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The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever…

by Otto Penzler

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This book is just what it ought to be -- great, varied, and complete without being boringly exhaustive. It's a good mix of classic and modern writers, each given a brief but informative introduction at the beginning of his or her story.

Some of the stories won't make sense unless you know some legends about vampires that have dropped out of common knowledge. It used to be thought, for instance, that suicide was a direct path to vampirehood.

This collection also has a few stories from an early twentieth-century fad for psychic detectives -- Sherlock Holmes with magical powers. Not great literature, but good clean fun.

Every possible variety of vampire is represented here, and the stories are arranged by category rather than chronologically, which keeps the collection lively.

I read this via audiobook. There are several narrators, all very good and carefully chosen to suit each story -- no American women reading stories told by British men or vice versa.

If you don't already love vampires, this isn't the book that will convert you -- though I dare anyone not to be intrigued and disturbed by Gahan Wilson's "The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be," or Mary A. Turzillo's "When Gretchen Was Human." I think my favorite, though, is Tanith Lee's "Bite-Me-Not, or Fleur de Fur." ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
The Vampire Archive is billed as the most complete, most evil collection of vampire stories. Is it? Well, yeah, it's a pretty good survey of the literature. It's also got some pretty evil vampires. At nearly 1100 pages, it's hard to see how more would be possible - or better. Otto Penzler's done a great job of selecting good stories from well before Stoker until today, from well known authors to some forgotten classics. I expect I'll be going back to this volume for years to come. ( )
  drneutron | Apr 27, 2010 |
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In "The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published," editor Otto Penzler assembles 80-plus stories that offer a survey of the genre from the early 1800s to the present day... Were Dracula to appear now, he might still be saying, "I don't drink -- wine," but then he'd be rushing to see his therapist or school counselor. "The Vampire Archives" traces the arc of that long lineage, featuring useful introductions by Kim Newman, Neil Gaiman and Penzler, some stories you'll know (Maupassant's "The Horla," Conan Doyle's "The Sussex Vampire"), and plenty you won't, such as Peter Tremayne's startling and unsettling "Dracula's Chair," not to mention more bad-girl roles than even Megan Fox could ever play.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307473899, Paperback)

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the human lexicon and as old as blood itself. They are your neighbors, your friends, and they are always lurking. Now Otto Penzler—editor of the bestselling Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps—has compiled the darkest, the scariest, and by far the most evil collection of vampire stories ever. With over eighty stories, including the works of Stephen King and D. H. Lawrence, alongside Lord Byron and Tanith Lee, not to mention Edgar Allan Poe and Harlan Ellison, The Vampire Archives will drive a stake through the heart of any other collection out there.

Other contributors include:
Arthur Conan Doyle • Ray Bradbury • Ambrose Bierce • H. P. Lovecraft • Harlan Ellison • Roger Zelazny • Robert Bloch • Clive Barker

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Horror fiction. Here are ruined castles, abbeys and crypts, spires and bats silhouetted against full moons, sharp-toothed men in full evening dress seducing beautiful, innocent young women, coffin lids being raised to reveal unspeakable residents. But the classic vampire of gothic tradition is not the only fiend to stalk the thousand pages of this vast collection. Vampires come in many guises, and all can be found within: reluctant vampires, detective vampires, space vampires, lesbian vampires, punk vampires. There are stories here by men and women from every literary era of the past century and a half, right up to the most talented writers of the present day. Includes stories from Lord Byron, John Keats, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, M R James, H P Lovecraft, D H Lawrence, Roger Zelazny, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Dan Simmons, Lisa Tuttle, Stephen King, Anne Rice and Clive Barker.… (more)

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