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The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published | [Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Stephen King]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 80 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, and Clive Barker.

The complete list of narrators includes Peter Altschuler, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies, Mark Deakins, Robertson Dean, Susan Denaker, Susan Duerden, Harlan Ellison, Ryan Gessell, Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie, John H. Mayer, Paul Michael, Allyson Ryan, Robin Sachs, Fred Sanders, Rob Shapiro, Simon Vance, Bob Walter, and Steve West.

©2009 Otto Penzler (P)2011 Random House

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    Oldnbroke Pomona, CA USA 06-24-14
    Oldnbroke Pomona, CA USA 06-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Oldnbroke

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    "OLD and BORING"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had not started it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from Dean Koontz or Steven King


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Chosen a different book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire Archives?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read literally thousands of horror, scifi, etc. This has caused me to become somewhat jaded. Not everybody has read as much as I have. I was fortunate to have been taught speed reading as a child and am now in my sixties. Others may like this book. I just have read too many others just like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sauromon , anywhere usa 05-19-14
    Sauromon , anywhere usa 05-19-14

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    "Dont Waste your Credits"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a huge fan of the genere , but these stories are so uninspired and boring even with some of the best narrators in the industry could not save this selection of some of the weakest stories I have ever listened to.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It wasn't the narration. It was the horrible selection of stories.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was hoping this was going to be a treasure trove of great stories, it just got worse and worse after each story or poem it got boring and sadly nothing I can say positive about this collection. Very Disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13
    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Superb Collection, Well Narrated"

    I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 08-21-13
    Susan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Looks like a deal, but pass it by."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better stories, not so many old hackneyed stories.


    Has The Vampire Archives turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much, will be much more careful with short stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was wildly uneven as far as I listened, may have gotten better but I lost interest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13
    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Spread this out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Archives to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. The audio version was great though. Lots of different performers, but they all did a great job. This is ridiculously long though as a serious of short stories, so break it up. I tried to do in all together and it wore me out.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire Archives to and why?

    I can't think of anything


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    too many to name


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I liked it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
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    "Vamp Arch."
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    parts of it more than others yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Archives?

    The variety of story tellers


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Can't say they were so many good ones


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tried that but just couldnt make it. Haha


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerson WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Gerson WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Bible of Vampire Stories"
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one. Too many to keep track!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tales of the Vampire


    Any additional comments?

    Is there a sequel to this book?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "There is a reason its the "Most Complete"...."

    There is a reason why this used to be 2 credits and now its only one. There is also a reason why they didn't call it the greatest collecting or the scariest. Most stories are written before 1900...and it shows. The stuff that would have been scary back then is so boring now. I can't say enough about how horrible some of this collection was. The french accents on some of the stories made be just skip the entire book. Save yourself a credit and buy something else.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Søren Odense N., Denmark 01-28-14
    Søren Odense N., Denmark 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Give me a good audiobook over TV anyday :)

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    "Dont waste your money on this!!"
    What disappointed you about The Vampire Archives?

    Most of these stories can be downloaded for free at booksshouldbefree com or librivox com, they are THAT old... Unless you're a historian, these stories are simply to old to be exciting./scary..


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have chosen stories from the 1900's instead of the 1800's and found some that was at least a bit scary or action-packed, instead of this rubbish..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire Archives?

    all of it exept maybe 1 or two stories. I must admit I couldnt bear to listen thru it all before I gave up..


    Any additional comments?

    Being a middle-aged man and not a teenager, I do like stories that doesn't necessarily have screaming action all the time, but listening to this audiobook is like an overdose of Valium - except, I guess the medicine wont irritate as much, as the lack of excitement in this book...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jelica Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-30-11
    Jelica Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-30-11
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    "YAWN!"

    Many (if not most) of these stories are very, very old and, needless to say, very very simplistic. I am sure they were incredibly imaginative and scary at the time, but now they make a very boring read.

    6 of 27 people found this review helpful
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