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The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987)

by Alan Ryan (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Aickman (Contributor), Charles Beaumont (Contributor), E. F. Benson (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor)26 more, Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Suzy McKee Charnas (Contributor), R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Contributor), F. Marion Crawford (Contributor), August Derleth (Contributor), Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Carl Jacobi (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), C. M. Kornbluth (Contributor), J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Lord Byron (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), P. Schuyler Miller (Contributor), C. L. Moore (Contributor), John Polidori (Contributor), Alan Ryan (Contributor), James Malcolm Rymer (Contributor), Clark Ashton Smith (Contributor), Bram Stoker (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Manly Wade Wellman (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman (Contributor), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Contributor)

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What a wonderful collection this is! Such a variety, that a reader cannot put the book down without at least having one or two favorites in mind. The stories themselves are in chronological order, by the year that each were published, beginning with Lord Byron's Fragment of a Novel from 1816 and ends with Tanith Lee's Bite-Me-Not from 1984. As you read, not only can you study the evolution of the vampire genre but also the many forms in which a vampire can appear in fiction. There are psychological vampires, those who feed on another's distress or anger; the familiar vampire as a hideous creature or monster; alien vampires, extraterrestrials whose diet consists mainly of blood; and then there's Carmilla. Carmilla is a great example of the early, reoccurring vampire type that, to be honest, I think has the potential to be the most frightening. When we think of vampires, we either think of something that is absolutely horrifying to look at, or these, something sensuous and beautiful and a little like the perfect prince charming. Not Carmilla. Her vampire type is the kind that will lure you into a false sense of security. These vampires are charming, intelligent, witty, not gorgeous but not bad to look at either, and are often times the last one you'd suspect until it's too late. They are like the serial killers of the monster world, and it is these types of vampires that make for some of the best stories in the collection. But Carmilla is only my second favorite. My favorite was Cabin 33 which featured the Comte de Saint Germain (look him up if you don't know who he is) as an ancient and worldly vampire who had found a peaceful co-existence with humans but ironically ended up playing the hero by putting down a violent, rash, and lowly vampire who threatened to expose Germain's whole world through his need for instant gratification. I found this version of Saint Germain to be much better than Anne Rice's description of him, his character is somehow much more in tune with how the real Saint Germain would've acted in such a situation. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and have already recommended it to a friend. It's a great collection for someone who enjoys decent horror literature, and doesn't want to stoop to teenage drama novels or gore-filled comic books to find it. ( )
  asukamaxwell | Mar 11, 2014 |
Thirty-two short stories with a vampire theme. In chronological order. Contains hard-to-find stories such as "The Vampyre" by John Polidori (1819) which was probably stolen from Lord Byron, whose own 1816 attempt at a vampire story is also included. In addition, you'll find "Varney the Vampyre, or the Feast of Blood" by James Malcom Rymer (1845); "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1872); "for the Blood is the Life" by F. Marion Crawford (1911), and so many more.

Many of these literary vampires are referenced in other vampire fiction, making this collection a "must-have" for the serious vampire aficionado. ( )
1 vote avanta7 | Apr 24, 2009 |
A collection of various vampire-related short stories and excerps throughout their history.
  MrLeo | Nov 26, 2006 |
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Ryan, AlanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aickman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beaumont, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, E. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braddon, Mary ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Charnas, Suzy McKeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chetwynd-Hayes, R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crawford, F. MarionContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derleth, AugustContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Charles L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobi, CarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kornbluth, C. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Fanu, J. SheridanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lord ByronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, P. SchuylerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, C. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Polidori, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryan, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rymer, James MalcolmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Clark AshtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stoker, BramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tem, Steve RasnicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wellman, Manly WadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilkins-Freeman, Mary E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yarbro, Chelsea QuinnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Judging from the vampire fiction written in the last two hundred years, there seem to be as many different kinds of vampires as there are kinds of cats in T. S. Eliot's poetic catalogue: every sort from lyrical to satirical, from categorical to metaphorical.
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In Vampires, readers will meet many blood-thirsty vampires, including the dreaded Count Dracula. Vampires is an informative mix of gripping text with compelling, documented facts that reveal the historical and cultural reference to our most famous vampire stories. Do vampires still live among us?… (more)

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