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The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever…
door Otto Penzler (Redacteur)
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I have strong opinions about every story in this collection but i have no room. I took a half star out for some stories being repetitious, but I regard this as one of the best anthologies I've read. ( )
I have strong opinions about every story in this collection but i have no room. I took a half star out for some stories being repetitious, but I regard this as one of the best anthologies I've read.
Some fun stories in this collection, some of which have been very hard to track down due to reprint rarities. I was very happy to find some old pulp authors I love like Carl Jacobi and Fredric Brown and Manley Wade Wellman herein.
Still, for writers of horror or dark fantasy, the greatest strength of this book could be its 111 page bibliography of every published vampire fiction short story or novel or collection. It does note that the bibliography doesn't include comic books, games, television, plays, or movies (which is a fair decision for a book on vampire tales, not total media). Even so, it's a great resource that's made me start hunting down a copy once this one goes back to the library.
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."
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.
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.
Un vampiro door Luigi Capuana
The Giaour door Lord Byron
The Vampire door Jan Neruda
Popsy door Stephen King
Dayblood door Roger Zelazny
Will door Vincent O'Sullivan
Blood-Lust door Dion Fortune
Winter Flowers door Tanith Lee
The Vampire door Sydney Horler
Stragella door Hugh B. Cave
Necros door Brian Lumley
Special door Richard Laymon
Het kanaal door Everil Worrell
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.
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Dewey Decimale Classificatie (DDC)813.0873808375 — Literature English (North America) American fiction By type Genre fiction Adventure fiction Horror fiction; Ghost fiction Horror fiction Collections
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