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Draculas Brood by Richard Dalby

Draculas Brood (original 1987; edition 1992)

by Richard Dalby (Editor)

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Title:Draculas Brood
Authors:Richard Dalby
Info:Barnes Noble (1992), Hardcover
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Dracula's Brood: Neglected Vampire Classics by Richard Dalby (Editor) (1987)


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Mmm, vampires.

This is a collection of 24 vampire stories published shortly before or after the publication of the infamous Dracula in 1897. Some of them influenced Dracula; others were influenced by it.

I was amazed by how much I enjoyed this anthology. There were no stories I disliked, and only a few that didn't impress me. I tend to think of that time period as a little bit one-note with all the stories being the same, but there's an astonishing variety here. The disembodied finger gave me doubts and the man-eating trees destroyed my conception altogether.

I will emphasize that this variety is all about ideas. The stories in this anthology could've all been written by the same person stylistically, and I found that I liked that... There's no getting caught up in verbal acrobatics and a writer frantically trying to "find their own unique voice." It makes it a lot easier to get lost in the story for the story itself.

Fingers and trees aside, there's a lot of classic vampire stuff here. Back then "vampire" still meant "horror story," and these stories are actually scary, while still containing that essential vampireness that we still love today. A special effort has been made to include stories that aren't reprinted often, so there's new material here even for the most hardcore fan. (Some of these haven't been reprinted since they were first published, over a hundred years ago!) There's even a tasty poem translated from the original Romanian. ( )
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Dalby, RichardEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alecsandrai, VasileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Askew, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This unique anthology gathers together twenty-three rare vampire stories written by friends and contemporaries of Bram Stoker between 1867 and 1940.

Richard Dalby has deliberately avoided stories that have been regularly reprinted and has concentrated instead on reviving neglected examples of the vampire genre, . . .
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