one has the famous Bradstreet artwork within, as well as several decent short stories. I really can't say much more about the, except to buy it to get some of the flavor for San Francisco.
If this is anything to go by, San Francisco by Night will definitely be in the class of Chicago, or even better.
I picked up the anthology, "The Beast Within," a few weeks ago at the Atlanta LARP. This is an excelent collection of short stories. Some of the best work I have seen from White Wolf is in this collection. It captures the nature and spirit of the game in every story. It also gives a broad look at the different clans of vampires in the VtM world.
The stories are set in San Francisco and share characters between them. This is the first of three books to be set in San Francisco, the others to be Werewolf and Mage collections.
The one problem that I had was the art. Each story had a picture before it, but they were Tim Bradstreet works which had been used before. I do prefer it to J. Cobb's work, but I would like some new stuff. Other than that, it was great.